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Annual Business Meeting

08/10/2016 12:59 PM | Meghan McCallum

Annual Business Meeting


MATI directors and members met Saturday, August 6 in Milwaukee for the Annual Business Meeting. The MATI Board of Directors officially swore in several new members: Elizabeth Colón as President and Amanda Bickel, Marina Ilari, Kristy Brown Lust, Thaís Passos Fonseca and Ghada Shakir as Directors.


Reports were also submitted from the Membership, Communications and Programs Committees in addition to the financial report. As MATI’s board continues to incorporate new programs and features that benefit our growing membership, all committees are seeking volunteers to support in the delivery of new and ongoing services. Please visit the Committees and Chairs page on the MATI website for a description of MATI’s committees and the responsibilities and tasks that fall under the purview of each.


The board also discussed plans for the upcoming annual conference, to be held Saturday, September 10 in Chicago. The event includes an exciting lineup of presenters, a special literary translation reading session, and the popular networking and hors d’oeuvres hour. Registration is open at http://www.matiata.org/event-2298880. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; please see http://www.matiata.org/donations for more information.


In closing, President Colón expressed her dedication to her new role as President. She is eager to listen to and provide support for all MATI members, and welcomes your feedback and participation in the organization. MATI is looking forward to another successful year!


MATI’s 2016-2017 Board of Directors


Executive Committee


President: Elizabeth Colón (IL), 2016-2018
Vice President: Joseph Wojowski (IL), 2015-2017
Secretary: Amy Polenske (WI), 2015-2017*
Treasurer: Katarzyna Jankowski (IL), 2015-2017*


Board of Directors


Amanda Bickel (WI), 2016-2018
Marina Ilari (WI), 2016-2018
Kristy Brown Lust (WI), 2016-2018
Meghan McCallum (WI), 2015-2017*
Thaís Passos Fonseca (WI), 2016-2018
Ghada Shakir (WI), 2016-2018
Tyann Zehms (WI), 2015-2017


*Denotes second consecutive term. Per Article 5, Section 5.2 of MATI’s bylaws, “Officers may be re-elected and serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms, but may run for office again after a full two-year term out of office.” For a complete list of all present and past directors of MATI’s Board, please visit Board of Directors.


To Our Outgoing Board Members: Thank You!


Our outgoing board members, listed below, served their maximum two consecutive terms on the MATI Board of Directors from 2012-2016. We thank them wholeheartedly for their commitment to our organization. MATI has made great strides in the services it provides to its membership, and we thank our outgoing board members for helping us get to where we are today!


Christina Green, President, 2012-2016
Alaina Brantner, Director, 2012-2016
Susan Schweigert, Director, 2012-2016


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