History and essentials
Bromberg & Associates was founded by professional interpreter Jinny Bromberg in 1999. We are a full-range language service provider, DBE and WBE certified business and GSA Federal Supply Schedule Award holder. We work with a large pool of qualified interpreters and translators worldwide to provide more than 170 languages for every type of project.
The combination of professional and personal skill sets enables Team Bromberg to enjoy continued success and provide enhanced customer experience. We build a multifaceted approach to each client’s unique needs thanks to our agility, creativity and teamwork.
To transcend linguistic and cultural barriers, bringing people and businesses closer together.
Bromberg is a proud and active member of:
- American Translators Association (ATA)
- Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)
- International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)
- Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
- Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MIRID)
- Michigan Translators / Interpreters Network (MiTiN)
- National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT)
- National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC)
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
- The Association of Language Companies (ALC)
MEET BROMBERG TEAM
Catherine RadloffDirector of Operations
Rebekah SalamangoInterpreting Project Manager
Robin ByersVideo Remote Interpreting Manager
Sandra AvilaAccount Manager
Moheeb (Peter) Al-ChonaVideo Remote Interpreting Manager
Chaundra HughesInterpreting Project Manager
Wendy YuilleBusiness Development Specialist
Cara ChenVendor Specialist
Elena EglovskayaCorporate Finance Manager
Irma MelendezVRI Assistant Manager
Megan BucknerJunior Translation Project Manager
Allison RosenstockBusiness Development Specialist
Adam DePolloBrand Manager
Shelly BarberASL Scheduler and Outreach Coordinator
Danielle KorzhenyakContent Researcher
Jinny started her career in the language industry early on in life and has always been passionate about different languages, cultures, and communication access. She began Bromberg from her basement in 1999 and developed the business as a single mom – holding her baby daughter with one arm while talking on the phone with the other.
Jinny has traveled to many countries and says that the world is too beautiful to pick only one favorite place. She can get by in Georgian and Ukrainian, and would like to learn ASL, because “it’s very expressive”. Her favorite pastime is jet skiing.
Jinny's favorite quote about translation is “Translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes” by Gunter Grass.
Jinny is the first state-certified Russian interpreter in Michigan. She creates and implements training courses and workshops for developing and enhancing the skills of interpreters and translators.
Her strongest quality is tenacity. She is a workaholic whose favorite thing about her job is having never-ending opportunities to learn, as well as seeing the passion of people who are in this industry.
If she was the world leader, she would first change language access and language learning policies and attitudes.
A Michigan native, Cathy earned her degree in business administration online through Baker College.
Her first trip outside the US happened when she visited Spain for the GALA conference. "Not only were the sites and the history unbelievable, I was blessed with the company of my wonderful parents," she said. Her favorite place in the world, however, is still Crossville, TN, where her parents live.
Cathy is amazing in many things, by right being called irreplaceable in the company, equally valued and adored by her colleagues and clients. She herself humbly states that her strongest quality is being able to "make people laugh, which creates happiness." And that is very true.
Cathy's favorite pastime is to eat. She claims she's really good at it.
Her favorite thing about the job is her coworkers. "They are truly an extension of my family," she said.
Her favorite movie is Grumpy Old Men. "Need I say more."
If she was the world leader, she would have changed our government, putting "awesome thinkers in charge. People like John Lennon and Albert Einstein."
Cathy's favorite quote about languages is by economist Alan Greenspan: "I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant".
Rebekah is an avid reader and a habitual graphic tee shirt wearer. She is also known at the office for her magic touch: in her presence, all misbehaving computers and technology miraculously start working again.
She grew up in the Metro Detroit area and in 2010 graduated from Madonna University with a degree in Sign Language Studies. She has only had the opportunity to travel within the U.S., but longs to visit the U.K. or Italy.
Rebekah likes to spend her free time reading, binge watching TV shows with her husband, and playing with her two cats, fat ginger Simon and black hooligan Kaylee.
Robin is an experienced traveler. She's been to Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Saipan, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, England, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, Jordan, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, Italy, Bali, Guam, and 48 of 50 states. Her favorite places in the world are Masai Mara and the Grand Canyon. Her hobbies are scuba diving and candle making.
She is fluent in English and ASL, and would like to learn Mandarin and Gaelic, because she loves the sound of them.
