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.
Our Sales Team
Jeff Nelson, Director of Sales- Interpreting
Jeff is in charge of all on site interpreter sales. While Jeff does not speak a second language, his fluency with numbers has helped Affordable Language Services understand the business better through data. Jeff is a father of four, grandfather of one, he also works with area youth as a Clermont County Knothole Baseball Umpire Instructor.
Nazha (Nona) Nashashibi, Interpreting Sales
Born and raised in Jordan, Nona is of Palestinian origin, but lived in Egypt for two and a half years and in the Sultanate of Oman for one year. She speaks English, French, and Arabic. Nona has been an interpreter for over five years.
Our Interpreter Relations Team
Eileene Evans, Scheduling Department Manager
Eileene has over twenty years of Operations and Customer Service experience. She avid gardener and loves to bake. One time, she supplied over 400 cupcakes to an American Cancer Society event. Eileene has four children, who are the light of her life, they range in age from 11 to 43.
Our Recruitment Team
Julia Heslop, Recruitment Coordinator
Julia is a Spanish major at the University of Cincinnati and is very passionate about the Spanish language and its speakers. She appreciates and loves learning about all different languages and cultures. Additionally, Julia is very enthusiastic about animals and enjoying nature. In her free time, she likes hiking, socializing, flow arts, cooking and enjoying food, and enhancing her Spanish.
Our Training & Quality Team
Elba Madison, Director of Training & Quality
Originally from Panama, Elba has been teaching Spanish for more than 16 years. She is a Fulbright Scholar and graduated from the University of South Alabama. Elba is also a licensed trainer for Bridging the Gap medical interpreter training. In her spare time, Elba enjoys dancing– she is part of the Que Lindo Es Panama group spreading Panamanian culture through dances and their beautiful “pollera” dresses.
Katelyn Stewart, Training & Quality Coordinator
Katelyn graduated with a BA in English and a religion minor from Wittenberg University. She enjoys reading, sewing, gardening, and camping with her dog, Haywood.
Cecily Wilson, Project and Training Coordinator
Cecily has a B.A. in Business Management and is fluent in Spanish. She is keenly interested in the history of languages and cultures. She
enjoys cooking organic and international foods, music and dancing. Also, Cecily is a novel writer who loves creating a rich world of fictional characters.
Our Deaf Services Team
Diane Dunne, Deaf Services Manager
Diane has been an American Sign Language interpreter for over 35 years and is R.I.D. certified. She went back to college at the age of 47 and graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an A.A. in American Sign Language. Diane enjoys all kinds of crafts, especially drawing.
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. Nicole teaches historic rapier combat in her free time and she would love to go sky diving.
Andrea Turnquist, Vendor Manager
Andrea has a B.A. in French from Rhodes College and an M.A. in Translation from Kent State University. She speaks French and a little Russian, can play “Eye of the Tiger” on the flute (it was her high school fight song), and is a proud Alto 2. She has lived in three cities in France: Rennes, Valence, and Paris. Her favorite French pastry is a chausson aux pommes.
Becca Jackson, Translation Project Manager
Becca has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Christian University. She speaks some Spanish and has studied written Koine Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. The oldest of nine siblings, Becca can stand on her head and can eat a large pizza in one sitting. She also runs marathons in her spare time. Her family and friends consider her the human incarnation of chaos. In addition, she is afraid of velociraptors.
Lareesa Jackson, Assistant Project Manager
Lareesa is a recent graduate from the Cincinnati Christian University with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a Communication Arts minor. She enjoys photography, thunderstorms, and fine point pens. Lareesa has completed a half marathon and knows better than to attempt a full one. She is passionate about effective communication and helping people be heard.
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. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, puzzles, word games, listening to music and spending time with her family.
Carol Glover, Billing Coordinator
Carol is in charge of making sure that correct payments are made to all of our interpreters. She has been with the company since 2008 and is excited to be a part of the growth. She enjoys her ministry, cooking, and traveling.
DJ Hogg, Accounting Assistant
DJ has a Bachelor’s Degree in French and has always loved learning bits of any other language she can. Her interests include music, movies, videogames/board games, and comic books. She was a part of the orchestra while growing up and also played with University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, so music has been a big part of her life. DJ would love to travel the world, but so far has visited 2 other countries: France and Uganda.