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Committees and Chairs

MATI, like the ATA, is a volunteer-driven association and the strength behind many of our programs and events comes from member participation. MATI encourages members to get involved, give back to the Association, work with fellow members, and broaden their professional network by chairing a committee or becoming a committee member. Committee Chairs shall be appointed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. To volunteer for a Committee or for more information contact the Board of Directors at

The MATI Bylaws designate the following standing committees: Membership, Communications, and Programs. The purpose of each standing committee is outlined in the Association’s Bylaws. Other committees, whether standing or ad hoc, may be formed at the discretion of the Board of Directors, and both standing and ad hoc committees are outlined below.

Standing Committees

Membership Committee 

Daina Jauntirans

Per Article 10, Section 10.1.1, “The Membership Committee shall be responsible for accepting applications for membership, for keeping updated records of members, and for overseeing the rights and responsibilities of members.”

Communications Committee 

Co-Chairs Kristy Brown Lust ( & ThaĆ­s Passos (

Article 10, Section 10.1.2 states, “The Communications Committee shall be responsible for the public dissemination of the activities of the Association and the publication of the quarterly newsletter and any other Association publications.” 

Programs Committee 

Chair Ghada Shakir (

According to Article 10, Section 10.1.3, “The Programs Committee shall be responsible for planning the annual meeting and selecting its location, as well as for planning and coordinating the conferences, training and professional development activities of the Association. The Programs Committee serves as a means of communication between the ATA and the Association and promotes the objectives of the Association.”

Ad hoc Committees

Webinars Committee 

Co-Chairs Marina Ilari ( & Tyann Zehms (

The Webinars Committee is responsible for the planning of MATI’s Annual Webinar Series. Webinar planning includes but is not limited to contacting and scheduling speakers and moderators, marketing of webinars through website and social media, creation of online registration forms and update of events calendar, setup of webinar platform and preparation of support materials.

Outreach Committee 

Edmund Asare

The Outreach Committee is responsible for acquiring new membership and identifying and communicating with local industry leaders on industry news and MATI events.

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