Letter from the Executive Director - October 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
NODA Association October Update
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 2019 NODA Annual Conference in Houston last week. From the Board meeting, committee meetings and the conference itself, the week was a great success. Seeing all of you connect last week and with the Facebook posts and pictures it fills me up and I thank you for all that you bring to NODA.
The Conference Program Committee, along with the Association staff worked for two years to bring this educational program together. Thank you to Stephanie Keiner, Andrea Mitchen, Nicole Ponticorvo, Sarah Merrill, Larry Cloud, Lily Oyarzun, Elizabeth Burns, Maria Arbizo, Logan Adams and Liz Walsh. Thank you to our great graduate student interns Erin Wilkins, Ena Walker and Brandon Cheatham. Of course, the Association staff guiding this team along the way, thank you Geida Cleveland, Chad Henderson, and Shannon Gilligan Wehr and to our undergraduate students Diyab, Devon, Maggie, Anastasia, Nick, Hailee and Maggie. It takes a village and we have a great one! Thank you all!
I had the privilege to announce the Publication & Media Showcase winners and all of the Scholarships & Awards at the opening during the Annual Conference. Take a look at the winners and Congratulations to everyone!
The Board of Directors held the Fall 2019 meeting just prior to the start of the annual conference. The Board passed a motion to add an Equity & Inclusion Executive Committee position to the Board of Directors. This new position will be a three-year term and will be elected by the NODA membership. An announcement will be made soon for applications. Many other discussions took place along with plans for the spring meeting as we discuss, review and revise the NODA Strategic Plan. See the Board Highlights to learn more about Board discussions.
Through our continued effort to raise funds for the NODA Excellence Fund through selling pins, Regional Spirit Baskets, making donations and recognizing the Circle of Excellence nominees. These funds assist professional and graduate student members who do not have financial support to attend a regional or annual conference. The fundraising efforts continue through-out the year, in fact, we announced the 2020 Circle of Excellence Class at the closing during the Annual Conference. Congratulations to Andrene Kaiwi, Charlie Andrews and Bonita Jacobs as the nominees for 2020.
Until next time….
Joyce Holl, NODA Executive Director