French Translator (Dallas, TX)

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WORK EXPERIENCE


PARKLAND  HEALTH  &  HOSPITAL SYSTEM , Dallas, TX,  Medical Interpreter II,

Interpret for patients and providers of  the  PHHS Women & Children’s Division: conduct  various modes of interpreting in complex and potentially litigable situations and act as patient advocate as needed; sight translate legal consents required of all patients; have collaborated  on Spanish-language  research projects for  the UT Southwestern Anesthesia Department.

 


JCPENNEY CO.  HEADQUARTERS

& JCP DMS, Frisco, TX

Sr. Advertising Copywriter

Developed, wrote and edited retail advertising copy used in general market preprint program to stimulate consumer interest in Company merchandise, induce sales and enhance Co. image.  Also collaborated with other areas on Spanish-language projects as needed: editing,  writing and scouting vendors.

(In Dec. 2000 transferred as Scriptwriter from hdqrtrs to JCP DMS, now AEGON  DMS, Plano, TX). Wrote, translated, edited, direct marketing scripts and materials for Hispanic market. Reviewed legal, compliance issues; updated and adapted scripts for new database.

 

THE ASSOCIATES, Irving, TX

Translator/Writer

Translated, wrote copy for Spanish-speaking international branches and domestic branches for Consumer and Commercial Finance Operations.  Work ranged from highly technical to business/marketing for wide variety of internal clients including, Training, Marketing, Financial Planning, Legal and Corporate Communications departments.

ORNELAS & ASSOCIATES, Dallas, TX

Copy Editor/Translator

Edited, translated and wrote advertising copy targeting various segments of Hispanic Market.  Also, assigned special projects, as needed, brainstorming campaigns, editing voiceovers, assisting in shoots, etc. Clients: Pepsi, GTE, Southland Corporation, Wrangler and Mobil.

RAPP COLLINS WORLDWIDE, Irving, TX

Bilingual Copywriter/Editor

Planned, wrote, edited and developed direct marketing pieces — newsletters, statements, letters and marketing messages in English and Spanish — for clients targeting domestic and international Hispanic markets (Mexicana Airlines, MCI, Hyatt Hotels,  SAM’s Club).

MARY KAY COSMETICS, INC.

Worldwide Headquarters, Dallas, TX

Hispanic Communications Coordinator/Editor

Planned, coordinated the creation of all written/audiovisual materials into Spanish, including ongoing Hispanic publications, educational materials and consumer-oriented literature to enhance productivity of Spanish-speaking sales force. Ensured accuracy, consistency, integrity of all Spanish-language materials. Made Hispanic market recommendations; collaborated with marketing department in coordination of focus groups; determined needs of Hispanic sales force; designed Hispanic classes; interpreted at events. Supervised, monitored all work done by vendors & internal resources. Consulted as expert on communications, education & marketing issues.

FREELANCE WORK

Aside from above positions, I have worked on assignments ranging from escorting foreign delegations to conferences, to interpreting in the consecutive and simultaneous modes for legal proceedings and special meetings/conferences, to working on bilingual education textbook projects for Texas.

MOBIL OIL, EXPLORATION AND PRODUCING SERVICES, INC., Dallas, TX

Technical Translator/Interpreter (subcontract)

Translated highly technical documentation from Spanish and French (some Portuguese) into English; end-documents were in support of Mobil’s new business and pertained to three main areas: Oil & Gas; Financial/Fiscal; and Legal. Acted as liaison to foreign government officials negotiating contracts with Mobil; trained and supervised another translator.

EDUCATION

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, Dallas, TX

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude

3.5 GPA/4.0 scale

Major: Foreign Languages¾Spanish, French, Italian.  Minor: Journalism

 

INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE

Paris, France

Studied French Civilization & Language with SMU-in-Paris Program

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

Richardson, TX

Master of Arts, Arts & Humanities

Major: Literary Studies¾Thesis on Translation

Minor: ESL/Linguistics

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

(Jointly with Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

Business (CMBA) Certificate, Dec. 1995

MONTEREY INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, Monterey, CA

30+ hrs in various aspects of T & I

ACCOMPLISHMENTS/HONORS

  • SMU School  of Humanities Scholarship
  • Work contributions cited in “Hispanic 100” in ‘90, ‘91, and ’92
  • Collaborated on translation of  Inside Beauty (’92 winner of Int’l Award)
  • Contributed articles to “Applause” (winner of IABC Award of Merit in ’92)
  • Included in editions of 2000 Notable American Women, World Who’s Who of Women, International Who’s Who of Professional  & Business Women, etc.
  • Texas Licensed Court Interpreter
  • Accredited Translator (by ATA)
  • Certified Federal Court Interpreter
  • Certificat Pratique de Français Commercial et Economique awarded by Paris Chamber of Commerce (May 1995)

LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE

Spanish: Born in Caracas, Venezuela; attended private American schools there that encouraged bicultural studies-‑native fluency.

French: Participated in SMU-in-Paris Program in ‘83; lived with French family; near- native fluency. Revisited in ’97 and ’98.

Italian: Intensive Italian classes (’97) and two semesters of college–working knowledge.

Portuguese: Reading comprehension

We have French translators and interpreters in Los Angeles, CA; Orange County, CA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Washington D.C.; Dallas, TX, Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WAVancouver, BC, Canada; Paris, France; Tours, France; La Napoule,France ; Bordeaux, France; Cannes, France; Chamonix, France; Chartres, France; Clermont-Ferrand, France; Limoges, France; Marseille, France; Nice, France; Brussels, Belgium; Zurich, Switzerland; Monaco, Luxembourg,  and in many more cities all over the world.