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Professional Development: The Board
approved the appointment of Veronika
Demichelis as chair of the Professional
Development Committee. The
Professional Development Committee
oversees ATA's webinars, seminars, and
related learning experiences. Veronika
managed the Houston Interpreters and
Translators Association's professional
development program and helped start
and host Slovo, the podcast of ATA's
Slavic Languages Division.

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
WALTER BACAK, CAE
walter@atanet.org

Board Meeting Highlights

T

he American Translators Association's
Board of Directors met online August
1-2, 2020. Here are some highlights
from the meeting.
Final Budget: The Board approved
the final budget for the fiscal year July
1, 2020-June 30, 2021. This $2.5
million budget reflects a significant
drop in certification exam revenue and
expenses, as well as lower conference
revenue and expenses.
No Dues Increase: The Board approved
foregoing the scheduled dues increase
for 2021. The Board established a

Membership Dues Policy in 2015 that
sets procedures for instituting smaller
dues increases as a means of keeping up
with inflation. The policy ties any dues
increase to an increase in the Consumer
Price Index-Urban Wage Earners, which
is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics, on March 31 of each year. Any
increase equaling $2.50 or more triggers
a $5 increase in dues. (This March there
was the equivalent of a $3.11 increase
in the CPI-U.) In making this decision,
the Board recognized the financial
challenges many of our members are
currently facing.

Governance Issues: The Board approved
revisions to several governance policies:
Board Election Policy, Board Guidelines,
and the Member Resolutions Policy
and Procedures. In addition, the
Board approved putting forward to
the membership a resolution requiring
multiple candidates for elective office.
(This resolution is one of two proposed
Bylaws amendments on the ballot this
year. The other deals with member rights
and privileges. Please see pages 11-12 in
this issue.)
American Foundation for Translation
and Interpretation (AFTI) Board: The
ATA Board approved the appointment of
the AFTI Board: Geoff Koby, president;
Caitilin Walsh, vice president; Allison
Bryant, director; Jennifer DeCamp,
director; Marian S. Greenfield, director;
Celeste Klein Malone, director; and
Ted Wozniak, director. ATA's Board is
required to approve at least 60% of the
members of the AFTI Board. AFTI is
ATA's 501(c)3 charitable arm.
Board Meeting Feedback: After some
discussion, the Board consensus was
to open the next virtual Board meeting
to all members. More information
on accessing the meeting will be
announced closer to the meeting.

ATA Board of Directors 2019-2020 (left to right)
Top Row: Secretary Karen Tkaczyk, President-Elect Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo, Director Cristina
Helmerichs, Director Eve Bodeux. Second Row: Executive Director Walter Bacak, Director Alaina
Brandt, Director Tony Guerra, Treasurer John Milan. Third Row: President Ted Wozniak, Director Elena
Langdon, Director Meghan Konkol, Director Jamie Hartz. Fourth Row: Director Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner,
Director Geoff Koby.
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The Board meeting summary is posted
online. The minutes will be posted once
they are approved at the next Board
meeting. Past meeting summaries and
minutes are also posted online at
www.atanet.org/membership/minutes.php.
The next Board meeting is set for
October 31-November 1, 2020. The
Board will meet online.
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