Last month’s annual California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) conference in Monterey provided the home team with a pair of big wins, as two members of the Middlebury Institute’s tight-knit campus community took home prestigious awards.
First, Johanna Parker MATI Spanish ’05 was given the CHIA Trainer of the Year award. Johanna holds the title of Lead Interpreter for Education and Training at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, as well as serving as a freelance conference interpreter and translator, and a seminar interpreter for the U.S. Department of State. Johanna also teaches medical interpreting at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and helped to coordinate the Stanford Health Care Internship Program for Summer 2015.
Coincidentally, Johanna is also a faculty member for the Spanish Community Interpreting Certificate program at MIIS that is led by her fellow awardee—Professor Holly Mikkelson MAICC ’76, who received the President’s Award at the recent CHIA conference. Holly is no stranger to this sort of recognition from her peers, having been awarded the American Translators Association’s highest honor, the Alexander Gode Medal, in 2012.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Johanna and Holly,” commented Dean Renée Jourdenais of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education. “They continue to represent our translation and interpretation programs with great distinction.”