Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Fund Inc
615-741-7579 ext. 102
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220 French Landing Drive Suite 1-B
Nashville, TN 37243
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Dr. Janice Rodriguez
E-mail janice.rodriguez@tennessee.edu
Term Start April 2002
Janice's Experience: Dr. Janice Snow Rodríguez is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Language Center (TLC). She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Masters of Arts in Spanish Literature. Dr. Rodríguez has been employed by TLC since 1999 and is credited with researching and recommending the state's certification program for court interpreters adopted by the TN Administrative Office of the Courts. She is the Title VI Coordinator for the Institute, works on the TN Supreme Court's Access to Justice Committee for Interpreter Issues and is a board member for the Metro Nashville Police Department's El Protector Program and a Commissioner for the Metro Human Relations Commission. Certified as a Cross-Cultural Health Care Program Cultural Diversity Trainer, she has conducted numerous cultural awareness and diversity seminars for social services, medical and law enforcement agencies. She also serves as adjunct faculty for Tennessee State University's College of Public Service and Urban Affairs and is on TSU's advisory committee for International Education. Her most recent publications include a chapter in the text Communication and Language Analysis in the Public Sphere (Hart, 2014, IGI Global) entitled 'Language Policy Argumentation and Rhetoric, Pre- and Post-9/11.' Previous professional experience includes eight years of service as a Technical Information Specialist in a library devoted to Cuba and Cuban issues with the Voice of America's Radio Marti Program in Washington, DC as well as a Director of Information Services for an intellectual property law firm in Alexandria, Virginia. A native Nashvillian, she has two children and resides in north Nashville.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Dr. Cesar Muedas Director of Interpretation and Translation Services
Ms. Heather Seybold Director of World Language Programs
Ms. Jenny Rish Director of ESL Programs
Mr. Marlan Crawford Fiscal Director
Ms. Meredith Luckett Director of Marketing and Communications
Mr. Percy Person Technology Director


Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 3
Contractors 100
Retention Rate 89%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? November 2016
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy?
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy?


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
American Translators Association 2005
CABLE 2005
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 2005
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2005
Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2001
National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators 2000
National Early Language Learning Organization 2000
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2000
Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2005
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition 2003


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Best of Nashville 'Editors' Pick' Nashville Scene Magazine 2003
Best of Nashville 'Reader's Poll' Nashville Scene Magazine 2004
Best Places to Work Nashville Business Journal 2006
Salute to Excellence - Frist Foundation, Innovation on Action Award for ESL to Go Center for NonProfit Management 2014

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The staff listed in the profile is the staff of TLC. The TFLI Fund has no staff. The TFLI Fund operates under the state non-discrimination policy.