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Texas Chapter

Welcome to the Texas Chapter of the IMIA. The IMIA's goal is for all IMIA Chapters to flourish to meet all the needs of the members of each region. While the IMIA is international it believes in the 'Think Global, Act Local' motto. We will have periodic conference calls to allow members in this region to network and find ways to advance the profession together in the region. Please email your representative with ideas, issues, and topics that you think should be discussed. The IMIA believes that organizing an IMIA Symposium each year in each state should be a key goal of the Chapter. If you are willing to volunteer to assist, please let your representative know.
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Advisory Committee on Qualifications for Health Care Translators and Interpreters





Houston Interpreters and Translators Association

Texas Hospital Association:

Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators:

Texas Association for the Deaf:

Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf:

Language Access: United States Department of Justice Language Access informative presentation, please click on the link below to view.



Houston Chronicle Article Regarding Careers in Medical Interpretation

Left to right: Yolanda Garret (Freelance Interpreter and IMIA Texas Chapter secretary), based in San Antonio, Sean Normansell (Interpreter at Seton Family of Hospitals, IMIA Education Committee Chair and IMIA Texas Chapter Chair). Sean is based in Austin, and Valerie Mayer (Texas Chapter Vice-Chair based in Houston and Interpreter at the Neurology Clinic for pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital).


Left to right: Valerie Mayer (Texas Chapter Vice-Chair based in Houston and Interpreter at the Neurology Clinic for pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital), TAHIT president Manuel Higginbothan, and Yolanda Garret (Freelance Interpreter and IMIA Texas Chapter secretary, based in San Antonio).


IMIA Texas Team at 9th Annual TAHIT Educational Symposium September 25th & 26th, 2015 Galveston, Texas.

IMIA Texas Chapter leaders at HITA (Houston Interpreters and Translators Association) General
Meeting, January 17, 2015

Texas Chapter leaders at the 3rd Annual International Language Services Conference: "Diversity, Inclusion, and Language Access" at Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas  October 10, 2014

Valerie Mayer, Texas Vice Chair, Celebrating International Interpreters Day


Valerie Mayer - IMIA State Chapter Chair for Texas

Valerie Mayer was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Upon graduating with a B.S. in Communications from the University of Lima, she worked 19 years for the South American advertising industries in Peru, Chile, Argentina and California, as broadcast producer. In 2007 she joined Lopez Negrete Communications in Houston TX– one of the largest and most influential Hispanic agencies in the US. Her passion and deep interest in Social Communication, and her curiosity for the advertising human ingredient, led her to re-engineer her profession. By 2008, Valerie was unfolding her skills as Spanish Consecutive Interpreter working for Masterword Services Inc. and Accessible Signs, servicing all the mayor hospitals and institutions, such as Hermann Hospital, Saint Joseph Hospital, Woman’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs, just to name a few. Valerie is a CMI Spanish and the Supervisor for the Language Assistance Department at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. She is an active member of TAHIT, HITA, ATA, NCIHC, IMIA, and has participated as guest speaker for the course for Medical Interpreters at the Houston Community College for Health Care Providers Coleman College in 2013 and 2014. Valerie has a passionate commitment toward the Hispanic and Interpreters’ communities. She is constantly working on efforts to make the interpreters’ environment more cohesive, professional, and up to date. She is driven to be a part of the history that is being written in our current Health Care system. 


Vacant - IMIA State Chapter Vice Chair for Texas.
Vacant - IMIA State Chapter Secretary for Texas.

Former Texas State Chairs
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Waleska Ghini
Sean M. Normansell, CMI-Spanish
Alfredo Mercuri

Additional Documents

>HB 233 Passed the TX Senate

>Texas Medicaid Pilot Report 2007

>Texas Medical Interpreting Workshop 11.28.2011

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