our Staff

We recognize that maintaining stability in the makeup of our in-house personnel benefits both our staff and our clients. Since our founding in 2005, we have cultivated a collaborative working environment that is egalitarian and supportive. Each of us brings different specific skills to ION, but we all share equally in project management and customer service. This means that, as an ION client, you will enjoy a long-term relationship with a dedicated project manager who is committed to meeting your particular needs.

 
 
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Blair Sly
principal

Blair is a founding principal of ION and is actively engaged in all aspects of the business, including day-to-day project management. Under his guidance, ION has shown strong and steady growth in revenue and staff without any loss of focus on customer service. He studied Japanese at Middlebury College, lived and worked in Japan, and has passed the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam.

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David Gamon, Ph.D.
Senior Project Director

David had a peripatetic Foreign Service upbringing in Martinique, Liberia, Swaziland, South Africa, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. He studied German literature at Reed College and the University of Tübingen and cognitive science at U.C. Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1997. He has been with ION since 2006, following a career stint as a freelance writer and translator.

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Rika Sonoda
Senior Project Manager/
Editor

Rika is from Saitama, Japan, and received a B.A. in English literature from Seijo University in Tokyo, Japan, and an M.A. in linguistics from San Francisco State University. In addition to her project management expertise, Rika brings strong in-house Japanese translation and editing skills to ION. She has been with ION since 2006.

 
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Anne Peattie, Ph.D.
Senior Project Manager/
Editor

Anne studied German and Biology as an undergrad at Lewis & Clark College. She received her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from U.C. Berkeley in 2007 and spent two years in England as a postdoc at the University of Cambridge. With her background in biology and engineering research, Anne brings strong scientific and technical expertise to the ION team.

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Cathy Guevara
Project Manager/
Marketing strategist

Cathy grew up bilingual/bicultural in the U.S. and the Philippines. She is ION’s resident expert in CAT (computer-assisted translation) and DTP (desktop publishing) tool technologies, and she also oversees our marketing strategies. As the primary manager for many of our multilingual projects, Cathy makes sure the artwork is localized just as precisely as the words are.

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Trudy Obi, Ph.D.
Project Manager/
EDITOR

As an undergraduate, Trudy studied and worked for a French publisher in Paris. After receiving her B.A. in English from Princeton, she worked on an international public health project, translating communications between U.S. headquarters and field office staff in Haiti and Madagascar. Trudy completed her Ph.D. in English at U.C. Berkeley. She brings editorial experience and French language proficiency to the ION team.

 
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Virginia Cooper
ASSISTANT Project MANAGER/TRANSLATOR

Virginia has an M.A. in translation studies from Kent State University and completed the U. Mass. Amherst Ph.D. program in German Studies to the A.B.D. stage. An avid traveler, she lived abroad in Germany and Austria for over 3 years and was a Peace Corps' volunteer in Armenia and a JET program English instructor in Japan. She brings over 8 years of experience in German to English freelance translation with specializations in legal and pharmaceutical translation.