Her favorite thing about her job is working with people from all over the world.
If she was the world leader, she would try to stop oppression. Protect rights of those not able to defend themselves - animals, women, children.
Robin has a full house of pets: dogs Ginger, Cheyenne, Blue, Fearless and Sally, cats Spot, Midnight and Boots, guinea pigs Ariel, Sheba and Chiquita, and birds Snowball and Snow White.
Her favorite quote about languages is "You can not learn language in a vacuum" by Terrence J. O'Rourke.
Sandra was born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico, and grew up in a beautiful tropical area. She graduated from Americana University in Mexico as a Bachelor of Law in 1997. After moving to the United States with her husband and her three children, she worked as a Spanish language teacher at schools while studying a Medical Terminology course, which proved extremely useful when she became an interpreter.
Sandra has traveled all around her home country, Europe, and the major cities of the United States.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and occasional travel.
Moheeb was born in Bartella, a Syriac Christian town in the Nineveh valley in northern Iraq. He attended the Dept. of Mathematics at Salahaddin University in Erbil, even though he wasn't good at math and was more interested in learning French in addition to his good English.
Moheeb used to love spending time with his family while visiting Mar Mattai Monastery, one of his favorite old monasteries and tourist sites. The monastery is close to his town and lies on top of a mountain. It was built on the 4th century and has a magnificent view over the surrounding villages. The mountain contains a number of hermitages that date back to the 4th and 5th century AD.
In Iraq, Moheeb worked with the U.S. army as an interpreter for 7 years (2003-2010). It was a dangerous, yet interesting experience that enhanced his English as well as his cultural knowledge of Iraqi customs and traditions.
Moheeb’s mother tongue is Syriac (Neo-Aramaic), which is known in Michigan as Chaldean and is derived from Aramaic with slight differences. He also speaks Arabic.
His favorite sport is soccer, which he has been practicing since the age of six. He also likes ping pong and basketball. His favorite movies are sci-fi movies and romantic comedies.
Moheeb moved with his family to the United States in September 2012, and started working at Bromberg in June 2013. He likes his job through which he meets different people every day, and feels very happy to be able to provide language services and assist many people that are mostly new to this country and need help.
Chaundra holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Her strongest quality is her caring personality. Chaundra is very attentive to the welfare of others and always willing to do whatever she can to assist others in their needs. No wonder that she really enjoys coming through for Bromberg customers in a pinch.
Outside of work she really enjoys singing, especially in church, where she is a part of her Praise Team and Choir.
Chaundra adores cats and her favorite pet was Molly, a full bred Persian. However, Molly is no longer with her family. Chaundra now has to put up with Shugga, the baby of the family. She's a Blue Pitt weighing all of 100 lbs., and thinks that she is a lap dog the size of Shih Tzu.
Wendy earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Detroit-Mercy. She is first generation American-born, and her parents are immigrants from Trinidad. As a child, she spent most summer vacations in San Fernando with her grandmother. Wendy enjoys writing, research, theater, and movies. Her favorite book is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. She says that her greatest gift and greatest teacher is her daughter Kyle.
Cara holds a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Eastern Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from China.
During summer time in college, she backpacked every comer of China, and had a chance to understand Chinese society on a different level. Cara has been to a couple of islands in Thailand and the Philippines. She would love to visit some tropical islands in North America, too.
Her favorite saying is “At the right time, in the right place with the right people”. She enjoys helping people by providing language services.
Elena was born in Barnaul, in the Altai region of Siberia, Russia. As you know, it's usually pretty cold out there.
Nevertheless it did not stop her from getting out of the house and graduating from the Moscow Academy of Entrepreneurship (Barnaul branch) with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance.
In 2011 Elena and her daughter moved to Michigan to join her husband, who had already emigrated to the U.S.
Elena enjoys spending her free time with her family and their cat Leo. She's also fond of traveling in Michigan and exploring this beautiful state. She loves the outdoors, and really enjoys camping, cycling, or just taking long walks.
Irma was born in Puerto Rico, where she lived until she was three years old. At that time her family decided to move to the United States, and they settled in Florida. There, she went to school, met her husband, got married, and had her first child. Twenty-two years ago, Irma moved to Michigan.
