Board Members

Loy Searle

President – Board Sponsor, Education & Mentorship

LOY SEARLE has been a globalization and content industry leader for 20+ years. In the ERP industry, her teams pioneered single-sourcing content strategies and built extraordinary integrated global CMS/terminology solutions. At Google, she led Global Production and Language Services. Her focus was speed @ scale - turning language quality around while shortening time to market. At Intuit, her team built a scalable, globalization and innovative content foundation to support market expansion. At Deluxe, her team transformed their practice to support the Entertainment industry’s digital transformation. As current President of Women in Localization, Loy is committed to the localization industry and the advancement of women within it.  At her side gig - the Global Guild - Loy builds curated industry peer networks, strengthening our leaders and their globalization practices. Today at Workday, Loy’s team is building a Localization and Content CoE to scale and support the company's expansion goals.

Cecilia Maldonado

Vice President - Board Sponsor, Chapters and Global Growth

CECILIA MALDONADO has 20+ years of experience in the localization industry that includes co-founding, managing and merging language service companies and co-founding the first language industry association in Argentina. She also volunteers with different international organizations and has organized more than 30 training events such as the Language & Technology Conference, Think Latin America, and the Vendor Management Seminar in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, Peru and the United States.

Anna N. Schlegel 

Co-Founder - Board Sponsor, Operations

ANNA N. SCHLEGEL is Vice President of the Global Portfolio-to-Market Lifecycle at NetApp, where she leads content, engineering and globalization teams. Anna  has led digital, content, engineering and globalization teams for over twenty-five years at companies across the Silicon Valley. Her work has been published on Forbes, Fortune, and many other research industry forums. She is the recipient of the 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM award and was named Business Journal’s Woman of the Year in 2018.  She frequently delivers lectures, webinars, and keynotes at universities, corporations, and other international organizations. You can follow her @annapapallona on Twitter, or visit her site: to find out where she is speaking next and request her consulting services.

Eva Klaudinyova

Secretary – Co-Founder - Board Sponsor, Non-Profit

EVA KLAUDINYOVA has been working in the localization industry since 2000, first managing localization programs at Medialocate, or later leading localization teams and implementing new globalization, quality and vendor management strategies in companies like VeriSign, VMware and Apple. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Localization Practice at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, imparting her knowledge to graduate students of Translation and Localization Management. She is multilingual and holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Language Teaching from Slovakia, as well as a Master’s degree in Translation from the Middlebury Institute. Eva is also a co-founder and Secretary of Women in Localization.

Silvia Avary-Silveira

Treasurer – Co-Founder - Board Sponsor, Membership & Metrics

SILVIA AVARY-SILVEIRA has over 16 years of localization experience working for high-tech companies including Juniper Networks, Symantec, VeriSign and NetApp. She is a native of Brazil and has been living in the U.S. for the past 20 years. Silvia is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish and she has a diverse background, which includes an MBA from San Francisco State University and a Doctor degree in Veterinary Medicine. Silvia is based in the Bay Area in CA and is a co-founder of Women in Localization.

Jill Goldsberry

Board Sponsor,  Strategic Partnerships and Events

JILL GOLDSBERRY is the Enterprise Sales Director for Lionbridge. Her diverse client base serves Software, IT, Manufacturing, Financial, Hospitality and Retail. She is passionate about understanding her clients’ organizational goals and objectives, Jill enjoys creating optimal multilingual communication solutions; while building a custom implementation and service delivery schedule model that aligns with existing technology and processes. Recently, she completed the Global Digital Marketing and Localization Certification (GDMLC) Program and is a distinguished graduate of Purdue University.  Based in San Mateo, CA and has 20 years of localization, media and marketing experience across multiple verticals.

Allison McDougall

Board Sponsor, Sponsorship

ALLISON MCDOUGALL brings 22 years of strategic business development and client relationship management experience in the localization industry. Over the course of her career, she has created and transformed teams in North America, Europe and Asia to deliver double-digit revenue growth. In January 2019, she was appointed to lead worldwide sales at Amplexor, a Top 10 LSP headquartered in Luxembourg. She also served as President of Women in Localization in 2017, establishing a strong foundation for future expansion. Prior to that, she served as a Professional Advisor and led Women in Localization Public Relations initiatives. Passionate about mentorship in the workplace, gender equality, intentional employee recognition, and continuous learning, Allison is excited to re-join the Board, focusing on a solid membership technology infrastructure and programs for our worldwide members.

Monica Bajaj

Board Sponsor, Technology 

MONICA BAJAJ is a native of India and moved to US 20 years back. Monica has led and built  several high performing and collaborative Engineering Teams across larger enterprises like NetApp, Cisco, Perforce, ITradeNetwork . over the course of last 18 plus years. She currently heads as a Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software focused on AI and People software.  Her prime focus has always been on  facilitating creativity, collaboration, and camaraderie—all in the service of customer value. She also serves on the board of Women in Localization as a Chief Compliance Officer for their GDPR and Security initiatives.When not working, she shares wisdom with peers and youth alike as a speaker/mentor/advocate for women in tech leadership—whether through programs for young girls (Code for Fun) or upcoming professionals (Everwise, Plato). She is an active Scout Mom who  believes in equal engagement with boys and girls. Monica holds an M.S. in Computer Science from IIT Mumbai, India . She lives with her family in Fremont, CA . You can follow her at @mbajaj9 on Twitter or reach out to her on LinkedIn -

Erica Haims

Board Sponsor, Marketing

ERICA HAIMS has unique experience which allows her to understand every angle of content marketing and production on a global scale. Her long-term roles at Atlantic Records and Apple, were the backgrounds from which Erica formed Haims Consulting.  Her firm specializes in Localization Marketing and the marketing of the localization industry. Erica understands it isn't enough to get the product noticed for your client, but the field itself needs a champion no matter where you are placed in the industry.  Opportunities to work with others in globalization empowers us all and enriches the field. She is a resident of San Francisco and a lover of rescue animals. Follow her on Twitter @ericagoesglobal and visit her website to follow her blog.


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