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2016 Obtained Master’s degree in Chinese Language from the University of Hawaiʻi 

2015 Became Hawaiʻi State Judiciary Tier 1 Registered Interpreter 

2014-2015 Tutored Mandarin Chinese language learners 

2009-2012 Served as a volunteer translator for WatchingAmerica.com 

2009 Obtained Associate's degree in Indonesian Language 

2008-2014 Served as a Navy linguist 

2007-2008 Edited translated documents at Wescon Controls Shanghai, Inc. 

2004-2006 Taught English in China 

2000-2002 Studied Chinese at Xi'an Jiaotong University 

2000 Obtained Bachelor's degree from Eureka College

My going to China to study the language after college was initially meant to be a one-year adventure. I expected that learning a language with tones and characters and experiencing a culture vastly different from small town Illinois where I grew up would be challenging.  

What I did not expect was how exhilarating it would be to feel completely out of my element while being forced to find a way to communicate. I found myself looking forward to not knowing what to expect. By the end of my second year in China, the language, the culture and the people exposed a passion I did not know I had. 

One year turned into six. Now, fifteen years later I am taking my first steps as a freelance interpreter and translator. It is a privilege to do what I love. I look forward to what the next fifteen years hold!