Dedicated Board Member Maria Michalczyk Retires

After years of tireless service to quality language access in Oregon and in the nation, OHCIA Board Member, Treasurer, & Training Director Maria Michalczyk has decided to step down.

Her legacy to the health care interpreter professional community goes far beyond the OHCIA. Maria managed interpreters at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), taught interpreters at Portland Community College, played pivotal roles in the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, and actively sought legislative changes for health care interpreters. 

While at the OHCIA, Maria built and directed the Health Care Interpreter Training Program, a 60 hour training that has trained over 500 interpreters and offered over $33,000 in financial hardship and language of lesser diffusion scholarships.  She also took on the time consuming role of treasurer, and faithfully handled the OHCIA's finances for over three years.  

Moving forward, Maria will continue her work as the branch manager of Coram Specialty Infusion Services in Tigard, Oregon.

 Thank you Maria for your service!