Faculty & Language Coaches

Faculty

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

The Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program is coordinated by Nora Goodfriend-Koven, MPH.  Nora teaches one cohort of this two-semester certificate program, using a nationally-recognized curriculum that she developed and is now widely disseminated.

Gayle Tang

Gayle Tang

MSN, RN teaches the other cohort in the Health Care Interpreter program.  In fact, she helped design and launch the program, as the need for well-trained interpreters was quite acute at Kaiser Permanente, where she then worked as a nurse.  Gayle is now the Director of National Linguistic & Cultural Programs, National Diversity, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Darouny Somsanith

Darouny Somsanith


Darouny Somsanith received her MPH at UCLA and is currently an adjunct faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Health Education Department teaching for both online and in-person courses. For the past eight years, she has had the privilege of teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds in health and wellness courses, including human sexuality. She also teaches for the Community Health Worker Certificate and the Health Care Interpreter Certificate programs. Before coming to City College, her background included working for community clinics in Alameda County, on projects that addressed policy advocacy on behalf of immigrants and underserved populations, to increase health coverage and access to quality health care. She has a strong interest in looking at how community health workers and health care interpreters can be integrated as part of a service delivery team, as a means to improve health outcomes and increase access to health care services. 

 

Language Coaches

Yoko Ng

Yoko Ng
Cantonese Language Lab Coach

 

Jean Lew

Jean Lew
Japanese Language Coach

Jean Lew, is a graduate of the Healthcare Interpreting Program at CCSF. She is a Japanese language coach, and works for a law firm in the morning and as a medical interpreter in the afternoon. She enjoys assisting graduates and students during her spare time.

ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE COACHES:

Asefaw Woldesclassie, Amharic and Tigrinya Language Coach

Ibtisam Dahud, Arabic Language Coach

Christina Lue, Burmese Language Coach

Hae Woon Lee, Korean Language Coach

Margaret Loo, Mandarin Language Coach

Munkhtsetseg (Moogie) Gankhuyag, Mongolian Language Coach

Inga Lind, Russian Language Coach

Ekaterina Ungefug, Russian Language Coach

Isela Tovar, Spanish Language Coach

Thuy Pham, Vietnamese Language Coach