Diskite:Marilyn Mason

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Marilyn Mason, Founder & Managing Consultant of The Creole Clearinghouse, has extensive cross-cultural experience, having worked in urban USA, Belgium, Congo (formerly Zaire), and Haiti, and having traveled to Uganda, Kenya, Seychelles, France, Netherlands, England, Wales, Scotland, Montserrat, Belize, Canada, and Peru. Ms. Mason has developed specialized editing skills in written Haitian Creole. She honed her computer and administrative skills while working from 1986-98 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Creator of CreoleConvert and CreoleScan, she has directed Marilyn Mason Enterprises since 1989 and from 1996-2002 served as Founder, President & Chief Operating Officer of Mason Integrated Technologies Ltd (MIT2), a company created to research the potential for commercial development of more robust natural language processing and localization software for Creole languages.

Marilyn is a member of these professional groups: Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL), Society for Creole and Pidgin Languages (SPCL), Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA), Komite Entènasyonal pou Pwomosyon Kreyòl ak Alfabetizasyon (KEPKAA; formerly KIPKAA), Rezo Entènèt Kreyolis Ayisyen (REKA), Association pour la Promotion et la Diffusion des Etudes Créoles (APRODEC), and The Institute of Localisation Professionals (TILP; based out of Ireland), where Marilyn serves on its Council (Board of Directors) and is chair of its Professional Membership Review Committee (PMRC), Linguistics strand.

In addition, Marilyn was a Founding Director of The Alain Rocourt Endowment of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church, which sends the total earnings of its invested funds directly to The Methodist Church of Haiti, in support of its schools. Haitian Methodist leader Rev. Alain Rocourt died at the end of 2002 but his legacy lives on. Marilyn has 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren