Jill R. Sommer

2642 Hampshire Road • Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
Phone: +1-330-421-0057
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  • Masters of Arts in Translation from Kent State University
  • Freelance translator and Internet researcher since 1995
  • Former resident of Germany (1995-2001) and Austria (1988-1989)
  • Native language is U.S. English
  • Proven quality control, high level of attention to detail
  • Extremely high comfort level adapting to new applications and technologies
  • Excellent Internet research skills



2/1997 - present Freelance translator/proofreader
  • Areas of specialization: medical (medical records, discharge summaries, surgical reports, clinical trial documentation, SAE reports, informed consent), legal (contracts, wills, letters rogatory, EU General Data Protection Regulation, data privacy policies, etc.), general business (press releases, newsletters, websites, PPT presentations, letters, etc.), market research surveys, website localization (HTML, XML), Internet technologies, software documentation (user guides, software strings, help files), game localization, telecommunication, travel and tourism, and entertainment (television and film)
  • Consistently produce quality work for many German and US-based translation agencies and direct clients; some for many years now
  • Valued by my clients for my formatting and PDF conversion skills
  • Experience with (bilingual) document review for several law firms (including Jones Day; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis; and Kelly Law Services)
10/2021 - present Zoom Producer for virtual training sessions - The Training Associates (TTA)
  • Produce and oversee the logistics (in English) of multiple day training sessions on various topics (cybersecurity, corporate learning, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing) using Zoom
6/2020 - present German-speaking Zoom Producer for virtual DPRV training - initially under SAE International and now under TTA
  • Produce and oversee the logistics (in German) of 3-day training sessions in Germany (1-10 a.m.), initially used WebEx and now using Zoom
8/2019 - present Teacher (4th grade)- German Language School Cleveland, Donauschwaben German-American Club,
  • Teach German grammar and vocabulary to a class of eight 4th graders
  • Experience teaching online using Zoom and Google Classrooms
8/2003 - 6/2008 Adjunct faculty member - Institute for Applied Linguistics, Kent State University
  Past courses include
  • GER 31231 (Translation Practice: German) at the undergraduate level
  • GER 61010 (German Translation Practice) at the graduate level
  • MCLS 60009 (Documents in Multilingual Contexts) - taught grad students advanced Word formatting, HTML, Java
  • MCLS 60011 (Terminology and Computer Applications) at the graduate level
9/2003 - 9/2008 Contract linguist - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cleveland office
  • Authorized for top secret security clearance
  • Passed rigorous battery of language tests and background clearance
2/1997 - 1/2002 Internet researcher - Online Information Services, Königswinter, Germany
  • Analyzed and summarized research topics online for large German company that specializes in pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering and pesticides
  • Developed and maintained the password-protected web site
6/1996 - 10/1997 Freelance translator, proofreader, HTML programmer - online publishing services GmbH, 53175 Bonn, Germany
  • Translated, proofread and tested websites using HTML
  • Programmed/hand-coded websites using HTML
1/1996 - 10/1996 Proofreader, software tester - Translingua Gesellschaft für Softwarelokalisierung und Dokumentation mbH, Bonn, Germany
  • Proofread and tested Microsoft software and databases
6/1995 - 10/1996 Terminologist, freelance translator - Translingua Übersetzungsdienst GmbH, Bonn, Germany
  • Translated and proofread a variety of texts in various subject areas
  • Compared existing translations to create multilingual glossaries (including languages that are not my working languages)



  • Master of Arts, German Translation, Kent State University (Institute of Applied Linguistics), 1995
  • Dual Bachelor of Arts in German and Russian (minor in Political Science), graduated Cum laude, Bowling Green State University, 1992
  • Academic Year Abroad, University of Salzburg, Austria, 1989-1990



  • English (native speaker)
  • German (fluent in all areas - including an excellent grasp of the German culture and mindset)
  • Russian (basic understanding)



