Organizational Structure

The NCIHC is currently governed by a 15-member Board made up of the President, Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and 8 Directors. Board members serve two-year terms and are elected by the NCIHC membership. Half of the board is re-elected in any given year.

The NCIHC also consists of eight committees that support its organizational goals and mission, along with an advisory group of individuals who provide expert insight and support.

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The Executive Committee is made up of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and one member-at-large selected by the board.

The Event Planning Committee manages the planning and execution of the various event-related programs of the Council.

The Finance Committee of the NCIHC is responsible for consulting with the Treasurer on the annual budget process of the corporation; for reviewing and making recommendations on the annual budget submitted by the Treasurer and for developing and recommending long range financial objectives for the Council.  The Finance Committee will be working with all other NCIHC Committees in carrying out its role of fiscal oversight and planning.

The Outreach Committee manages communications with the Council's geographically, ethnically, professionally and socially diverse multidisciplinary membership and supporters.

The Policy and Research Committee tracks and responds to policy initiatives affecting interpreters and/or limited-English speaking individuals while promoting dialogue regarding research related to language barriers and health care.

The Standards and Training Committee works to develop consensus and share expertise around all aspects of interpreter practice and training.

The Technology Committee is charged with leveraging technology in a way that will provide value to members, reduce overhead expenses and increase the overall efficiency of the organization.

The Website Committee supports the Council’s Strategic Plan by providing dynamic, specialized, current and useful online information to stakeholders in language access and promoting the growth of the association through the development of a “best in class” resource website, for both members and non-members.

The Advisory Group works to link the Council to working interpreters and other experts in related fields.

NCIHC Board of Directors

President 2016-2018
Enrica Ardemagni, PhD
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Vice-President 2015-2017
Marina Hadjioannou Waters, JD, MPH
Luna Language Services, Carmel, IN


Treasurer 2016-2018
Lisa Morris, MA
UMASS Medical School/OCP
Shrewsbury, MA

Director 2016-2018
Joy Connell
Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health
Boston, MA

Director 2016-2018
Maria Schwieter, MA, BSN
LaPorte Hospital
LaPorte, IN

Director 2015-2017
Dijana Rizvanovic
CyraCom International
Tucson, AZ

Director 2015-2017
Kevin Cunningham
Certified Languages International
Portland, OR

Director 2015-2017
Martine Pierre-Louis
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Director 2016-2018
Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
New York University College of Nursing
New York, NY

Director 2016-2018
Sharon Brauer
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Elk Grove, IL

Director 2016-2018
Gaye Gentes
Found in Translation
Cambridge, MA

Director 2016-2018
Carlos L. García-López, CMI-Spanish
San Francisco, CA

Director 2016-2018
Jaime Fatas
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ


NCIHC Committee Members

Advisory Group

Jody Prysock, MS, CI
White Plains, NY

Laurie Swabey, PhD, CSC
College of St. Catherine
Minneapolis, MN

Wilma Alvarado-Little
Albany, NY


Finance Committee

Michelle Harris - MI

 Gary Essary - IN

Lisa Morris, MA - RI

Enrica Ardemagni, PhD - IN

Event Planning Committee

Kevin Cunningham - OR, Chair

 Joy Connell - MA

 Jason Reczek - IL

 Lourdes Lonergan - IL

Member Relations Committee

Dijana Rizvanovic - CO

 Sasha Carrillo, CHI™, CMI - IL

Standards and Training Committee

Katherine Langan, PhD, IA, Chair

Rosanna Balistreri, CA

 Melissa Wallace, TX

 Kalen Beck, CI and CT, OR

 Erin Rosales, CPLP, WI

Nancy Esparza, MA