We can’t wait to see you at the next LocWorld event.
To make sure you get any assistance you need — pre, during and post event — and there are a few ‘friendly faces’ you know if it’s your first time with us, we’d like to introduce you to our core LocWorld family members. You can learn a little about each member of our team here and get a feeling for where and when you may see them at the event.
Donna Parrish is co-organizer of the LocWorld conferences. She was publisher of the magazine MultiLingual for twenty years. Prior to that, she was a computer programmer for 25 years. Donna holds a degree in mathematics from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She is presently the secretary of Translators without Borders.
Ulrich Henes Principal
Ulrich Henes is the founder and president of The Localization Institute, a Madison, Wisconsin-based consulting and event organizing company. Already in his early years, Ulrich was fascinated by language, cultural differences, and global business. He spent the first decade of his career organizing international campaigns against the arms race and apartheid; and promoting global social justice. For the past 25 years Ulrich has channeled his passion for all things global into promoting awareness and respect for differences among people, countries, and languages in the international business community.
Anne-Marie Colliander LindMarketing Manager
Anne-Marie Colliander Lind joined our team in March 2015 as Marketing Manager. She has been in the language industry since 1990 helping multinational organizations solve their language issues by serving in executive sales and management positions at leading service, technology and market research companies. At LocWorld she will ensure that we provide the best possible experience for our growing list of sponsors, exhibitors and attendees. Anne-Marie is a world traveler with a passion for her family, good food and downhill skiing.
Sarah Deming-HenesExhibit Manager
Sarah has been with The Localization Institute Inc. proudly, since the beginning to some degree, being Ulrich’s daughter. She has helped staff the occasional Localization Institute event and LocWorld over the last 20 years. In 2017 she was delighted to step up into the role of Exhibit Manager for LocWorld. Over the past 10 years, when not working for The Localization Institute, Sarah has made her living as an Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) Stage Manager for profession theater productions at a variety of Wisconsin’s largest theaters. She has loved helping bring different productions to life, ranging from older classics like Romeo and Juliet to newer classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas. Sarah loves to travel, and if it can be with friends and family so much the better!
Kendra GrayInformation Distribution and Traffic Control
Kendra Gray has been with MultiLingual Computing, Inc., since 2000, and has been part of the LocWorld staff since the first event in Seattle in 2003. Although wearing a variety of conference staff hats throughout the years, as lead directional person, her main duty is to make sure participants get where they are supposed to be for on or off-site networking events. When she is not telling people where to go – with a smile and culturally-correct hand gestures – she enjoys exploring the cities, regions and countries where the conferences are held.
Jill NellisSpeaker Liaison
Jill Nellis is the speaker liaison for LocWorld on behalf of event organizer The Localization Institute, Inc, a Madison, Wisconsin-based consulting and event organizing company. She earned a business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 and joined The Localization Institute, Inc. in 2007. Previous positions include grants administrator for Boston University School of Medicine and associate sales representative for Pitney-Bowes. She lives north of Madison with her two teenage boys.
Bernie NovaRegistration Manager
Bernie Nova joined MultiLingual Computing, Inc. in 2008 to work on assorted special projects and to assist with registration for LocWorld conferences. In 2010 she took on the added duties of proofreading and managing databases at MultiLingual and in 2011 became the registration manager for LocWorld.
Kris WiegandProgram Development
Kris Wiegand has been with The Localization Institute since 2010, managing the Institute’s seminar program. More recently, she has added the roles of program development for the LocWorld conferences, and managing the project management and quality certification programs for Localization Institute. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kris taught middle school science for many years throughout the US. After taking time off to raise her children, Kris is glad to be back to work! Off hours, she loves to hang out with her family, hike, kayak, read and volunteer.