2018 CTA Elections Candidate Statements

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

PRESIDENT: Mery Molenaar

My interest in serving on the CTA Board stems from my own experience from when I joined CTA as a brand-new translator in 2008. I came to the world of translation after a career in math and science education, and entering a new field or career can be quite challenging and intimidating. Joining our local professional association provided me with the support network and the encouragement and education I needed—and still need—as a freelance translator. Ever since, CTA has been a core part of my professional life. I was fortunate to serve as CTA’s treasurer from 2013-2016, first as interim treasurer and later as elected official. In addition, I have had the pleasure of serving as CTA’s webmaster since 2011. I would welcome the opportunity to serve as president of the Colorado Interpreters & Translators Association and continue its mission of providing a career support network for translators, interpreters, and translation companies to grow, bond, and succeed in our profession.
If elected president, I will support CTA’s status as a chapter of the American Translators Association. My goal is to build a strong Colorado community by encouraging CTA members to share their experience and knowledge, and by reaching out to those Colorado translators and translation companies not (yet) involved with the organization. My commitment to CTA includes continued growth, listening to member input, supporting existing programs and initiatives, and offering professional development opportunities throughout the year.
For those who don’t know me, I am an ATA-certified English into Dutch translator with degrees in translation, physics, and education. I live in east Boulder County with my husband, two teenage sons and three cats. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, running, reading, hiking, gardening and playing the djembe drum.

VICE PRESIDENT: Rosabelle Rice

CTA’s current Vice President, interpreter/translator Rosabelle Rice, has been working as a linguist her entire life. Raised in Ecuador, Minnesota, Mexico, and London by bilingual and bicultural parents, she has native proficiency in both her languages. With a B.A. in English from Notre Dame and M.A. in Romance Languages for the University of Memphis, Ms. Rice was able to pass the highly touted Federal Interpreter’s exam in 1995. She has interpreted for the President of Honduras, Energy Secretaries from the Mexican Government, PPP officials from a South American delegation to name a few.
The Current Vice President for the Colorado Interpreters & Translators Association has been teaching as an Adjunct Faculty for Denver University since the Summer of 2015. More recently she received her accreditation from Spanish to English by the American Translators Association. She has enjoyed working in a supporting role to Marion Rhodes outgoing President and welcomes the opportunity to work in a supporting role again.

SECRETARY: Martina Heine-Kilic

I would like to formally declare my candidacy for the role of secretary of the Board of the Colorado Interpreters & Translators Association. I grew up in Germany and moved to Mexico as a teenager. After graduating High School in Mexico City, I lived in France, Italy and Germany before moving to Denver in 1996.  I received my Master’s degree in Translation from the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg Germany. After a short break of 12 years in Texas, I moved back to Colorado in the summer of 2016 and joined CTA again. After last year’s conference I started volunteering for the CTA as Social Media Coordinator.
Besides my commitment to the profession for almost twenty years, I have previously served as Treasurer for the Metroplex Interpreters and Translators Association (MITA) in Dallas for several years and feel prepared to tackle the busy schedule of CTA and collaborate with the CTA Board members.
I look forward to continuing the great work done by the current secretary Katja Yeats and to supporting the CTA in any way I can.

TREASURER: Kate (Ekaterina) Avdeeva, MA
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to run for the Board position as a Treasurer. It has been almost a year since I stepped forward as an interim treasurer. Please do not assume that my duties are limited to numbers and balance sheets! By contrast, I have actively participated in the ongoing operations at the association: Annual Dinners, Annual Summer
Picnics, Annual Conference, International Translators Day Happy Hours, and monthly meetings in Denver, plus supporting the current Board along the way.
As a Treasurer, I will continue to serve the CTA mission, its talented and dedicated members and the industry in general.