Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall have the power and authority to manage the Association’s property and to regulate and govern its affairs, or to delegate the management of property and affairs to a professional management service for a reasonable fee; to determine policies and make modifications within the limits of the Certificate of Incorporation, the Bylaws of the Association and prevailing laws in the State of Tennessee; to approve applications for membership; and to devise and carry into execution such measures which, in the judgment of the Board, are necessary and desirable, on behalf of the Association or in furtherance of its purposes and objectives.
The TAPIT Board of Directors consists of seven members. They are:
President: David Morales, CCI-Spanish
David Morales has been a freelance Spanish-English translator and Interpreter for more than 20 years. Born in Mexico City to Mexican and American parents, he received a fully bilingual education. He has been a resident of Nashville since 2000. David is a TN Certified Court Interpreter and has completed the Kaiser Permanente 44-hour Medical Interpreter Training. He is also a local community and immigrant advocate, sitting on the Property Standards and Appeals Board of Metropolitan Nashville government and on the Board of Directors of the Housing Fund and the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance. David studied cello at the National Conservatory of Mexico and ethnomusicology at the National School of Music of Mexico. He can be reached at email@example.com
President-Elect: Cynthia Peinado
Ms. Peinado has ample experience in Business Services as well as Language Access, Cultural Competence, Training and Development . She is also a Website Translation and Localization Certificate Program graduate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. Her healthcare interest became a career, more than 20 years ago when she enrolled as a community volunteer in a hometown clinic serving mostly low income families. She then worked as a patient care team member in hospitals including NICU, Pediatrics, ICU, ER, and Mental Health. Her passion for integrating provider services and patient care quality led her to roles within Risk Management, Patient Advocacy, Provider & Staff Training and Development. She continues providing training and consulting for health care providers ensuring continued compliance of development, revision and implementation of operational, training and professional development programs. Her passion for volunteer work has continued throughout her career and currently includes service as Committee Member, Speaker Liaison, Board and Ambassador Member for local and international volunteer community service organizations. She is a Healthcare Quality Consultant, Spanish Translator and Certified Medical Interpreter and owner of English Spanish Consulting. She accounts for 25 years of language access including patient care, health administration, Risk Management, Patient Advocacy, Training and Staff Development. Professional activities include membership with American Translators Association, American Society for Quality, Health Care Compliance Association and Association for Talent Development, former board member with Colorado Association of Professional Interpreters and current board member with International Medical Interpreters Association. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Bruni Trevino Dopatka, MA, BA
Bruni Treviño Dopatka is the owner of Omega Interpretations, LLC and a Certified Court Interpreter of Spanish in Tennessee since 2004. She holds a Master of Arts in German and Bachelor of Arts in French from University of Madison, Wisconsin. Studied one year in Aix-en Provence, France and one semester in Vienna, Austria. Practicum as a business systems analyst at Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany. Member of TAPIT since 2004, HOLA and Methodist Potter’s Wheel Book club. Lives in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1996. Member of Toastmasters since 2012. Married with three children. Native of Mexico and naturalized citizen of the US. Bruni can be reached at email@example.com
Treasurer: Annely Rivero
Bio to be posted shortly.
Member-at-Large: Cesar Muedas
Cesar Muedas is a native of Peru who moved to the United States in 1986 and became a U.S. citizen in 2004. He joined the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute as a Translation Project Manager in 2012 and was promoted to Director of Interpretation and Translation Services in 2014. After receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University, Cesar worked in that field for a number of years before moving into consulting, sales, and project management. He also holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. The Muedas household (dad, mom, daughter and son) includes two Nashvilleans by birth and has had its residence in Davidson County since 1997. [Professional network in: http://www.linkedin.com/in/muedas]. Cesar can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Emeritus: Marvyn Bacigalupo-Tipps, Ph.D.
Originally from New Jersey, Marvyn settled in Nashville some thirty years ago, initially to teach at Vanderbilt University and subsequently at other local colleges. Later, she was a partner in a successful translation company, became an editor of two trade journals in Spanish, and now works as a freelance ATA Certified Translator of Spanish and as a Certified Court Interpreter in the Federal Courts, and Kentucky and Tennessee State Courts. Marvyn served as President of TAPIT for 3 years, an organization she co-founded in 2002. She is now President-Emeritus. Marvyn can be reached by email at email@example.com
Member-at-Large: Melvin Elias
Originally from San Salvador, El Salvador, Melvin Elias relocated to the U.S. in 1990 and completed his high school education in Cabot Arkansas in 1999. In 2001 he joined the Air Force and completed a four-year enlistment term at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. During enlistment he deployed to United Arab Emirates and to Kyrgyzstan. In 2005 he moved to Tennessee where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology Health Science at Tennessee Tech University. Mr. Elias began his career as a Spanish Medical Interpreter in 2014 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He currently holds employment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, and contracts with Language Service Associates. Melvin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Member-at-Large: Constantina Fronimos-Baldwin
Constantina is currently on her second term as a TAPIT Member–at-Large as well as Co-Chair of the TAPIT Medical Interpreting Committee. She is a former President of the TAMIT (Tennessee Association of Medical Interpreters and Translators), and current TN Chapter Vice Chair for the IMIA (International Medical Interpreters Association). Originally from Greece via Buenos Aires, Constantina entered the field of medical interpreting over a decade ago. She is a Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) for Spanish; holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from South University and has graduated from the Level I and Level II Medical Interpreter Certificate Programs at the University of Memphis under the instruction of Espi Ralston. She has completed undergrad coursework in Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. In her day job Constantina is the Coordinator of Interpreting Services for Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN. Constantina can be reached at email@example.com