This time of year is often viewed as a time for reflection, and I find myself in that mode as I near the end of my three-year term on the OMA board. I have benefited greatly from the camaraderie and connections afforded me as a result of my board service. I’ve enjoyed time at board meetings and retreats, where I’ve been able to foster closer connections with colleagues, and think strategically about this important work in beautiful settings. I’ve continued to expand my professional skillset at the OMA annual conferences. I was particularly pleased to serve as co-convener for the 2018 conference held at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Perhaps the most gratifying aspect of my time on the board has been the opportunity to engage with the practitioners of tomorrow—whether it be providing OMA conference scholarships for high school students, introducing newcomers to the organization, or moderating graduate student research panels. Never before has our collective work been so critical, and I’m hopeful that our collective tools and knowledge will become a standard for tomorrow’s leaders. I know that OMA will continue to play an important role in this regard, and I’m pleased to stand in support of the 2020 board as OMA moves forward.
I wish you all a peaceful new year!