American Translators Association Committees

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American Translators Association Committees

The Association has established a number of standing and ad hoc committees to address issues that affect individual ATA members as well as the organization as a whole. Committee Chairs, all of whom must be voting members of the Association, are appointed by the ATA President.

The ATA Bylaws designate the following standing committees: Executive, Finance and Audit, Ethics, Membership, and Nominating and Leadership Development. The purpose of each standing committee is also outlined in the Bylaws. Other committees, whether standing or ad hoc, are established as needed by the Board of Directors.

ATA is a volunteer-driven organization and member participation is the strength behind many of the Association’s programs and events. There are many opportunities for members to get involved, give back to the Association, work with fellow members, and broaden their professional network.

Please click the committee name for specific objectives and charges.

Advocacy Committee

Lorena Ortiz Schneider, Chair
Bill Rivers
Caitilin Walsh

Business Practices Education

Tess Whitty, Chair
Robin Bonthrone
Jeana Clark
Michael Engley
Lucia Hernandez
Sarah Symons Glegorio
Danielle Maxson
Paul Merriam


Michèle Hansen, Chair
Larry Bogoslaw, Deputy Chair & Grader Trainer
Isabelle Berquin
Mike Collins
Geoff Koby
Holly Mikkelson
Andrea Nemeth-Newhauser
Izaskum Orkwis
Izumi Suzuki


Yolanda Secos, Chair
Anne Connor
Kathryn German
Christina Green
Antonio Guerra


Daniel Sebesta, Chair
Paula Arturo
Lebzy Gonzalez
Romina Marazzato Sparano
Beth Smith

Education and Pedagogy
(Non-ATA Programs)

Caitilin Walsh, Chair
Betsy Ainsworth-Grimes
Jason Jolley
Renée Jourdenais
Geoff Koby
Diego Mansilla
Tina Peña
Bill Rivers
Courtney Searls-Ridge
Barry Slaughter Olsen
Kathleen Stein-Smith


Jill Sommer, Chair
Mike Collins
Jutta Diel-Dominique
Roxana Dinu
Michael Elliff
Kathryn German
Jennifer Guernsey
Natalie Higgins
Ana-Cecilia Rosado
Milena Calderari-Waldron

Finance and Audit

John Milan, Chair
Robin Bonthrone
Geoff Koby
Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo
Karen Tkaczyk
Ted Wozniak

Governance and Communications

Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo, Chair
Eve Bodeux
Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner
Jamie Hartz
Geoff Koby
Meghan Konkol

Honors and Awards

Lois M. Feuerle, Chair
Gertrude Champe
Heide Crossley
Robin Estererg
Lois Federal
Jean Leblon
Connie Prener
Courtney Searls-Ridge
Carol Stennes

Interpretation Policy Advisory

Cristina Helmerichs, Chair
Marisa Gillio
Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner
Antonio Guerra
Isabelle Olesen
Izumi Suzuki
Carol Velandia


Meghan Konkol, Chair
Veronika Demichelis
Antonio E. Guerra
Jamie Hartz
Ben Karl

Nominating and Leadership Development

David Rumsey, Chair
Lucy Gunderson
Yolanda Secos
David Stephenson
Izumi Suzuki

Professional Development
(ATA Programs)

Veronika Demichelis, Chair
Marion Rhodes, Deputy Chair
Robin Bonthrone
Anne Connor
Maria Guzenko
Andie Ho
Artemis Lopez
Samantha Mowry

Public Relations

Eve Bodeux, Chair
Molly Yurick, Deputy Chair
Antonio Guerra, Deputy Chair
Matt Baird
Anne Connor
Liz Essary
Jamie Hartz
Meghan Konkol
Elena Langdon
Marion Rhodes
Erin Riddle
Emily Safrin
Jessica Sanchez
Birgit Vosseler-Brehmer


Jennifer DeCamp, Chair
Robin Bonthrone
Giovanna Carriero-Contreras
Amanda Curry
Kathleen Diamond
David Filip
Bill Hindle
Steve Lank
Arle Lommel
Melinda Lyons
Alan Melby
Mandy Pet
Peter Reynolds
Bill Rivers
Monique Roske
Teresa Salazar
Tommy Tomolonis
Kara Warburton
Sue Ellen Wright

Strategy Committee

John Milan, Chair
Larry Bogoslaw
Evelyn Garland
Judy Jenner
Jost Zetzsche

Translation and Interpreting Resources

Jost O. Zetzsche, Chair
Tuomas Kostiainen
Yves Averous