Happy 2023! I am starting off this new year with renewed energy thanks to our recent NECHA Annual Meeting in Newport, RI, our first in-person conference in since 2019! I know I was not alone in relishing the joy of being in community, inspiring one another personally and professionally, and sharing the kind of support that only colleagues who “get it” can provide.
This year, our neighbors at NYSCHA are hosting our annual meeting in Albany, NY, October 18-21, 2023. (See the Call for Proposals below.) The NECHA Board of Directors will be using this reprieve to our advantage as we tackle some new challenges for our organization. In bittersweet news, Sarah Rush, our Administrative Director for the past 8 years, is moving on from her position. Sarah has contributed so much to NECHA behind the scenes and in front of the scenes and everywhere in between. The Board is working with Sarah on a transition plan as we figure out our next steps.
As you know, the world has changed a bit in the past few years. Fewer people are able to attend conferences in person. Hospitality fees are skyrocketing, forcing organizations to raise registration rates. This year is an opportunity to reevaluate our way of doing business, and make the changes necessary to sustain NECHA for years to come. We are excited to explore new ways to engage membership and better serve our community. Despite the tumult of change, we have a lot to look forward to.
Leah Berkenwald, MA
President, NECHA Board of Directors