Meet Our Leadership Team

Karina Zaher

Karina Zaher

Vice President of Strategic Accounts

Karina has over 10 years of experience in operations management, quality management and business development. Karina’s initiatives helped reduce overhead costs by 15% through innovative technology and elimination of redundant processes. As Vice President of Strategic Accounts, she is responsible for developing strategies to identify and manage opportunities with enterprise clients and provide leadership for customer engagement. Karina holds a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University.

Vic Marcus

Vic Marcus

Chief Operating Officer

Vic has been with the company since 2003. He is responsible for translation & interpreting operations, client support, vendor & talent relations and human resources. Vic brings a strong combination of SMB operating experience, sales & marketing strategies, leadership skills and an understanding of management information systems to NWI Global. Prior to his current role, Vic was the Vice President of Business Development at NWI Global. Vic earned a BA in Management Information Systems from Washington State University.

Carolyn Knees

Carolyn Knees

Translation Services Manager

Carolyn is a goal-oriented manager with exceptional organizational skills. She has always been passionate about linguistics and the power of language. Carolyn is responsible for overseeing and managing the translation services department’s daily operations. Fluent in German and Swedish, Carolyn received her BA in Liberal Studies from Portland State University.

Yelena Bondareva

Yelena Bondareva

Vendor Manager

Yelena brings to NWI Global over 6 years of recruiting, screening, qualifying and training experience. In her role as a Vendor Manager, Yelena manages the recruitment department’s operations. Working close with NWI Global’s leadership team, Yelena managed the development process of cost-effective recruiting strategies. Fluent in Russian, Yelena holds a degree in Business from Western Business College.

Elena Lawler

Elena Lawler

Founder

Elena founded the company in 1992 and is the majority owner of NWI Global. She holds a degree in Linguistics from Moscow State University. As the company’s president, Elena is involved in creating the company’s vision and strategic plans, as well as overseeing all company functions. As a certified interpreter and translator, Elena has played a key role in advancing the language services industry in the Pacific Northwest and around the country.