Meet the Candidates

ATA will hold its regularly scheduled elections at ATA’s 62nd Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to elect a president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and three directors.

Candidates for President-elect, two-year term

Veronika Demichelis

I’m honored to be nominated for ATA president-elect. I joined ATA in 2016 and realized that I found my professional home and community. Since then,…

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Geoff Koby

I’m honored to be nominated for president-elect. More than a livelihood, translation is my passion, which is why I’ve served ATA in a number of…

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Candidates for Secretary, two-year term

Alaina Brandt

I’ve been an ATA member for eight years. When I first joined, the need for professionalization of translation and localization project management was a gap…

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Cristina Helmerichs

It’s an honor to be nominated to run for the position of secretary of ATA. I welcome this opportunity to expand my contributions to ATA…

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Candidates for Treasurer, two-year term

Ben Karl

I’m honored to have been nominated for the position of ATA treasurer. I’ve been an ATA member since 2016 and am grateful to be a…

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John Milan

ATA membership has been slowly declining for over a decade, while conference attendance (even before the pandemic) has trended smaller. These two items—membership dues and…

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Candidates for Director (three positions open), three-year term

Eve Bodeux

Actively involved with ATA for over 20 years, I’m proud to have served as an ATA director for the past three. It would be a…

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Robin Bonthrone

Being invited to run for a position on ATA’s Board of Directors is a singular honor that not only acknowledges what you’ve already accomplished as…

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Céline Browning

I remember vividly the pure passion and excitement emanating from the attendees at my first ATA Annual Conference in 2012. Soon after becoming an ATA…

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Manako Ihaya

This is my second year running for ATA’s Board of Directors. While I’m honored once again to be nominated, I also know that it’s a…

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Meghan Konkol

I appreciate the opportunity to continue serving on ATA’s Board of Directors. Since joining the Board in 2018, I’ve had the privilege of serving alongside…

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Carol Shaw

The daughter of linguists, I was raised in Ecuador from the age of one, returning to live in the U.S. in my early 20s. After…

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Amendments to the ATA Bylaws

Members will also vote on the following proposed amendments to ATA's Bylaws. ATA’s Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the voting members.


Amendment 1: Ex Officio Membership of Ethics Committee

Amendment 2: Expanding Eligibility to Chair and Serve on Committees

Amendment 3: References to Committee Chairs

Amendment 4: Removal of Membership Facilities

Amendment 5: Two-Thirds of Board Votes


Be an informed voter. Each proposal is accompanied by commentary explaining the rationale for the amendment. Take time to learn what these changes will mean to the operation and governance of the association.

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