2019 PSMLA Executive Council Committees

As you see below, the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association has many committees.  We are always looking for more people to assist.  If you feel you are able to volunteer your services in any of the following areas, please contact us.

Nominations & Elections

Charge: To solicit recommendations for candidates; prepare a nominations slate for scheduled elections (including short bio, blurb, and photo of each candidate); make recommendations to the Executive Council members (who must approve the slate); send out ballots; and notify candidates of results, duties, and upcoming meetings

  • Chair: Susanne Nimmrichter
  • Consultant:  Isabel Espino de Valdivia
  • Members:  Gabriela Appel, Mike Bogdan, John Grande, Mina Levenson, Sister Mary Helen Kashuba

Awards

Charge: To coordinate the nomination and selection process with the Conference Committees, Merit Awards, Cemanahuac Scholarship, Mead Fellowship, and Outstanding Senior Awards, purchase appropriate awards for the annual PSMLA Teacher of the Year Awards (K-12 and Higher Ed)

  • Chair:  Karen Belcastro
  • Consultant:  Kathy Fegely
  • Members:   David Brightbill, Cherie Garrett, Phyllis Rzodkiewicz, Junko Yamamoto, Nate Campbell

Advocacy

Charge: To develop advocacy for the study of foreign languages in Pennsylvania, including being alert to current and pending legislation and informing PSMLA members about it; sharing information about foreign language advocacy through PSMLA publications; and organizing letter writing and testimony efforts when needed

  • Chair:  Kathy Fegely
  • Consultant: Mina Levenson,
  • Members: Wilma Dunkle, Christine Fisher, Christina Huhn, Silvina Orsatti, Megan Flinchbaugh

Finance

Charge: To make recommendations and create policy regarding the reimbursement of expenses and address general questions on expenditures; to oversee the general budgetary and financial procedures of the organization; to arrange for all audits and reviews of treasury and financial operations

  • Co-chairs:  John GrandeMike Bogdan
  • Consultant:Mina Levenson
  • Members:  Phyllis Rzodkiewicz,  Isabel Espino de Valdivia, Junko Yamamoto, Susanne Nimmrichter

Professional Development

Charge: To oversee PSMLA's efforts in the area of professional development and establish a Best Practices Network as it relates to the implementation of the World Language.

  • Chair:  David Brightbill
  • Consultant: John Grande
  • Members: Gabriela Appel, Cherie Garrett,Silvina Orsatti, Junko Yamamoto

Publications

Charge: To review policies for PSMLA publications and the sharing of information via the listserve and the website, and to suggest ideas for changes in the future.

  • Chair:  Christina Huhn
  • Consultant: Susanne Nimmrichter
  • Committee:   Mike Bogdan, Nathan Campbell, Ron DelPorto, Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, Megan Flinchbaugh

Membership

Charge: To develop strategies for increasing and retaining PSMLA membership from all possible constituents.  Includes: instituting a new lifetime membership—which will necessitate a by-laws change and change in dues structure for Institutional Members who renew for a second year, updating brochures and membership information on the PSMLA website and in the Forum  

  • Chair:  Isabel Espino de Valdivia
  • Consultant: Phyllis Rzodkiewicz
  • Committee: Karen Belcastro, Wilma Dunkle, Christine Fisher, Kathy Fegely

Conferences

Charge: To plan the PSMLA Conference in a given year

In addition to the various committees, EXCO members also do the following:

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