Rubén Buitrago, CAPI Co-Chair
Rubén, a native from El Salvador, has been a dynamic communicator and interpreter for the past 30 years. A Theology graduate of Santa Clara University and a minister by vocation, Rubén has been able to travel extensively to Latin America as keynote speaker on faith, theology, youth, multicultural communication and family counseling topics He has interpreted for international speakers and missionaries from Canada, the US, Mexico and Argentina. This has allowed him to become familiar with linguistic and cultural nuances. He has been a Certified Court Interpreter in Las Vegas for the past ten years and taught ‘Spanish for the Legal Professions’ at UNLV as well as several conferences through NITA, the Nevada Interpreter’s and translators Association and through ACTION, Association of Court Translators and Interpreters of Nevada, especially in the field of Central American Spanish. Rubén moved with his family to Colorado in December of 2013 and is now serving our Courts as an independent contractor. He’s currently serving as of the newest CAPI board of directors bringing on board over 25 years of non profit organization management and linguistic experience.
James McKenzie, CAPI Director
James is a native of Colorado who learned Spanish in the public school system and graduated with a B.A. in Commercial Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has studied in Mexico and Spain as well as traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe. He also speaks Portuguese. He lived in Chicago for 11 years and studied theology and worked in social services and as a court interpreter. Since returning to Colorado, he worked at Denver Health in enrollment services and in private court Probation services in Aurora before becoming a certified interpreter in 2009. He is certified to interpret in immigration court and has taken the Community Interpreter training course through Pinnacol. His experience also includes interpreting for conferences, in medical settings and in schools. Married to a pretty Honduran, he goes yearly to Honduras and does mission work. He desires to serve and to see CAPI’s influence expand to include more interpreters in other languages.
Michael Mudd, CAPI Treasurer
Michael is a Wyoming native who began learning Spanish in High School and graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from Regis University. As an undergraduate he studied theology and linguistics in El Salvador for a year. Upon graduation, he worked as an English teacher and Spanish interpreter in the Dominican Republic for 3 years. He holds a Certificate in Translation and Interpretation from the Community College of Aurora and has interpreted in public schools as well as for immigration attorneys and their clients from Central and South America. Currently a Professionally Qualified legal interpreter, Michael is working to become Colorado Court Certified, and to that end, attended the National Center for Interpretation Court Interpreter Training Institute this July in Tucson, Arizona. He is motivated to help CAPI serve its members and to grow and improve the interpreting profession.
Maria Fernanda Bravo, CAPI Secretary
Maria Fernanda, originally from Costa Rica, first heard about interpreting from a friend in Northwest Denver. She was lucky to train and work with the best of Denver since 2003, learning a lot in the medical, workers compensation, legal, nonprofit, and educational fields. She became a State Court certified interpreter in 2014. A longtime member of CAPI, she hopes to bring more input from fellow interpreters, and to further the cause of the profession. She lives with her kids and partner on West Colfax.