Originally born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Miller, South Dakota, Ever (pronounced Ah-vare) has traveled and lived in many places around the world. Both of her parents are teachers, and while growing up she spent many summers living and studying in Mexico with her father and his side of the family. When the opportunity to live in Mexico presented itself at the age of eleven, Ever jumped at the chance. She moved to Mexico where she lived, studied, and worked until she turned seventeen, when she returned to South Dakota.
As a passionate supporter of equity for all community members, Ever is a consistent and compassionate interpreter who specializes in the medical field. Along with the benefits of modern medical advancements come a variety of challenges, in particular the language barrier. Medical translation is essential for medical professionals to provide the necessary care and treatment to patents who speak another language. It is important for these healthcare professionals to be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with their patients no matter what language they speak, and Ever sets the standard for clear and considerate medical interpretation.
Just like all professions, the medical field is constantly evolving, and this requires translators to be up to date with current terminology. All translators employed by the Multi-Cultural Center undergo annual professional development training that equips them with the tools necessary to provide high quality services. We know that translators play a crucial role in the way knowledge and information are shared, and their services are essential to overcoming communication barriers and bringing people together. In fact, when asked what her favorite part interpreting is Ever is quick to say that interacting with and creating a partnership between the patient and medical professional is the best part. “The ability to create trust between the client and their provider is essential for the best outcome to be achieved for both parties.”
Her passion for creating open lines of communication doesn’t end when she clocks out at the end of the day. In her personal life, Ever is equally enthusiastic about creating a middle ground where new Americans can feel safe and welcome while still celebrating their unique culture and heritage. Her work and support of the Multi-Cultural Center is evidence of this enthusiasm, and she is a strong community advocate who reminds others that the services available at MCC are there for anyone who walks through the door. She knows that even if our staff cannot provide the solution to a problem, we will work to connect with outside resources that can.