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Officers are voted by the Executive Board after each election every two years

David Cardona IMIA Board President-ElectPresident - Officer term expires December 31, 2020. 
Board term expires December 31, 2022

Dr. David Cardona, MD, MPH, is the President of Donostia D’Carmendi Consulting Group, LLC. He brings to IMIA more than twenty-five years of experience in cultural related issues and in language access services. Dr. Cardona is the former language access coordinator for the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon. In this role, he convened multiple state agencies, government jurisdictions, community organizations and private sector to advance Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to improve access to services for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). His duties also included: developing technical assistance, data collection, evaluation of compliance of health systems on language access service to LEP, developed trainings, testing and certification policies and procedures. Dr. Cardona coordinated the development of a comprehensive language access service policy for the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.
Dr. David Cardona holds a medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Santa Ana, El Salvador, a Master of Public Health from Portland State University, and a Scientific Degree from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Cardona is a candidate for a Master of Science of Global Health from the prestigious Queen Margaret University of Edinburg, Scotland. In addition, he has executive education in managing health programs in developing countries from the School of Public Health at Harvard University. His educational background also includes coursework in training of trainers for health care interpreting professionals from the Monterey Institute of International Studies of California.
Dr. Cardona served as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, was an instructor of anatomy and physiology for Portland Community College and taught medical Spanish to healthcare professionals at Oregon State University to ensure delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate care to Spanish speaking patients. Dr. Cardona is the co-founder and former vice-president of the Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association, and a former member of IMIA’s Advisory Board. Dr. David Cardona has received multiple recognitions and awards for his untiring work on language access services, and for his civil rights advocacy role on behalf of LEP populations of the nation.  Contact: president@imiaweb.org

Juana Horton, IMIA Board PresidentPast-President - Officer term expires December 31, 2020. 
Board term expires December 31, 2022.

Juana Horton is the CEO of Horton Interpreting Services Inc., the largest interpreting and translation company in Rhode Island, working in over 200 languages with over 200+ professional translators and interpreters. Ms. Horton, who is Venezuelan-American, has over 17 years of practical application experience in translating and interpreting. Member of; IMIA, ATA, National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators and the New England Translators Association.  In the course of her career, her achievements have been recognized with the following awards: 2000, "Small Business Leader of the Year" the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Small Business Administration's "RI Minority Small Business Person" of the year 2002 and 2003, Rhode Island and New England's "Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year". 2004, YWCA's Hallmark Women Award, "Women's Economic Empowerment". 2008, "Woman in Business" from the Women's Center of RI . 2007, "Entrepreneur" RI Genesis center. 2006, "Healthcare Business Leader of the Year" national Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives. 2009, " Influential Women Behind Hispanic Chambers " Morris County Hispanic chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Horton currently serves and has served on the following Boards; Boston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, RI Hospital Board of Governors, Butler Hospital Board of Governors, Phoenix House of New England, RI School of Design Arts Committee, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI, Providence Foundation, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of RI, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and the Providence Economic Development Partnership Board. Contact:  past-president@imiaweb.org  

Patricia Alonzo IMIA Board TreasurerTreasurer - Officer term expires December 31, 2020.
Board term expires December 31, 2022.

Patricia A Alonzo, M.Ed., CMI, I am a nationally certified medical interpreter and the Operations Manager at CSDVRS, LLC - Stratus ODI Video Remote Interpreting for a national team of medical interpreters. I am trilingual (English, Spanish & American Sign Language) interpreter serving the Deaf Latino and LEP community, professionally, since 1998. I worked for a national non-profit organization as the Director of Training for Latinos with disabilities with a primary focus on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and the disenfranchised population. I coordinated training, advocacy initiatives and educational empowerment for the Latinos disabled community. Taught American Sign Language as a second language in Hillsborough County and was part of the Global Language Committee for text book selection and curriculum development. This participation allowed me to create the ASL curriculum for courses in Hillsborough County Schools. I have mentored and trained interpreters for the CMI certification exam. For six-years worked at a comprehensive cancer center as their trilingual medical interpreters. Furthermore, for over 10 years I was a full-time freelancer in the medical, legal, theater, educational and platform interpreting area in both consecutive and simultaneous modalities. I attended Columbia College Chicago and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in American Sign Language Interpreting. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Management and Administration of Educational Programming. I am a Doctoral candidate in the area of Public Health – Health Education & Community Health with a dissertation focus of the impact of medical interpreting on favorable health outcomes. Contact: treasurer@imiaweb.org


Maria Gatej, IMIA BoardMaria D. Gatej, JD - Term expires December 31, 2022.

