5th Annual OHCIA Conference for Interpreter Advancement & Excellence



Tuality Health Care education center

334 S.E. 8th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123

8 am to 5 pm


We are thrilled to announce our 2017 conference Keynote Speaker:

Brian K. Gibbs, PhD, MPA

Vice President, Equity & Inclusion and Associate Professor, School of Public Health, OHSU-PSU

Dr. Brian Gibbs serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). In this position he serves as the chief diversity officer for the University, overseeing the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) and is responsible for diversity initiatives within the clinical, educational, and research missions. 

Dr. Gibbs received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow, and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gibbs received his Master's in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. He practiced as an Occupational therapist for 10 years in Los Angeles.


Palliative care social worker with Providence Health and Services.    Currently the vice-chair with the Oregon Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council.

Chief Diversity Officer for Providence Health & Services in Oregon. Former Director of the Office of Multicultural Health for the State of Oregon; and, one of the founders of the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health. 

ASL Oregon Court Certified Interpreter, Nationally Certified Interpreter.   Over 22 years of interpreting in a variety of settings. For the last 6 years she has been working on staff with the Oregon Judicial Department with Certification and Training and most recently as their ASL staff interpreter.

Oregon Certified Spanish Healthcare Interpreter and Interpreter Services Program Coordinator at Legacy Health, where she has worked since 2007. She is Chair of the Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters (OCHCI) which advises the Oregon Health Authority on administrative rules and policy standards for the Health Care Interpreter Program. She also chairs the OCHCI’s Legislative and Policy Committee.

Qualified Spanish Healthcare Interpreter and Instructor at Portland State University. More than 15 years of university teaching experience in private and public institutions in Oregon, he has taught at Reed College and Portland State University.  Dr. Fernández earned his BA in English Literature from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The Pennsylvania State University.

Nationally certified ASL interpreter. Her background includes graduate study in health, fitness and athletic training. In addition, Julie has been a high school teacher, small business owner and is the author of Sign the Speech: An Introduction to Theatrical Interpreting. She is currently the Community Supervisor for Purple Communications for the Portland/SW Washington region.

Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) - Spanish, as well as a Certified Health Care Interpreter in Oregon. Currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI), and is also Vice President of the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters (OSTI). She is also an active member of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA).

Lead Russian Interpreter, Education and Training, at Stanford University Medical Center, and Chair Elect of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters. Margarita is a certified Bridging the Gap trainer. She was a Russian Language Coach at the City College of San Francisco HCI program.

Experienced professional mental health interpreter. Has trained interpreters for work in mental health and served as a consultant to clinicians. She specializes in guiding behavioral health and social service agencies through an institutional change process which ensures the civil rights of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) community members and recognizes the responsibility and role of the institution.  

Has worked as a healthcare professional for well over 46 years including critical care, utilization review services and general nursing duties. For a decade, Ms. Michalczyk worked for the Oregon Health Sciences University as a Medical Interpreter Manager and Diversity Training Instructor. Maria was the founder, director and instructor of the Healthcare Interpreter Training program at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon which was created in 1998.

In joining Goodwill Industries of the Willamette Columbia Janet continues a teaching and training career that has spanned over 20 years. She recently retired from teaching at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She received a Master’s Degree in Communication from Oregon State University. Janet's experience as a lifelong learner and background in communication informs her teaching and training goal of making learning exciting and fun. 

Joined Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (GICW) in early 2014, and previously worked for Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin  for over four years. Teaches professional development workshops to Goodwill employees and the community.
Educate participants with physical and intellectual disabilities through a wide spectrum of learning tools.


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For more information on the 2017 conference, please contact Carola Ibañez at cibanez@ohcia.org.