At the first corporate member meeting at the IMIA Conference on October 12th, 2007, many participants gave wonderful suggestions. One of them was for ISP members to have a forum to communicate with each other. Please consider joining a future ISP meeting as a way to engage in addressing the goals and purposes of the organization. To join a call, please see the ISP list of meetings at http://www.imiaweb.org/corporate/Corpmtgs.asp.
ISP DIVISION NEWS, INFORMATION & RESOURCES
ISP Division Webinar January 26, 2012
"ISP Certification - The what, how and why to do it"
> PowerPoint Presentation:
> PDFs Referenced During Webinar
LICS Certification Scheme
HIN National Standard Guide for Community Interpreting Services
Interview with Marli Viljoen, Project Manager of Folio, a South African Interpreter Service Provider
By Cynthia Schenk, IMIA Board Director, ISP Division, CEO Medical Interpreters of the North Shore
Benefits as an IMIA Interpreter Service Provider (ISP) Member:
*You will receive monthly e-news briefs
*Your organiztion may have up to 3 ISP Representatives in the corporate membership profile, all of whom are entitled to full membership benefits
*Access to a database of active medical interpreters representing over 70 languages and dialects
* Opportunities for online job posting and face-to-face recruitment of skilled interpreters.
* Invitations to special committee meetings, training opportunities for the 3
* Special discount on sponsorship exhibitor spots at our annual conference and various symposiums and events
* Your organization will be listed with link on our website in the 'ISP Members' directory
* Your orgranization may use the IMIA logo on its web site (members may view details about this is at http://www.imiaweb.org/about/logos.asp).
* You will have a discount to future exhibits and to any upcoming IMIA sponsored events.
* Monthly ISP Division meetings to network with other ISP members
* We can act as technical consultants for you in matters of recruitment, testing, and standards compliance.
IMIA Interpreter Service Provider (ISP) Division Chair
Lena Toolsie, M.A. Linguistics President and Founder, Ad Astra, Inc.
Lena Toolsie heads Ad Astra, Inc., a full-service linguistics services agency with headquarters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that employs over 11,000 trained and accredited interpreters and translators with expertise in over 200 native languages and sign language. Before launching Ad Astra to serve the nation’s top healthcare facilities and government agencies, company founder Lena Toolsie worked on the front lines — as an interpreter in the political arena and for high-profile global media organizations, and also, as language instructor at leading language centers throughout her native Russia and Europe. Lena started her career in linguistics as a teacher and curriculum developer at one of the leading language schools in St. Petersburg, Russia, moved to Moscow and became an interpreter for political settings, interpreting interviews with the leaders of political arena in Russia such as Rybakov, Berezovskiy, Stepashin, Putin (just before he became a president) and also, worked for various western European and American media organizations such as Washington Times – Moscow Bureau, Insight Magazine, and the Guardian. After moving to Europe she worked as a language instructor for various language centers around England and Italy. When Lena settled in the United States, where she now permanently resides, she put all her hands-on experience in the field to work as an administrator with top language service agencies in the nation’s capital, working as Project Manager for several language agencies prior to becoming a Director of Language Programs for ALSI where she started and developed the General Linguistic Services department. Lena launched Ad Astra to focus on the “mission critical” linguistic support needs of the medical and government community, and counts amongst her clientele the National Institute of Health, the Adventist Group, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Intelligence Defense Association, the Department of the Interior, and Federal Elections Commission.
A believer in life-long education and professional development for all linguists, Lena’s company currently offers an in-house training program for medical interpreters based on national standard curriculum at no charge to her staff, and promotes the mission of industry associations such as IMIA , ATA, RID, NCIHC, and ASTM through membership, continuing education, and committee work. Lena received her BA and MA in Applied Linguistics from St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation and is currently working on her MBA from George Washington School of Business in Washington, DC.
IMIA ISP Division ListServe
If you wish to subscribe to the ISP Division ListServe and participate in interesting discussions please go to
**You must use one of the email addresses associated with your IMIA membership profile to join the ListServe.**
You post a message by writing a new message in your mail program and sending that message to:
To Administer the ListServe Means:
* Approve applications to join by checking to confirm they are IMIA ISP members in good standing
* Delete from ListServe monthly those ISP members that have expired
* Approve each emailed ListServe message if it is a moderated ListServe
IMIA is currently looking for an ISP Division Vice Chairperson
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving in a chapter, committee or division leadership role provides enormous opportunities
, both professionally and personally. IMIA Chairs frequently find themselves becoming more successful in their own careers as they develop additional skills, make useful business connections, and share ideas with other division members. The IMIA Administration provides support and mentoring for their success. Preference shall be given to candidates with previous involvement in the activities of the organization.
To Apply for an IMIA Chairperson Position, See the Requirements (same as for IMIA Representation):
Vice Chairperson Responsibilities:
- To assist and work closely with the Chairperson in all their responsibilities as requested
- To assume the duties of the Chairperson when the chairperson is not present or available
- To apply for the chairperson position when the chairperson ends their term
To Apply for an IMIA Chairperson Position, See the Requirements of the Chairperson. All is the same except that only one letter of recommendation is needed, not two.
If you have any questions about applying please email email@example.com
Further information about the work of the committee or division, please email the appropriate chairperson.
IMIA Members may view the Interpreter Service Provider (ISP) Division Meeting Schedule as well as available meeting minutes at http://www.imiaweb.org/corporate/Corpmtgs.asp