The Team

James Guidi

James Guidi — CEO

James is from the US; speaks English, French, Italian, German, and Czech.

A long time business developer in the IT, software and hardware industries, James headed up Apple Computer’s Eastern European expansion through its IMC during the 1990’s. During that time, he led software localization activities for Microsoft, QuarkXpress and Apple Computer.

Ksenia Kazarina

Ksenia Kazarina — Financial Director

Ksenia is from Khabarovsk, Russia; speaks Russian, English, and intermediate Czech.

Ksenia started working in the Translatus Prague office after graduating from Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law.

Matthew Miodonski

Matthew Miodonski — General Manager - Translatus Services Worldwide

Matthew is from Chicago, Illinois; speaks English and basic German.

After studying at Charles University in Prague in 2001, Matthew fell in love with the city and lived in Prague for 3.5 years after moving there in 2002. Matthew also started with Translatus in 2002, and has enjoyed working with Translatus since then, as well as the continued travel and meeting new people that have come along with the job.

Rachel Guy

Rachel Guy — Vice President of Operations

Rachel is from Tallahassee, Florida; speaks English and basic Spanish.

Rachel graduated in 2010 from Florida State University. Before starting at Translatus in 2013, Rachel spent time working in University Housing, Customer Service, Sales, and Legal Publishing.

Peter Hadjokas

Peter Hadjokas — Operations & Project Manager

Peter is from Allentown, Pennsylvania; speaks English, some Spanish, and very basic Czech.

After graduating from Loyola University Maryland in 2014 with a B.A. in creative writing and Spanish, Peter did writing and editing work for the Baltimore City Paper, communications and marketing work for a cathedral, and waiting work at a restaurant in an art museum, until he moved to Prague to teach English, where he discovered Translatus.

Olivia Sadler

Olivia Sadler — Operations & Project Manager

Olivia is from Portsmouth, Ohio; speaks English, Spanish, and basic German.

Olivia attended Shawnee State University from the age of 15 and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in International Relations. Before moving to the Czech Republic, she was the International Student Coordinator for her university’s study abroad office.

Dimitry Panchenko

Dimitry Panchenko — Chief Developer

Dimitry is from Sumy, Ukraine; speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Czech and English.

Dimitry has an MS in Electronics Engineering and is the chief developer of He has over 15 years experience in the Information Technology field and specializes in .NET Platform and Web Development. He also has extensive experience in administration and support of MS Windows and UNIX-based servers.

Sulin Young

Sulin Young — TDApro Support Manager & Systems Tester

Sulin is from Lautoka, Fiji; speaks English and Czech.

Sulin studied Computing Science at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. She worked in the Gaming Industry for several years before moving to Prague and joining Translatus in 2009.

Andrew Mohr

Andrew Mohr — Project & European Sales Manager

Andrew is from Phoenix, Arizona; speaks English and French.

Andrew graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Arizona State University in 2009. Before coming to Translatus, he worked in the US in customer service, sales, and non-profit coordination roles; then in Europe teaching Business English, Technical English, and dance.

Svetlana Kozlova

Svetlana Kozlova — Marketing & Project Manager

Svetlana is from Tomsk, Russia; speaks English, Russian, and basic Czech.

Svetlana used to be a TV reporter. She started working in Translatus in 2013 after completing a master’s degree in Professional and Business Communication at LaSalle University.

Aleksandar Skripka

Aleksandar Skripka — Master of the DTP Team & Technical Department

Aleksandar is from Belgrade, Serbia; speaks Serbo-Croatian, English, Czech, and basic French.

Aleksandar has graduated as a programmer; however, during his career he has been focusing on working in Adobe applications and became an expert in this field of DTP. Aleksandar also specializes in audio production and video editing.

Alvaro Figueiredo

Alvaro Figueiredo — DTP Master

Alvaro is from Leiria, Portugal; speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

Alvaro received his degree in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon (FBAUL). He specializes in Graphic Design, logo making, typography and Desktop Publishing. Prior to joining Translatus in 2012, Alvaro worked in Lisbon as a freelance designer of websites and product labels.

Frano Prochazka

Frano Prochazka — DTP Master & Sales Representative

Frano is from Kvetnica, Slovakia; speaks Slovak, Spanish, Czech, English and Russian.

Frano has studied computer science and engineering and has a deep interest in fine arts and technology. Currently, he is experimenting with different sales strategies via email and telephone.

Maria Boutylina

Maria Boutylina — Project Manager & DTP Specialist

Maria is from Minsk, Belarus; speaks Italian, Russian, Belorussian, and English.

Maria lived for 10 years in Italy where she graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from L.A.B.A. (Academy of Fine Arts of Rimini). She worked as a Graphic Designer in Italy before moving to Prague and joining Translatus in 2014.

Cindy Wiedemann

Cindy Wiedemann — Sales Representative - Germany

Cindy is from Hof - Saxony, Germany; speaks German and English.

Before Cindy started working for Translatus she lived and traveled throughout Finland for a year. She also worked as customer support agent for major airlines.

Sam Russell

Sam Russell — Account Manager for Europe: Translation & E-learning

Sam is from Bristol, Great Britain; speaks English and basic Czech.

Sam has worked in sales for 10 years now. Since leaving high school, he has traveled and worked in a number of countries around the world with a majority of his time spent in the USA and the Czech Republic.

Aleksandra Plechava

Aleksandra Plechava — Business Development Manager

Aleksandra is from Khabarovsk, Russia; speaks English, Czech, Russian, and basic French.

Aleksandra has two Master’s degrees in Linguistics and in English Literature.

Ira Dimitra

Ira Dimitra — Business Development Manager

Ira is from Athens, Greece; speaks English and Greek, intermediate Japanese and a basic Czech.

Ira graduated in 2012 from Vassar College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a major in Drama. Ira worked in film and theater production companies in London, before moving on to marketing and advertising for software development companies in Athens. Upon moving to Prague to start her MA in Humanities, Ira worked as a tour guide and an English teacher. She joined the Translatus team in 2015.

Jacqueline Kos

Jacqueline Kos — Project Manager & Business Developer

Jacqueline is from Madison, Connecticut; speaks English and Spanish.

Jacqueline joined the Translatus team in 2016 after graduating from Boston University with a double major in Economics and International Relations.

Joey Tai

Joey Tai — Project Manager

Joey is from Hong Kong; speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Before joining Translatus in 2009, Joey was a graphic designer in a Design and Printing company. She specializes in Desktop Publishing, video and audio localization.

Kseniya Samuseva

Kseniya Samuseva — Project Manager

Kseniya is from Novosibirsk, Russia; speaks Russian, English and basic Czech.

Kseniya graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogics in her hometown. Before coming to Prague she worked at a school and a children’s camp. Kseniya finished her Master’s degree in International Economic and Political Studies at Charles University in Prague just before she joined Translatus.

Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui — Project Manager

Olena is from Kyiv, Ukraine; speaks English, Czech, Ukrainian and German.

Olena graduated in 2014 from Anglo-American University with a B.A. in International Relations. She has experience working as a journalist and in Real Estate Management.