On Friday, January 22, 2021, the Global Alliance held its Annual General Meeting (AGM), followed by its quarterly Board Meeting.
During our AGM, we received the election results for the four open seats on our Board of Directors. Two seats will continue to be filled by Michele Michaels (USA, consumer) and Ken Frommert (USA, industry), who will each serve an additional two-year term. Thank you, Ken and Michele, for your willingness to stay on the Board and offer your rich and diverse experience and knowledge!
We are excited to welcome two new Directors to our Board of Directors: Łukasz Dutka (Poland, captioner, educator and industry) and Nikki Hare (USA, voice captioner).
is a live subtitler (live captioner), interpreter, audiovisual translator and expert in media accessibility. He works as a lecturer at the University of Warsaw, Poland, and sits on the Management Board of Dostepni.eu, a local accessibility services provider.
Łukasz has been teaching courses on audiovisual translation, subtitling for the Deaf and the hard-of-hearing, live subtitling, and conference interpreting at the University of Warsaw, Poland and several other universities across Poland and Lithuania.
In 2013, he set up a company to provide subtitling for TV and surtitling for theaters. In 2018, Łukasz started training live subtitlers for Dostepni.eu, including respeakers and live correctors who then went on to work providing accessibility at live events.
Łukasz alternates between Warsaw, Poland, and the Canary Islands, Spain. He speaks Polish, English and Spanish, and a bit of Italian and Portuguese.
Nikki Hare is a voicewriter from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from the College of Court Reporting in 2016. Immediately her heart was drawn to communication access realtime translation, or CART captioning. Working as an independent captioner for several agencies throughout the United States, she captions for a variety of university students as well as various news, entertainment, sports and corporate meetings. While a young professional, she sees the need for quality captioning services and wants to do her part in providing communication access to everyone.
Welcome aboard, Nikki and Łukasz!
Thank you, Sue Sanossian and Pablo Romero-Fresco
It is with deep appreciation and respect that we say thank you to Sue Sanossian (Australia, industry) and Pablo Romero-Fresco (Spain, educator and researcher) for their service on our Board of Directors. Sue and Pablo were among the first Global Alliance Directors, 2020-2021. Though no longer serving on the Board, Pablo and Sue will continue to be strong and important voices within the Global Alliance through their continued committee work. Sue serves on the Strategic Partnerships/Fundraising Committee, and Pablo serves on the Certification and Assessment Committee.
Thank you, Pablo and Sue, for your early support of the Global Alliance and your continued dedication to our vision and mission!