Officers and SPD Leadership Council

Rosario Charo Welle, ATA SPD Administrator

I am thrilled and honored to serve my beloved Spanish Language Division (SPD) as its current administrator!

Like many translators and interpreters, before and after me, my Spanish and English bilingualism placed me in the field of translation, one might say, by default. In 2000, I fulfilled such a calling when I became the in-house translator of my local school district. In 2001, I was also fortunate to find and join the American Translators Association (ATA) and the SPD. During my eight years as in-house translator, and through my ATA SPD involvement, I began to learn the ropes of what it meant to translate and interpret professionally, and all it would take to earn my place among other professionals. My ATA membership and my active involvement in the SPD have played a vital role in my accomplishments and growth as a professional translator. As a newcomer translator and interpreter in the U.S., the SPD members provided me with great support and selfless guidance. Their energy, passion and commitment in seeking excellence in the profession were contagious and motivating. As a result, for the past 15 years, I have actively served in the Division’s activities during ATA annual conferences, SPD mid-years, and in different SPD leadership roles, including editor of the Division’s newsletter, Intercambios (2007-2010); Division’s Assistant Administrator (2010-2012; 2014-2016); and chair of the SPD Leadership Council’s Website Committee and SPD Webmaster (2011-2016).

Undoubtedly, my career has been enriched because of the opportunity to collaborate with these exemplary SPD leaders, many of whom have become mentors and close friends. Nearly 16 years later, I remain eager to return what has been given to me and to share my experiences with colleagues who have the same passion for and curiosity about translation and languages, especially English and Spanish.

For this reason, I consider it a privilege to have been elected administrator because I firmly believe that leaders can only be as good, strong, and effective as the people they represent and lead: You. That is, your administrators can only be good leaders because they are in turn very fortunate to work with, be mentored by, and represent an outstanding group of colleagues and professionals who constitute the SPD.

I am thankful for your vote of confidence. I am ready to work alongside the SPD leadership and put all my energy and enthusiasm in representing the SPD in an ethical, professional, accessible, congenial, and open manner.

As we work hard during the next two years, let us have fun in doing what we love as we manifest the passion, warmth, and comradeship that are characteristic elements of our Latin culture!
A native of the Dominican Republic, Charo is a freelance Spanish-English translator and editor, serving direct clients and partnering with colleagues. For the past 18 years, her working expertise has concentrated in the fields of Education (Prek-12), public media and communications, marketing, and healthcare. In addition to her professional involvement, she volunteers actively in her community, sharing her personal time in many worthwhile projects. She is the recipient of the ATA’s 2014 Harvie Jordan Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Communications and holds a Certificate in Translation Studies English into Spanish. Charo enjoys furthering her knowledge in languages, cultures, communications, history, literature, and religion, and enjoys her life in Texas with her husband, children, and pets. Contact:

 Marco Díaz, ATA SPD Assistant Administrator


Marco Díaz is an English to Spanish translator, specializing in business and contract law, family law, labor law, and mechanical-electrical engineering. Originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Marco has lived in Mexico and the United States for a good part of his life.

He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Marco holds a Specialized Certificate in Translation from University of California San Diego Extension Program and has completed several specialized courses in legal translation both from Cálamo & Cran in Madrid, Spain, and the Academia Traducción Jurídica in Valladolid, Spain. Marco is also vice president of the Association of Translators and Interpreters in the San Diego Area (ATISDA) and an active member of the American Translator’s Association (ATA), the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT), and San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (SDLRLA).

Marco became a member of the American Translators Association (ATA) in 2015, attending his first ATA annual conference in 2016. In 2017, Marco accepted Charo’s invitation to join the Spanish Language Division’s Leadership Council (LC) as the chair of the Website Committee and as the Division Webmaster. Since joining the LC, Marco has actively participated in the Division’s activities, working closely with the Administrator and other LC members and committees.

Marco resides in California, and when he is not translating or managing the business, he enjoys reading books, playing guitar, riding his bicycle, and hiking in the mountains or the desert. In his new role as Assistant Administrator, he looks forward to supporting the Spanish Language Division’s Leadership Council for the benefit of all its members.

Getting Involved in the SPD Leadership Committee Activities

SPD’s standing committees are the gateway to becoming involved in SPD activities, provide an excellent opportunity for you to network with others, and stay current while contributing to the continuing evolution of the Spanish language.

Each committee shall have a minimum of 3 members and a maximum of 10 and be chaired by a Committee Chairperson.  Each potential committee member must be an ATA and division member. The Administrator invites members to serve for one year and may be re-invited, or not, the next year at the discretion of the officers. The Committee Chairperson will schedule and coordinate the activities of the committee he or she leads, and will hold and facilitate meetings as necessary.

