2020 ELECTIONS

Slate of Candidates and Statements for the Election of the HITA Board

Voting for the HITA Board is now underway.

All current HITA members (as of October 13, 2020) will receive an email from ElectionRunner with their ballot. If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check Spam and other folders. Ballots will be sent out on November 16, and voting will close on November 30 at 11:59 pm Central Time.

HITA members will vote for HITA President and Vice President as well as the proposed change to the HITA Bylaws: an introduction of the Article IX Internal Audit. The full text of the proposed article is below.

The following candidates have stepped forward to run for the vacant positions on the HITA Board:

Candidate for HITA President:

Anthony Lacsamana

Candidate for HITA Vice President:

Nora D. Palma

For ease of access, you will find below the slate of candidates as well as their statements, which are also available on HITA Election Webpage, HITA’s LinkedIn page and Facebook page and on the ballot (please click on the blue icon “ï” located on the right side of the candidate’s name to access their statement).

Anthony Lacsamana, Candidate for President:

Bio: Anthony Lacsamana is currently serving as the Vice President of the Houston Interpreters and Translators Association and is also currently the Chief Visionary Officer of Nightingale Interpreting Services.  Established in 1986, Nightingale is one of the oldest interpreting agencies in Southeast Texas providing American Sign Language and spoke language interpreting services.  He also currently serves on the Board of the Fort Bend Voters League, a nonpartisan citizen’s organization dedicated to facilitating civil discourse in state and national politics. 

Statement: I would like to thank the membership of the Houston Interpreters and Translators Association for the opportunity to serve as Vice President, over the past two years.  At this time, I would like to humbly ask for the privilege of your vote for President.

As your President, I would like to find more opportunities for value in membership through professional development, advancement of certification and building a network that is able to advocate for the profession and respond to challenges that may present themselves through legislation or other governmental and institutional means.

Working in the pandemic presents unique challenges that need to be addressed while we are in the moment and I am ready to work with the other HITA Board members to respond to the needs of the membership.

I also feel it is important to increase our connections with other similar associations throughout the state and to coordinate efforts as well, with the American Translators Association.

My name is Anthony Lacsamana, and if given the privilege, would be honored to serve as your next President of the Houston Interpreters and Translators Association.

Nora D. Palma, Candidate for Vice President:

Bio: Nora D. Palma is a graduate of the Interpreting and Translating programs from the University of Houston Downtown and University of Texas at Austin.  Ms. Palma currently holds the position on the HITA board as Director of Communications.

Ms. Palma started interpreting at church at the age of fifteen, where she would interpret the sermons and began to make a career of it in 2015. She has interpreted for Sylvester Turner, the Mayor of Houston, Tony Buzbee, and Bill King. She has translated for The Washington Post since 2018. Ms. Palma is currently an Immigration interpreter and helps the immigrant community through her pro bono work and services. She also works with the Sheriff and Medical Examiners office by giving death notifications to LEPs in the Houston and surrounding areas. Ms. Palma is a TLCI candidate and the founder and owner of Houston Immigration Interpreting & Translating Services.

Statement: I became a member of HITA in 2015. Joining HITA and becoming an active member has not only allowed me to get to know many of our amazing members, but has helped me grow as an interpreter and translator. I, currently, serve on the board as Director of Communications, have been a host for our podcast, helped with the creation and transition of our website to NeonCRM, and am the editor of the HITA Newsletter. I am also working with a few of our members in the development of a new program for our student-members.

During my time as a HITA member, I have attended many professional development sessions and social events. These events have helped me to grow both personally and professionally. My goal is for HITA to continue to be a place where we can all come together and learn and grow our profession. As Vice President, I will ensure that HITA continues to offer opportunities for both new and seasoned interpreters.

By nature, I am creative, loyal, driven, and forward-thinking with a servant’s heart. It is through those eyes and experiences that I have gained a tremendous amount of insight and respect for HITA and its members. As Vice President I will strive to bring the best to our members and support our association in any way possible.

Proposed change to HITA Bylaws: an introduction of Article IX Internal Audit:

Article IX Internal Audit

An internal audit is a formal examination of the financial books and records of the association to determine their accuracy and completeness, to detect and recommend correction of errors, and to assure the board and membership that the records are correct.

POLICY

All financial records shall be reviewed by signature board members together with all non-signature board members at the end of each year   and audited at the end of the presidential two-year term. In addition, the Board of Directors can request a special audit at any time, if deemed necessary, and an audit should be performed when there is a change in financial officers. Any active HITA members can step forward to volunteer as Audit Committee members. The Audit Committee must consist of at least 2 HITA members and must be confirmed by the majority vote of the Board of Directors.

An internal audit should be performed by an impartial person not related to the president or treasurer or any director handling funds and, if possible, not by one authorized to sign checks.

PROCEDURE

An audit should involve following all financial transactions through the records to be sure that receipts have been properly accounted for and expenditures made as authorized by the Board of Directors and in conformity with the bylaws, policies and procedures, and budget limitations.

All the financial records shall be provided by the treasurer for the audit, including the checkbook register, bank statements, canceled checks, deposit slips, treasurer’s reports, expense vouchers/warrants with bills/receipts, the annual treasurer’s report, etc.

After the audit is completed, mark the ledger (if there is one) and the checkbook register by drawing a double line across the sheet where the audit concludes and sign and date, using different color ink, stating “Examined and found correct by _____ (name) _____ on ______ (date) _____ .

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Should you have any questions regarding the election or voting process, please feel free to contact the Election Supervisor at hitaelections2020@gmail.com

Thank you for your participation and support.

The Election Supervisor

Veronika Demichelis, CT