OHCIA's 1st Executive Director

Susy brings to the job not only her many years of experience as a certified medical interpreter, founder, president, and member of the board of directors of the association, but also her knowledge in business and human resource management.

She earned a law degree in her native Colombia, and then went on to pursue her Associate of Science and Business Management Development degrees.  Her postgraduate studies include a degree in Human Resource Administration from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá and a Certificate of Professional Development from Portland State University in the Comprehensive Human Resource Management Program.

She states that her vision for the OHCIA is: “To create a neutral and creative space in which language access stakeholders such as medical interpreters, translators, health care providers, interpreter agencies, government entities, community-based organizations, and the limited English proficient (LEP) population may collaborate on ways to use resources more effectively and efficiently for the benefit of all concerned.”