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On , Jamie Hartz posted:

Don’t miss the first DVTA event of 2018!

January Networking Event

The DVTA Board of Directors cordially invites you to come and welcome 2018 in the beautiful rooms of Ivy Hall. Join us to enjoy the charm and warmth of this historic Philadelphia mansion and meet old friends and new members in a spectacular setting.

The 2018 New Year Networking event will feature hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and a few activities to get the year started off right. We will be holding a raffle for a one year DVTA membership (open to all attendees), as well as a one year ATA membership (open to anyone who is not an ATA member at the time of the event). We will also be introducing the new DVTA Board and recognizing outgoing Directors, in addition to featuring a few of our members who will share about their home countries and cultures. Don’t miss this opportunity to come and network with other DVTA members and ring in the New Year!

This event will be free to DVTA members (corporate members may invite up to two attendees for free); a contribution of $13 is kindly requested for guests and non-members. All attendees are asked to RSVP via the link below by January 14; no walk-ins or RSVPs will be accepted after 1/14. On-street parking will be available.

Please click here to register for the event:

Sunday, January 21, 2018 – 4:00 to 7:00pm | Ivy Hall

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On , Anne posted:

News about our DVTA colleague Stephanie Tramdack Cash

Dear DVTA Colleagues:
As some of you may know, our colleague Stephanie Cash – who has attended many DVTA events and has been the “Stretch, Breathe and Move” morning instructor at the annual ATA Conference for several years – has been battling ovarian cancer since July of 2016. I have been working with Stephanie on the ATA PR Writers Group and have kept up-to-date on her courageous battle, but I wanted to pass along the latest information that I received this morning from our DVTA colleague, Stephanie Strobel:
“I visited Stephanie Cash at her home yesterday. She’s pretty comfortable and amazingly serene, although it’s not surprising if you  know Stephanie.
Richard said it was ok for me to share an update, in fact, he said it would be good since it would be one less thing for him to do. So if you feel you  should share the information with the DVTA, or the business practices list, go ahead. Below is pretty much what I said to the ListeFLD.
Dear Colleagues,
I have sad news. A couple weeks ago, Stephanie Tramdack Cash was informed that chemo treatments were doing her more harm than good. She decided to go into hospice care. She may have a few days or a week or so. Her husband Richard said it was alright for me to share the news with the ListeFLD.
Stephanie isn’t using her computer any more, but Richard said that if anyone feels moved to call they should go ahead, and take the chance to call. Though she’s weak, Stephanie brightens right up when she gets a phone call from a colleague. Feel free to use her home or cell phone number.
She is being cared for at home. She is handling this phase of her life with an astounding serenity.
Stephanie Strobel”
So, please keep Stephanie and her husband Richard in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate this very difficult journey. They are very faith-filled people who appreciate all of the prayers and support they’ve received so far.
Anne V.B. Connor
Spanish & Italian>English Translator & Editor

Tel.:  (856) 845-4182
Cell:  (856) 265-1926
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On , Dorothy posted:

Monday Morning Membership Reminders!

Good morning, everyone!

As we close out 2017 and embark on 2018, I wanted to pass along a few membership reminders:

For ATA Members: ATA membership renewal forms have been mailed, so please, as you renew your ATA membership, be sure to check DVTA online or on the back of the paper form for our Chapter rebate. Along with that, review your online profile on the DVTA website and make sure you also check if you are an ATA member and include your member number. We use that information when requesting our annual Chapter Rebate from the ATA, so it is very important we have accurate records. 

Not an ATA Member? Check out what the ATA has to offer for members (

Speaking of accurate records, the end of the year is a perfect time to review your online profile on the DVTA site. Within the last year, have you moved? Changed phone numbers? Earned a new certification? Joined the ATA or another organization? Take a moment and log in to review your profile and make any necessary updates. We will be holding two raffles at our Networking Event on January 21 that will rely on the information in your profile, so you will want to make sure all of that information is as accurate as possible!

Finally, I want to take a moment and thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for the DVTA in 2017, and I look forward to working with all of you in 2018. 

All my best this beautiful holiday season, 

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On , Jamie Hartz posted:

New Board of Directors effective Jan. 2018

Dear members,

It is our pleasure to announce the new Board of Directors of DVTA following the elections held this fall for treasurer and membership chair. The new Board is comprised of both new and returning directors and we look forward to working alongside the membership to advance the goals of the Association and further fulfill our mission. The new Board positions will take effect on January 1, 2018.

President: Dorothy Evans†
Vice President/Programming Co-chair: Eliane Sfeir-Markus†
Treasurer: Petra Rieker*
Secretary: Jamie Hartz
Membership Chair: Jaclyn Kershaw*
Programming Co-chair: Eileen Cano-Haag
Elections Co-chair: Yongmei Li
Elections Co-chair: Rita Weil
PR Chair: Tony Guerra†

* New to the Board
† New to the position

Please join us in welcoming the new directors and showing our gratitude to retiring directors at the upcoming networking event on 1/21. More information and a formal invitation to follow.


Jamie Hartz
DVTA Secretary

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Dear Members,

A  language-neutral workshop on simultaneous interpreting techniques and ethics is going to be held in New Jersey on Nov 18th and 19th.  I have signed up for it  and thought some of you might be interested in it as well.  

