The President’s Corner

Posted On May 19, 2016

Hello, ATI members!

The ATI Board got together in January during the ATI Annual Strategic Planning annual meeting and we are excited about the activities that we have planned for our members during 2016! This year, we will offer three workshops; one in the spring, one in the summer and one in the winter.

We held our first workshop of the year in stunning Prescott, Arizona at the historic Superior Court Building which was hosted by our new treasurer, Carlos Reyes, head of the interpreting department. The Spring workshop was held last weekend at Estrella Mountain Community College. Thanks to Karee Peigne, director of the medical interpreting program, for their hospitality and continued support of our organization.

This year, the ATI Annual Conference will be held in Phoenix on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Maricopa Integrated Health Systems located at 2601 E Roosevelt St. in Phoenix, AZ.

Last year, we implemented a brand new benefit for our members is the ATI Member Directory. Language services providers will be able to search by several categories such as working languages, location, areas of specialization, etc. This tool will provide access to potential employers looking for translators and interpreters in Arizona. We hope to facilitate communication between LSP’s and freelancers/independent contractors. If you are not a member and would like to become one, register online and gain access to all of the benefits that ATI offers.

I would like to welcome Arizona Translators & Interpreters, Inc.’s newest Board members. Lucy Matticoli-Mason has joined the ranks as interim vice president. Lucy Matticoli-Mason has worked for over 16 years as a freelance translator concurrently with a full time position as a Translation Project Analyst with JDA software Group, Inc. Lucy is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian and holds a Certificate of Translation from the Department of Languages and Literatures at Arizona State University. She lives in Prescott and is a member of the American Translators Association. Flavia Lima joins the ATI Board once again but this time as secretary. She lives in Phoenix and is a member of the American Translators Association. Holly Holmes is a freelance Portuguese-English translator and researcher at Language Artisan with specialties in education, arts and entertainment, business, and government/non-profit. Holly has two degrees in music performance, and after a decade working as a jazz musician, arts administrator, and music professor, Holly is also completing a PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2016.  She resides with her husband in Tucson, where she also conducts research for Lead Guitar, a non-profit arts organization that provides music education programming for schools in Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Last, but not least, is Carlos Reyes, our new treasurer. Carlos M. Reyes is the Senior Court Interpreter for the Yavapai County Superior Court. He has been a professional interpreter for the past 7 years and is an alumni of the National Center for Interpretation at the University of Arizona.

ATI takes pride in representing translators and interpreters from all areas of the profession. Feel free to contact any of us for additional information about our membership benefits or activities.

We look forward to seeing all our members throughout the year during our workshops and/or annual conference. Please feel free to contact any of us with your questions or inquiries about the association. We are here to serve!

Thanks again for your continuous support of ATI. See you soon!


Francesca Samuel, ATI President