Ximena Chica-Perini

President - email: president@nitaonline.org
(Term 2019-2021)

Ximena Perini

Arrived in Las Vegas in January 2018, Ximena is a professional interpreter and translator with experience accrued over the last 10 years in her native Colombia, the USA and abroad throughout a wide range of venues, from various foundational industries such as Oil, Coal Mining, Iron Forge and Agriculture, through service industries like Medical-Pharmaceutical, Banking, Accounting, Marketing, IT, Cyber Technologies, Publishing, Journalism, and Legal Representation to government institutions such as Police, Military Forces, Ministries, Tax Authority, Sports Administration, Prosecutor General and the Presidency of Colombia. In her first year in Vegas she became court-certified through the State of Nevada Administrative Office of the Courts and now works as a contractor for the Clark County Courts Interpreters Office, the US District Court and the US Probation Office. Her three instrumental languages are Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Sofia Gillman

Vice President - email: vicepresident@nitaonline.org
(Term 2020-2022)

Born in South Korea and raised in Paraguay, Sofia has learned both Korean and Spanish simultaneously at an early age. After school, Sofia has worked as an English as a Second Language instructor at schools and language academies. Currently, she works as a Spanish instructor at UNLV while culminating an M.A. Program in Hispanic Studies specializing in Translation and Culture. As a multilingual (Korean-Spanish-English) freelance interpreter, she has been able to gain experience throughout business conferences, social justice seminars as well as religious events. She is currently working as a Korean Registered Interpreter for the Clark County Courts Interpreters Office.

Amarilis Alexander

Treasurer - email: treasurer@nitaonline.org
(Term 2019-2021)

Amarilis Alexander

As an experienced individual in the hospitality industry from front line employee to operational manager in various departments related to this industry, I consider myself a major asset to NITA as a Board member. Being born and raised in Honduras and knowing the English language since the age of 5; I am fully fluent in both languages and I am able to read and write in them as well. I am well versed in all aspects that this Board position requires and have added qualities and skills to bring to the team and association such as: Website building, Computer skills in most programs and audio-visual skills. I feel fully comfortable holding a position like this as it is important to have social skills as well as public speaking skills. My public speaking experience includes hosting training sessions, recruiting and being a crew member to several Anthony Robbins seminars. I have been preparing for the Federal Court Exam for the past 8 years. Current student with UCSD under the T&I program. I consider myself well-traveled due to having the opportunity of living in or visiting places such as: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, France, Honduras and a vast majority of the US. In my experience it is key in engaging with individuals while being part of an Executive committee in any association or organization.

Maria E. Tiscareño

Secretary - email: secretary@nitaonline.org
(Term 2020-2022)

MTiscareno

Maria E. Tiscareño, BA, Associate Paralegal Degree, CCI NV. I am the Staff Interpreter/Translator at the office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada where I have worked for 20+ years. I feel very fortunate to work with zealous federal defense attorneys on a daily basis. It is my mission to do my part to ensure that our clients fully receive their due process of the law. I thank my parents for raising me in a bilingual household and for teaching me to embrace and be proud of my Mexican heritage.

Natalia Cardillo

Director - email: ncardillo@nitaonline.org
(Term 2020-2022)

Natalia is a Certified Master Court Interpreter who has been interpreting and translating professionally in Northern Nevada for more than 10 years. She started as a freelance interpreter providing services for different agencies such as the State of Nevada, U.S. District Court, Washoe County School District and Immigration Court; as well as private attorneys and local businesses among others. Currently, she is a full-time staff Court Interpreter and Interpreter Services Coordinator in Reno, NV.

Natalia teaches Community Interpretation courses and provides training for court personnel on Language Access for Limited English speakers. She is a frequent speaker at the Orientation Workshop for Interpreters in Nevada Courts. In addition, she is a Spanish instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.

Janie Lopez

Director - email: j.lopez@nitaonline.org
(Term 2019-2021)

Janie Lopez

Janie Ortiz Lopez started her interpreting career as at the “ripe” age of fourteen. To the present she has been interpreting/translating. She has a Business of Science degree in Business Management, and her career focus has been in the housing/financing industry and in civil rights. Wanting to expand her career horizons, she obtained her certification as a Nevada Court Interpreter in 2012. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she has lived abroad in the South Pacific and Europe, and has traveled to other countries, where she has had ample opportunities to experience other cultures and languages firsthand. Consequently, she has learned other languages—although not fluently—well enough to break barriers and make new friends. As a Director, Janie is looking forward to advancing the goals of NITA and the standards of the Industry.

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