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Meet Our Team

The Avantpage team is comprised of a broad range of professionals from all over the world. We come from different countries, cultures, and professional backgrounds. But all of us are bound together by a common goal: to empower immigrant populations in their pursuit of the American dream. With this goal in mind, we commit ourselves every day to attending to the needs of our clients and the people they serve.

  

Luis Miguel
CEO

Luis Miguel is the CEO at Avantpage, Inc. Luis is responsible for our mission to provide immigrants with the opportunity to reach their american dream. Luis is passionate about helping our clients communicate effectively with immigrants in language they can both understand. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the translation industry, Luis works to the benefit of our clients and the immigrant community. But Luis is other things too! As an Airbnb host, Luis and his cat Gatubela love to host people from other countries in their Davis home!

  

Vera Hooijdonk
Director of Operations

Vera helps Avantpage deliver smooth and efficient services that meet our client’s needs. She believes each day is a new opportunity to improve and is passionate about finding practical solutions for both our clients and internal teams. With 10 years of experience in the translation industry, Vera knows that language matters and hopes that through her work she’s able to transmit her enthusiasm and passion for languages to others. But Vera is an adventurer too! She loves to travel and is proud of each new stamp in her passport. And when closer to home, she enjoys biking or reading a book in the sun.

  

Serena Williams Ph.D.
Quality Manager

Serena is the Director of Continuous Quality Improvement at Avantpage, Inc. The Quality Area sets standards and measures the quality of texts and contexts surrounding translation and localization. Serena is a proponent of engaged translation practices that empower the end-users of translated texts to participate in their production. With 20 years of experience in language assessment, Serena works to demonstrate to minority language speakers in the US that high-quality translation is a form of respect to those communities. As a Research Associate in Linguistics, she also loves to present investigative findings related to linguistic studies.

  

Sabra Rubinstein
Head of Marketing

Sabra is the Head of Marketing at Avantpage, Inc. Sabra spreads Avantpage’s brand story by creating high-value and targeted content for clients, prospects, and all other audiences. She’s passionate about ensuring all people have equal access to information. With over 5 years of experience in digital and content marketing, Sabra works to present Avantpage’s translation services by engaging our end-users with empathy beyond words. But she’s other things too! An avid reader and continuous learner, she loves listening to audiobooks and reading the latest inbound marketing books while hanging out with her dog, Pierre.

  

Joanna Oseman
Head of Client Services

Joanna oversees sales growth by ensuring that our clients receive excellent customer service and dedicated account management. She has always had a passion for languages, and believes that language access is a fundamental right. Over the last ten years, Joanna has worked in many different aspects of the translation industry, and brings this varied experience to Avantpage’s clients and partners. But she’s other things too! Joanna is an avid film-lover and board member of the Sacramento French Film Festival. She enjoys traveling, reading, and playing the piano – all in between remodel projects in her Victorian home.

  

Jorge Villafuerte
Director of Technology

Jorge focuses on optimizing the way for Avantpage to become a data-driven organization. He’s enthusiastic about how technology helps us build bridges connecting people and cultures. With over 7 years of experience in information technologies, robotics, and electronic security, Jorge supports Avantpage with cutting-edge technologies and ensures security for our clients. He loves challenges not only at work and is passionate about exploring new cultures while traveling.

  

Nicole Spyt
Head of People Operations

Nicole is the Head of People Operations at Avantpage, Inc. Nicole’s main focus is to support our team through HR, admin, and accounting, so they can focus on what they do best. She is a huge advocate for the people and a believer that energized, engaged, and happy employees are the key to company success. With over five years of experience in Admin and Human Resources, Nicole is still shocked that she gets paid to empower and support people! But that’s not all! In her spare time you can find her gardening, designing clothes, obsessing over her cat Charlie (the cutest cat in the world!), or learning something new!

Work at Avantpage

Avantpage offers a vibrant, highly collaborative work environment that provides a tremendous opportunity for growth. We’re always looking for talented and committed professionals with an interest in improving the lives of others through language. Join our dynamic team of linguists, project managers and coordinators, client service professionals, technologists, marketers, administrators and much more. We would love to find where you fit in to our growing team!

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Become an Avantpage Translator

We are continually looking for translators with the right blend of skills, experience and commitment to contribute to our mission of delivering the highest quality translation services in the industry. If you are a qualified translator looking for an opportunity to work with us, we’d love to hear from you.

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