NCIHC Committees

The NCIHC consists of the following committees that support its organizational goals and mission, along with an advisory group of individuals who provide expert insight and support. Members interested in active participation in the work of the NCIHC, either on a committee or a specific project, should click here to learn more!


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

Erika Shell Castro (President) - GA
Tim Moriarty (Vice President) - MA
Debbie Lesser (Treasurer) - GA

Rosemary Simpson Ford (Secretary) - NH
Carla Fogaren (Member-at-large) - MA


The Finance Committee is responsible for consulting with the Treasurer on the annual budget process of the corporation; reviewing and making recommendations on the annual budget submitted by the Treasurer and 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.d

Matilde Roman (Chair) - NY
Enrica Ardemagni - AR
Debbie Lesser - GA
Maria Michalczyk - OR 
Roger Samson - TX
Cindy Roat (Board liaison) - WA


The Organizational Development Committee is responsible for developing the policies and procedures needed by the Council to function fairly and openly over the long term. This committee develops draft policies and procedures for the Board to review, both at the request of the Board and at its own initiative. The Committee provides monitoring and oversight for much of the Council's activities, assuring that activities stay within the policies and procedures that have been established.  To this end, the Chair or the Vice-Chair serves on the Executive Committee.

Tim Moriarty (Chair/Board liaison) - MA
Esther Diaz (Vice Chair) - TX
Enrica Ardemagni - AR
Rosanna Balistreri - CA


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

Ceci Phelan-Stiles (Chair) - MA
Carla Fogaren (Vice-chair/Board liaison) - MA
Vonessa Costa - FL
Kevin Cunningham - OR
Rosemary Simpson Ford - VT
Tim Moriarty - MA
Doel Salcedo - FL


AMM Work Group (under OMC)

Maria Michalczyk (Co-chair) - OR
Lisa Morris (Co-chair) - RI
Enrica Ardemagni - AR

David Brackett - CA
Kevin Cunningham - OR

Communication Work Group (under OMC)

Soren Grieve - IA
Olena Hart - PA

Danielle Meder - NC

NCIHC On The Road Work Group (under OMC)

Carla Fogaren - MA
Vonessa Costa - FL

Tatiana Cestari - FL

Social Media Work Group (under OMC)
Rosemary Simpson Ford (Chair) - NH
Tim Moriarty - MA
Ceci Phelan-Stiles - MA
Alejandra Vogel - NY

 


The Policy, Education, and Research Committee serve in an advisory capacity to assist organizations and individuals that want to carry out educational and research activities. It also tracks and responds to policy initiatives affecting interpreters and/or limited-English proficient, D/deaf, or hard of hearing individuals while promoting dialogue regarding research in language access and health care.d

Gabriela Siebach (Chair) - NC
Linda Golley (Vice-Chair) - WA

Tatiana Cestari (Board liaison) - FL
Danielle Meder - NC
Carlos Pava - MI

Andy Schwieter - OH
Michelle Scott - CA
Dr. Eva Stitt - VA
Tracy Young - NV

Education Work Group (under PERC)

The Education Work Group (EWG) was created to spearhead the development of an annotated bibliography of resources of interest to NCIHC members. Volunteers are not only responsible for creating and maintaining the annotated bibliography, but also for establishing and enforcing clear guidelines for the incorporation of member-suggested resources and ensuring the continued relevance and availability of resources to NCIHC members and the public at large. 

Volunteers interested in serving on the EWG will also have an opportunity to share and develop…

  • Experience accessing, reading, and understanding research articles

  • Experience concisely summarizing complex research articles d

Tatiana Cestari - FL
Jaime Fatás - AZ
Linda Golley - WA
Andy Schwieter - OH  
Tracy Young - NV


Journal Work Group (under PERC)

The Journal Work Group (JWG) was created to spearhead ACCESS: The NCIHC Journal. Volunteers in the JWG act as the Editorial Group for the journal and are responsible for planning each issue, recruiting contributors, reviewing submissions and negotiating edits with the contributors, and overseeing all processes required for publication.  

