Let Me Hear From You: Sharing the Good News—The October Board of Directors Meeting Update

Let Me Hear From You: Sharing the Good News—The October Board of Directors Meeting Update

Every day as you glance at the headlines in your local newsletter, turn on your television, or open your news link on your Internet browser, you find nothing but bad news. No fear of that in this AT E- News column, as the report from the October board of directors meeting is all good! I’d like to share some of the highlights of the face-to-face board meeting held in mid-October and our first meeting with the new executive director of the Academy, Tanya Tolpegin, MBA, CAE.

On Wednesday evening, prior to the board meeting, a reception was held at the Academy office in Reston, Virginia, to honor Tanya. Our new executive director had the pleasure of meeting and talking with executive directors of other audiology and allied associations, industry partners, Academy consultants, and our members from the local area. Tanya was excited to meet everyone and eager to get down to the work at hand. 

A great deal of preparation occurs prior to the start of the board meeting. I want to take this opportunity to personally extend my appreciation to the Academy’s Executive Assistant, Peggy Azouqha, for her help in both preparing for the October meeting and Wednesday’s reception. The board got right down to business on Thursday and approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two of our Academy partners—the Student Academy of Audiology and the American Board of Audiology. The MOUs for our other partners—the American Academy of Audiology Foundation and the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education—were approved during the September board meeting.

The board also approved the slate for president-elect, board members-at-large, and the appointment of Jocelyn Martin as the AudiologyNOW! 2016 program chair. The board reviewed and approved an amended 2015 fiscal year budget, the financial and investment reports, and the committee and task force reports.

Lisa Christensen, board member and co-chair of the Jerger Future Leaders Conference (JFLAC), provided a review of the September 2014 conference and the “Great Debates” conducted by the attendees at the conclusion of the conference. After hearing about these energetic future leaders, we should all be confident the profession will be in good hands for years to come.

A considerable amount of time was spent assessing the Academy’s legislative and regulatory strategy for the coming congressional session in light of the continuing changes expected in the U.S. health-care and delivery system. Stay tuned for additional updates as we work with our committees, staff, and consultants to evaluate and implement a strategy that supports our member’s autonomous practice of audiology. The board also approved an update to our Preferred Future document, which will include a status column so members can easily stay abreast of the progress we are making toward our preferred futures. 

By now I hope you have each had an opportunity to experience the new Academy Web site. While updates and organization of the Web site continues, we hope you find the new site easier to navigate, and are able to find the plethora of information and practice management tools our committee’s create to support the membership. We welcome your input as we continue to improve the site.

I recognize this column can’t do justice to the amount of work completed during this most recent face-to-face meeting. I do hope you can appreciate the dedication of not only your elected representatives, the Academy Board of Directors, but also the hundreds of your colleagues who volunteer their time on committees and task forces to advance the profession of audiology. I’m consistently impressed by our volunteer’s commitment to the association but most importantly to the profession.

In closing, I wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving. 

Until next time…