2019 Regional Conference on Interpreting and Translation

October 5, 2019 The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Novi

Speaker Bios

2019 Regional Conference on Interpreting and Translation

Keynote Speaker



Holly Mikkelson is Professor Emerita at the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.


She is an ATA-certified translator (Spanish>English, English>Spanish) and a state and federally certified court interpreter who has taught translation and interpreting for four decades.


In addition to co-authoring “Fundamentals of Court Interpretation: Theory, Policy, and Practice”, she is the author of “Introduction to Court Interpreting” as well as the Acebo interpreter training manuals and numerous articles on translation and interpretation.


Professor Mikkelson has consulted with many government and private entities on interpreter testing and training, and has presented lectures and workshops to interpreters and related professionals throughout the world.


In 2011, the American Translators Association awarded her the prestigious Alexander Gode Medal for outstanding service to the translation and interpreting professions.




After being trained in simultaneous interpretation in Japan, Ms. Izumi Suzuki established Suzuki Myers & Associates, Ltd. with her late husband, Steve D. Myers, in 1984, and began providing bilingual services.


Ms. Suzuki is certified “in both directions” (English-to-Japanese and Japanese-to-English) in translation by the American Translators Association (ATA), where she has served as a Board Member, as Administrator of the Japanese Language Division, and as Accreditation Language Chair. Currently, she serves as a member of the ATA Certification Committee and Interpreting Policy Advisory Committee.


Ms. Suzuki is also a California state-certified Japanese-English/English-Japanese court interpreter (one of only a dozen nationwide).


She is a founding member and former President of the Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network) (MITIN), an ATA Chapter, where she currently serves as Board Advisor. She serves as a member of the Interpreting Committee/SIG of the Japan Association of Translators (JAT) and is also a member of the U.S. National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT). In 2008, Ms. Suzuki accompanied Michigan Governor Granholm to Japan as her official interpreter.



As a Wayne State University graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Orest Melnyk embarked on his work career as a Senior Production Engineer. He gained an exceptional level of expertise in business, management, and technology, with a focus on IT, backup, security and maintenance.


Orest opened OMA Comp in 1995 in Michigan and quickly became one of Metro Detroit’s leading IT and computer service providers. Orest serves a wide array of businesses in many industries including banks and medical practices that have the strictest requirements to help keep information safe and secure.


He applies his strong technological background, wealth of expertise and knowledge, potent network, and deep understanding of people and business to consult and create short and long term strategic business planning. OMA Comp is also certified with BitDefender, a leader in antivirus software.