I also found out that it has been approved for ten CEUs for PA court certified interpreters, including three CEUs for Ethics.  DE and MD interpreters should receive the same number of CEUs after submitting the relevant information for approval themselves.

You have the option to take just the simultaneous training part or the ethics, separately.  

The title of this workshop is:


For more information, here is the link:


Yongmei Li

PA Court Certified Interpreter

for both Cantonese and Mandarin

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On , Yongmei Li posted:

Gentle reminder to vote

Dear members, 

Here is a gentle reminder that tomorrow, Oct 31st, is the last day to vote the DVTA candidates into Board of Directors.  We need your votes!!!

Easy and fast is how the voting can take place.  It literally would take you less then a minute.  Just follow the this link:   

This link will take you to the Oct 20th post.  You will see the candidates’ picture and their statements, as well as a link to Survey Monkey to cast your vote.   

Thank you so very much to those members who have already cast their votes.   All results will be tabulated and presented on DVTA’s business meeting on Nov 3rd.  Don’t miss that one!

Warm regards,

DVTA Election Committee-Rita Weil & Yongmei Li


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On , Jamie Hartz posted:

DVTA Annual Meeting reminder

Dear members,

Remember that the DVTA Annual Meeting for 2017 will take place this coming Friday, November 3 from 6:30-9:00pm at the Greater Plymouth Community Center (see address below). We look forward to a recap of this past year, information on what to expect next year, and an enjoyable time with friends and colleagues.

DVTA 2017 Annual Meeting
Greater Plymouth Community Center
2910 Jolly Rd
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served

An RSVP is not required but is requested so we know how many attendees to expect. We hope you can make it! Please click here to RSVP for this free event.

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On , Yongmei Li posted:

Cast your vote- DVTA Election!


Dear Active DVTA members and Colleague,

DVTA’s board officer elections are finally underway!!   We are excited to receive emails from members expressing interests and it took sometime to recruit and make sure all interested members are fully informed.   We are thrilled about the candidates who have submitted their names for your consideration.

To vote, simply click on the following link:

The subject line of the electronic ballot will read “2017 DVTA Board Elections – Electronic Ballot for two officer positions.”

Before filling out your ballot, please review the candidates’ statements below.

Please note that each Active DVTA member can only vote once. The poll will reject any attempts to re-vote. All votes will remain anonymous in the Survey Monkey system. Votes will be tallied automatically by the server.

Finally, please vote no later than October 31st, 2017, so we can get the new board of officers in place as soon as possible! Your vote really matters a great deal to ensure that our ATA chapter remains vibrant and responsive to its members and that we can continue to bring you quality programs and events into the coming year.

We want to take the opportunity to thank those DVTA directors stepping down, Robert Santiago, and Dorothy Evans, for their remarkable and exemplary years of service. In preparation for this election, they both personally took time to talk with interested members, explaining the extent of work involved with each position from their own experience.

We appreciate your continued support of the DVTA. Please stay tuned for information about DVTA’s exciting programs for 2018, other announcements about job opportunities and networking events, continued enhancements to DVTA’s website and on-line membership directory, and much more via DVTA’s social media sites!


 The DVTA Board of Directors




(1 Candidate)

Petra Rieker


I have worked in the translation industry for the past 10 years. I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Public Relations. Though I started my career as a press officer in the Banking industry, translating was always my passion, and it became my primary occupation in 2007.

Through DVTA, I have gained knowledge, clients, wonderful colleagues and friends. As a treasurer I would like to continue the good work and use my experience to make sure that DVTA has a solid budget, sufficient funding and accurate financial statements.  Developing a costing tool that helps to analyze revenue and expenses would be another challenge that I would set myself.

I look forward to this opportunity and would be honored to be considered for this position.



(1 candidate)

Jaclyn Kershaw:

My name is Jaclyn Kershaw. I am interested in helping improve the DVTA by integrating the members’ perspective into the workings of the Board. While I was earning my Bachelor’s in Biology and Spanish at Arcadia University, I was also employed at the University. This position afforded me the unique opportunity to see and assist in the important relationship between student perspective and university functioning, while taking into account the limitations of both sides.

Currently, I am earning my MS in Translation at NYU and working as a Translation Project Manager. My position allows me to apply my fresh insight and self-motivation to understanding translators and interpreters within the company and working with management to strengthen the relationship between the two groups. My connections at Arcadia and NYU, my experience with technology, and my experience with my current job will enable me to reach out to present and future translators and interpreters to be flexible with their needs in consideration with the abilities of the DVTA. Doing so will allow me to increase membership and keep the Board up-to-date on trends and ideas in our community.

I look forward to assisting with the important relationship between members and the Board of Directors.


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On , Jamie Hartz posted:

DVTA Annual Meeting

Dear members,

You are cordially invited to DVTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting. We will address the events and topics of this past year and announce what is in store for DVTA in 2018. All are invited to attend! The annual meeting will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 6:30-9:00pm at a new location, the Greater Plymouth Community Center (see address below). We look forward to seeing you there.

DVTA 2017 Annual Meeting
Greater Plymouth Community Center
2910 Jolly Rd
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served

An RSVP is not required but is requested so we know how many attendees to expect. Thank you in advance! Please click here to RSVP for this free event.

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