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Alison Leach
Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs
University of Arkansas

NODA Position: NODA Region IV Coordinator

Why was getting involved in NODA important to you?

Getting involved with NODA was important to me because it allowed me to explore the many aspects of OTR programs. It opened my eyes to different best practices and many valuable friendships along the way. It has truly developed me both personally and professionally and I wanted to give back to an organization that has given so much to me.

When and why did you get involved with NODA?
I joined NODA in 2009 during my first year of grad school at the University of Alabama. My assistantship allowed me to work with Parent Orientation at the Capstone and I had the opportunity of presenting in Anaheim, CA with colleagues from my office.

Why should a member consider a leadership position in NODA?
Beyond the wonderful people you get to work with, NODA leadership positions allow you to give back to the Association, help new people transition into the field of OTR and learn about best practices from colleagues all across the country.

What have you gained from your leadership positions in NODA?
I have truly gained so much from being involved in NODA. As I mentioned before, NODA has truly developed me both personally and professionally. My experiences with NODA have given me new energy and challenged me to do more on my own campus. Through NODA, I have made so many lifelong friendships. I know that I can call these people with any issue or idea and they'll help me cultivate it until its a reality.

What is your favorite NODA related memory?
It's definitely hard to pick one, but I think my favorite NODA memory was my first regional conference--SROW. Participating in Sticker Swap and Roll Call was quite interesting and reaffirmed my love for Orientation...so much so, that I still have my shirt with all of my stickers on it.
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