Organizational Structure

The NCIHC is currently governed by an 11-member Board made up of the President, Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and 6 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 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 contact us right away!

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

The Education and Research Committee ​serves in an advisory capacity to assist organizations and individuals that want to carry out educational and research activities through the NCIHC or on their own. It also engages in both education and research and setting standards for both. 

The Event Planning Committee manages the planning and execution of the various event-related programs of the Council, especially the Annual Membership Meeting. 

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

The Policy, Education, and Research Committee serves 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, Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals while promoting dialogue regarding research in language access and health care.

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. 

The Advisory Group works to link the Council to working interpreters and other experts in language access. 

NCIHC Board of Directors

President 2020-2022
Rosanna Balistreri
REACH-reaching diversity
San Diego, CA

Vice-President 2020-2022
Erika Shell Castro
Norcross, GA

Treasurer 2020-2022
Cindy Roat
Independent Consultant
Shoreline, WA

Secretary 2020-2022
Rosemary Simpson Ford
St. Joseph Hospital
Nashua, NH

Director 2019-2021
Lynette Reep
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

Director 2019-2021
Gabriela Seibach
Santee, CA

Director 2018-2020, 2020-2022
Tim Moriarty
Baystate Health
Springfield, MA

Director 2020-2022
Carla Fogaren
Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center
Brockton, MA

Director 2020-2022
Eliana Lobo
InDemand Interpreting
Tukwila, WA

Director 2020-2022
Cristiano Mazzei
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Amherst, MA

Director 2020-2022
Bruce Merley
Bruce Merley and Associates
Sea Cliff, NY


NCIHC Committee Members

Advisory Committee

Wilma Alvarado-Little - NY


Finance Committee

Cindy Roat - WA (Treasurer)

Enrica Ardemagni - IN

Bruce Merley - NY


Event Planning Committee

 Joy Connell - MA (Chair)

Kevin Cunningham - OR (Vice-Chair)

Jason Reczek - IL

Lisa Morris - RI

Maria Michalczyk - OR


Outreach and Membership Committee

Erika Shell Castro - GA (Chair)

Cecilia Phelan-Stiles - MA

Lynette Reep - VT

Tim Moriarty - MA

Kevin Cunningham - OR

Carla Fogaren - MA

Rosemary Simpson Ford - NH 


Policy, Education, and Research Committee (PERC)

Gabriela Siebach - CA (Chair)

Dr. Eva Stitt - VA

Carlos Pava - MI


Journal Work Group (under PERC)

Tatiana Cestari - OH

Jaime Fátas - AZ

Linda Golley - WA

Michelle Scott - CA

Gabriela Siebach - CA 

Eva Stitt - VA

Tracy Young - NV


Policy Work Group (under PERC)

 Carlos Pava - MI

 Marina Waters - IN

Organizational Development Committee


Enrica Ardemagni - IN

Joy Connell - MA

Esther Diaz - TX


Standards and Training Committee (STC)

Eliana Lobo - WA (Chair)

Katherine Langan - IA

Erin Rosales - WI

Jane Kontrimas - MA

Analia C. Lang - IN


Webinar Work Group (under Standards and Training Committee)

Erin Rosales (Chair) - WI

Jaime Fatás-Cabeza - AZ

Eliana Lobo - WA

Andrea Henry - GA

Jane Miller - MI


Rachel Herring - MN


Languages of Limited Diffusion (LLD) Work Group (under Standards and Training Committee)

Katherine Langan - IA (Chair)

Catherine Anderson - MO

Melanie Lang - MO

Natasha Curtis - OH

National Standards of Practice (NSoP) Work Group (under Standards and Training Committee)

 Jane Kontrimas - MA

 Katherine Langan - IA