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. ​

Attorneys

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
Spanish Caden Tait Certified Omaha, NE 719-373-7862 Email
French Bryan Watkins Other Omaha, NE 402-990-9717 Email
American Sign Language Pamela Duncan Certified Omaha, NE 402-578-2408 Email
Burmese, Karen Sunkist Judson Other Omaha, NE 531-215-3299 Email
Spanish Olivia Brockman Certified Omaha, NE 402-238-4397 Email
Burmese, Karen Starbright Judson Other Omaha, NE 531-777-2066 Email
Spanish Frankie MacGregor Certified Omaha, NE 402-905-8535
Uzbek, Russian Zarina Usmanova Other Omaha, NE 402-214-9023 Email
Hindi, Gujarati Shivani Patel Other Omaha, NE 402-490-3124 Email
Spanish Lilia Bustos Certified Omaha, NE 402-218-8915 Email
Spanish Ashley Villanueva Enriquez Certified Omaha, NE 402-917-8219 Email
Spanish Zaida Falcon Registered Omaha, NE 402-690-1379 Email
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Russian Farzona Komilova Other Omaha, NE 402-813-8888 Email
Chinese Mandarin Leslie Shi Other Omaha, NE 402-617-4876 Email
Oromo, Amharic Ashenafi Ejjigu Other Omaha, NE 651-399-2230 Email
Hmong Naima Lo Other Omaha, NE 402-208-6546 Email
Certified Deaf Interpreter Shawn Shannon Certified Omaha, NE 402-999-6440 TEXT ONLY Email
Korean Lee Pankowski Other Omaha, NE 402-250-2652 Email
German, Portuguese, Russian Andrej Schergin Other Omaha, NE 402-469-7100 Email
Nepali Yadu Sapkota Other Omaha, NE 402-301-4782 Email
Vietnamese Myhanh Che Registered Omaha, NE 402-350-3799 Email
CART Mydge Heaney Omaha, NE 402-889-2950 Email
Chinese Mandarin Wei Whitbeck Registered Omaha, NE 402-556-3661 Email
Burmese, Karen Morics Moo Other Omaha, NE 402-871-9991 Email
Hindi, Nepali Kumar Gurung Other Omaha, NE 402-812-5616 Email
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Elizabeth Ajongo Other Omaha, NE 402-301-0904 Email
Spanish Jeck Navarrete Certified Omaha, NE 402-221-7896 Email
Arabic, French Sarah Al Kasaby Other Omaha, NE 402-517-1662 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Mirwais Shinwari Other Omaha, NE 402-218-6656 Email
Spanish Kevin Lunt Certified Omaha, NE 402-706-2117 Email
Spanish Janet Bonet Certified Omaha, NE 402-598-4186 Email
American Sign Language Jamy Elker Certified Omaha, NE 402-203-3905 Email
Chinese Cantonese Michelle Fann Other Omaha, NE 402-415-9289 Email
Spanish Kelly Varguez Certified Omaha, NE 402-504-8170 Email
Vietnamese Sa Fielder Other Omaha, NE 402-281-8307 Email
Spanish Al Villarreal Certified Omaha, NE 402-660-4493 Email
Burmese, Hakha Chin Rose Shee Other Omaha, NE 402-591-0248 Email
Spanish Adrian Hinojosa Certified Omaha, NE 402-714-1271 Email
Spanish Constanza Meier Certified omaha, NE 402-631-8480 Email
American Sign Language Katrina Watton Certified Omaha, NE 402-570-8802 Email