Founder and CEO
Laura’s vision for Language Scholars is to drive the success of our clients by utilizing cutting-edge technology and innovation. Under her leadership, Language Scholars has provided translation, interpreting, and consulting to governments, law firms, and Fortune 100 companies. Laura has worked extensively in the language services industry; she has assisted the FBI's Language Testing and Assessment Unit by designing tests, evaluating linguist candidates, and enhancing the skills of staff linguists. She currently evaluates certification candidates for the American Translators Association and serves as a curator for Education Startup Digest, a Techstars publication.
She has three master's degrees, most recently in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland, and graduated at the top of her class from National Taiwan University. She actively pursues expertise in the latest technology, including machine learning, artificial intelligence, and front-end web development, and has received multiple scholarships from Google and Facebook.
Laura takes primary responsibility for setting the direction and strategy of Language Scholars as well as overseeing all marketing efforts. She constantly seeks ways to draw upon her expertise in technology to grow Language Scholars, enhance our client offerings, and make the world a better place. She was recently featured in a NoVa Now film campaign, produced by WeWork, which showcased Laura as one of the forward-thinking female entrepreneurs in Northern Virginia.
Co-Founder and COO
Dave has worked in higher education for much of his career. As a professor at numerous on-ground and online universities, he taught more than 20 different undergraduate and graduate courses to over 1000 students. He then ran a program for the Department of Defense that evaluated educational opportunities offered to members of the military, and most recently served as provost for a large trade and technical college. His writings include academic journal articles, a monthly column for Yale's alumni magazine, and government reports.
He earned his undergraduate degree cum laude in mathematics and philosophy from Yale University and his Ph.D. in analytic philosophy from the University of Arizona.
At Language Scholars, Dave is primarily responsible for operations, client relations, and employee management.
Director of Design
Anli has lived extensively in both the U.S. and Taiwan. Her international background allows her to transcend culture with her designs and bring her clients' vision to the global market. She earned a BA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University with a concentration in graphic design. Anli has designed logos and other collateral for numerous companies.
In addition to designing the Web site and logo for Language Scholars. Anli also oversees our desktop publishing process, ensuring that our completed translations are delivered in a format that appropriately showcases our clients' missions.
Director of Content
Knowing from an early age that his interests most strongly leaned towards literature, writing, and teaching, Troy has sought opportunities to cultivate his passion and understanding in both his personal and professional lives. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis, writing for the university’s student newspaper and serving as editor for the university’s literary magazine. In addition to teaching college English courses, he has served as an academic dean and in several other roles in higher education administration.
At Language Scholars, Troy is responsible for creating new content as well as ensuring that translations and texts written by other team members are elegantly crafted and clearly communicate the intended message.