Below is a list of current TAPIT Committees and Interest Groups. We are always looking for members interesting in helping advance the goals of the committees. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Committee Chair.
Health Care Committee
Chairperson: Ardis Nelson
Co-Chair: Kathy Howell
The Medical Committee is primarily concerned with training, credentialing, and/or public registration of qualified healthcare interpreters in the state of Tennessee. The Medical Committee endeavors to ensure equal access to healthcare interpreter training throughout the state, to increase the number of individuals entering the career, to inform providers and consumers about the value and importance of using a qualified healthcare interpreter in the clinical setting, and to create an easy mechanism by which qualified interpreters and providers can find each other.
Chairperson: Kathy Howell (vacant from Jan. 2014)
Co-Chairperson: Richard Stujenske
Identifies, develops, and implements educational training events and programs in addition to the Annual Conference (with specific emphasis on activities for underserved groups, e.g. rare languages and locations, locations outside of Nashville, and advanced training. This committee is seeking volunteers with an interest in training programs and promotion of such events.
Webmaster: Matt & Waleska Rehbein
Co-Webmaster: Jorge Moscoso Jr.
Gathers and distributes information to the public via www.tapit.org and the TAPIT TIMES. Also sends mass mailings to members as needed, maintains the TAPIT website – We are seeking computer savvy volunteers and people who are willing to assist with maintaining the membership database, managing event registration, as well as proofread and submit information and articles for the newsletter.
Chairperson: Hope Collins
Co-Chairperson: Constantina Frominos-Baldwin
Organizes all aspects of TAPIT’s Annual Conference – we need volunteers to help with logistics, speaker recruitment, promotion, implementation of conference activities, and anybody who is willing to help!
Chairperson– Juan Randazzo
Sends out calls for nominations, disseminates information about nominees, prepares ballots, conducts annual election, and delivers election results. Seeking volunteers for these short-term annual tasks.
Chairperson - vacant
Actively participates in recruitment and retention of members. Undertakes the creation of a welcome package for new members, supports the Secretary with communications to the members. Seeking volunteers with strong social skills and a gift of gab!
Chairperson: Sandra Jacome
Communicates with the public and policymakers in regard to Translator/ Interpreter issues. Keeps abreast of legislation, trends, member concerns, and policy issues at the national, state, and local levels. Seeking volunteers from East, Middle, and West Tennessee with experience related to non-profits or people who are well informed and fond of legislation.
Chairperson - Mon Timsina
Issues concerning translators and interpreters in any language other than Spanish.
Translation Tools: Tatiana Kolosnitsyna
Work: (931) 215-4029
Japanese: Patricia Pringle
Cell: (502) 420-9375
Arabic: Atef Omar
Russian: Milla Topchiy
Farsi: Ellie Razzai
Home: (615) 255-3131
Chinese: Ping Chen Cross
Cell: (423) 747-5583