What Makes us different

  • Non-Profit for Non-Profit

    Access Language Solutions (ALS), a Lexington based 501(c)(3) non-profit, offers assistance to two growing needs: a shortage of professional interpreter and translator services available to local non-profit and government entities and the lack of professional interpreters and translators available to fill that need.

  • Flexibility

    We’re the only interpreter agency in Lexington that offers on-demand phone interpreting.

  • Big Solutions for Small Business

    We strive to provide services to small medical offices who don’t typically have access to the big hospital contracts.

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Lynn Fors, MA, CHI TM

Board Executive Director

Meet The Founder

In 2001, Lynn left Sayre School to work as a medical interpreter/Coordinator of Interpreter Services for Saint Joseph Hospital. She was the first medical interpreter to be hired in Lexington and developed a program at Saint Joseph Hospital designed to provide quality, timely and cost-effective language access to patients and their providers. In 2012, Lynn became a nationally certified medical interpreter (English-Spanish) through the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters. As of September 2020, there are 40 spoken-language nationally certified medical interpreters in the state of Kentucky, a stat that Lynn would like to change.

During her time at Saint Joseph Hospital, Lynn was a Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Trainer. She has also served on the boards of both the Migrant Network Coalition and the Kentucky Interpreter and Translator Association.

Lynn has spent time studying, traveling, working and volunteering in Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala (Children of the Americas) and Nicaragua (Operation Walk-Midwest).

Her vision is to bring creative solutions to the table in order to create a win-win for interpreters and translators, their clients and for those that employ them.

Board Members

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Nathalie Dietrich, Chair

Nathalie is trilingual (English, Spanish, German). She is a nationally Certified Medical Interpreter and a DOJ-Accredited Representative/CLINIC Immigration Fellow. She currently works at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. She lives in Lexington with her two daughters.

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Cara Martinez, Treasurer

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.

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Elizabeth Harned, Secretary

Elizabeth is a French speaker having gotten her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Her studies included living in Paris, France. In the past, she has taught at Sayre School. Elizabeth is a recent Midway University Nursing School graduate. She lives in Lexington with her two children and three rescue dogs.

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BayLeigh Routt

BayLeigh Routt is a Kentucky native and social media marketing strategist with a heart for storytelling. She obtained a B.A. in Spanish and Writing, Rhetoric & Communication from Transylvania University. As a former AmeriCorps VISTA, she has a strong background in nonprofit administration, fundraising, and event coordination. BayLeigh has previously worked with the Kentucky Interpreter and Translator Association, which strengthened her passion for improving language access.

TESTIMONIALS

Our Mission

To bridge communication gaps through high quality and innovative linguistic solutions.

Our Vision

To provide exceptional interpreting and translation for service providers and their clients/patients.

Our Values

Honesty
Integrity
Professionalism
Problem Solving
Sense of Purpose

Our Goals

To honor our commitments
To deliver results
To be welcomed back by our clients
To empower the professional interpreter and translator
To empower the English Language Learner

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