Leadership Team

The CTA Leadership Team includes a volunteer Board of Directors and several appointed positions. The elected members of the Board—president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer—are elected in the Spring of even-numbered years to a two-year term. All CTA members in good standing are eligible to vote. Our appointed leadership positions currently include a website team, membership coordinator, social media team and a mentoring program coordinator.

Robert Sette, CT

President

Robert has been an ATA-certified translator since 1989 and holds certification in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian into English, as well as working from Catalan to English. In addition to CTA, he is also a member of ATA and AAPTI, and he is currently serving on the ATA Board of Directors (2020 through 2023). He has worked full-time as a translator since 1992 and has lived and studied in Spain, France and Russia. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Spanish and French and a Professional Translation Certificate, he lived in Pittsburgh, PA for 27 years. Robert relocated to Denver in 2013 and now resides in Park Hill. In his free time he enjoys camping with his 2 dogs, traveling, exploring Colorado's many craft breweries and occasionally trying to wrap his mind around Russian case structure and grammar.

Basma Maghazaji

Vice President

Basma Maghazaji was born in Iraq and graduated from the College of Arts (translation department) in 1987, the first translation department in the Middle East. She earned an MA in scientific translation and interpretation, then worked as instructor at Al Mustansirya University teaching English and translation for more than ten years. In 2002 she resigned due to the circumstances in the country, and she and her family fled to Syria in 2004, where she worked as translator in a private company and gave private lessons in English language and literature. After moving to Kuwait in 2008, she worked as an assistant manager in a private company. The whole family came to the US in 2014, and Basma has been working as an Arabic freelance translator and interpreter since then for many clients, including the International Rescue Committee. She worked as an Arabic instructor and trainer as well. Basma has done volunteer work for many years in Syria, Kuwait and now in Colorado, her new home. She has been a member of CTA since 2017.

Pablo Molina

Secretary

Pablo moved to Colorado in 2018; he lives with his family in Lakewood, He is currently working as a translator/transcreator for the Department of Public Health & Environment. As an independent contractor, he specializes primarily in the translation of academic works. He taught college courses for 20 years and holds Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry and Classical Languages. Pablo relishes interacting with other CTA linguists and appreciates the fact that the language industry attracts people with interesting life experiences and diverse backgrounds.

Ilona Mason

Ilona Mason

Treasurer

Ilona Mason is a Ukrainian-Russian-English translator. She was born and raised in the Ukraine, and moved to the United States in 2001. She holds a degree in accounting from the Ukraine, her home country. Ilona is new to the profession and very enthusiastic about the field. She is currently working on becoming a certified medical and court interpreter . She lives in Thornton, Colorado with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

Ilona Mason

Ilona Mason

Membership Coordinator

Ilona Mason is a Ukrainian-Russian-English translator. She was born and raised in the Ukraine, and moved to the United States in 2001. She holds a degree in accounting from the Ukraine, her home country. Ilona is new to the profession and very enthusiastic about the field. She is currently working on becoming a certified medical and court interpreter . She lives in Thornton, Colorado with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

Jennifer Nielsen

Mentoring Program Coordinator

Jennifer Nielsen is an ATA-certified Spanish to English translator specializing in Mexican legal, civil registry and business documents, as well as remote simultaneous interpreting and copywriting. She also works as a translator mentor, trainer and speaker and is the former president of the Mexican Translators Association (Organización Mexicana de Traductores).
She has worked in the language industry for ten years as teacher and translator, conference and liaison interpreter, localization project manager, and copywriter and holds a BA in Spanish from Western Colorado University and an MA in SpanishEnglish Translation and Interpreting from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. She is also a superhero-mom of twin boys, dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, and is currently based out of Denver, Colorado and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. When not behind her computer in her home office, she can be found sipping a cold beverage on the beach or playing in the waves around Puerto Vallarta with her husband and kids.

Website Team

Kelley Kidd & Robert Sette work together to manage the CTA website. Kelley manages our website content, so please email her if you have an idea or a blog post or would have other content that might be of interest to CTA members.

Email Robert if you are organizing a coffee hour, happy hour or other event to be added to the calendar, or if you have questions about your directory listing, etc. 

CTA Social Media Team

Jem Walker is a freelance translator and interpreter based in Evergreen, Colorado. He works in French, English and Spanish and has a degree in French>English translation and interpretation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

CTA exists thanks to the dedicated efforts and contributions by its many volunteers. If you’d like to help contribute to CTA’s activities, please contact us and we’ll find a role that will suit your interests and skills!