Jason Knapp, CCI, CMI-Spanish
Jason is a freelance interpreter and translator for Spanish with over 25 years of full-time volunteer experience who has been working professionally since 2015. His clients include immigration, state and federal courts as well as private attorneys and research institutions. As a translator, he specializes in the legal, medical and pharmaceutical fields. He is a member of the American Translators Association. He is certified by the states of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio for work in court and legal settings and by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters for work in healthcare settings. Based in the Louisville, Kentucky area, he continues to actively volunteer serving the Latino community in Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.
Cara Martinez, CMI-Spanish
Cara began her career in the field of medical interpreting in 2005. She has held a variety of positions in different healthcare settings – from freelance to staff interpreter to interpreter services manager. As the former system manager of Language & Cultural Services for KentuckyOne Health, Cara and her team focused on providing high-quality, safe care for all LEP and Deaf/Hard of Hearing patients and families while creating an integrated program aligned with Title VI, ADA, and Joint Commission standards. In 2015, she was awarded the Raquel Cashman Language Access Award by the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA). In her current position as Accreditation and Regulatory Manager for Norton Healthcare, Cara works closely with clinical leaders and contracted interpreters/agencies to ensure compliance with standards mandating the use of trained, qualified professionals. Cara is also deeply committed to serving the community by creating and participating in numerous outreach events and continuing education activities, which makes her role as a Board Member for the Kentucky Interpreter and Translator Association (KITA) a perfect fit.
Blanca Orozco, CMI-Spanish
Blanca, a native of Aguascalientes, Mexico, immigrated to Lexington at the age of six. Being a life-long resident of the Bluegrass, she has experienced firsthand the rapid growth of Limited-English Proficient (LEP) population and has a true and heartfelt passion for serving the under-served and advocating equal language access for everyone in need. Blanca obtained a Certificate of Business Administration from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics, is a State Registered Nurse Aide by the UK College of Nursing, a Certified Medical Interpreter by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, and a Qualified Social Interpreter by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She is currently a Coordinator of Pediatric Endocrinology at UK Healthcare. In her spare time, Blanca volunteers as an interpreter and/or translator for Surgery on Sunday, large conferences, and churches and also loves to travel with her husband.
Lynn Fors, M.A., CHI
Program Committee Chair
Lynn is the former Supervisor of Language and Cultural Services at Kentucky One Health based in Lexington, KY, where she started working in various capacities in 2001 until 2017. She has been trained as a medical interpreter through Bridging the Gap. Ms. Fors previous work experience includes nine years as a medical laboratory technician, four years teaching Spanish for middle and high school students, and one year teaching English in Madrid, Spain. In addition, she served one year as a AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in the area of health care outreach. Ms. Fors earned an MA in Spanish Literature from the University of New Hampshire in 1995. In 2014, she was granted the Raquel Cashman Language Access Award by the International Medical Interpreter Association IMIA.
Board Members at Large
Mr. Marin oversees UK’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, which includes the Health Careers Pipeline Program, Community Faculty and Student Services. Mr. Marin also provides guidance and support to regional AHEC Center Directors. He also serves as the College of Medicine’s representative in areas of community and cultural engagement. He collaborates with College of Medicine faculty and staff to continue implementation of initiatives to increase representation of students and faculty from rural and minority populations and assist students and faculty in identifying opportunities for community engagement. Additionally, Mr. Marin chairs the Dean’s Diversity Advisory Committee.
Myrna Ray, M.S., CHI
Myrna has been working as a Spanish medical interpreter for 16 years at A.B. Chandler Hospital. She is a native of Mexico City, Mexico. Her background is in Biochemistry and Cell Biology; she has worked in research labs with anaerobic bacteria and kinetic and reaction mechanisms.
Heath Ray is the Program Coordinator for Refugee Services at Community Action of Southern Kentucky. After college graduation, he lived in East Africa for two years with the United States Peace Corps. During that time he learned Swahili which proved very helpful when returning to Bowling Green where many East African refugees are being resettled. Since 2009 he has become very involved with the refugee community offering assistance through multiple aspects of the resettlement process and language access.