On January 11th, I was honored and thrilled to begin my work as NACAS CEO. My biggest challenge moving into the new role (other than digging out from the snow storm of the decade!) was the transition from a University campus doing the work you do everyday and providing volunteer leadership to NACAS, to the small office environment we have here in Charlottesville. Any fears were put to ease almost immediately as I have been so fortunate to receive an outpouring of support and assistance from our staff and volunteer leaders past and present, colleagues, association executives and NACAS members offering anything from a supportive ear, a get-to-know-you lunch, and of course free advice!
Speaking of support, I am truly thankful for the solid working relationship already in place with president Bill Redwine and the NACAS Board of Directors, Matt Sirinek and the Education Foundation, and the regional board members. These connections and trusting relationships are incredibly valuable in beginning our work to move NACAS forward. This support reminds me of what NACAS is all about: learning, sharing ideas and building relationships.
As I settle in and analyze our organizational priorities and where we need to place our energy and resources, I am confident we will be able to accomplish great things. One of the first priorities is creating a sustainable association for the long term – and we are hitting the ground running. To start, we are making changes internally to create an organization to better serve you. We are creating an environment that makes staff feel empowered and excited about coming to work each day and adding key positions focused on member engagement and business development. Our staff is working hard to support our volunteers to ensure they have the time to provide transformational ideas and leadership to create a stronger association. We are working to solidify a budget that is set up for the long-term success of NACAS and the Educational Foundation. Finally, we are working with the newly-created Business Partner Task Force to strengthen and solidify relationships with these key partners to better serve you. I am hopeful this work brings high quality professional development, services, and key relationships that meet our member needs.
Last and most importantly, I believe open communication and feedback is critical to moving forward. I have had some exciting conversations in my first two months that have helped set our priorities, but many more are needed. I hope our members are comfortable being direct and honest about what you need or how we can help you better. I’m listening and we are ready to be an organization that meets and exceeds your needs. Feel free to contact any of our staff or me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to moving forward and connecting with you soon!