Mano a Mano President’s letter 31 Jan 2012

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January 31, 2012

Dear Mano a Mano Board and membership,

It is with great excitement and anticipation that I write this brief letter!  As you know, we have recently completed the process of electing several new members to our governing board, and we have many tasks on our to-do list for 2012.  I will begin with the official news and briefly lay out the tasks that I believe we need to complete in order to strengthen our organization in 2012.

As can be seen in the column to the left of this text (or below it if viewing directly on the website), we have elected the following new members to our board: Martín Vásquez (Vice-President), Emma Shiver (Region III Representative), Caleb López (Region V Representative), Gina Wilkinson and Kristie Casanova de Canales (understudy) (Member at Large #2), and Carmen García (Translation Chair).  Congratulations to all of these individuals!  I look forward to working with them closely over the coming year and beyond.  Please congratulate your new Board members personally.

I would also like to take a moment to thank those members who have completed their terms of service on the board: Yolanda Chavira (outgoing Vice-President), Melva Flores Rodríquez (outgoing Region III Representative), Arlene Narváez (outgoing Region V Representative) , Ricardo Ortiz (outgoing Member at Large #2), and Saul Arteaga (outgoing Translation Chair).  All of these individuals have been instrumental in the progress that Mano a Mano has made over the years, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.  Their willingness to be part of the governing board of this organization has impressed me.  Some of them have expressed interest in continuing to help with key tasks, and we will need their experience, insight, and motivation to continue our work.

The following are a few of the tasks that I plan to tackle this year:

  • review and revise our By-Laws, as appropriate
  • create a Standard Practice Paper for Trilingual (Spanish-English-ASL) Interpreting (in conjunction with the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers [NCIEC])
  • improve our membership connections and services
  • increase our membership
  • assist with the creation of an on-line directory of trilingual interpreting; hosted by Mano a Mano on our website
  • begin our fundraising efforts for the 2013 national conference

I will provide more details about each of these tasks as I call on key people to assist with the work that needs to be done.  We need EVERYONE to become involved in Mano a Mano in order to reach our goals as an organization.  We need YOU!

May 2012 be off to a good start for each of you!

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns:


David Quinto-Pozos, PhD
President, Mano a Mano

Mano a Mano, Inc.
3700 Commerce Blvd. Suite 216
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Dr. David Quinto-Pozos

Vice President
Martín Vásquez

Mathew Call

Nydia Hernández

Region I Representative
Tony Barraza

Region II Representative
Carmelo Falú

Region III Representative
Emma Shiver

Region IV Representative
Mónica Gallego

Region V Representative
Caleb López

Member at Large # 1
José Bertrán

Member at Large # 2
Gina Wilkinson
Kristie Casanova de Canales (understudy)

International Chair
Angela Roth

Translation Chair
Carmen García

Membership Chair
Tanya Lee Velázquez

Canada Representative
Juliette Ruiz

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