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 Typesort descending City Phone Email
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Janja Pavetic-Dickey Certified Lawrence, KS 785-393-7823 jpdickey@att.net
Russian Victoria Welles Certified Lincoln,, NE 402-770-1176 welles.victoria@gmail.com
Spanish Kevin Lunt Certified Omaha, NE 402-706-2117 naganakal@gmail.com
Spanish Ana Cardenas-Pottebaum Certified Clive, IA 515-720-8631 atozeverything01@gmail.com
Spanish Stacey Con Certified Lexington, NE 308-746-2623 staceyleeuse@gmail.com
Spanish Anabel Cuadros-Yeiser Certified Superior, CO 210-882-6767 Anabelcuadros@mac.com
American Sign Language Frances Beaurivage Certified Lincoln, NE 402-540-6946 Francesbeaurivage@gmail.com
American Sign Language Sharon Sinkler Certified Lincoln, NE 402-525-2340 sharon.sinkler@gmail.com
Hatian Creole Viking Merceron Certified Kennesaw, GA 678-557-1055 haitian_creole_interpreter@yahoo.com
Spanish Kelly Varguez Certified Omaha, NE 402-504-8170 Kelly@olanguagesolutions.com
Chinese Mandarin Claudio Huang Certified Omaha, NE 402-671-9808 chuangoppd@yahoo.com
French Frederique Sevet-Collier Certified Crete, NE 531-248-9756 FredSevet@hotmail.com
Certified Deaf Interpreter Shawn Shannon Certified Omaha, NE 402-999-6440 TEXT ONLY shashannon44@gmail.com
Spanish Jeck Navarrete Certified Omaha, NE 402-221-7896 jeck_navarrete@fd.org
Spanish Vladimir Bazan Certified Lincoln, NE 402-805-0197 NElanguageservices@gmail.com
Spanish Cristina Kropf Certified LaVista, NE 402-630-5358 cristina.kropf@cox.net
Spanish Raul Escobar Certified Seward, NE 402-890-9561 escobarinterpreting@gmail.com
Spanish Shelly Hodges Certified Beatrice, NE 712-204-4815 monalizara915@outlook.com
Spanish Teresa Ost Certified Matlacha, FL 239-471-4900 teresaost@mac.com
American Sign Language Margaret Propp Certified Lincoln, NE 402-314-3182 margiepropp@yahoo.com
Spanish Frankie MacGregor Certified Omaha, NE 402-905-8535
Hatian Creole Nadege Cherubin Certified Fort Lauderdale, FL 404-861-8188 nmcherubin@gmail.com
American Sign Language Pamela Duncan Certified Omaha, NE 402-578-2408 nic.interpreter@gmail.com
Arabic Gila Khabbaza Certified Odenton, MD 917-837-6902 langnyc@aol.com
Chinese Mandarin Wei Whitbeck Registered Omaha, NE 402-556-3661 wei.whitbeck@gmail.com

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