The WSPA Board of Trustees met in the beautiful town of Leavenworth, WA to elect new officers and make plans for 2019. Leavenworth is where the new board president resides and it didn’t hurt that it is also a beautiful location to meet and provide inspiration for the meeting.
The new 2019 WSPA Board officers are Dominika Breedlove, Psy.D. (President), Julia Mackaronis, Ph.D. (President Elect/Treasurer), Debbie Shaprio, Psy.D. (Secretary). Sonia Venkatraman, Ph.D. remains on the board as Past President having served in that position in 2017 and 2018. The two remaining Trustees are Shelley Mackaman, Ph.D. — UP-PAC President, and Casey Ward, Psy.D — Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair. As a statewide association we pleased to have Trustees representing Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5. Also attending were our new Director of Professional Affairs, Samantha Slaughter, Psy.D. and Executive Director, Marvo Reguindin.
After a short board meeting to vote in the new officers, the Trustees held a day long strategic planning meeting lead by President Breedlove. The strategic planning identified WSPA’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, commonly known as a SWOT analysis.
The SWOT analysis led to developing strategies and planning for these focus areas: Board of Trustees and Committees Structure, Development of the new Director of Professional Affairs role and Legislative and Advocacy Committee, Membership Retention, Growth, and Communications, Continuing Education Programming.
Our Lobbyist, also attended the meeting via video conferencing to refresh the board on the legislative process and setting legislative priorities for the year.
With a new Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) and the formation of a Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) the Trustees also examined the new internal communications between DPA/LAC Lobbyist and the Board and how to begin engaging the membership in participating and supporting the legislative efforts that is part of WSPA’s mission.
Over the next few months, the Trustees will set short and long term goals and hold a second strategic planning meeting in June.
The board is very committed to introducing new and exciting initiatives and benefits. Members will begin to learn more about the Legislative Advocacy Committee, see new and exciting video communications from our DPA, and a membership campaign that has been in development over the past year.