Alumni Profile: Virginia (Zander) Joplin '97

Majors: French

What are you doing now?
CEO of Verbio
Official Translator for France and Spain Nominee to the Export Council of Oregon (an appointed position under the U.S. Dept of Commerce) One of Oregon's Fastest Growing Companies, Verbio helps businesses and governments compete and communicate globally in 200 languages. Since 1996, Verbio's core competencies expanded from premium translation and web localization to now encompass audio video recording and subtitling, mobile app and eLearning localization, plus spoken or sign language interpreting. Key clients include Oregon Department of Justice, Columbia Sportswear, FLIR Systems, and C40 Cities. This summer, we opened a new office in Munich, Germany, and spearheaded a major diversity training event with the Oregon Secretary of State.

Tell us about yourself.
I began translating in 1996, even before completing my French and Spanish studies at Linfield. I held several bilingual positions in the tech sector in the early years, before fully breaking out on my own to focus my passion on a translation career and growing a language communications firm. I live in Beaverton, Oregon with my husband, Craig Joplin, and my middle-school-aged son. I enjoy reading, learning languages, and exploring new cultures.

How did Linfield help prepare you for your career?
Translation is like a little window into every single industry out there. The blend of multidisciplinary experiences in three countries while a Linfield student, opened my mind to puzzling together how each facet of life and industry impacts and plays off another. Studying language opens your mind to entirely new paradigms affecting human interaction. Access to education impacts the medical health of a society. History reveals the roots of poverty and social injustice.