Suzanne Panferov

Interim Director

As Interim Director of NCI, my role is to support staff and faculty in developing new professional training and testing programs and materials for interpreters. NCI is a unique center at the University of Arizona, providing support for research and teaching about language access and interpreting. 


  • Ph.D. Foreign and Second Language Education, The Ohio State University
  • M.A. TESOL, The Ohio State University
  • M.A. Russian Literature and Linguistics, The Ohio State University
  • B.A. German/Russian, Juniata College

John Bichsel

Senior Coordinator, Testing and Curriculum

I have been with NCI since 1986 (when it was known as the Summer Institute for Court Interpretation/Federal Court Interpreter Project). I received my M.A. in ESL from the University of Arizona in 1987. My responsibilities are curriculum development for NCI’s translation and interpreter training seminars and the development, validation, and administration of interpreter certification examinations in Spanish and other languages.

Paul Gatto

Assistant Director

Paul Gatto has been with NCI since 2001.  During that time, he has been an integral part of every testing and training initiative NCI has undertaken.  He had served at the co-Principal investigator on a number of federally funded projects, including, the Arizona Initiative, Preparación Online, and the Texas Trilingual Initiative.   He was a member of the Expert Panel that contributed to the revised edition of Fundamentals of Court Interpretation, published on 2010.  He is the father of three, and husband of one.  Bon vivant? Man-about-town? Mysterious stranger? Yes.


  • C.Phil., Philosophy, University of California San Diego

Sathya Honey

Curriculum Development and Language Specialist

I am originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and lived in Belgium before moving to Tucson.  I graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Studio Art and Translation and Interpretation and have since worked at the National Center for Interpretation.  As the NCI Curriculum Development and Language Specialist I develop curricula, test items and materials for online and face to face translator and interpreter training.  I also provide translation services and take care of NCI's audio and photographic production.

Anthony Rivas

Curriculum Development and Language Specialist

My job is to teach at NCI’s Annual Summertime Agnese Haury Court Interpreter and Medical Interpreter Training Institutes, write court and medical interpretation/translation related educational materials and presentations, represent NCI at interpreter and translator organization conferences, translate documents submitted to NCI, teach workshops nationwide based on the needs of NCI and perform upon request any other duties related to my position. I have had a professional relationship with the University of Arizona as of 1987, and I feel very fortunate to have such great, knowledgeable and intelligent colleagues on our team.


  • Graduate Work in Hispanic and French Linguistics as well as Medieval Literature, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (Main) Campus
  • B.A. Florida International University, Major: Spanish Literature (Peninsular)
  • Certificate in Linguistic Studies, Florida International University, Hispanic Linguistics

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