President - Steven Strange

Educator, translator, researcher, poet, painter, and writer was born in Rome, New York. He is retired and lives in East Hartford, Connecticut. He is a member of different professional associations in his areas of specialty (ANLE, ALDEEU, AATSP), and regularly collaborates in serial and periodical publications. In terms of artistic creation, he has received several awards for his pictures and paintings. Current President of the Historical Society of East Hartford, CT; and a member of the East Hartford Historic District Commission. In July of last year, the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE) published its anthology Before Jametown, it was in St. Augustine, Florida. This volume contains historical documents (capitulations, contracts, and royal certificates), eyewitness accounts, fragments of the multiple histories of the Indies of the 16th century, maps and engravings from the century of the discoveries (1500-1600).

Treasurer - Marilin Sarria

Marilin Sarria, who is originally from Cuba, has been teaching Spanish since 1996. After her undergraduate in Cuba she moved to Brazil, where she completed her masters and taught as a Professor of Spanish at the Central Paulista University, Brazil. She has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University, and she is currently an Adjunct Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). She is active in professional organizations such as AATSP-CT, for which she acts as the Connecticut Chapter Treasurer and Co-Webmaster and also a member of COLT (Connecticut Council of Language Teachers). Marilin loves to share her love and pride for Cuban Culture.

Secretary - Marcela Ocampo

Marcela Ocampo was born in Colombia. She obtained two scholarships and achieved two Master’s degrees: at the Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Bogotá and at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC in Madrid. She studied at the Complutense University, Madrid. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Quinnipiac University in Hamden and at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

Communications Coordinator - Aileen Dever

Aileen Dever, Ph.D. is a Professor of Spanish at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She has served as president of CT-AATSP and has been the recipient of the CT-AATSP Service Award. She also received the Pegasus Pride Award for Service from the CT Council of Language Teachers. Her most recent publications include Silence and Shadows: Religious Symbolism in Ana María Matute’s “La niña fea” (Romance Notes), a co-authored translation: The Poetry and Prose of Rosalía de Castro: A Bilingual Facing Page Edition (Edwin Mellen P), and a co-authored translation of Los niños tontos/The Foolish Children (Small Stations P). For the translated text of Ana María Matute’s Los niños tontos, she and her co-author were finalists for the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Translation Prize. Aileen Dever received the Excellence in Teaching Award at Quinnipiac University.

Poster Contest Coordinator - Niki Kiviat

Niki Kiviat serves on the Upper School World Language Faculty at Greenwich Country Day School, where she teaches Spanish and Italian. Dr. Kiviat earned her PhD from Columbia University in 2020, where her dissertation focused on the continuities and changes within Italy's postwar foodscape, as conveyed in films of the "Economic Miracle," 1954-1973. She has published and given guest lectures on postwar food studies, and she is the co-editor of (In)digestion in Literature and Film: A Transcultural Approach (2020), a collection of essays that redefine hunger and non-normative eating practices around the world. She is honored to be the AATSP Poster Contest Coordinator in Connecticut, moving into the role after her own students' great successes in the 6-8 Division.

Webmaster - Jatniel Veliz

Jatniel Veliz is a Programmer at Yale Printing & Publishing Services. Graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's degree in computer science.
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Nicole Kurker-Stewart

Nicole Kurker-Stewart has worked in the field of international education for 11 years. Since 2016, she has served as the Director of the International Center at the University of Hartford, overseeing education abroad and international student and scholar services. Prior to her time at Hartford, she was the Assistant Director for International Students and Programs at Quinnipiac University. Since 2010, Nicole has been heavily involved with NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where she has volunteered as the Connecticut State Representative, trained colleagues on immigration regulations, mentored new professionals, and advocated for international initiatives in Washington, D.C., among other positions. Nicole also teaches Spanish at Quinnipiac University, and has conducted faculty-led programs abroad to Spain and England. She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures, as well as playing the piano and reading. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and History from Quinnipiac University, and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Linguistics from Middlebury College.

Covadonga Arango-Martín

Instructor of the Practice Moderns Languages and Literatures
Email: marango-martin@fairfield.edu

Maria Casas

Professor at CCSU
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Email: casasmal@ccsu.edu

Dr.Rocio Fuentes

Associate Professor
Department Chair World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Email: rocio.fuentes@ccsu.edu