LUNA Chief Operations Officer, Marina Hadjioannou Waters, was chosen as one of 22 honorees out of 270 applicants for the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2017 Women of Influence. Waters has been with LUNA Language Services for 12 years and proudly built a company known for its commitment to diversity and socially minded business practices.
Waters works with many nonprofits and other organizations in Indiana and nationwide to promote language access and advocate for inclusion for a multicultural workforce. Naw Phaw, Director of Language Services, states “Marina is intentional about her mentorship role to our company’s diverse staff. She has an open and inviting leadership style that models amazing listening skills. Indianapolis is fortunate to have someone with Marina’s compassion and skill set speaking up for those in the community whose voices are not easily heard.”
With over 20 years of her career and academic interests dedicated to advocating for civil, political, and cultural rights of communities facing discrimination, Waters has truly left a lasting impact on everything she touches. She studied Psychology (Lewis and Clark College), Public Health and Law (University of Arizona). Her previous work experience includes running public health clinical research programs for youth in Arizona, disaster relief in Central America, and representing indigenous communities in the Southwest and Latin America against threats to their property and cultural rights. Regarding her humanitarian work Waters states, “It is up to people who have security in their lives to show up for those who do not. There are unlimited opportunities for business leaders to give their time and efforts through service to communities facing injustices.”
Her commitment to supporting marginalized populations is apparent in her role at LUNA. Waters advocates for language access to limited English proficient (LEP) populations, including the local refugee population and Deaf and hard of hearing communities. Her work includes overseeing the rapid growth of LUNA, as well as establishing outreach programs with community partners, such as Exodus Refugee, the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, and The International Center. She serves as a consultant with corporate entities on strategic language access planning around Indiana’s diversifying community in hiring, marketing, and proactive measures to build an organizational culture celebrating diversity.
Waters proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Community Health Network Foundation. She sits on the Department of Public Service Language Access Advisory Council and is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Task Force on Language Access in Indiana Courts. She previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the National Council for Interpreters in Health Care. Waters also volunteers with the American Red Cross and Washington Township Schools. She is a proud mother to two children, Luna (the company’s namesake) who is 8 and her son Coleman, 6. “I was thrilled to celebrate the IBJ women leaders alongside my daughter and my mother.”
Chris Waters, President and Founder of LUNA, said, “I would like to thank the IBJ for acknowledging the brilliant and selfless work that Marina has not just done here at LUNA but also at numerous community organizations. Our business is driven not just to serve our clients, but the stakeholders receiving our services and community partners we take pride in.”
For more information on the recognition and Waters, visit Women of Influence 2017.