The AFLS Team
Bill Peters, Co-Founder & Owner.
Bill’s love of foreign language and cultures has led to an inital career of teaching and living abroad. While pursuing his education, Bill had the opportunity to work with many international students and to later serve on missions with his church. He has lived in the Middle East, Korea, and China and has traveled to over 50 countries. His passion for different cultures and languages along with his love for helping people led him to establish A Foreign Language Service. In addition to being part owner of AFLS, Bill is often a main conference speaker for numerous foreign language and cultural organizations both nationally and within the state of Arizona.
Bill holds Master Degrees in TESL (Arizona State University) and Divinity (Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary). He is also knowledgeable about and able to converse in the following languages: French, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese. He has also studied Greek and Hebrew. You can read more about Bill’s biography here.
Kajia Wen, Co-Founder & Owner.
Kajia started her interpreting and document translation career in her native country of China. She is fully fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese and has provided over 40,000 hours of simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and document translation service for a wide and varied audience in the U.S. such as entrepreneurs, small business owners, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and medical facilities within Arizona as well as nationwide. Kajia holds degrees in English and Business Administration.
She is a long-standing member of the following language service organizations: ACIA (Arizona Court Interpreters Association), ATI (Arizona Translators & Interpreters), and ATA (American Translators Association). Additionally, Kajia is an active volunteer with her Chinese Christian church and the local community. Her hobbies include Chinese folk dance and opera singing.
Office Manager : Betty Pye.
Our Office Manager, Betty, has supported the daily operations and supervised staff for AFLS for the past decade. During this time, her job duties have expanded to include conflict resolution with clients and interpreters, event coordination and marketing, and hiring. Betty cites the family friendly environment where she is encouraged to learn and grow as her favorite part about working at AFLS. Crafting, building bookcases, growing plants, reading, sewing and traveling are some of the many hobbies she enjoys outside of work. She also enjoys spending time with her eight grandchildren.
Team Lead Interpreter Coordinator: Heidy.
As the Team Lead Interpreter, Heidy is primarily responsible for establishing and maintaining strong communications with our clients and interpreters. She oversees and coordinates the office staff that deal with the interpretation services provided AFLS. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and has a natural love of languages, peoples and customs. She loves everything about working at AFLS especially the time she spends with the customers and contractors.
Interpreter Coordinator: Christine.
Christine’s responsibilities include the identification, assignment, and confirmation of interpreters for our clients. She prides herself in providing interpreters in a timely manner and covering up to the very last minute request! She also loves meeting and working with the interpreters because it is an opportunity for her to learn about different languages that she wasn’t aware of before. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family along with opportunities to travel.
Christopher is responsible for recruiting independent contract candidates for AFLS. In addition, Christopher is also our customer service expert for any questions or request phoned in by our customers and contractors. For Christopher, internal and external customer service is really key. He enjoys helping people and providing the best customer service “beyond wildest expectations” and has received numerous customer service awards throughout the years to prove it. One of Chris’s favorite things about working for AFLS is learning about the history and geography of different countries from the people (interpreters and translators) who have actually lived there. As a self-professed “Wanna Be Geek”, Christopher can be found learning about new technologies.