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Journal of ASPR - Spring 2012 - President's Corner
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President's Corner

By Scott Manning, FASPR, ASPR President

Scott ManningSpring is officially here — at least it seems like it here in Arizona. The sun is shining and 75 degrees is our average daily forecast. Spring is widely regarded as the best time of year. Everything has a freshness/newness to it. There is an optimism associated with springtime that is uplifting and positive. It is a time to dive in, make a splash, and surface stronger.

With that in mind, I want to talk about the leadership team of ASPR. As I serve my term as President, I have the privilege of working with an outstanding group of people who work tirelessly to make ASPR what it is today. Each of these people work as volunteers and are rewarded purely by “paying it forward.” They are motivated to make our organization the best it can be. These volunteers are the primary reason ASPR is successful and without their dedication the whole “house of cards” would crumble. Those of you who know me may have heard me use the term “Celebrate Success.” I firmly believe in recognizing people for their efforts and accomplishments and am devoting the rest of this article to that end.

Stepping Up

Recently ASPR has had a larger than normal turnover in our volunteer leadership team as a number of committee co-chairs have had to leave their positions mid-term. These resignations have occurred for various reasons. I thank each of these individuals for their service to ASPR:

Retiring Co-Chairs

  • Marlene Yates, FASPR: Education (Moses-Cone Health System, Greensboro, NC)
  • Mary Lu Leatherman: Education (Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medicine Physicians, Charlotte, NC)
  • Rich Lynch, AASPR: Membership/Marketing (Fort HealthCare, Inc, Fort Atkinson, WI)
  • Eric Martin, FASPR: Membership/Marketing (previously of Holzer Clinic, Gallipolis, OH)

I personally thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to ASPR!

Each resignation/retirement from a leadership role left our team with a void and thus an opportunity for someone to step up! ASPR is fortunate to have individuals who “jumped in with both feet” and assumed the co-chair roles of these busy committees.

New Co-Chairs

  • Joelle Hennesey, FASPR: Education (Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton, FL)
  • Allen Kram, FASPR: Education (HealthQuest, LaGrangeville, NY)
  • Ivie Hall, DASPR: Membership (Northeast Georgia Health System, Gainesville, GA)
  • Maddie Wagner: Membership (The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, PA)
  • Ann Homola, FASPR: Marketing (Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME)

These individuals exemplify the spirit of volunteerism as they recognized a need and “took the plunge.” Each of these people had worked within the committee framework before stepping into a leadership role. I applaud each and every volunteer who helps shape this organization — whether it is in the form of serving as a committee member, co-chair, or a member of the Board of Directors. ASPR needs each and every one of you to ensure that we continue to advance our association and our profession.

If you haven’t previously been involved, I encourage you to consider “dipping your toe in.” No worries: The water is warm, the animals are docile and don’t bite (not hard, anyway). It is a fabulous way to become connected to your colleagues across the country, make lifetime friends, and positively influence the direction of your professional association. Thank you to all of our volunteers — past, present, and future!

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