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an important part of ATA's role. Our
profession faces many challenges,
including federal and state "worker
reclassification" legislation, unskilled
practitioners, and downward pressure
on rates. To successfully address these
and other challenges, ATA must focus on
educating clients on the benefits and value
of working with professional certified
translators and interpreters.
Increasing respect for our profession
is an important goal. I heartily support
concrete, tangible actions that ATA
leadership and members can undertake
to pursue that objective. While ATA's
recent efforts in this regard have
focused exclusively on decoupling the
certified translator (CT) credential from
membership-a step that I believe is
ill-advised and could have disastrous
consequences for ATA's future-much
broader work needs to be done in
the form of targeted client education.
Lobbying on behalf of our members'
concerns is important for ATA, as is
promoting professional translation with
specific organizations representing
potential buyers of translation and
interpreting services.
As we emerge into the post-COVID
world, ATA's educational and networking
opportunities are evolving to align with
our "new normal" environment. Online
and virtual events will likely have to be
expanded to supplement future in-person
conferences and seminars. ATA is uniquely
positioned to provide such offerings, and
we can draw on our extensive experience
with remote work in the translation and
interpreting professions.
Lastly, as an ATA Board member, I will
be reachable and communicative. I will
dedicate the time necessary to respond to
members who contact me. I will also work
to ensure that information on leadership
activity is clear and readily available to
the membership, and I will advocate for
Board meetings to be remotely accessible.
If you have any questions regarding
my candidacy, please feel free to reach
out to me via email or text at your
convenience. I'm eager to hear about the
issues important to you, my professional
interpreter and translator colleagues.
In closing, I ask for your vote and look
forward to the opportunity to serve ATA
and its members.
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Proposed Amendments to the
Bylaws to be Presented to the
Membership for Voting
In addition to electing Board directors, Voting members will also vote on two proposed
Bylaws amendments. The proposed changes appear below and are posted online at
www.atanet.org/bylaws_change.php. Please note that material proposed to be deleted
is struck through; material proposed to be added is underlined. ATA's Bylaws may be
altered, amended, or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the voting members.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE BYLAWS: RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
Proposed Amendment to Article III, Section 3-Rights and Privileges
a. Active members have the right to attend any of the Association's membership meetings,
use all of its membership facilities, and receive all of its regular publications free or at
special membership rates. They also have the right to take certification examinations,
to vote, to hold Association office, and to serve on the Board of Directors and all
committees of the Association. They also have the privilege of free or reduced rates for
use of the Association's membership resources, including professional development
events, certification examinations, and all of its regular publications.
[...]
d. Institutional and Corporate members have all the rights and privileges of Active
members except the right to vote, to hold Association office, to serve on the Board
of Directors or standing committees, and or the privilege to take certification
examinations. The rights and privileges shall be exercised through a person appointed
by the organization holding the membership. This appointment does not confer
individual membership on the designated person.

Amended clause of the Bylaws without markup:
a. Active members have the right to attend any of the Association's membership meetings,
to vote, to hold Association office, and to serve on the Board of Directors and all
committees of the Association. They also have the privilege of free or reduced rates for
use of the Association's membership resources, including professional development
events, certification examinations, and all of its regular publications.
[...]
d. Institutional and Corporate members have all the rights and privileges of Active
members except the right to vote, to hold Association office, to serve on the Board of
Directors or standing committees, or the privilege to take certification examinations.
The rights and privileges shall be exercised through a person appointed by the
organization holding the membership. This appointment does not confer individual
membership on the designated person.
The ATA Board of Directors recommends approval.

Commentary
The ATA Bylaws state that the Association shall support "programs of accreditation and
certification for translators and interpreters who meet specific standards of competence." Best
practices among certifying associations allow nonmembers to take certification examinations.
Allowing nonmembers to acquire certifications enhances the recognition of such
certifications and eliminates potential perceptions that a certifying association may be
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