Maria graduated from the University of Cluj, Romania with a Bachelors of Arts in Romance Languages and Literature (French, Romanian and Italian).  She is also fluent in Hungarian and Spanish. Maria pursued her graduate studies at UMASS North Dartmouth School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree in 2000. She is currently working as the Director of Educational Interpreter Services for the Merrimack Valley Area Health Educational Center/UMASS Medical School Statewide AHEC. In this capacity, she is in charge with the management of the MV AHEC grants and programs related to the medical interpreter field. Maria is closely involved as a faculty member and preceptor/language specialist in the 60 hrs. Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting. She is also teaching and presenting various workshops related to working with medical interpreters in the Community Medicine part of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s Family Residency Program.  Maria is the chairperson for the Merrimack Valley Interpreter Services Task Force, a coalition that is promoting among many other great things, a healthy communication and collaboration between IMIA and local medical and health care institutions. She was part of the IMIA By-Laws Committee, capacity in which she had the exciting opportunity to review and update the existing By-Laws. Currently, Maria is also serving as one of the IMIA Board Director and the Ethics Committee Chairperson - a position that enables her to work with a wonderful team of colleagues in creating the first IMIA Ethical Complaint Procedures. Besides her professional career, Maria enjoys reading, traveling, skiing and spending time with her family. Contact: MGatej@imiaweb.

Eric Candle, IMIA New York RepresentativeEric Candle - Term expires December 31, 2022.

Eric Candle is the President of ECdata, Inc. National Training Institute, a NY-based interpreting and cross-cultural communication training and language access consulting company and is the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) U.S. Coordinator and NY State Chapter Chair. He is a qualified medical interpreter with 15 years of professional experience at the largest NY State hospitals, a credentialed translator, and a licensed Medical Interpreter trainer.
Eric teaches Medical Interpreting at the City University of New York and is a lecturer at the State University of New York.  He had taught in many countries all over the world.  Eric is a passionate advocate of the meaningful LEP patient's access to healthcare services and has delivered numerous presentations on professionalization of Medical Interpreting, National Certification and Language Access. His college graduation work was presented in English, German, and Russian languages.  Contact: ecandle@imiaweb.org.


Dennis Caffrey IMIA Board MemberDennis Caffrey - Term expires December 31, 2022.

After completing a successful career in the United States Air Force, specializing in Latin America, and working as a consultant throughout Latin America, Dennis Caffrey served for 8 years at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. His last position was as the Dean of Students, Administration, and Outreach. Since moving to Middle Tennessee he has been actively engaged in medical interpreting. He is a National Board Certified Medical Interpreter – Spanish. He serves as the Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Association of Professional Interpreters and Translators (TAPIT). He has been a member of IMIA since 2011 and presently serves as Vice Chair of the Events Committee. Since 2012 he has participated in Emory University’s Physicians Assistant South Georgia Farmworkers Health Care Program, dedicating two weeks of intensive work to provide health care to non-English speaking migrant farm workers and their families. He currently works at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center three days per week and also volunteers two days per week at the Siloam Family Health Center in Nashville. Contact: Dcaffrey@imiaweb.org

Amani Zaki, IMIA BoardAmani Zaki - Term Expires December 31, 2022.

Amani Zaki, BA. CHI™, was born and raised in Egypt, currently living in Los Angeles, California. She attended the Alexandria University in Egypt where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English Literature in 2008. She worked as a Senior Interpreter for four and half years, before starting a full time position as a Healthcare Language and Cultural Specialist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 2014. She earned her credentials through CCHI as a Certified Healthcare Interpreter; she is also an IMIA member since 2014. She is the IMIA California State Chair. Contact: azaki@imiaweb.org



IMIA Past Presidents:

Raquel Cashman (deceased)
Maria Durham
John Nickrosz 
Joy Connell 
Izabel Arocha 2006 - 2010 
Lola Bendana 2011 - 2014 
Juana Horton 2015 - 2018

IMIA Board Hall of Fame


Additional Documents

>IMIA Board Job Descriptions

>Responsibilities of IMIA Governance Positions

>Amended Articles of Organization as accepted by the SOS

>2012 Nomination Information for Board of Directors

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