Irma is fluent in Spanish and English. Her favorite movie is “Grease,” and as a child she would watch it over and over again with her two sisters while singing and dancing along with “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightning”. Irma’s favorite quote is, “All good things come to those who wait patiently”.
Irma loves spending time with her family, reading on rainy nights, and taking walks with her husband while watching the sun set. Irma dreams to one day take a trip to Greece to see the sights and visit the historic places.
She enjoys working with people from around the country and strives to meet new people every day. “I feel very blessed working for Bromberg. Everyone treats each other like family and always has a helping hand.”
Megan is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, where she double-majored in English Language and Literature and Asian Studies with a concentration on Japan and minored in Translation Studies. Megan has a passion for literature and language education and taught creative writing to incarcerated men in her community.
While studying Japanese in college, Megan spent a summer abroad studying Japanese Language and Culture at Kyushu University. While she traveled throughout most of Kyushu, she has never been to Tokyo and would love to visit one day.
Megan likes to spend her free time reading, watching horror movies, playing video games, and playing with her calico cat, Mochi.
Allison is originally from the Washington, DC area and moved to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Chinese.
She has a passion for Chinese language and culture, which has taken her to China twice, once with an internship at a law firm. Allison also interned with the U.S. Congress — at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs — and with the Washtenaw County Court House.
Allison has traveled to China, Hong Kong, Canada, and Mexico, and hopes to explore Southeast Asia and Europe some day. In addition to travel, she also wants to rescue as many dogs who need homes as possible.
Allison likes to spend her free time riding horses, reading, volunteering, and watching "Friends."
Adam is originally from Farmington Hills, MI, and recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English, Spanish, and Comparative Literature.
He is a longtime student of foreign languages, and currently speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He's especially fond of Latin American Literature — his favorite author is Roberto Bolaño — and before joining Bromberg spent five months living in Santiago, Chile, where he studied Chilean literature and critical theory at the University of Chile and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
In his free time, Adam is an active writer, musician, and amateur visual artist. He spent four years as an arts writer and editor at the Michigan Daily, U of M's student-run newspaper, and continues to work as a freelance arts and culture writer in addition to writing short fiction. He also plays guitar in an R&B/neo-soul band based out of Detroit, and works as a session musician and producer with several groups in the city. He loves to draw and paint, and sincerely hopes that he'll be able to draw hands someday.
Shelly was born in Ames, Iowa. After graduating high school, she attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA, from 1987-1989, and graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Horticulture: Landscape, Nursery, Garden Center. That degree, and her best friend, brought her to Oregon. She worked 15 years in the industry from nurseries, both retail and wholesale, running Wal-Mart's Garden Center for seven years, and doing landscape design as well.
In 2003, Shelly decided she wanted a change. Since it was close to home and one of the west coast's best programs, she went to Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR to work towards a Bachelor of Arts in ASL/English Interpreting with a minor is Special Education. She graduated in 2007 with cumma sum laude honors. From 2004 on, she has been immersed in the Deaf Community. Shelly has been employed by the Oregon School for the Deaf, her local school district, and Sorenson Communications, and loves volunteering at the Nightmare Factory (Oregon School for the Deaf's haunted house), which she has been doing for the past thirteen years. She also currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for a local camp (Camp Taloali) for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and coda children. She has been on the board for three years, and is very busy as the leader of the Recruitment Committee.
Shelly continues to work as a freelance interpreter, and has been working with Bromberg for three years. She is RID certified, EIPA K-12 certified and holds the Medical and Mental Health Endorsement for Michigan.
Danielle’s strongest quality is her knowledge of languages, she speaks English, Russian, Spanish and French. She is studying Languages and International Relations at American University in Washington D.C., and planning to major in Journalism and Communications with a Foreign Language and Minor in French.
Danielle has been to Seville, Spain and loved the vibrancy of the culture and the fine-tasting food as well.
If Danielle could learn any other language, she would learn ASL, because she has always been fond of the intricacy and attention to detail within the language.
Danielle loves to dance and once dreamed of owning her own dance studio. Although Danielle works remotely for Bromberg, she loves the community of people and how they are always a phone call away to help whenever she needs it. Communication is one of the strongest features of the company.
In order to be a leader, you need to know how to follow first, and Danielle is learning a lot of new skills from her advanced coworkers.