Our Team

Francine Kuipers, CEO and Owner

Native in French

Francine Kuipers was born in France and moved to California in 1978. She was the principal of the French American School until 1985. She taught French and Spanish at various schools in the US, France and the University in Peru.

Francine has founded 5 language companies since 1986: Linguatheque of Los Angeles, Access Language Services, Accent on Languages, Accent on Culture, and Berkeley Language Institute (which focuses on training translators and interpreters).

As a linguistic and cultural consultant, Francine has been involved in various cultural programs in France, Peru, China, Russia and the West Bank. She is passionate about languages and the promotion of cultural sensitivity. She participated to numerous Language and Cultural Conferences and summits organized by the US Army. She developed language and cultural programs sold in schools throughout the world and used by the US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Francine is actively involved in the community and volunteers her time as a member of the Board at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley.

She believes that her busy life as business owner and a mother of three must be balanced with an involvement in the community and creativity throughout the arts such as stain-glass making, another passion of hers.

Ms. Lea R. Mendelovitz, Secretary

Native in French

Mendelovitz is a native of France. She studied at the Sorbonne and the School of the Louvres. She is an expert in Fine Art, History and Architecture. Ms Mendelovitz founded and run a construction company until 1994 and moved to California. Ms Mendelovitz became a Project Manager at Accent on Languages in 2006 and is now Executive Coordinator for interpreting services for all US Government contracts, as well as local organizations and commercial clients.

Ms. Jane Gatto, Executive Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Mr. Eduardo Puyol-Martinez, Director of Operations

Native in Spanish and Catalan

Eduardo Puyol-Martinez is a native of Barcelona, Spain, and he is a native speaker of Catalan and Spanish. Eduardo graduated in Textile Engineering with the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), and also obtained a Master in Industrial Management before moving to the US in 2006. He has extensive experience working as a Project Manager for Spanish textile research institutes, and during that time he was able to work with multi-cultural engineering teams at the European level, performing translations of technical documents from and into Spanish, and conducting presentations and meetings in English for European multi-national audiences. In addition, he has experience implementing procedures and methodologies for a variety of industries, including Quality Assurance management. Eduardo joined Accent on Languages in 2007 as a Project Manager, and was quickly promoted to Director of Operations in 2008.

Ms. Kelly Moody, Interpreting Project Manager and Security Clearance Officer

Bio coming soon.

Mr. Matt Northup, Assistant Project Manager

William "Matt" Northup joined Accent on Languages in mid-2016. Although a sixth generation Californian, he decided to seek out-of-state options for higher education. In 2012, he graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Global Studies, after having served as the chair for the school's student scholastic fund as a senior. A native anglophone, he has studied a number of languages, and considers himself proficient in French and conversational in Russian. In his spare time, he is also chipping away at Irish. Outside of languages, he recreationally yells at the nightly news.

Ms. Luqi Jia, In-house Chinese Translator

Bio coming soon.

Ms. Edna Shipley, Accounting Assistant

Edna Shipley joined Accent on Languages in 2010. She is a Bay Area native and lifelong resident. After graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, Edna spent 7 years in the securities industry enforcing SEC regulations for the National Association of Securities Dealers. Following the birth of her second child, she took time off to raise her family and was active in her children's schools and various community organizations. Edna is a San Francisco Giants and Cal Basketball season ticket holder and enjoys glass fusing and mosaics in her spare time.