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 Name Typesort descending City Phone Email
Sinhalese Vishaka Smith Shoreline, WA 206-790-9306
CART Mydge Heaney Omaha, NE 402-889-2950
Spanish Maria Izabel Chavez Certified Dallas, TX 402-992-2911
Spanish Caden Tait Certified Omaha, NE 719-373-7862
Polish Wojciech “Voight” Stremel Certified Chicago, IL 773-251-4416
Vietnamese Lana Nguyen Certified Prior Lake, MN 612-501-8072
Somali Abdi Elmi Certified Minneapolis, MN 612-423-1022
Spanish Ashley Villanueva Enriquez Certified Omaha, NE 402-917-8219
Spanish Laura Garcia-Hein Certified Bennington, NE 402-661-7307
Spanish Lilia Bustos Certified Omaha, NE 402-218-8915
Spanish Martha Brester Certified Omaha, NE 402-203-5413
Spanish Edie Cruise Certified Germany, 402-218-2187
Korean Young Lee Certified Olympia, WA 360-789-3186
Vietnamese Lauren Tran Certified Aravada, CO 720-360-9747
Russian Iouri Surnik Certified Minneapolis, MN 612-203-0908
Korean YoYo Yong Beom Kim Certified Chicago, IL 773-793-6266
Spanish Maria Easterday Certified Eustis, NE 308-320-4037
Somali Mascuud Xaaji Certified Rochester, MN 507-272-1422
Spanish Julie Sellers Certified Atchison, KS 913-370-5022
Spanish Lesley Walker Certified Birmingham, AL 205-617-3726
Spanish Sylvia Gaylord Murray Certified Golden, CO 617-947-6218
Spanish Olivia Brockman Certified Omaha, NE 402-238-4397
Spanish Irma Watt Certified Grand Island, NE 402-459-0058
Romanian Tatiana Narzarco Certified Mercer Island, WA 206-619-5655
Spanish Adrian Hinojosa Certified Omaha, NE 402-714-1271