Our Team

Our Executive Team

Lynn Elfers, CEO & Owner

Lynn Elfers attended the University of Cincinnati and was a former full-time volunteer in Costa Rica. What originally began as a desire to help individuals, grew to become a thriving company. Lynn guided the company through the natural evolution of an ever-growing professional interpreting service working in high-stress locations such as medical emergency rooms to a blossoming company which incorporates all branches of language services.  Here’s more on Lynn’s thoughts on leadership from her interview on From Founder To CEO.


Gary Elfers, V.P. Business Development

Gary loves the Spanish language as well as the different cultures that exist throughout Latin America. Gary and Lynn attended the Watchtower Bible College of Gilead designed for preparing missionaries for the foreign field and upon graduating, were assigned to Costa Rica. This led them to getting into the language industry. He considers it a great privilege to work with such a diverse group of people that are on the front lines doing the interpreting. Gary’s pastimes are jogging, hiking, mountain biking, and cooking. Also, he is engaged in a jail ministry at the Hamilton County Justice Center, teaching Spanish speaking inmates principles from the Bible that helps them make positive changes in their lives.


Amy Canary, General Manager

Amy graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Business Management. She was a Director of Client Services at Staffmark and more recently a Sr. Director at Paycor.


Jill Wheelwright, Director Interpreter Operations

Jill is a native of Cincinnati with over 25 years of leadership experience.  After attending both Miami University and the University of Cincinnati, Jill graduated from Mount Saint Joseph University with a bachelor’s degree.   She has a diverse background across various industries, including telecommunications and finance.  Most recently Jill served as the Director of Customer Service at United Dairy Farmers.


Joe Teghtmeyer, Sales Director

Joe comes to Affordable Language Services from KBco, where he was Regional Sales Manager growing sales of premium ophthalmic prescription sunglass lenses in a nine state territory.   Prior to that, Joe enjoyed a successful career with Younger Optics located in Torrance, California. His progressive career started as the Area Sales Manager, increasing sales in a six state territory. He also previously held the positions of Regional Trainer and Regional Manager for Essilor, located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.



Our Accounting Team

Kristi Reynek, Controller

Kristi has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and has recently become a CPA.  She is also a certified Project Management Professional and has worked in the Accounting field more than 10 years.  She has a strong track record for system conversions, implementations, and process improvements.


Our Translation Team

Nicole Sheldon, Translations Operation Manager

Nicole has a B.A. in Linguistics from Miami University and speaks French, Russian, Japanese, and a little bit of Dutch. She has lived in France and Russia.