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ATA 2020 ELECTION: CANDIDATE STATEMENTS continued
Hibner and I co-hosted an episode of
The ATA Podcast for interpreters.
Policies and Procedures: The Board
has been very active recently in terms of
change and revision. I was particularly
involved with opening certification
to nonmembers, revising policies on
elections and conflict of interest, issuing a
statement on racism, and helping reduce
the cost of webinars.
Training: I helped organize a legal
seminar in 2019 and started a roadmap
for the future of the Professional
Development Committee. I recruited new
committee members and co-organized a
seminar for conference interpreters that
was canceled because of the pandemic.
I spoke at multiple professional events
and networked with educators across
the country.
As a child, I moved from the U.S. to
Brazil and grew up between the two
countries. Code switching and bicultural
negotiation were constants for me. In
my mid-twenties, I started translating for
a living. Only when I became actively
involved with professional associations,
and especially with ATA 16 years ago, did
I see myself as a translator and soon after
as an interpreter. Along with certification
and a master's degree in the field,
membership in this organization has kept
me alive and kicking, continually opening
up new paths and connections.
It would be an honor to continue
to represent ATA members on its
Board of Directors. Thank you for
your consideration.

DIRECTOR | Three-Year Term
LORENA ORTIZ SCHNEIDER, CT, CI
lorena@ortizschneider.com
I was born in Ecuador
and raised in Mexico,
Spain, England, France,
and California. I earned
an MA in translation and
conference interpreting
from the Middlebury Institute of
International Studies at Monterey in 1992.
I'm an ATA-certified Spanish>English
translator (since 1996), an ATA
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credentialed interpreter, and a California
state-certified administrative hearing
interpreter. I've worked for the U.S.
Department of State as a liaison and
seminar interpreter, as a conference
interpreter for private industry, and as a
community interpreter in mental health
and workers' compensation settings,
at Social Security hearings, and for the
California Employment Development
Department and the Department of Motor
Vehicles. I'm also a licensed interpreter
trainer and have helped over 120 curious
bilinguals learn about our profession.
I served two terms as assistant
administrator of ATA's Interpreters
Division and I'm currently a member of
ATA's Advocacy Committee. I also served
on the board of the California Workers'
Compensation Interpreters Association
effecting legislative changes that provided
for improved working conditions and
remuneration for California interpreters.
I'm the founder and lead advocate of the
Coalition of Practicing Interpreters and
Translators of California, an organization
that helped earn an exemption from AB
5, a California law that misclassified all
translators and interpreters as employees
unless proven otherwise.
While serving on the board of a
Waldorf School (dedicated to nurturing
the whole person through an experiential,
age appropriate, and academically
rigorous approach to education), I began
practicing a collaborative, empathic
approach to reaching consensus. I've
brought this approach to all my other
relationships in life because it's essential
for agreement on the simplest to the most
divisive issues we encounter.
While I continue to interpret and
translate daily, I've run a successful small
business for 20 years. I've benefited from
seeing things from the perspective of
both a practitioner and business owner.
This informs my belief that we are part of
a symbiotic relationship-we need one
another to thrive. This has never been
more salient than it is now, when our
professional independence is threatened
by government regulation and venture
capital-funded companies that know little
about our industry.
I maintain deep relationships with
colleagues in almost every association
representing both translators and

interpreters. As such, I've been able to
form alliances amongst stakeholders with
competing interests to achieve common
goals, tap experts in specific fields, and
share the knowledge I've acquired along
the way for the benefit of all. I will
bring this community-building ability to
benefit ATA's Board. I plan to bring ATA
members closer together, working in
concert toward the same objectives. Some
of these objectives are to continue to raise
the profile of what we do as professionals,
promote respect among one another
regardless of the chosen field of practice,
increase awareness with the public and
government around the work we do, and
advocate for the importance of choosing
professional language services.
I'm honored to have been nominated to
run for a seat on ATA's Board of Directors
and hope you will vote for me in October
to represent you.

DIRECTOR | Three-Year Term
ROBERT SETTE, CT
robert.sette@gmail.com
I'm pleased to accept
the nomination of my
colleagues as a candidate
for ATA director. I'm ATAcertified from Spanish,
French, Portuguese,
and Italian into English and also work
from Catalan into English. Recognizing
the importance of our credential early
on, I earned my Spanish and French
certifications in 1989 at the start of
my 30+ year career as a professional
translator. I've lived in Denver, Colorado
since 2013, and currently serve as
secretary of the Colorado Translators
Association, an ATA chapter.
As an ATA volunteer, I previously served
on the Board of Directors and have been a
frequent presenter at ATA conferences and
at events hosted by the European Language
Industry Association. I've served as a
member and chair of ATA's Nominating
and Leadership Development Committee, a
grader for the Spanish>English certification
exam, and a mentor.
I'm a firm believer in client education.
Providing tools to educate direct clients
and end users of our work about best
practices for contracting translators is
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