John Beatty

Chief Executive Officer

John Beatty joined Choice Translating® in November 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. John is a natural strategist, charismatic collaborator, and intuitive relationship builder dedicated to creating high-performing teams, growing revenues, and developing strategic partnerships that solve business and community challenges. Before joining Choice Translating®, John spent 15 years in the hospitality & tourism industry where he received local, state, and national recognition. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his family, going to the theatre and concerts, and making meaningful connections with others.

Michelle Menard

Founder & President

The daughter of immigrant parents, Michelle grew up in a multicultural and multilingual family. She founded Choice Translating® in 1995 while attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Today, shaped by her vision to change the world one word at a time, the company is a multimillion-dollar borderless business.

Outside of Choice Translating®, Michelle enjoys international travel, raising chickens and guinea fowl, and spending time with her family.

Vernon J. Menard III

Chief Operating Officer

Vernon Menard joined Choice Translating® in 2000 as Chief Operating Officer, working to make the world smaller, more connected and a better place to be. Vernon holds a B.A. in international studies, economics and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also completed the EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) Entrepreneurial Masters Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Outside of Choice Translating, Vernon enjoys learning new things. Current projects include beekeeping and organic farming in the North Carolina Foothills.

Tanja August

QA Specialist, Translation

Tanja is a native German speaker with a background in international business and cultural studies and a long career in the translation industry. She works her magic behind the scenes, being responsible for final quality review of all translation and branding projects. She also handles terminology management, quality assurance metrics and documentation, and vendor evaluations. Tanja can literally run circles around all of us, being an avid runner.

Karen Barjum-Soroka

Interpreting Department Integrator

Karen was born and raised in Honduras. She’s an industrial engineer by trade, a community server by love, and a mother to two beautiful children. She’s also one mean piano player.

Priscilla Chilczuk

Project Manager, Interpreting

Priscilla loves working with people! It is what led her to a career centered around customer service. Prior to joining the Choice Translating team in September 2020, she worked as a makeup artist for a prestigious makeup line for 15 years. Originally from California, her family roots are in Argentina. Priscilla is fluent in Spanish and has three children. The whole family loves Disney (especially Priscilla), so they go to one of its theme parks as often as possible.

Meghan Cooper

Navigator, Translation/Branding

Meghan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Linguistics. In her role as project manager at TravelingBrand, Choice Translating’s sister company, she oversees the branding production from start to finish on linguistic validation projects. As a new homeowner, Meghan gets down and dirty (literally) in the yard in her spare time. She even knows the difference between an Azalea and a Rhododendron.

Jenna Fitton

Project Manager, Translation

Born and raised in the UK, Jenna began her journey in the language industry at the age of 19 at a large translation agency. During her long career she has led virtual teams on complex and technical localization projects and ensured quality assurance at every stage of the project cycle. Jenna’s favorite person in the world is her little dog with big personality, Chewy.

Heidi Lind

Senior Project Manager, Translation

Heidi was born and raised in Germany. She holds a degree in Translation and has spent her entire career in the industry. In her role as a senior project manager at Choice Translating® she offers solutions and options to her clients, educates about best practices, and ensures a high-quality, accurate deliverable, on time and on budget. Heidi leads a gypsy life. If she’s not traveling the world, she commutes between beach and mountains (always with her animals in tow).

Rachelle Wagler

Project Manager, Translation

Rachelle is part French and part American, with a background in arts and humanities. Her versatile role in project management spans both the translation and the branding department (TravelingBrand). She’s also a phenomenal photographer and artist, making all of us look better on photos when given the chance.