The following are the candidates bios and positions for this election cycle.
 Ballots will be sent out by email to all current members. Voting starts on February 29, 2020 to March 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
Results will be announced on March 15th, 2020.

Treasurer-Adil Berrada

Dear Board and HITA Members,

I am writing you to run for a seat on the HITA board as Treasurer. For the past four years, I have been HITA’s Social Events Director where I’ve gained firsthand knowledge about the specific issues that affect our association and industry in general. Having said that, I am very attentive to members’ concerns and I am committed to act upon them.

I hold a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Information System. I have also managed multiple business management positions, where I have administered budgets, and key performance indicators to improve both financial and sales performance, with Janie and Jack in a corporate environment. I am adept, organized, detail oriented, can multitask with ease, and it would be my pleasure to keep HITA’s financials in order as your treasurer.

I would contribute with sound money management to support HITA’s goals including, but not limited to; keeping members abreast of industry news, diversifying professional development, helping nurture good ethics in our field, and prioritizing interpreters and translators’ interests first. I am optimistic about the direction of the association, and I do believe HITA would be able to find opportunities to grow and create partnerships both statewide and nationally, to reach what benefits members most .

Please accept my candidacy as your new treasurer for 2020. I feel I would be a well-qualified candidate, and I look forward to serving you and embarking in this journey together.

Truly yours,

Adil Berrada

Director of Social Events-Jessica Hartstein

I’m an ATA-certified translator (Spanish to English, French to English) and a Master Licensed Court Interpreter (Spanish). I joined HITA back in 2009–the best thing about HITA is the members! I’m thankful for the volunteer hours that past and current board members have generously given to serve us through HITA and would be honored to work together with the board of directors to make your membership as valuable as it can be.

As the Director of Social Events, I would want to get to know YOU, the members, and to provide opportunities for you to get to know each other. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience among our members and informal social gatherings are the perfect place for you to find colleagues to discuss business practices with, to find qualified translators and interpreters to refer work to, to find a future collaborator, or to get professional advice from a member.

If elected, my goal would be to increase the number of social events HITA hosts (currently quarterly). I would start with a survey to learn about your goals in terms of social events and then work to put your desires into action. These HITA socials are an important part of your membership because they allow you to connect, re-connect, and network. Each event offers you the opportunity to strengthen your ties to Houston’s translation and interpreting industry. I hope, whether I’m elected or not, to see you at upcoming events!


Jessica Hartstein, MA, CT, MLCI

Director of Social Events-John Lim

John Lim is a native Chinese-Mandarin speaker from Malaysia. His grandfather migrated from GuangDong, China to Malaysia back in 1920’s. Because of diverse population in Malaysia, he is able to speak Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese and a couple more Chinese dialects such as Teochew and Hokkien. 

He currently works as a Director of Quality at CSAT-Solutions. John graduated with Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Science in Leadership Education/ Engineering Management from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

John started his interpretation and translation experience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he worked with International Affairs and University Housing translating work procedures, documents and interpreting for new students at orientation in 2002. He has been working as a freelance interpreter and translator for many language agencies, law firms, local government agencies and volunteering in the community. 

He has served on the board as secretary, treasurer and web-editor since 2009. For the past 10 years, he had learnt a great deal of knowledge relate to HITA. By running the Director of Social events, he hopes to continuously contribute his past experience and talent to HITA and to serve the members and community. Last but not least, he plans to organize more meaningful cultural events and social activities to promote diversity and members’ engagement in the community in the next two years.

Thank you for your support !


John Lim

Thank you for your continued membership and for taking the time to vote.