Message from DVIDB President Tiffany Wild
I am excited to be stepping in as President of DVIDB this year. I want to thank Diane Pevsner for leading our division for the past 2 years and mentoring me along the way. The transition has been less stressful with her help and mentorship. I want to thank Derrick Smith for his time serving as Past President these past two years. His wealth of information from many years on our board has been invaluable. I continue to reach out to him for information and will miss seeing him at our board functions. I also want to thank Olaya Landa-Vialard for her service as a director. She worked hard for the division by beginning to get webinars started that many of our members took part in during her time on the board.
I also want to welcome our newly elected board members:
- President Elect – Amy Parker
- Secretary – Nicole Johnson
- Directors (16-17)
- Mackenzie Savaiano
- Julie Bardin
- Chris Clark-Bischke
- Danene Fast
- Ann Pilewskie- elected by the board to finish the term left by the election of Amy Parker in her new role as President-Elect
I have many goals that I want to accomplish during my 2-year presidency. Those goals include working on changes to the division constitution, making sure our professional standards for teachers of students with visual impairments are up to date, and making our division more visible.
Preparations are well underway for convention. I am excited by the number of presentations and poster sessions that our division has the opportunity of providing our members this year. Thank you to all reviewers for helping to set a wonderful program this year. St. Louis will be a great time to catch up with our colleagues and friends.
We will be hosting our annual social and board meeting off the convention site this year. Board members Nicole Johnson and Amy Parker have been busy making preparations for this event at the Morgan Street Brewery and securing many sponsors for this event. I would like to publicly thank our sponsors for their support! This will be the first time we have moved off site. This move is saving our division money on hotel and convention services. Please join us on Thursday, April 14th at 6:45 for this event.
A new event this year at convention will be the “Teachers and Interveners Sharing Meeting”. This will be an opportunity for teachers and interveners to share what is working for them in the field and to discuss ways to improve services for the students we serve. This event will be chaired by Nicole Johnson. I hope that if you attend the convention you will take part in this meeting. It is very rare that we can all find time to sit down to discuss our successes and frustrations as service providers.
This time of year is busy for our division but exciting for us all as we prepare for our annual convention. I look forward to learning from our members, catching up with old friends, and meeting new friends. I hope to see you all in St Louis!
Tiffany Wild, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University