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.

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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 â€‹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 Committee tracks and responds to policy initiatives affecting interpreters and/or limited-English speaking individuals while promoting dialogue regarding research related to language barriers 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 2016-2018
Enrica Ardemagni, PhD
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Interim Vice-President 2017-2018
Ginevra Deianni
Seattle, WA


Treasurer 2016-2018
Lisa Morris, MA
UMASS Medical School/OCP
Shrewsbury, MA

Interim Secretary 2018
Elena Langdon, MA
Acolá Language Services
Holyoke, MA

Director 2016-2018
Sharon Brauer
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Elk Grove, IL

Director 2016-2018
Joy Connell
Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health
Boston, MA

Director 2017-2019
Kevin Cunningham
Certified Languages International
Portland, OR

Director 2016-2018
Maria Schwieter, MA, BSN
LaPorte Hospital
LaPorte, IN

Director 2017-2019
Ginevra Deianni
Seattle, WA

Director 2016-2018
Jaime Fatas
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Director 2016-2018
Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
New York University College of Nursing
New York, NY

Director 2016-2018
Gaye Gentes
Found in Translation
Cambridge, MA

NCIHC Committee Members

Advisory Group

Wilma Alvarado-Little
Albany, NY

Laurie Swabey, PhD, CSC
College of St. Catherine
Minneapolis, MN

Finance Committee

Michelle Harris - MI

 Gary Essary - IN

Lisa Morris, MA - RI

Enrica Ardemagni, PhD - IN

Event Planning Committee

Kevin Cunningham - OR

 Joy Connell - MA

Jason Reczek - IL

Lourdes Lonergan - IL

Dijana Rizvanovic - CO, Chair


Member Relations Committee

Enrica Ardemagni, PhD - IN

 Ginevra Deianni - WA, Chair

Standards and Training Committee

Katherine Langan, PhD, IA

Rosanna Balistreri, CA

 Melissa Wallace, TX

 Kalen Beck, CI and CT, OR, Chair

 Erin Rosales, CPLP, WI

Nancy Esparza, MA

Education and Research Committee


Allison P. Squires, PhD - NY

Jaime Fatás-Cabeza

Policy Committee


Marina Hadjioannou Waters - IL

Sharon Brauer

Maria Schwieter