Our 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.

Kathy Huffman,  President


Kathy has over 30 years of experience in leading both large and small organizations. With a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Christopher Newport University in Virginia, she is passionate about people, their development, and their ultimate success. She started her career with sixteen years at Avon Products and learned early on that excellence in communications is the key to individual and group performance. Prior to joining Affordable Language Services as President in May 2023, Kathy worked off and on in a consulting capacity with the company for four years. During that time, she learned a great deal about the language services industry and became very passionate about what we do. She truly believes “The right words mean everything.”

Nancy McMahon, Vice President- Customer Engagement


Nancy is a graduate of Xavier University and her current role is with Affordable Language Services as Vice President of Customer Engagement. She works collaboratively with internal and external teams defining and refining better solutions for today’s challenging and much needed Language Service Programs.

Previously with Pinnacle Talent Solutions she was responsible for partnering with leaders in private organizations as they decided to grow their organization and employee base. Working hand in hand with internal associates, client presidents and CEO’s as they defined the value and look of new critical leadership roles – assessing and building from the ground up.

Prior, Nancy spent 19 years with a large full-service staffing company and served the last 10 years on the leadership team as the Executive Vice – President of Sales and Operations (including OnSite and Vendor Management) for Enterprise Accounts. Her responsibilities included managing $135 million region and serving on a select internal team tasked with preparing the company for sale. After transitioning from the new ownership, she started an OnSite Company building and managing a $7 million organization specializing in Staffing and Site Training. She sold this organization to a larger staffing firm.


Elba Madison, Vice President – Training & Quality


Elba Madison is originally from Panama, a Fulbright scholar graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and minor in Mathematics. She has been an active interpreter for 12 years and a certified medical interpreter through the National Board of Certified Interpreters since 2013.  She is the VP of Interpreting Operations at Affordable Language Services and a licensed trainer for the Medical Interpreter Training Bridging the Gap. She has been working hand on hand with the Hispanic Community in the Greater Cincinnati Area and is part of many non-profit organizations like the Latino Health Collaborative, Su Casa Hispanic Center, Friends of Batahola, Miracles in Action and many more.

Julien Villa, Vice President of Operations


Julien comes from the French region Alsace, at the border with Germany. He has his Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the Université de Strasbourg. He has six years of experience with one of the largest Translation companies in the language services industry, Morningside. In addition to Morningside, Julien was the Chief Technology Officer for four years at Bredema, an IP law firm based in Paris, France. Julien joined us as Director of Translation Operations in February 2023 and quickly moved up two months later to Vice President of Operations with responsibility for both the Translation Department and Interpreter Services. Julien’s knowledge of our industry and command of technology have brought a whole new dimension to our ability to provide excellence in service to our customers.