Olivier, a native of Belgium, has been with AOLTI since 1999. He has an extensive language background, including studies in English, Dutch, Russian and Latin, and achieved University degrees in Translation and in Slavic Studies. He has also completed a certificate program in Localization at the University of Washington. In his free time, Olivier likes to spend time with his family, read, play guitar and exercise outdoors.
Chiaki, a native of Japan, joined AOLTI in 2010. She holds a BA in English and a M.Ed in Bilingual and Multi-cultural Education. Before joining our team she held various positions in the translation, editing and software industries. She is also experienced as a freelance English to Japanese translator. In her spare time she enjoys listening to classical music, playing piano, gardening, swimming and she is an avid reader.
Maria joined AOLTI in the summer of 2017. A native of Russia, she received most of her education in Saint Petersburg and holds a degree in Linguistics and Intercultural Communications. More recently, she acquired a professional certificate in Localization Engineering and Project Management from UW. She has studied and worked in Russia, Mexico and UK. She has also worked as a freelance English to Russian translator. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her family.
Suenne, a native of Germany, joined AOLTI in the summer of 2015. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Before joining AOLTI, Suenne served with AmeriCorps as a Client Services Coordinator at the American Red Cross. She has studied and worked in Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands and Turkey. Having a wide range of language skills in German, English, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, Latin and French, she has also been working as a foreign language instructor.
Rima, a native of Seattle, joined the team in the summer of 2015. Rima holds a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Philosophy from Seattle University (class of 2014, summa cum laude). As a student, Rima worked as a French peer tutor at Seattle University’s Learning Center and studied abroad in Grenoble, France. From 2014-2015, Rima taught English abroad with the TAPIF program in Paris. Rima’s hobbies include travelling, yoga, reading, hiking, and swing dancing.
Nayely, a Seattle native, joined AOLTI in 2010. She holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Washington. As part of her degree, Nayely studied Spanish, Portuguese, French and Arabic. Before coming to AOLTI Nayely worked as a Spanish interpreter and continues to be actively involved in interpretation as a freelance Spanish Medical Interpreter serving medical facilities in Snohomish County. Nayely is an avid pilot and dog lover and enjoys spending most of her free time outdoors: hiking, rock-climbing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Joan, a native of Seattle, joined AOLTI in the winter of 2017. She graduated with Honors from Western Washington University with a B.A. in English. During her time at university she studied abroad at the University of Nottingham in England and travelled throughout Europe. She has also worked with the World Affairs Council of Seattle’s International Visitors Program and is currently pursuing a Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Chaouky, a native of Lebanon, established the Academy of Languages in 2002 as an independent corporation, following its initial establishment in 1990 as a branch of the Washington Academy of Languages which he co-founded in 1979. He is a founding member of NOTIS, has served on the education committee of the Red Cross Language Bank, and helped establish the Translation and Interpretation Institute in Seattle.
Sherri has been with the Academy of Languages since 2002, handling the Company’s finances and general corporate responsibilities.