Our Team

Hannah Berke

Hannah is in her second year of the Translation and Localization Management program at MIIS with an English and Japanese language pair, but she is also studying Spanish this year. She did her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University and double majored in Japanese and Linguistics. She has a particular interest in the audiovisual and multimedia fields and hopes to one day work in those areas. In her free time, she likes to relax with her cat, cook, and spend time with friends.

Melissa Svenningsen

Melissa is currently pursuing a master’s in Translation and Localization Management with a focus in Russian-English/German-English translation. She graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Russian Language and Literature. After teaching English in Moscow, Russia, she worked in hospitality prior to starting at the Middlebury Institute. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking bread and hiking with her dog.

June Jiang

June is a highly motivated MA candidate in Translation and Localization Management at MIIS with English and Chinese as the language pair, with a strong interest in localization, programming language, and management. Equipped with specific knowledge in economy and management which was taught by professors from Queens College in the City University of New York during her undergraduate, she found it an ongoing trend for employees to have the eligibility to combine business and technology with translation. She also worked as a translator and interpreter for Youku Tudou Inc, Netease, Food & Hospitality China, and several non-governmental organizations. She is interested in applying different CAT tools combined with programming languages and translation tasks. Her passion lies in the aspiration to invigorate and spark inspiration in the localization and management industry. She enjoys traveling around, playing piano, and reading in her spare time.

Previous Team Members

The project was founded by Veronica Fried, Cynthia Chen and Caitlin Quait in 2019 during their first year at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. They wanted to help MIIS TLM students connect with localization professionals. The program later grew to helping translation and interpretation students as well.

2022-2023: Sam Jamieson ’22, Aurora Wang ’22, Oussama Bel Aïba ’22 and Stephanie Lu ’23

2021-2022: Naomi Stock ’22, Luke Paustian ’22, Grizelda Ambriz ’22 and Wendy Wei ’22

2019-2021 (Founding Team): Veronica Fried ’21, Cynthia Chen ’21 and Caitlin Quait ’21