Congratulations to Jazmin Manjarrez, the new Chair of the National Board effective April 6, 2018. We look forward to Ms Manjarrez's leadership, as she continues to advance the mission and growth of our organization. Previously Ms Manjarrez held the positions of VIce Chair and Director for NBCMI. She is a proud CMI and brings with her 16+ years of experience as a medical interpreter. She is also a lead trainer for medical interpreters, and the former Interim President, Vice President and Conference Chair of the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters.

In addition, the National Board would like to thank the previous Chair, Carlos Martinez-Morales, for his outstanding service during his tenure. Mr. Martinez-Morales worked fearlessly to promote certification for all interpreters and we are grateful for his dedication to the organization and to it's CMI's. We wish him much success in his future endeavors.

The mission of the National Board is to foster improved healthcare outcomes, patient safety, and patient/provider communication, by elevating the standards for and quality of medical interpreting through a nationally recognized and validated certification for medical interpreters.

The CMI certification program is governed by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (National Board), an independent division of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA).

Effective 2018, the National Board is pleased to announce that each of the Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese CMI certification programs have been brought together under the same nationally accepted standards and criteria, ensuring that the CMI credentialing in each of our program languages remains the most prestigious offered in the industry. Prior to 2018, the Spanish CMI certificate was subjected to an additional level of NCCA accreditation, but while the National Board remains a member of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), each of the National Board programs have been standardized to ensure the CMI certification in each offered language best meets or exceeds nationally accepted standards, including transparency, inclusion, and access.

 

The purposes of the National Board are to:

  • Develop, organize, oversee, and promote a national medical interpreter certification program in all languages.
  • Promote patients and providers working with credentialed medical interpreters who have met minimal national standards to provide accurate and safe interpretation.
  • Ensure credibility of national certification by striving to comply with national accreditation standards including transparency, inclusion, and access.
The Board of Directors of the National Board consists of 10-12 voting members that include medical interpreters, trainers, health care providers, industry representatives, and a public member. Initial Board members were selected by a public process and independent selection committee. Subsequently, Board Directors are recruited through a Nominating Committee process and are elected by the members of the National Board.

Directors 

Jazmin Manjarrez

Jazmin Manjarrez, CMI-Spanish

Chair

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Nouria Belmouloud

Nouria Belmouloud BA & MA in English, Linguistics and Literature

Manager, Duke International Patient Services, Durham, North Carolina

Secretary

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Aida Adams

Aida Adams

Director of Language Services, Catholic Charities of Louisville, KY

Director

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Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz-Canedo, MD, CMI-Spanish

Director

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Ana Alza Rodriguez

Ana Alza Rodriguez, CMI/CTP-Spanish, BA Spanish, BSM

Director

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Barry Stratford

Barry Stratford, Esq

Director

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Scott Swanson

Scott Swanson

Language Line Solutions, Monterey, CA

Director

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Graciela Zozaya

Graciela Zozaya, CMI-Spanish

Manager Language Access Services, Harris Health System, Houston, Texas

Director

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Staff

Casita Wild

Casita Wild, MS

Operations Manager

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Beverly North

Beverly North, MS

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Marissa Gearhart

Marissa Gearhart

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Tamarleigh Grenfell

Tamarleigh Grenfell

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