Mission Statement

Since 1985, American Language Services (AML-Global) has strived to help our clients communicate effectively with others around the globe. AML-Global has been providing linguists to US-based and international companies for over 35 years. Our mission is to provide a world-class platform to connect clients with the finest, most qualified linguists available in the world.

We take a consultative approach that helps bridge communication gaps between our customers and their target markets.  Through our work, we hope to help make the world more interconnected and feel a little smaller. And, by doing so, make the world a more understanding place.

Meet Our Team

Dina Spevack: Founder, CEO and Director Emeritus

Ms. Dina Spevack, an accomplished business leader, language expert, and educator founded American Language Services (AML-Global) in 1985. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Dina earned a master’s degree in education from Ohio State University.  As an educator by trade, her love of languages and diversity flourished during her days of teaching at both Cleveland Middle School and later at the prestigious Le Lycee Francais in Los Angeles.

From being a world traveler, she has many years of experience fostering understanding among peoples of various cultures. In her years overseas, Dina worked teaching English as a Second Language and spent five years in Israel teaching high-leveled military and political officials.  Her lifelong passion for languages and cultures drove her to create AML-Global to help the world embrace the changing needs of the global community.

Ms. Spevack’s positive influence is still felt today on a day to day basis. She set the foundation for our company to embrace industry best practices and to stay forward-thinking by embracing emerging and effective new technology solutions. As is to be expected, she’s also a big advocate of customer service. In just a few decades, Ms. Spevack has grown AML – Global into one of the most successful and respected language service providers; not just in the U.S., but worldwide.

Alan Weiss:  Executive VP for Sales & Marketing

Mr. Weiss has served as AML-Global’s VP of Sales & Marketing for over 12 years.  He has 30 plus years of experience in sales and marketing, and deep knowledge of the interpreting and translating industry. Before joining our team, Alan held senior sales and marketing positions and worked with clients at several Fortune 500 companies. Alan is also the proud holder of a BA in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.

An out-of-the-box thinker, Alan has a flair for charting out sales strategies and implementing complicated strategic plans. In his time at AML-Global, he’s worked diligently to drive business growth and increased profitability. His expertise is in planning, market penetration, consultative selling, management, key account management, and competitive analysis.

A Detroit native, Alan is a sports enthusiast, hiker, biker, and a competitive backgammon player who’s called L.A. home since 1985.

Jay Herzog: Sales Manager & Sr. Account Executive

Mr. Herzog has served as a senior account executive and sales manager at American Language Services for over 17 years. He has 30 plus years of experience in sales and marketing and deep knowledge of the interpreting and translating industry.

In his time at AML-Global, Jay has served clients at Fortune 500 corporations, Non-Profits, major universities, top 100 law firms, and a variety of government agencies. He is also the proud holder of a BA in English Literature from the University of Florida.

Jay is an exceptional problem solver and a strong proponent of quick response and total client service. Originally from New Rochelle, New York, Mr. Herzog has lived in Los Angeles since 1982. He is a huge sports fan and a scratch golfer.

Leslie Jacobson:  Interpreting Manager

Leslie Jacobson has been with American language Services since 2009.  Originally from the Seattle area, she graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Organizational Behavior.

She worked as a software contract negotiator for a number of years and then married, moved to Minnesota for a few years and had a family.

Finally settling in Los Angeles in 2008, she began working at American language Services the following year.

Leslie enjoys spending time with her family and anything outdoors like biking and going to the beach and hiking the hills and canyons in Southern California.

Marysa Oshiro: Translation Manager

Marysa Oshiro is originally from Makakilo, Hawai’i on the island of Oahu. She first moved to Los Angeles, California to attend university at UCLA. At UCLA, she studied Linguistics and specialized in Asian Languages and Cultures. This included Japanese, Chinese, and Korean language studies as well as a Study Abroad program in Kyoto, Japan.

Along with her role as Translation Manager, Marysa works as American Language Services’ Chief Technologist. She works together with the Sales Team and Clients to research and utilize new software and helps troubleshoot existing ones with the IT Team. She is very interested in new technologies and particularly the issue of ethics in tech. 

Outside of work, she enjoys binging any and all TV shows, crocheting, and traveling with family. She is looking forward to traveling back to Japan and Okinawa when it is safe to do so again. She comes from a multi-ethnic Okinawan, Portuguese and Filipino background and her native language is English.

Erik Morentin:  Sourcing Manager

Erik Morentin was born and raised in Southern California spending time in both Los Angeles and Orange County.  He attended Pepperdine University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Spanish.

In college, he spent time studying in Argentina and working for UNESCO in Switzerland which drove him to explore foreign languages and cultures.  When he’s not in the office he enjoys traveling, hiking, and surfing. Erik recently got married in New Mexico and he and his wife Lucy love to go out for fine dining and consider themselves big foodies.

Reuben Trujeque:  Accounting Manager

Reuben Trujeque is a native of Belize, Central America. While attending junior college, he was among six students recruited by Jesuits from St Thomas University in Florida. He graduated with a BA in Accounting and moved to California where he later passed the CPA exam.

His 30 plus years of accounting expertise comes from his leadership role in companies across several industries where he interacted with CPAs, bankers, attorneys, and governmental employees.

Reuben is an active member of the Belize Association of Justices of The Peace who service both the local community and those in his homeland. He enjoys watching sports, mainly basketball, and spending quality time with family. His native languages are Creole and English.

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