The Language Connections team is made up of experienced Project and Account Managers. They are consummate professionals with a mission to eliminate inefficiencies, ensure accuracy, and deliver your projects on time and on budget (if not under!). Language Connections’ Project and Account Managers will quickly become your company or organization’s trusted partners in translation and interpretation projects.
Founder and President
A veteran translator and U.S. State Department interpreter with years of experience in international business, Leo founded Language Connections in 1993. Over the years the company grew into a multi-service translation and interpreting agency with a capacity for handling large contracts.
Currently, Language Connections serves clients and their target audiences in over 200 languages: it translates and localizes marketing, technical, medical and legal materials to help companies enter international markets, provides interpreters for conferences and high-level meetings in all parts of the globe, and collaborates with medical and charitable organizations both nationally and worldwide.
Leo’s multifaceted educational background in engineering, business administration and linguistics equips him with a unique understanding of his clients’ perspectives and requirements. Respected for his integrity, competence and forthright business practices, Leo demands exceptional attention to client needs from his linguists and staff.
Leo has been a member of the American Translators Association since 1996 and a Board Member of the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England since 2005.
Senior Translation Project Manager and Quality Lead
Natalia joined the Language Connections team as a Marketing Manager in 2014 and subsequently transitioned to a Senior Translation Project Manager role. She has outstanding expertise in translation, localization, desktop publishing and interpreting.
Natalia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Linguistics and Translation. She is a native Russian speaker, fluent in English, and has a basic knowledge of French and Latin. Her extensive experience in cross-cultural interaction, her intense work ethic and her thorough attention to detail has made her a valued member of the team at Language Connections. Over the years, Natalia has deftly provided translation solutions to a wide variety of clients and successfully managed a myriad of complex projects with Language Connections– often simultaneously.
Interpretation Project Manager
Xenia joined the Language Connections team as an Interpretation Project Manager in 2018. She has expertise in project management and vendor management. Her specialty is working with community organizations, universities, and global manufacturers.
Xenia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management. She is a native Russian speaker, fluent in English, and has a basic knowledge of German. Her impeccable work ethic, superb customer service, and the excellent rapport she builds with vendors have quickly made her a valued member of the team at Language Connections. Xenia has contributed a great deal to the interpretation team. Through hard work and a selfless attitude, she has helped the department exponentially increase the number of projects it takes on.
Senior Account Manager
Kirill Grushko joined the Language Connections team in 2010. A graduate of the Moscow State University for the Humanities, Kirill holds a degree in World Literature and History. His main interest lies in the field of literary and scientific translation. Coming from a family of literary translators, Kirill excelled as a professional English-Russian-English translator, editor and interpreter for various educational institutions, publishers and businesses. His thorough knowledge of world history and cultures, along with superior communication skills, have enabled Kirill to build on his experience and successfully manage translation/interpreting projects worldwide.
Kirill believes that efficient and result-focused project management is key to building productive long-term relationships with clients. He brings a can-do attitude and customer focus to the Language Connections team. Kirill is a native Russian speaker, fluent in English, with basic Spanish skills and a working knowledge of Latin.
Senior Account Manager
Maria joined Language Connections as a Senior Interpreting Project Manager in 2013. A seasoned industry professional, she has outstanding expertise in both interpreting and translation.
Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Science of Translation and Interpretation. She is a native Russian speaker, fluent in English, and has a basic knowledge of German and Latin. She has excellent communication and management skills, vast experience in cross-cultural interaction, and a take-charge personality. Possessing these skills has allowed Maria to successfully manage a number of complex interpreting projects for the company’s strategic clients.
Translation Project Manager
Simon joined Language Connections as a Translation Project Manager in 2018. He is experienced in managing complex translation and localization projects across various verticals, including: commercial, software/tech, blockchain, educational/academic, medical, legal, and official government materials.
Originally from Great Britain, Simon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics & English Language from the University of Kent. He is a native English speaker carrying a basic knowledge of Italian, Spanish, French, and German. Employing a steadfast, hands-on work ethic, he is devoted to building strong, lasting relationships with clients. Simon’s ability to recognize growth in emerging markets has helped Language Connections expand their repertoire of services offered and industry experience.
Director of Business Development
Mary joined the Language Connections team in 2019. A graduate of American University, Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She has over 20 years of experience in localization, with over 12 years focused on Life Sciences Vertical. Originally from the Boston area, she lived in Moscow for two and a half years and in Switzerland for one year. She has studied German and Russian extensively.
Mary is constantly seeking innovative ways to make translation better, faster, and cheaper by embracing technology and process improvement. She loves helping customers solve challenges, such as meeting regulatory deadlines, avoiding risk of product recall, and crafting marketing messaging for a global market.
Language Training Manager
Abigail joined Language Connections as the Language Services Coordinator in 2019. She is uniquely qualified for this role, having a year of hands-on language training experience herself teaching English in Madrid. Originally from New Hampshire, Abbey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship from Lynn University. She is a native English speaker with a basic knowledge of Spanish, acquired when she lived in Madrid for two years.
Abigail deftly builds and maintains client relationships with corporations and nonprofits alike. Through her diligence and organization, she excels at putting together and executing plans for language training that exceed our clients’ expectations.
Program Coordinator, Interpreter Training
Vivianne Nufio joined the Language Connections team as the Program Coordinator for Interpreter Training Programs in 2019. She has a solid track record of high quality customer service that she brings to our students, teachers and partners.
Vivianne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a Latin American and Caribbean Concentration from Denison University. She is a dual native English and Spanish speaker and has years of experience acting as an interpreter in her community. In her spare time, Vivianne is also an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc and she participates in community service projects in the South shore and Boston area.
Head, Business Development
Ruvim is a veteran of the localization industry with 15+ years of experience with Hewlett-Packard translation & localization practice on both localization client and localization provider sides in several capacities from localization consulting to business development and customer success. He also spent 7 years in Business Relationship Management and Enterprise Program Management in tech and pharma industries managing diverse, globally distributed teams. He has an MS in Materials Engineering and an MBA.