President's Message

A Message from the President…

Hello everyone, 

First and foremost, I apologize for the delay in communication with you all.  I had some technical problems that I was working through.  With that being said, it is time to hit the ground running.  I hope you have all rested, and feel rejuvenated! It has been a busy start to the year, but it is time to start focusing on our upcoming meetings and conference.  This is a bit lengthy, but I promise it is all relevant. 

I want to take this time to WELCOME any new members and introduce you to our board for 2018.


Immediate Past President - Michelle Kirias

President - Amber Hathorn

President-Elect - Rick Sabousky

Vice President - Kara Carwell

Treasurer - Kate Burkhardt

Secretary - Cheryl Lamm

Membership - Lorie Taylor

Newsletter - Kristin Cruz

  1. is the link to input your directory information. If you have completed this already you should have received a separate e-mail and do not need to do this again. Even members at large should complete this. Our strategic committee will be contacting at large for volunteer opportunities (these could be short or more in depth depending on the need)
    *Please send this link to anyone who is interested in getting more involved*
  2. Board meetings: As we plan for the hotel please complete this google form: This is for the in person board meetings for 2018. 

    The following are phone (ZOOM) meetings: 

April 20: Work Groups and April 21: Large board 9 am - Noon

July 13/14: Conference Committee

August 4: Work Groups and August 5: Large board 9 am – Noon

September 7/8: Conference Committee (*this may be an in person meeting – TBD)

November 2: Small Board and November 3: Large Board 9 am - Noon (**this will be an End of the Year wrap-up and 2019 Conference planning meeting)



  1. Our conference is October 3-5, 2018.  Board meetings will be held before and after the conference.


I look forward to working with you all this year!