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Staff

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Michelle Garay

Interpretation and Translation Coordinator

Born in Peru and raised in Colombia, Michelle moved to the United States at a very young age with her family and got the chance to live and study in New York while growing up.

She was raised by her grandparents which took a spin in her life at such a young age because of how she saw her grandmother struggle with the language barrier.

 

Michelle soon realized how much she enjoyed helping those like her grandmother when struggling with communication and tried to incorporate the same passion into studying this profession of interpreting.

 

She had an understanding of how much our people battling with communication to express themselves had an impact at an early age for Michelle and so, she took it upon herself to dive into this profession wholeheartedly.

 

Michelle became an certified national Interpreter after finishing high school while working for an interpretation company at the beginning of fall in 2018. She is currently working towards becoming an International Certified Interpreter. She discovered that helping all those families is an important part of giving back to our community. Now Michelle’s main motivation is helping others benefit from her experience. That is why in 2022, she moved to Steamboat and started working at Integrated Community. She knew she was passionate about her work and her ability to help communicate to those who couldn't, that is why she chose to be part of our team.

 

 It helped her to always keep her roots grounded and where they came from. Michelle loves to spend time with her friends and family, she admires art in every form and appreciates different cultures around the world.