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I am a French to English translator who loves the French language and writing about France, its history, culture and daily life. With near-native proficiency in French, I've lived in Belgium and France and traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East. I'm a voting member of the American Translators Association (ATA) and the National Capital Area Translators Association (NCATA) and I provide translations for corporations, individuals and not-for-profits. My recent work includes translation of a soldier's journal from the fall of France in 1939-1940. The site includes a translation about another tragedy, the Saulx Valley Massacre, that occurred in France in 1944. has pubished one of my articles on Etobon and its history. I have translated books, journals and other materials for the Etobon project and my knowledge of village life in France deepens my understanding of the story.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland, I've earned two Masters degrees, from the University of Tennessee and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, respectively. At Gettysburg, I received honors for my work in Theology and Theological Ethics. I am an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and have served as pastor of the Paroisse du Mont-Vaudois in the Haute-Saône region of eastern France. Today, I continue to work with my colleagues and friends in France as I translate French texts into English.

I have worked for large organizations, including Frederick Community College, West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc., and Arthur Young & Co. Writing, editing, and teaching were part of my professional responsibilities in all of those organizations. My emphasis on client-centered service comes from my experience in consulting and not-for-profits.

I hosted "Weekend All Things Considered" and "A Prairie Home Companion" on WPSU FM for several years. I am an accomplished knitter and I collect yarn and patterns in my travels. I love a good mystery, especially if it’s true.