legal division (formerly Court Interpreter Division)

Originally a separate entity founded as the Washington State Court Interpreters and Translators Society (WITS), the Division operated as an independent sister organization to NOTIS for 25 years. WITS merged into the NOTIS infrastructure in 2013, but maintains its court interpreter focus. Recently the Division expanded to cover all interpreters and translators who work in legal or court settings. For more information, please contact Maria Lucas.

Community interpreter division

The Community Interpreter Division is dedicated to promoting professionalism and excellence in interpreting, in order to enhance the provision of health and social services to our region’s diverse communities. The group sponsors regular trainings and events around the region. For more information, please contact Yvonne Simpson.


The Translation Division organizes events and trainings of interest to translators working with the written word. The division includes the Northwest Literary Translators, a group of experienced and aspiring translators of literature. The group meets regularly for readings, workshops, and presentations by guest speakers. For more information, please contact Shelley Fairweather-Vega.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee tracks NOTIS’s budget and financial accounts to ensure funds are used responsibly and in the best interests of the organization and its members. The Finance Committee is looking for an at-large member. For more information or to volunteer, please contact chair Melody Winkle.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is charged with finding and evaluating potential board members for NOTIS’s annual elections. The Nominating Committee is looking for two at-large members to serve in 2020. For more information or to suggest a candidate, please contact committee chair Laura Friend.

The Northwest Linguist Blog Committee

NOTIS publishes The Northwest Linguist, featuring articles, events and other information of interest to translators and interpreters. Committee members collect, review and post contributions. Contact Brianna Salinas for further information on submissions.

Directory and Marketing Committee

Formerly the Outreach Committee, this committee focuses on promoting NOTIS’s online Directory as a source of local professional translators and interpreters, and keeping members informed of job opportunities advertised through NOTIS. For more information or to volunteer, contact chair Zakiya Hanafi.

Social Media Committee

The Social Media committee is a new group responsible for maintaining and monitoring NOTIS’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow us and join in on conversations! The current chair of the Social Media Committee is Shelley Fairweather-Vega.

scholarships Committee

Starting in 2017, NOTIS began awarding scholarships to members to help offset the cost of tuition at a translation or interpreting program or attendance at an industry conference. Committee members help to set the annual budget for scholarships, run the application process, and judge scholarship applications. For more information or to join this committee please write to Pinar Mertan.

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee supports NOTIS members in their efforts to advance their professional interests. The Committee tracks legislation that could affect translators and interpreters, keeps members informed, and offers opinions on professional issues to government agencies, trade organizations, and the business community. For more information, to join this committee, or to bring an issue to our attention, please write to

Program Committees

The Program Committees organize events throughout the year: workshops, social events, and our annual meeting and holiday party. For more information, please contact the respective Committee Chairs.
Translation Workshops: Shelley Fairweather-Vega

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