Julia Pedro – Administrator (Lisbon, POR)
Julia Pedro has been in the translation business since 1993, from the early days of localization, while working at a multinational financial information and services organization. Later, Julia joined Trados in the US and in Germany from 2000 to 2003 and worked in different projects for freelancers, LSPs and language-services related technology. She co-founded TranslateIt.net in Seattle, Washington and ran the business’ front and back offices for 7 years.
Besides her ATA-Certification in English-to-Portuguese achieved in 2006, Julia has been a certification grader since 2010 and more recently Deputy Language Chair. She holds certificates in translation and foreign languages from different academic institutions in Europe and Africa, and a degree in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation from the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. Julia is also a sworn translator by the High Court of South Africa.
Over the last 20 years, Julia has been living, working, and traveling in the Americas, Europe and Africa on countless assignments and projects.
Ruth Hollard – Assistant Administrator (Alabama, USA)
Ruth Hollard is an American translator specializing in Portuguese-to-English (and French-to-English) business and financial translations. She has over nine years of translation experience, in addition to her prior corporate experience at Citigroup, DDB Needham Europe, and Goldman Sachs. Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a major in international trade and finance, and a minor in German. She has lived abroad for over three decades in Austria, Switzerland, France, and Brazil. She currently divides her time between the USA and Brazil.
Online Presence Coordinator – Giovanna Lester (Florida, USA)
Gio is an ATA Certified Portuguese into English translator living in Miami, FL. She is also an interpreter, and her career has spanned four decades and two continents. Gio has served the ATA as a marketing team volunteer, Assistant Administrator and Administrator of the Interpreters Division, and Certification Grader (Portuguese into English). She was President of the original Florida Chapter (FLATA) and later co-founded the current Florida chapter (ATIF), which she also led as president—twice. Gio also served as Interim Vice-Chair of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, Chair of the Miami-Dade County Advisory Council on Translation and Interpretation, and General Secretary of the Brazilian Association of Translators and Interpreters (ABRATES). She was also President of ABRATES for the 2020–2022 term.
Copyeditor – Lynnea Hansen (Wisconsin, USA)
Lynnea Hansen is a conference interpreter (Portuguese<>English), US State Department contract interpreter, translator (Portuguese>English) and English proofreader from the USA. She graduated from New York University in international relations, began translating and interpreting during an internship at an NGO, then worked at United Nations headquarters for two years, moved to Brazil and continued translation, proofreading, and interpreting studies (graduated from Rio Brasillis), and interpreted President Obama in Washington DC in 2016. She has 24 years of experience and many hundreds of articles translated or edited/proofread, which have been published in international academic journals.
Copyeditor – Todd Harkin (São Paulo, Brazil)
Todd Harkin is a Portuguese > English translator from Missouri (USA), specializing in food, sustainable development, and medical/pharmaceutical content, as well as in cultural equivalence in translation. He transitioned to a full-time career in translation in 2018, after more than 25 years in the food industry in different countries. Todd has a Bachelor’s Degree in Gastronomy and Hospitality Management and Certificates in Portuguese as a Second Language (Mackenzie University), Medical Translation (Escola de Tradutores), Technical Translation (Geronymus), and Conference Interpreting (Escola de Tradutores). He is currently studying English-Portuguese Translation in the Graduate Program of Estácio University. A formally trained and certified Chef, Todd is the personification of a foodie translator.
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