Carolina Coates, Interpreting Project Manager

Carolina was born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Mexico City, Mexico. She is the youngest of 6 children and the rest of her family still lives in Mexico. Carolina has always enjoyed pushing herself, so when she realized English was her weakest subject in school, she decided to embrace the challenge of becoming bilingual head on.

In 2002, Carolina enrolled at Shane’s Global Village English Center in Calgary, Canada. After completing her courses in Canada, Carolina briefly returned to Mexico before moving to Florida. While living in Florida, she teamed up with a local YMCA and got her first exposure to informal interpreting. Carolina provided pro bono services for clients in need of legal help; she also provided simultaneous interpreting for her church.

After living in Florida for 5 years, Carolina moved to Virginia, and then, finally, Huntsville, AL. When she first arrived here, she was struck by how happy and warm people are in Huntsville. She and her two kids have lived here for the past six years and have made Huntsville their home.

Carolina came to FLS by way of her church and the connections she made there. Although Carolina’s background is in marketing, she has always enjoyed the challenge of mastering new things. Carolina started as the office administrator for FLS in 2015 and was soon thereafter promoted to Interpreting Practice Manager. She has been instrumental in implementing a new scheduling system for contract interpreters. Her favorite thing about working at FLS is being empowered and seeing her ideas coming to fruition. Fun fact: Carolina also loves salsa dancing and is an excellent pianist!

To learn more about Carolina and the rest of the FLS staff, click here to read their bios!