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Elena Langdon Fortier is the chair of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, a volunteer position. She works as supervisor of Interpreter & Translation Services at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she oversees a staff of 45 interpreters and translators. Prior to working at Baystate, Elena worked as a freelance interpreter and translator (Portuguese<>English) for several years.
She is certified by the American Translators Association (ATA) as a translator (Portuguese to English) and holds an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). She has been teaching interpreting and translation since 2005 at several educational institutions, including UMass, Boston University and the University of Chicago. Elena is also the administrator of the Portuguese Language Division of the ATA. Born in the United States, Elena grew up in Florianópolis, Brazil, where her mother and brother still live.