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.

Nashville, TN, November 16, 2017

Dear TAPIT Members,

On behalf of the Election Committee, I would like to communicate the official results of the elections for new members of the board:

¨     Total of voters with submitted ballots = 28

Elected members of the board:

Secretary of the Board:

Sarah Cawvey

Members-at-Large (the 4 candidates for member-at-large with the most votes):

Heba Abouelasaad

Jonathan Beam

Hanaa Hamed

Bruni Dopatka

We appreciate the participation and involvement of all active members and thank all candidates for their willingness to serve our organization. We look forward to a successful tenure of the new members of the board.

Best regards,

Cesar Muedas

Chair of the Elections Committee

The TAPIT Board of Directors consists of seven members

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

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

 Secretary: Sarah Cawvey, CMI-Spanish

Treasurer: Annely Rivero



 Member-at-Large: 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 MadisonWisconsin.  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

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

Member-at-Large:  Heba Abouelasaad

Member-at-Large: Jonathan Beam

Member-at-Large: Hanaa Hamed

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