Spanish ↔ English
202 S. Planer Mill Rd.
DeRidder, LA 70634
Cell: (407) 739-6090
MA, Business & Organizational Security Management, Webster University, Ft Leonard Wood, MO, 2005
BA, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, 1997
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: International Relationships, Military Operations, Government, Management, Law Enforcement, Psychology, Criminal Law, Civil Law, Human Resources, Health Care, and Security.
Native fluency in the English and Spanish languages
Currently hold an active Top Secret Clearance from the Department of Defense
Experienced working in sensitive diplomatic environments in different countries, interacting with people of different cultures, socioeconomic groups, religious beliefs, and educational levels
Professional demeanor and appearance with exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Member of the American Translators Association (ATA)
INTERPRETING AND TRANSLATING EXPERIENCE:
July 2010 – January 2017: Operations Officer, United States Army
Seven years Operations Officer experience that included duties as an Interpreter and Translator with the United States Southern Command while traveling to various countries with senior ranking Military Officials
Translated operational doctrine documents and Interpreted during classified and sensitive information discussions in support of Civil and Military Operations in the Southern Command’s Area of Operations.
May 2005 – July 2010: Spanish Interpreter, Independent Contractor, Florida and South Georgia Areas
Self-employed and practiced successfully in the fields of law, health and medicine
Performed consecutive and simultaneous interpreting in a demanding role that requires accuracy, quick thinking, extreme focus, and an excellent grasp of sector-specific language and jargon
Facilitated effective communications between clients at conferences, technical, business, and legal meetings, as well as court hearings and medical consultations
May 1997 – May 2005: Military Police Officer, US Army (Active Duty).
While assigned as a Company Commander at the US Army Military Police Academy, worked as a Spanish Interpreter for all executive and diplomatic visitors from Spanish speaking Nations
Interpreted operations and safety briefings for the Spanish and Italian Armies during multinational Airborne Operations in Kosovo, resulting in 100% success rate and no injuries or fatalities (Interpreted between Spanish, English and Italian)
Served as an adjunct English instructor at the Republic of Korea Military Academy.
Volunteer organizer, active participant, and guest speaker during Hispanic Heritage Month events while assigned to military installations in Korea, Missouri, and North Carolina
Born in Massachusetts and raised in Puerto Rico. In 1987, after high school, attended college at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus. Moved to Massachusetts to improve English language abilities in 1989; then returned to Puerto Rico in 1990 and joined the US Army. While in the military, worked as an Air Defense Artillery Officer, Military Police Officer, Human Resources Manager, and Operations Officer for the State Partnership Program and Theater Engagements Directorate in the United States Southern Command Headquarters located in Doral, Florida