2019 Board Election Nominees

The 2019 OSTI Board Election will be held at the 6th OSTI Annual Conference on September 14, 2019 in Milwaukie, Oregon. Two positions are open for election, Vice President, and Treasurer. If elected, their term will start immediately on the date of the election and end on the date of the election in 2021. Here are their bios and reasons for running.

2019 OSTI Nominating Committee
John Wan, Svetlana Ruth, and Natalia Grabovski
August 15, 2019

Jessica Dover, Candidate for Vice President

One of the founding charter members of OSTI and its first Treasurer, Jessica is a certified court interpreter in Oregon and Washington, a Certified Medical Interpreter through NBCMI and a Certified Health Care Interpreter in Oregon. She runs her own business and has over 15 years of experience as a translator and court, medical, conference, and liaison interpreter. Her conference interpreting experience includes topics ranging from mass timber to parent-student engagement and beyond. In addition, she actively advocates for improved interpreter conditions, and has collaborated on successful campaigns to raise interpreter rates with the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) and Oregon’s Public Defense Services Commission (PDSC), and to remove potential conflict of interest issues regarding interpreting with Oregon’s Worker’s Compensation Division.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys running and  making jams and jellies.

Reasons for Running

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Vice President for the past two years! I continue to be awed and impressed by your collective dedication to professionalism and excellence in our fields of translation and interpreting.

It has been a pleasure to see the growth OSTI has made as an organization—in its membership, in its social and advocacy events, and in its mission—and to help steer that growth in collaboration with the other members of the OSTI board. If reelected, one of my goals would be to continue that growth, continue to encourage OSTI members to make connections and find mentorship opportunities through our events, and continue to advocate for fair terms and practices for translators and interpreters alike. As of this writing, the push to get a rate increase for interpreters in public defense cases is still ongoing, and there is possible legislation that might impact our members in the Oregon legislature. One of my goals is to keep an eye on those issues and keep our members updated.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sarah Symons Glegorio, Candidate for Treasurer

Sarah is an ATA-certified Spanish to English translator. Originally from Portland, she has also lived and worked in Spain and Brazil. She has a degree in Spanish and Business from University of Oregon, and a certificate in translation studies from New York University School of Professional Studies. She has also previously worked in the education, lending, non-profit and real estate sectors. Sarah translates Spanish and Portuguese into English, specializing in business, financial and legal texts.

Reasons for Running

It has been a pleasure serving as Treasurer since 2018 and being an OSTI member since 2015. I am seeking re-election to the Treasurer position for another two-year term.

Since becoming Treasurer, I have helped reduce our monthly expenses by eliminating the need for a costly monthly subscription. I have also initiated some projects that I would like to see through to completion. One of these is obtaining our official non-profit status from the IRS. We’ve begun working with the Small Business Legal Clinic via Lewis and Clark Law School on this issue and it is still in process so if re-elected, I would continue to work to get that finalized and in place for OSTI.

Another project I would like to be able to dedicate more time to as a board member is our ATA exam study groups. We launched this project in May and have ideas that we haven’t yet implemented. I would like to work on adding more resources for our study groups and streamlining them for the future.

If re-elected, I would continue to ensure things run as smoothly as possible and help OSTI serve the membership by making sound financial decisions. I am open to member input and feedback on how OSTI should allocate its financial resources. My vision for OSTI includes making it a robust resource for members to connect and collaborate, keep apprised of industry issues, and provide opportunities for education and improvement.

Thank you for your consideration.