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About BLI

Why BLI?

The Founders of BLI

Staff at BLI

Staff at The Berkeley Language Institute

Francine Kuipers, Principal and Trainer

Please review Francine's bio in the section "Founders of BLI".

Angela Zawadzki, PhD. English-Spanish Federal and California State certified interpreter

Please review Angela's bio in the section "Founders of BLI".

Mateo Rutherford

(Bio upon request, certified by CCHI).

Judit Marin, MA, Linguistic Consultant and Trainer 

Judit Marin is a freelance Spanish interpreter, translator, trainer, and seminar leader based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ms. Marin holds a M.A. in Hispanic Language and Civilization from U.C. Santa Barbara and a B.A. degree in Catalan Philology from the University of Barcelona. 

Ms. Marin is an ATA certified (English>Spanish) translator and a California Certified Medical Interpreter. She has been a trainer for the medical interpreting program at Asian Health Services and Merritt College since 2005 and provides curriculum development and consulting services. Ms. Marin is also an instructor for the “Living in America Program” offered by the County courts.

Nora Goodfriend-Koven MPH

Nora Goodfriend-Koven MPH has been dedicated to issues of equity and health for over 3 decades. Presently she is a freelance Spanish interpreter and a trainer of interpreters.

A former fulltime and currently adjunct professor at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in the Health Education Department, Ms. Goodfriend-Koven was the lead instructor coordinator of the HealthCare Interpreter Certificate Program, where she currently teaches an occasional short-term course.

She also taught “Trauma Response and Recovery” and continues to provide workshops on the interface of interpreting and mental health issues.

Prior to her work at CCSF Nora worked for the San Francisco Public Health Department where she provided community-based prevention programs to the Latino and Spanish speaking community.

She did similar trainings in Belarus and Ukraine for survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion. Nora is a lead author of Healing Voices, a 1-week training for experienced interpreters who interpret in extreme circumstances of torture and trauma survivorship.

Nora has also consulted internationally on the topics of HIV/AIDS prevention (Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru) and disaster mental health (Belarus, Ukraine). She is on the board of directors of the California Healthcare Interpreting Association and Walden Center and School, an arts-based primary non-profit educational institution.

She is a certified Administrative Hearing Interpreter in the state of California for Spanish/English interpretation. Ms. Goodfriend-Koven received her BA in Latin American Studies and Anthropology from UCSC, and her MPH in Health Education from SJSU. She resides in the East Bay and in West Marin.

Marci Valdivieso

Marci Valdivieso is an entrepreneur, producer, interpreter and translator who has worked in Latin America and Europe within the software and electronics manufacturing corporate world for more than two decades. She has held a management role in conferences, seminars, proposal production and production teams and is currently a partner at Berkeley Language Institute.

Ms. Valdivieso has interpreting clients in the medical, scientific and legal fields and works in consecutive and simultaneous modes. She has also, translated a collection of poetry by Vijali Hamilton and a novel by Edie Hartshorne from English to Spanish. She has also translated Wings of the Butterfly, a set of essays by Maria Suarez and most recently Capá prieto a published work by Yvonne Denis Rosario, a Puerto-Rican author from Spanish to English, available on Amazon.

Having focused on Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley and because she is committed to promoting Latin American culture and interweaving the boundaries of hybrid culture in the United States, Marci continues her journey as a cultural worker with a musical band, radio program ChileFornia and production of musical events large and small.

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