All roads may lead to Rome, but Martina Heine-Kilic’s path to Dallas crisscrossed the Atlantic.
Born in Ravensburg, Germany (home of the Ravensburger puzzles), Martina moved to Mexico as a teenager. While her parents lived in Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico) where her father worked, Martina and her sister lived the grand adventure, living and studying in Mexico City.
After graduating from high school, Martina spent a year in Morelia and travelled extensively.
Mexico was followed by France, where Martina worked as an au-pair in Paris and attended the Institut Catholique. The next move was back to Germany, where she obtained her Master’s degree in translation (Spanish and Italian) from the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Institute of Translation and Interpretation.
Her next move came with a bonus. During a year in Trieste, Italy on a scholarship from the European Union, Martina met her husband, Gordan (who is Croatian, further expanding the family linguistic mix.) Back in Heidelberg, Gordan worked at the Max Planck Institute and Martina at Springer Verlag. Settling down, you think?
Not quite. Three years and one daughter later, Martina and Gordan moved across the ocean to live and work in Denver, Colorado. But one more move was in store. In 2004, the family (now including a son born in Denver), moved to Dallas where Gordan took a position with UT Southwestern. Martina felt the need to get out of her office for a while. After meeting Yvonne Stegall at an ATA conference, Martina went to work as a Project Manager at Transnation for three years before the freelance bug bit her again. She recently added voice talent to her list of services.
Martina’s move to Dallas provided MITA with a dedicated member of the Steering Committee, currently serving as our treasurer. So, hurrah for the grand adventure that crossed her path with ours!
For more about Martina,check out her website, www.heinewords.com
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