Our Mission

MICATA is a group of professional translators, interpreters and language professionals that focuses its activities and service in Mid-America. MICATA exists for the benefit of translators, interpreters and language professionals, and for those who use our services.

MICATA’s major objectives are to provide a forum for translators, interpreters and other language professionals to share ideas and expertise through our meetings, website and newsletter, and to keep our professional members informed and up to date through our annual symposium on translation and interpreting.

We strive to formulate and maintain standards of professional ethics, practices and competence in the fields of translation and interpreting, to protect the rights and interests of professional translators and interpreters, and to improve the standards, accuracy and quality of translation and interpreting.

Our Board

Members of MICATA’s Board of Directors are elected for one-year terms. All of our officers and directors are volunteers. We hold elections each September, and all active and affiliate members of MICATA in good standing are eligible to vote. Our current Board members are:

President: Frieda Ruppaner-Lind

Vice President: Janja Pavetic-Dickey

Secretary: Tingting Qin

Treasurer: Jason Jolley

Membership Chair: Birgit Scherer-Wiedmeyer

Professional Development Director: Marcela Renna

Other Directors: Abigail Dahlberg, Hiba Gharib, Jean Marie Trujillo, Laura Kanost, Francisco (Paco) Martinez, Wyman Borts Jr.

MICATA board meetings are open to current members of the association. If you are interested in attending an upcoming board meeting as an observer, please email the board at: micata@gmail.com.

History and Bylaws

MICATA was established in Kansas City in 1978 and is one of the oldest chapters of the American Translators Association. Over the past thirty years, MICATA has organized countless continuing development events for our members, published dozens of issues of the MICATA Monitor, and worked tirelessly to promote the interests of professional translators and interpreters.

Click this link to view the MICATA Bylaws. MICATA also maintains a policy library and procedures manual.