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Nisar Nikzad

President, CEO

Nisar is the founder and CEO of Translation Excellence. He is a native of Kabul, Afghanistan who came to the U.S. in 2001. Nisar is an accomplished language professional with over 18 years experience as a linguist, language instructor, language tester, cultural competency trainer, and curriculum developer. Nisar also has extensive, highly successful experiences in managing contract work for all federal government agencies. Nisar has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Denver and an Associate’s degree in Information Technology. In his free time, Nisar enjoys outdoor activities such as playing volleyball, hiking, snowboarding, and running.

Farid Bayot


FaridBayot joined Translation Excellence in December of 2015. He has extensive experience in a wide range of leadership, management and advisory positions. As Chief Financial Officer, he oversees all aspects of the company’s finances, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting. Farid brings over a decade of financial management experience in the private and public sectors, with a focus on developing policies and procedures to improve performance and productivity.

Farid earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Metropolitan State College of Denver, an Executive MBA from University of Colorado and a MS in Finance from University of Colorado. In his free time, Farid enjoys spending time with his family, reading, snowboarding, playing soccer and listening to music.

Mary Jarrett

Government Account Manager

As Government Account Manager she oversees all government sales. Mary performs research to identify Government procurement opportunities and build pipeline, develops effective communication plans and strategies for potential and existent contracts with emphasis on developing key value-added relationships, and works effectively to maximize new procurement potentials. As a former CEO, she has over 25 years of experience in sales with Federal Government. She was awarded “Who’s Who in the World” for her contributions in helping our world become more environmental. She studied Ethology at University of Colorado and conducted Animal Research throughout the United States. Mary and her husband enjoy camping and the outdoors. She administers three popular Facebook pages on Colorado outdoor activities.

Gilda Graves

Quality Assurance Manager

As a Quality Assurance Manager with Translation Excellence, Ms. Graves has high-level authority at in the areas of evaluating, designing, and implementing our QA policies for all our service delivery programs. Ms. Graves utilizes her creativity, leadership, and multi-tasking and organizational skills to manage quality control of contracts and to provide complete satisfaction in a customer service role. Gilda is a native Spanish speaker and graduate of the Sacred Heart University in Puerto Rico. She has many years of experience teaching Spanish to children and adults, and working with interpreters in the US and abroad. In addition, Gilda has extensive experience in the development, administration and scoring of language assessments. In her free time, she enjoys reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Laura Lozano

Project Manager

Laura Lozano is a Colorado native and has more than 20 years of experience in business operations, talent development, and administration. Laura is currently a project manager for Translation Excellence working on bridging information and communication to communities through language.
Prior to joining Translation Excellence, she held leadership positions with private companies dedicated to increasing access to information and resources through language translation and captioning. Laura is known for her creative and entrepreneurial spirit and brings organization and emotional intelligence to her projects and ventures. She started a personal coaching company dedicated to integrated health and wellness and has supported the start-up of several local businesses. She also hosted a community radio show and coordinated public relations with TV stations and other media outlets. Laura is a supporter of the arts and enjoys spending time with her three children, as well as, volunteering, cooking, and traveling.

Rebecca Cornell

ASL/CART Scheduler

Rebecca has lived in Colorado almost her entire life. She has a strong background in languages and culture and has studied closely Spanish, Russian, Latin, plus many more languages. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UCCS and a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has solid experience working with many different types of languages and cultures, clients, and technology. Rebecca spends her free time with family & friends, listening to music, and enjoying life in Colorado.

Lyndsey Gibbons

ASL Staff Interpreter/Scheduler

Lyndsey is a Colorado native who moved to southern California after high school to pursue warmer weather and big dreams! While living in Los Angeles, she immersed herself in the Deaf community & ultimately graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Deaf Studies with a concentration of ASL/English interpretation from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She has a family of signers and has been signing for over 18 years. She has a diverse interpreting background with almost 10 years of professional experience in a multitude of settings, including mental health, educational, medical, legal, religious, entertainment, as well as working in the LGBTQ community. She has had the privilege of working at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as an on-set interpreter, tutoring and mentoring ASL students and new interpreters, in addition to extensive volunteering within the Deaf community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, traveling, getting on her yoga mat & exploring all the beauty that Colorado has to offer.

Melissa Halverson

ASL/CART Scheduler

Melissa Halverson “also goes by Elli” is a native of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota. She is an experienced ASL scheduler who utilizes her creativity, leadership and organizational skills to provide top quality scheduling services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. Melissa has been an ASL scheduler for the past two years. In addition to that, it is her newfound passion to create bridging opportunities and connections among the sign language community. She is fluent in ASL and has done work as an ASL tutor for the University of Minnesota. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Bemidji University. She has 3 C’s addictions: coffee, cheese, and chocolate, and her getaways are often at beaches.

Jason "JJ" Klein

Certified ASL Staff Interpreter/Scheduler

Jason Klein “JJ”, a midwesterner from the Queen City (Cincinnati, OH), is our certified ASL staff interpreter and scheduling coordinator at Translation Excellence. JJ is a native user of American Sign Language and started his interpreting career in 2010 upon receiving his Associate’s degree from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Later, he transferred to Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and earned his Bachelors Degree (2014) in interpreting and played three years of baseball. He has spent most of his professional career around our nation’s capital interpreting in the community with a focus in government. In his free time, JJ enjoys going to the gym, golfing, playing recreational softball, and spending time with family and friends.

Catherine Diaz

Catherine Diaz

Director of CART and Captioning Services

Catherine Diaz is the Director of CART & Captioning Services at Translation Excellence. Catherine is responsible for managing the scheduling support and personnel related matters including performance evaluations and developing plans for improvement. She has been working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community since 2012 and has always enjoying meeting new people and serving her local community. She has traveled to Greece, England, Austria, and She lived with her sister in Chicago and her brother in Hawaii, but always calls Denver home. From 2003 to 2007, she lived and worked in Uganda establishing schools and medical clinics. When she is not working or traveling, Catherine enjoys playing games with her friends and family, live music, and antiquing.

ASL Staff Interpreter/Scheduler

Matthew Adams

ASL Staff Interpreter/Scheduler

Matthew Adams, a native of the Queen City (Cincinnati, OH), is one of our ASL schedulers at Translation Excellence. Matthew is a CODA and native user of American Sign Language. He started his interpreting career in 2010 upon receiving his Associate’s degree from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Later, he transferred to Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and earned his Bachelors Degree (2014) in interpreting. After graduation he spent a few years interpreting in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas before moving back home to Cincinnati, where he has been interpreting in the community since. In his free time, Matthew enjoys going to the gym, fishing, anything in the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.


Alejandra Soto

In-house Spanish Translator

Alejandra Soto, “also goes by Ale”, is a native of Mexico City and an administrative professional with project management skills with more than 10 years of experience working in the areas of government, international development and cooperation, public administration, and foreign affairs. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2017, Ale worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mexico in democracy and governance projects, particularly managing projects related to Crime and Violence Prevention. She holds a master’s degree in International Cooperation and Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration. Prior to joining Translation Excellence, Ale was a professional freelance translator for over 12 years. She was also a professor at a Public University in Mexico. She is passionate about languages, human rights, women empowerment, foreign affairs, human development, international aid, and democracy. Ale is the mom of a 2-year-old beautiful girl whose name is Kaya and a fur-mom of Marley. Ale loves spending her free time volunteering and watching international movies.

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Translation Excellence, Inc. 3300 S. Parker Rd, Ste 200, Aurora, CO 80014
Washington D.C. Office - 1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 720-325-0459
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