2020 CTA Board Elections Candidate Statements

In April 2020, the Colorado Interpreters & Translators Association will hold elections for its Board of Directors. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s candidates.

PRESIDENT: Jennifer Nielsen

For those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting at the CTA conferences or elsewhere throughout the years, I’m Jennifer Nielsen, and I’ve been a member of CTA since 2010 when I became a full-time freelance Spanish to English translator while taking my master’s degree in T&I at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. Since then, in addition translating and serving for two years as the president of the Mexican Translators Association (Organización Mexicana de Traductores or OMT) in Guadalajara, I have worked as a conference and companion interpreter, project manager for a localization agency and continued to expand my business and grow professionally, all while wrangling my now 5-year-old twin boys. I also earned my ATA certification in Spanish to English in 2018.

In my previous lives, among other things, I was a high school Spanish teacher, so to continue teaching, I have given several courses for translators in Guadalajara at the OMT as part of their certificate courses in legal translating, and at their annual conference held as part of the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Most recently, I had the honor of presenting last year at the CTA conference, gave a course with Corinne McKay last August, and am offering personalized mentoring and training for translators.

Last year I became a dual citizen of Mexico and the US, and am currently living in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, and would love more excuses to make it back to Denver more often by serving as president of the CTA, though logically, most of my work would be done remotely and with the support of the amazing CTA translators and board.


The CTA Organization provides linguists with a broad selection of resources, support and opportunities to promote our profession. To have the opportunity to volunteer my time as the CTA Vice President is a rewarding way to give back to the organization, and to do what I can to keep us all connected and thriving as translators and interpreters here in Colorado.

I’ve been fascinated with foreign languages and cultures since I took my first summer French language course at the University of Denver at the age of 10. I continued my French studies all through middle and secondary school, and earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in French Language and Literature from the University of Wyoming. My time living in France was a pivotal event, which cemented my desire to always remain connected with languages and cultures abroad. The evolution of my 20 years of professional experience in business, technical training, project management, client relations, language services, marketing development, and document review, combined with extensive volunteer work over that time, has prepared me well to assist CTA in a leadership capacity.

As a Colorado native and independent translator, it would be my honor and pleasure to serve CTA in a manner that is consistent with its mission and goals, and with the energy to support a thriving and active environment for the benefit of the industry and its members.

SECRETARY: Robert Sette

I am pleased to agree to put my name forward for the position of CTA Secretary for 2020 through 2022. I am a commercial-legal-technical translator working from Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Catalan into English. I have lived in North Park Hill in Denver since moving to Colorado in 2013
from Pittsburgh, PA.

I have volunteered over the years for various organizations and projects in diverse fields, including one term on the ATA Board and other ATA involvement on the Nominating Committee and as a Spanish to English certification exam grader. Additionally I have presented at many conferences held by Elia (European Language Industry Association) and the ATA. In the non-professional realm, I have volunteered with dog rescue/foster organizations and GLBT organizations. If elected to the CTA Board, I look forward to continuing the work done in past years to hold member-oriented events and to provide networking opportunities for our membership. I also look forward to helping plan the CTA conference and other events as they come up.

I look forward to hearing from members with any questions for me about my candidacy, and I eagerly anticipate working with the other new members of the CTA leadership this year.

TREASURER: Yvonne Páez

It is my pleasure to put my name forward for the position of CTA Treasurer for 2020 through 2022. I am a translator and interpreter in Spanish <> English languages and reside in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I have been a CTA member for several years and last year I was a presenter in the CTA Conference. A couple of years ago I identified the need for providing support to the CTA speakers that come from other states or countries and suggested adding a support liaison position to make our out-of-state speakers feel welcome and included. Since having made that recommendation I have also volunteered to be the host who provides welcome gifts, connects with and transports our visiting speakers to our after event gatherings, etc.

If elected to the CTA Board, I look forward to continuing the work done in past years by the CTA Treasurer and will work in concert with the other board members to plan and execute the
activities and events that assist in the growth and professional development of our CTA