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 Name Type Citysort descending Phone Email
Spanish Ashley Villanueva Enriquez Certified Omaha, NE 402-917-8219 avillanuevaenriquez.112@gmail.com
Vietnamese Sa Fielder Other Omaha, NE 402-281-8307 sayfielder@yahoo.com
Spanish Martha Brester Certified Omaha, NE 402-203-5413 BresterCorrea@hotmail.com
Burmese, Karen Sunkist Judson Other Omaha, NE 531-215-3299 skhjudson@gmail.com
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Elizabeth Ajongo Other Omaha, NE 402-301-0904 ebajongo@gmail.com
Akateco, Q'anjobal Juana Diego Other Omaha, NE 402-378-0437 juana.diego59@gmail.com
Nepali Yadu Sapkota Other Omaha, NE 402-301-4782 yadusapkota@yahoo.com
Spanish Zaida Falcon Registered Omaha, NE 402-690-1379 falconzaida27@gmail.com
Spanish Adrian Hinojosa Certified Omaha, NE 402-714-1271 adrian.hinojosa@nebraska.gov
American Sign Language Kathy Rocco Other Omaha, NE 402-201-7704 krocco1@cox.net
Uzbek, Russian Zarina Usmanova Other Omaha, NE 402-214-9023 zarinakhon@gmail.com
Spanish Al Villarreal Certified Omaha, NE 402-660-4493 Al.Villarreal@live.com
Arabic, French Sarah Al Kasaby Other Omaha, NE 402-517-1662 sarah@kinterpret.com
Chinese Cantonese Michelle Fann Other Omaha, NE 402-415-9289 wing.fann@gmail.com
American Sign Language Katrina Watton Certified Omaha, NE 402-570-8802 wattoninterpreting@gmail.com
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Mirwais Shinwari Other Omaha, NE 402-218-6656 mshinwari1352@gmail.com
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Russian Farzona Komilova Other Omaha, NE 402-813-8888 komilovaf@gmail.com
Spanish Kevin Lunt Certified Omaha, NE 402-706-2117 naganakal@gmail.com
CART Mydge Heaney Omaha, NE 402-889-2950 icancaptions@gmail.com
Certified Deaf Interpreter Shawn Shannon Certified Omaha, NE 402-999-6440 TEXT ONLY shashannon44@gmail.com
Vietnamese Myhanh Che Registered Omaha, NE 402-350-3799 Myhanh.che@gmail.com
Certified Deaf Interpreter Cody McEvoy Other Omaha, NE 402-201-6188 TEXT ONLY codymcevoy33@gmail.com
German, Portuguese, Russian Andrej Schergin Other Omaha, NE 402-469-7100 andrejschergin@gmail.com
American Sign Language Pamela Duncan Certified Omaha, NE 402-578-2408 nic.interpreter@gmail.com
Hmong Naima Lo Other Omaha, NE 402-208-6546 Lonaima89@gmail.com

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