Statewide Register of Interpreters

Statewide Register of Interpreters

Court Staff, Probation Staff and Court-Ordered Mediation

If an interpreter is needed during business hours, court and probation personnel need to email all interpreter requests to the Operations Team with the county name in the subject line.  Court and probation personnel should not be contacting the interpreters directly and scheduling interpreter services. The only exception is for unplanned probation needs outside of normal business hours.

The initial request needs to contain all the following information:

  • Language
  • Date
  • Start time of all court ordered meetings/hearings or probation activities
  • Name
  • Case Number
  • Charges
  • Courtroom #
  • Hearing Type
  • Judge's Name
  • Attorney's Name and/or PO's Name
  • Meeting Type (PSI, PDI, FTM…)
  • Expected Duration
  • Address where the interpreter needs to go
  • Contact person info

Court personnel should follow this formal request process even if the judge or clerk magistrate asked the interpreter on the record if they are available for the next court date.  This will ensure the Language Access Program can confirm an interpreter has been scheduled and ensure they are paid for their services. ​


The Language Access Program does not pay interpreters used to facilitate communication between an attorney and client outside of the hearing.  Interpreters can assist with brief conversations if time allows.  As a rule, attorneys should contract with interpreters when they need to meet with their clients to discuss their case, court processes, and strategy.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to reach out to the interpreters for their current rates and availability. 

“To address these needs, the Nebraska Legislature, under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 and LB1014, set aside $500,000 in federal funds for Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24 to reimburse expenses incurred in the provision of qualified, licensed sign language interpreters (whether on-site or remote) throughout the state (including Lincoln and Omaha) to provide effective communication access services between attorneys and deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing individuals outside of the courtroom.”  Click here for more information or contact the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  

Mental Health Board Hearings, Non-Court Ordered Mediation and State agencies

The Language Access Program does not pay for the interpreter when they are needed for Mental Health Board hearings, non-court ordered mediation or by other state agencies.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to reach out to the interpreters for their current rates and availability.  

Workers Compensation Court

The Language Access Program will pay for the interpreter, but it is the employer’s obligation to schedule the interpreter.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to find and secure an interpreter.  Please note that the Nebraska Supreme Court rule on interpreter payment rate must be adhered to, otherwise payment may be denied.    

Language(s) Name Type City Phone Email
Portuguese, Tarahumara Dale Taylor Other Detroit, MI 402-841-0887 Email
German, Dutch, Hebrew Daniel Bugel-Shunra Other Port Townsend, WA 360-643-0080 Email
Bulgarian Daniella D’Louhy Other Seattle, WA 206-937-6244 Email
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Dhalbeng Malual Other Bellevue, NE 402-315-8549 Email
Pohnpeian Dr. Mike Schell Other Anderson, SC 252-639-0322 Email
Spanish Edie Cruise Certified 402-218-2187 Email
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Elizabeth Ajongo Other Omaha, NE 402-301-0904 Email
Greek Ellie Koteas Other Astoria, NY 917-704-7513 Email
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Elvis Acic Other Lincoln, NE 402-202-5819 Email
Spanish Erick Saavedra Registered Lincoln, NE 402-730-7854 Email
Fur (Dar Fur), Juba Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Nuba Moro Estella Abuelsheikh Other Grand Island, NE 308-379-8823 Email
Mina, Ewe, French Etornam "Kiki" Kouete Other Bennington, NE 402-813-4239 Email
Hatian Creole Fabie Bodek Certified Miami, FL 786-253-5322 Email
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Russian Farzona Komilova Other Omaha, NE 402-813-8888 Email
Oromo Fatiya Adam Other Sioux City, IA 712-223-4464 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Feriedoon Ghulamhassan Other Lincoln, NE 402-318-4024 Email
Spanish Frankie MacGregor Certified Omaha, NE 402-905-8535
French Frederique Sevet-Collier Certified Crete, NE 531-248-9756 Email
Tajik, Persian/Farsi/Dari Gila Khabbaza Other Odenton, MD 917-837-6902 Email
Arabic Gila Khabbaza Certified Odenton, MD 917-837-6902 Email
Swahili Godlove Lekule Other Lincoln, NE 402-580-7303 Email
Spanish Guadalupe McIntosh Registered San Antonio, TX 402-681-1064 Email
Kurdish Gulie Khalaf Other Lincoln, NE 402- 802-7679 Email
Tigrinya, Amharic Habtom Tekle Other Laurel, MD 202-375-8568 Email
Burmese, Karen Hsa Min Other Carter Lake, IA 402-203-4445 Email
German, Romanian Ioana Paulat Other Portland, OR 360-421-7523 Email
Russian Iouri Surnik Certified Minneapolis, MN 612-203-0908 Email
Ukrainian Iouri Surnik Other Minneapolis, MN 612-203-0908 Email
Spanish Irma Watt Certified Grand Island, NE 402-459-0058 Email
Afrikaans Jacques Du Plessis Other Kemmerer, WY 414-393-8937 Email
French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili Jacques Mucapa Other Lincoln, NE 402-805-3674 Email
Turkish Jale Bryan Other Bellevue, NE 402-616-9919 Email
K’ekchi/Q’eqchi James Yoder Other Kokomo, MS 601-731-8070 Email
American Sign Language Jamy Elker Certified Omaha, NE 402-203-3905 Email
Spanish Janet Bonet Certified Omaha, NE 402-598-4186 Email
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Janja Pavetic-Dickey Certified Lawrence, KS 785-393-7823 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari Jawaid Kotwal Other Sterling, VA 703-581-2312 Email
Spanish Jeck Navarrete Certified Omaha, NE 402-221-7896 Email
Chuukese Jill Short Other Charlotte Hill, MD 240-346-0932 Email
Mortlockese Jill Short Other Charlotte Hill, MD 240-346-0932 Email