  • Platform: Windows 7
  • Translation-relevant software: SDL Trados Studio 2019, SDL Trados Studio 2011, MemoQ 9.0, ABBYY Fine Reader 12.0, PractiCount, Time Stamp, TextCount for Windows, Adobe Acrobat
  • High-speed Internet connection (cable modem)



  • Active Member of American Translators Association, 2001-present (member of the German Language Division, Medical Division, and Language Technology Division)
    - Chair of the ATA Ethics Committee 2018-2022
  • Member of the Northeast Ohio Translators Association, 1994-95, 2001-present, President from 2002-2010, 2015-2018
  • Member of the Bonner Übersetzer- und DolmetscherForum, Bonn, Germany, 1997-present
  • Volunteer translator, German News (international German news service that is read all over the world by German and English-speaking subscribers via e-mail), 1996-2008



  • "Bookkeeping 101," 62nd ATA Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • "Terminology of the Ears, Nose and Throat," (German-English) at the 61st ATA Conference – virtual conference (co-presented with a colleague in Aachen, Germany and streamed my presentation from an audiology booth at Kent State University)
  • "Searching and Researching German>English Resources on the Internet," 59th ATA Conference in New Orleans
  • "Contingency Planning and Crisis Management 101," 58th ATA Conference in Washington DC
  • Advanced Skills and Training seminar on "Mastering PDFs using OCR and Advanced Formatting Features in Word,"" 57th ATA Conference in San Francisco
  • "Beyond the Basics: Tips for Better Formatting in Microsoft Word," 56th Annual ATA Conference in Miami, DVTA 2016 Regional Conference, MiTiN 2015 Regional Conference
  • "Why Won't You Translate for Me?" panel discussion with Terena Bell, Ted Wozniak and Sandra Alboum, 55th Annual ATA Conference in Chicago
  • "Working with PDF Files: Tools, Tips, and Techniques" preconference seminar with Tuomas S. Kostiainen, 51st Annual ATA Conference in Denver
  • "Making Portable Document Format Files Work for You" presentation with Tuomas S. Kostiainen, 50th Annual ATA Conference in New York
  • "Getting Started as a Freelance Translator" preconference seminar with Corinne McKay, 48th Annual ATA conference in San Francisco
  • "Selling yourself short? Counting Tools and Word Count Standards" presentation with Marita Marcano, and Clove Lynch (LISA), 48th Annual ATA conference in San Francisco
  • "First Time Attendees" presentation with Amanda Ennis, 47th Annual ATA conference in New Orleans, 48th Annual ATA Conference in San Francisco, 49th Annual ATA Conference in Orlando, 50th Annual ATA Conference in New York
  • Organized the ATA Medical Division conference in Cleveland, Ohio, May 2007
  • "What's in a Word?" with Marita Marcano, ATA Chronicle, August 2006
  • "Searching and Researching on the Internet," presentation with Anne Chemali at the 46th Annual ATA Conference in Seattle, Washington, November 2005
  • "A Little Paranoia Goes A Long Way," published in ATA Chronicle, May 2005
  • "Internet Privacy for the Small Office or Home Office Environment," presentation with Roland Grefer at the 45th Annual ATA Conference in Toronto, Canada, October 2004; published in ATA Chronicle, March 2004
  • "Web Design Made Simple for Language Professionals," solo presentation at the 45th Annual ATA Conference in Toronto, Canada, October 2004
  • "Translating and Interpreting for the Federal Government," published in ATA Chronicle, July 2004
  • 2-day professional seminar on Trados translation tools (Workbench, TagEditor, WinAlign, MultiTerm) for freelance translators at Kent State University, January 2004 and January 2005
  • "The Etiquette of E-Mail," published in NOTA BENE, January 2004
  • "Web Design Made Simple for Language Professionals," presentation with Anne Chemali at the 44th Annual ATA Conference and published in the ATA Chronicle, July 2004