Committee chairs have two basic responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that the committee tasks are completed properly and on time.
  • Ensuring that the committee members work together effectively and harmoniously.

Take a look below for information on what standing committees do and how to become involved. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to the  SPD administrator (charowelle at or any of the committee chair with your name, contact information and the committee that interest you. We will then email you more detailed information.

1. SPD Nominating Committee–The Committee helps to organize and assist with the SPD election process.  The next election will be held in 2018. Tasks include:

  • Requesting ATA Headquarters to provide the Committee with a list of all Active ATA members in the division.
  • Seeking qualified, interested candidates for the available offices.
  • Determining the eligibility of candidates. (Elected Division officers must be Active ATA members.)
  • Contacting individuals who are nominated to confirm their willingness to accept the nomination. (The Nominating Committee must receive from the nominee a written acceptance of the nomination.)
  • Submitting to ATA Headquarters and the Division Administrator a Nominating Committee Report naming the slate of candidates along with copies of their written acceptances.
  • Overseeing the submission of candidate statements to ATA Headquarters.
  • Standing ready to accept petitions for additional candidates to be added to the ballot.

2. SPD Editorial Committee–The Editorial Committee consists of the SPD newsletter Editor and the Committee Members. The Editorial Committee oversees content for Intercambios and assists the Editor in publishing it. Committee Members shall serve renewable one-year terms. Are you interested in collaborating as author or proofreader for Intercambios? Contact Gloria Cabrejos Koo at

3. SPD Professional Development Committee (PDC)–The Professional Development Committee designs and supports educational programs and events that promote the career growth and professional advancement of SPD members. Events may include organizing workshops, webinars, seminars, and presentations in collaboration with ATA chapters or ATA divisions. The Committee works with speakers, trainers, and professionals who can deliver a broad range of educational and training programs to the SPD membership through ATA annual conferences, professional development events, workshops, online and on-site seminars. Send comments and suggestions to Charo Welle (chair) and Gabriela Escarrá (co-chair) at

4.  SPD Hospitality and Public Relations Committee

With the guidance of the Committee Chair and the Division Administrator, this committee welcomes members and newcomers to the ATA Annual Conference, assists in organizing Division networking activities, coordinates group excursions, and greets and hosts the Distinguished Speaker during the ATA Annual Conference. The committee advises the Division Administrators on public relations matters and works together with the Digital and Social Media and Website committees to promote networking opportunities and activities. The Hospitality and Public Relations Committee aims at increasing awareness of the positive impact that networking and participating in Division activities have on translators and interpreters attending the ATA annual conference. Contact Mercedes de la Rosa-Sherman at

5. SPD Student Involvement Committee–The SPD’s Student Involvement Committee creates a meaningful connection between experienced translators and students who are new to the profession. Its goal is to make the SPD known among translation and interpretation students as a means they can use in their professional life to network, find useful resources, learn about the profession, and participate in online forums. We seek out students in degree and certificate programs to make them aware of the SPD and this committee, and to find out what their needs and issues are so that we can begin to direct our efforts towards these topics. We welcome discussion about the purpose, goals and actions of the Student Involvement Committee. Contact Ártemis López at

6. SPD Digital and Social Media Committee–The SPD Digital and Social Media Committee is in charge of creating and maintaining the SPD socia media outlets (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram) as venues for members to keep up-to-date on SPD events and share information of interest to the membership. The SPD Social Media Committee post links about interesting translation/interpretation articles and monitors the sites for appropriate postings. The SPD Social Committee works very closely with the Division administrators, the Intercambios Editorial Committee, and the Website Committee, and complies with ATA guidelines for Division and their communication channels. Contact Edna Santizo at

7. ATA SPD PODCAST Committee–The aim of the ATA SPD PODCAST is to help SPD members move forward, evolve, and improve their business and their lifestyle as a language professional. Throughout the podcast episodes, the members of the ATA Spanish Language Division and special guests will share ideas and actionable strategies for greater motivation, creativity, communication and contribution in today’s world. The podcast will also be a venue to further continuing education in the areas of translation, editing, interpretation, and language-related fields for all ATA SPD members. Contact Dolores Guiñazu at

8. SPD Website Committee–The SPD Website Committee is responsible for the design, content, and timely updating of the SPD website, which is one of the primary means of communication with the SPD membership and interested individuals. The SPD Website Committee works very closely with the Administrators, the Editorial Committee, the SPD Digital and Social Media Committee, and the Professional Development Committee, and follows the same guidelines as the other communication channels used by the ATA and the SPD. Contact Marco Díaz at or Clarisa Moraña at