The MiTio Team

Dr. Nelva Lee, PhD

Dr. Nelva Lee is the CEO, founder and developer of the Medical Interpreting and Translating Institute Online (MiTio). Dr. Lee is a native of Panama and speaks fluent Spanish as certified by the Language Testing International.  Dr. Lee was the Director of the Grady Health System's Interpreter Program in 2002. Dr. Lee was a Subject Matter Expert in the creation of the CMI exam for the NBCMI and was respectively it's first Chair. 


Facilitators:   MiTio Facilitators have a Doctoral, Master’s or Bachelor's degrees in language or related fields. Facilitators all have a minimum of 3 years in the interpreting field, as well as experience as educators. Duties include; live practice sessions, forums, and assignment facilitation.



Pei Zhang, MD, PhD, CMI

Dr. Pei Zhang grew up in China, and later studied/worked in Japan, France, Germany, and the United States. Apart from medicine and science,  Dr. Zhang takes a strong interest in languages. Dr. Zhang has always worked part-time as a medical translator/interpreter. Dr. Zhang is a CMI Certified Interpreter and believes medical interpretation can effectively contribute to people's well-being, and she takes great pleasure in working with MiTio as a facilitator. Through live sessions, Dr. Zhang hopes we can always learn something from each other and polish our skills together.
Lily Drysdale
Lily has been a Medical Interpreter since 2017 with different known companies and hospitals in the US. Lily completed her studies in Vancouver Canada, where she learned to speak French. As a facilitator, Lily wants to break down the language barrier for others, that way much can be accomplished. Lily wishes to impart her experience to your success.
Cindy Matta
Cindy graduated from the University of California Davis in 2013 and received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature. Cindy is currently a Spanish Language Masters of Arts Candidate from California State University of Long Beach. Cindy has worked as an English/Spanish Translator .
Virgil Castner
Virgil is currently attending the University of Albany in Albany NY where and majoring in Chinese Studies and minoring in French Studies. He's been working as an interpreter for 3 years with various local, and national agencies. Virgil wants to help students improve their interpreting skills, and hopes to learn something new in each session.
Nhi Clarke
Dr. Nhi Clarke graduated from medical school in Vietnam, then continued with a Master's program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Clarke worked as a child psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist in Vietnam for about 8 years before I moved to the United States. Dr. Clarke currently works as a Medical Interpreter. Dr. Clarke speaks fluent Vietnamese, English, and French.
Admissions Coordinator: MiTio Admissions Coordinator Approves Students Proficiency, Grades Students Assignments, Answers Students questions, Audit's and Issues Students Certificates and Diplomas upon completion. Our Admission Coordinator is responsive to students.

Marshelé Alfano

Marshelé Alfano is a military spouse and a graduate of MiraCosta College. She has worked in the educational field for a few years and enjoys traveling, cooking and reading. She is excited to be a part of the MiTio Family.

Program Specialist : MiTio Program Specialist assist prospective students with the enrollment process: Qualifying students , providing them with insights into the program and enrolling them into the program. Our Program Specialist are caring and attentive.
Izabel E. T. de V. Souza, M.Ed, CMI-S, Ph.D
Dr. Izabel Souza's life's passion has always been to work to increase language access globally. Intercultural communication opens doors and creates bridges that lead to a variety of opportunities. To this effect she co-founded the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters and more. At present, she promotes safe intercultural communication in all sectors as a consultant and researcher. Dr. Souza's clients include large corporations, healthcare organizations, and educational institutions who require assistance with intercultural communication, language access operations/deployment or curricula. Dr. Souza's research areas include public healthcare language access, interpreter competencies and certification worldwide, simultaneous mode in healthcare, and intercultural mediation techniques. She has authored Intercultural Mediation, a book primarily for interpreters, and am editor of Handbook of Research on Medical Interpreting, a compendium of international research on the subject, that just published December, 2019. Recently Dr. Souza hase been working as a career coach for medical interpreters as another way to empower interpreting professionals.
Rafael Platas
Rafael is a Spanish bilingual professional with over ten years of experience in customer service, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
He is passionate about connecting with people and learning from other cultures . During his free time, he enjoys visiting local breweries, eating tacos, and surf in the beautiful beaches of San Diego, Ca.
Danielle is excited to be working as a Program Specialist with the MiTio Family. With a Performance and Customer Service background Danielle is excited to be working with “PEOPLE”. Danielle is grateful to be working for a Woman owned company, and is excited to be enriching careers, and lives through Education.
Rene Mugica
Rene graduated as an Electrical Engineer at the Havana Technical University in 1994. In 1999 he graduated from Carleton University as a M.A in Economics. Rene has dedicated many years to engineering research, sales and management, but has always had a passion for mastering languages as a way to get close to different cultures. Rene is a proficient interpreter in Spanish, French, Italian and German.