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ATA INTRODUCES SIX NEW AWARDS AT ATA61! continued
legislative changes that provided for
improved working conditions and
remuneration for California interpreters.

DYNAMO AWARD
Zenab Khouder
Zenab Khouder is the
recipient of the 2020 ATA
Dynamo Award, which
recognizes a person or
entity that has worked in a particularly
energetic way to benefit ATA and/or the
language professions.
Zenab's enthusiasm for teaching has
benefitted ATA and its Arabic Language
Division (ALD). She has demonstrated
the spirit of helping others by sharing
the knowledge and expertise she has
gained in her career. By doing so, she
has empowered many of her fellow
interpreters. She started a weekly
meeting with ALD members via
Zoom, where language experts discuss
various issues pertinent to translators
and interpreters. She also created a
YouTube channel where she posts
the sessions.
Seeing the great need for interpreter
training, Zenab began as a coach
and trainer over 10 years ago. She
has also volunteered her services in
the community. When the pandemic
hit, Zenab saw the situation as an
opportunity. She put her passion for
language and interpreting to good use
by starting virtual interpreter training
sessions to help others continue to
achieve their goals. In 2020, Zenab
was named Interpreter of the Year
by the California Healthcare
Interpreting Association.
Zenab is a state-certified Arabic court
interpreter for the Illinois and Arizona
Supreme Courts. She has experience
in international communications,
translation, interpreting, and teaching.
She earned a degree in agriculture
from the Faculty of Agriculture in Syria
before moving to the U.S. in 1990. She
has worked as a language teacher and
an English coordinator both in the U.S.
and Syria.
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IMPACT AWARD
Lorena Ortiz Schneider
Lorena Ortiz Schneider
is the recipient of
ATA's Impact Award,
which recognizes a
person or entity that has demonstrated
outstanding leadership having an impact
with ATA through work on a specific
project or initiative.
Lorena is an ATA-certified
Spanish>English translator, an
ATA credentialed interpreter, and a
California state-certified administrative
hearing interpreter. She has 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. She is also a licensed
interpreter trainer.
Lorena served two terms as assistant
administrator of ATA's Interpreters
Division and was recently appointed
chair of ATA's Advocacy Committee.
She 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.
Lorena is also the founder and lead
advocate of the Coalition of Practicing
Interpreters and Translators of
California (CoPTIC), an organization
that helped earn an exemption from
California Assembly Bill 5, a California
law that misclassified all translators and
interpreters as employees in January
2020. Lorena, with ATA's support,
worked tirelessly to help translators and
interpreters throughout the state find
their voice and educate their elected
officials, holding them accountable
for representing the interests of all
translators and interpreters as well as
the interests of their limited-Englishproficient constituents. With Lorena's

guidance, the original legislation was
revised through countless meetings and
letter writing efforts.
Lorena's work made a difference
and we all owe her a debt of gratitude.
She has helped raise awareness of how
vital the translation and interpreting
professions are to Californians and
California's economy. Lorena is
undoubtedly deserving of the first ATA
Impact Award.

INNOVATION AWARD
Barry Slaughter Olsen
Barry Slaughter Olsen
is the recipient of the
2020 ATA Innovation
Award, which recognizes
a person or entity that has worked in a
particularly innovative way to benefit
ATA and/or the language professions.
Barry is a conference interpreter
with over 25 years of experience. He
combines professional expertise and
innovative approaches to interpreter
education, advocacy for interpreting,
and entrepreneurship.
Barry has taught in the Russian and
Spanish interpreting programs at his
alma mater, the Middlebury Institute
of International Studies at Monterey,
since 2007. He has co-taught the
practicum in interpreting, developed
techniques for teaching interpreting
remotely, and designed and taught
a course on remote interpreting
technology. During the pandemic, he
has shared his expertise on integrating
new technology into tried and true
pedagogical approaches with students
and colleagues alike.
Barry is an advocate for cooperation
among academia, professional and
industry associations, and interpreters
in all fields. As co-president of
InterpretAmerica (2009-2020), he coproduced conferences, webinars, virtual
events, and publications, as well as
provided consultancy and advocacy.
As an entrepreneur, Barry helped
develop one of the first platforms
for remote simultaneous interpreting
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