Volunteers interested in serving on the JWG will also have an opportunity to share and develop…

  • Experience identifying articles that provide new, original, and important contributions to language access in health care

  • Experience modifying written copy to serve the goals of the journal through constructive feedback

  • Experience adhering to strict deadlines like those required for journal publication d

Tatiana Cestari - FL
Jaime Fatás - AZ
Linda Golley - WA

Gabriela Siebach - NC
Dr. Eva Stitt - VA
Tracy Young - NV


Policy Work Group (under PERC)

The EWG was created to spearhead the development of an annotated bibliography of resources of interest to NCIHC members. Volunteers are not only responsible for creating and maintaining the annotated bibliography, but also for establishing and enforcing clear guidelines for the incorporation of member-suggested resources and ensuring the continued relevance and availability of resources to NCIHC members and the public at large. 

Volunteers interested in serving on the EWG will also have an opportunity to share and develop…

  • Experience accessing, reading, and understanding research articles

  • Experience concisely summarizing complex research articles d

Danielle Meder - NC
Carlos Pava - MI
Gabriela Siebach - NC
Marina Waters - IN


Research Work Group (under PERC)

The Research Work Group (RWG) was created to not only serve in an advisory capacity to assist members that want to carry out research activities but to also conduct research that will benefit language access in health care and the NCIHC membership at large. Volunteers are responsible for responding to research requests, as well as, planning and conducting surveys that will provide valuable insights and identify areas of improvement for language access in healthcare.

Volunteers interested in serving on the RWG will also have an opportunity to share and develop…

  • Understanding of key research principles

  • Experience collecting and analyzing data

  • Experience conducting literature reviews

  • Experience preparing articles, reports, and presentations of findings d

Jaime Fatás - AZ
Linda Golley - WA
Michelle Scott - CA
Gabriela Siebach - NC
Dr. Eva Stitt - VA



The Standards and Training Committee works to develop consensus and share expertise around all aspects of interpreter practice and training. It includes several working groups that contribute through webinars, resource development for Languages of Lesser Diffusion, and white papers published through NCIHC. 

Eliana Lobo (Chair/Board liaison) - WA
David Brackett - CA
Dr. Eric Hardt - CA
Valerie Huang - OH
Analia C. Lang - IN
Jane Kontrimas - MA
Erin Rosales - WI
Maria Schwieter - IN
Yuliya Speroff - WA

Webinar Work Group (under STC)

The Webinar Work Group was created to help interpreter trainers address training issues and improve training content, methods, and techniques to better meet the National Standards for Healthcare Interpreter Training Programs, providing such support by setting up a series of Webinars with pertinent instructional opportunities and related resources. Each webinar is presented by an expert Trainer of Trainers to address specific areas of content and particular teaching competencies.  Recordings of past webinars may be accessed 24/7, and a new live Webinar is presented every two months. d

Erin Rosales (Chair) - WI
Jaime Fatás-Cabeza - AZ
Andrea Henry - GA
Rachel Herring - MN
Elena Langdon - MA
Eliana Lobo - WA
Jane Miller - MI
Marisa Rueda Will - MN       


Languages of Lesser Diffusion (LLD) Work Group (under STC)

The mission of the Languages of Lesser Diffusion (LLD) work group is to support trainers working with interpreters of languages of limited diffusion.  Their focus includes, but is not limited to, the identification of resources, as well as information and guidance on dealing with language proficiency testing, help developing technical terminology, and supporting interpreting students who speak LLDs, including those for which there is no written form or only minimal diffusion of a written form. Contact us at: [email protected] if have resources to contribute to the database, if you want to comment on a listed resource or if you have other questions or comments. d

David Brackett (Chair) - CA
Afshan Chaudhry - WA
Abdiqadir Dahir - MN
Brigida Gonzalez-Salvador - CA
Valerie Huang - OH
Bindiya Jha - MA

National Standards of Practice (NSoP) Work Group (under STC)

Jane Kontrimas (Chair) - MA
Analia C. Lang - IN

Maria Schweiter - IN