About The Confident Interpreter

Learn About The Confident Interpreter

Here at the Confident Interpreter, we are a team of experienced Federally Certified Court Interpreters and Certified Healthcare Interpreters who have years of experience training interpreters and aspiring professionals through workshops, online courses, university classes, webinars, and private tutoring.

We have developed extensive materials based on our real-world experiences in the legal trenches and are pleased to now share them with you!

Meet the Founders

Yvette Citizen

“Like many children of immigrants, I was a child interpreter. That’s really when my career began.  Sometimes it was fun but what wasn’t fun was interpreting for adults in serious situations. I never knew what to expect when I’d hear, “Take the kid; she’ll help you with your English.”  Next thing you’d know I’d be trying to interpret transactions regarding tractor parts or bank accounts. ¡Ay, ay, ay!  Too much for my grade school bilingual brain to handle. But that training paid off because now, after many years as a Federally Certified Court Interpreter, I’ve had the opportunity to interpret in a myriad of interesting situations related to law, health care, yoga, and an array of other subjects. My work is never boring! It’s afforded me the opportunity to work as a staff interpreter in Federal Court for 7 years; interpret for Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and Rigoberta Menchu; teach interpretation and translation at the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico; and to be a faculty member of the renowned Agnese Haury Court Interpreter Training Institute at the University of Arizona. And then, of course, is all the travel to exotic places. The fun never ends!”

Irene Radillo-Diaz

“When you’re a kid, no one asks you if you want to move to another country… so by the age of 9, I had lived in Brazil, the United States and Mexico. I am very thankful for this now, and consider myself fortunate to have had this early exposure and connection to 3 different languages and cultures. Although in my professional life I started out as an Occupational Therapist, I always loved languages and eventually I found a way to make a living from them. I became a Federally Certified Court Interpreter in 2004 and a Certified Healthcare Interpreter in 2011. I am now Staff Interpreter in Ukiah (Mendocino County, CA) but my experience includes interpreting in Federal Courts, Federal Probation, depositions and conferences. My years of working in the healthcare field prepared me to teach and train Medical and Dual-Role Interpreters in hospitals throughout the country. For 3 years I taught as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Arizona undergraduate program for Translation and Interpretation. In this my second career, I have encountered many supportive and kind colleagues, and I have much to thank them for – among them Yvette Citizen, with whom I am excited to share this project.”