About Us/ Quiénes somos

              
IL Mano Statement  
The purpose of this group is to promote the recognition of Trilingual Interpreters in the state of Illinois by providing a safe environment for support, socializing, advocacy, professional development, cultural awareness, and mentoring amongst each other therefore advancing standards.

El Proposito de la organización es para promover el reconocimiento de Intérpretes Trilingües en el estado de Illinois, en un ambiente seguro. Aqui recibiran apoyo, tendran oportunidad de socializar, abogar y desarrollarse profesionalmente al igual que aprender mas sobre la concienticiacion cultural y servir como mentores mutuales entre companeros. Todo esto ayudara bastante en avansar los estándares de nuestra profecion. 


Meet the Board Members /  Conozca a los miembros de la Mesa Directiva

Melva Flores
- President (2011-Present)

Melva Flores is of Puerto Rican decent, first generation born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. in ASL-English Interpretation from Columbia College Chicago in 2000. Melva has been interpreting for 19 years and holds a CI and CT National Certification from RID. She is a full time freelance interpreter. She often interprets interactively between her three languages, where she is the only interpreter present and interprets into/from all three languages either consecutively and/or simultaneously. She is currently a staff interpreter for Chicago Hearing Society and a Trilingual Video Interpreter for Sorenson Communications. She is the President of Illinois Mano a Mano. Her passion is to travel, professional development and seeing the Trilingual field grow. 





Alicia B Soto
- Vice-Pr
esident (2011-Present)
Alicia worked as a Sign Language Interpreter for the Chicago Public Schools for 30 years, she recently retired.  Alicia mentored students in ITPs. She has been Vice President of IL Mano a Mano since it was established. Alicia is also a Certified Spanish Interpreter CSI, in Legal, Medical and Education. She has been a Sign Language instructor for several years at schools, agencies, and families.  Alicia is a mother of 2 Deaf adults and 4 grandchildren, 2 of them who are Deaf. Alicia is a member of the Deaf Community, church and events related to the Deaf.







Lucy Lopata
- Treasurer (2011-Present)
Lucy holds a Bachelor's of Art degree. Lucy has been working at Hinsdale South High School in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program as a Paraprofessional Teacher and Spanish Interpreter for 17 years. She currently teaches Sign Language to parents with limited English for CHOICES for Parents-Chicago Hearing Society. Lucy is actively involved in the Deaf Community and feels honored to be involved.








Esteban Amaro
- Secretary (2011- present)   
Esteban Amaro is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and proudly identifies himself as a COMA (Child of Mexican Adults). In 2005, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in ASL- English Interpretation. He is a Trilingual (ASL, Spanish, and English) Interpreter and currently holds NIC, EIPA 4.2, and TX BEI: Trilingual Advanced. Esteban has also been awarded with Certificates in Simultaneous Interpretation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. As a freelance interpreter, he interprets in a variety of settings. He currently serves Secretary for Illinois Mano a Mano and is active in the Deaf Latino and Trilingual Communities. Esteban loves to travel and to meet new people.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
     



Nestor Daniel Borjon
- Board Member (2017- present)
Hola Mi gente!
Soy Néstor Daniel Borjon para servirle. Nací en "La cuidad de los vientos" y mis padres son Mexicanos.
Me gradué del programa de interpretación de inglés a señas de Columbia College Chicago en el 2012. Trabajo como intérprete educacional en las escuelas públicas de Chicago, y también como intérprete en el video teléfono. Amo mis trabajos, la comunidad  de los sordos.