Message from the President
Dear Chapter Members and Guests,
Welcome to the Albany / Capital Region Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). I am honored to be your Chapter President for 2016-2017. I am also grateful to have a group of outstanding returning board members including: Carol Diotte, Holly Gray, Courtney Bernard and Vanessa Preville; and our new board members Don Grandchamp, Greg Driscoll and Dan Ragone. I’d like to extend a special thank you to our outgoing board members Kelley Brooks-Phillips, Heidi Lynn Wagner and Darlene Shattuck. Each of you will be missed, but I know that you will remain involved with the chapter and are always willing to lend a hand when needed.
On behalf of the Executive Board, I’d also like to express our sincere appreciation to all of our members. Our Chapter’s success is dependent on the knowledge, experience and support of each of you, our members. We enjoyed a record number of members last year and I’d like to maintain that momentum in the new program year. This is a big year for our chapter, as we are set to host the 89th IPMA-HR Eastern Training Forum for from June 4-7, 2017 in downtown Saratoga Springs. This conference will include presentations and training on a variety of current topics and challenges facing HR professionals in public service.
I encourage you to volunteer on our various committees, for both our regular chapter needs and for the upcoming Saratoga conference. I know from personal experience that the relationships, experience, and networking opportunities gained from volunteering are invaluable and are sure to increase your effectiveness as a human resources professional.
If you have not already done so, please take this opportunity to join the IPMA-HR Albany-Capital Region Chapter. Our membership fee is only $55.00 per program year, and $25.00 of this fee is sent to the National IPMA-HR for enrollment as an affiliate member. I firmly believe that you will not find a better value in return for a small investment in your career.
Whether this is your first visit, or you are a frequent user, I hope you will take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Albany / Capital Region Chapter. I look forward to another great year, and I hope to see you at our next meeting.
Javen Bohall, Chapter President