Organization Structure

The California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) is a 501 (c)(3) public charity organization governed by the Board of Directors since its inception in 1996. 

Over the years the organization has changed its structure in order to adapt to new practices and trends. The following information is from our current Board Manual, which was reviewed in May 2015. 

Board of Directors

CHIA's Board of Directors may have between 8 and 17 members, all of whom must be current members of the organization. Board service is voluntary and terms are two years. In Addition, two students currently enrolled in an HCI program in the state may be elected to serve one-year terms.

Officer Positions

Officer positions as specified in the bylaws include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. All officers, with the exception of the President, serve one-year terms at the pleasure of the Board and may be reelected with no limit on consecutive terms. The Board has developed additional practices to ensure smooth transitions from one President to another and to ensure that new leaders will be ready to assume organizational responsibilities. 

Leadership Positions

In addition to the Officer positions, CHIA has two postions in specific areas to ensure adequate project management and leadership. This leadership positions are not created based in our bylaws but our current practices and needs. The positions are: the Membership Coordinator, and the Public Relations Coordinator. Each position is assigned to a qualified Director in addition to their duties as director.  

The Membership Coordinator is in charge of maintaining up to date CHIA's membership database. The Public Relations Coordinator is the Communications Committee chair, and manages the work of Directors and volunteers working for the committee. The Public Relations Coordinator along with the President, and Executive Director is responsible for CHIA's public relations, social media, website, marketing, and serves as a liaison with stakeholders, sponsors, exhibitors, and presenters during CHIA Annual Conference among other functions.


According with Article VI, Section 1 of CHIA's bylaws: The Board may, by resolution adopted by majority of the number of directors then in office,... create one or more committees,... to serve at the pleasure of the Board. Each committee is chaired or co-chaired by board members.

Effective January 1, 2012, the following shall be the standing committees:

  1. Steering
  2. Finance
  3. Education
  4. Conference, and
  5. Communications

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee has the authority to act on behalf of the Board on all matters except: amendments to the bylaws, mission rewrite, incurring corporate indebtedness, and budget approval.

The President serves as chair or co-chair of the committee. The other members of the committee are the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and one other Board member chosen by the board.

Committee Members 2015 - 2016:

Jose Garcia - Chair

Michelle Scott

Matthew Riley

Winnie Heh


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for the financial oversight of the organization. Committee members review financial statements, contracts, budgets, and financial trends of the organization, and the committee presents financial reports and recommendations to the Board. The Treasurer serves as chair or co-chair of the committee.

Committee Members 2015 - 2016:

Matthew Riley - Chair

Jose Garcia

Melvin Nehleber

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for ensuring that there are regular trainings offered in different locations in the State throughout the calendar year. Presently called Regional Trainings (formerly chapter's meetings), these trainings have become second in importance to the annual conference and must remain a responsibility of this Committee to ensure their quality, frequency and overall benefit to the membership. 

Education Committee members should have experience or knowledge in the training of healthcare interpreters, either as an instructor, researcher, or language coach.

Committee Members 2015 - 2016:

Beverly Treumann* - Chair

Michelle Scott - Co-Chair

Jordana Martinez

Lourdes Cerna

Araceli Murphy

Nick Arce

Ana Meyer*

Claudia Ribota Lindgren*

Elena Morrow*

Johanna Parker*

Marisol Lomali*

Mateo Rutherford*

Jose Garcia

* Volunteer member

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee is charged with planning and coordinating all facets of the annual conference, ensuring that tasks are assigned and completed by deadlines. The President-Elect chairs or co-chairs the Conference Committee.

Committee Members 2015 - 2016:

Michelle Scott - Chair

Gayle Tang

Lynna Do

Melven Nehleber

Jose Garcia

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee works closely with staff and Board to ensure that CHIA's activities, publications, and positions are adequately communicated to members, prospective members, industry stakeholders, policy makers and funders.

The Public Relations Coordinator chairs the Communications Committee, and coordinates the committee's activities as described above. 

Committee Members 2015 - 2016:

Carlos Garcia

Margaret Loo

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Winnie Heh

Lezak Shallat

Kamara Licea*

Luis Hernandez*

Jose Garcia         

*Volunteer member

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