NECHA 2016:
New Horizons, New Beginnings, NEWPORT!

November 2-4


Newport Marriott
Newport, Rhode Island

NECHA 2016: New Beginnings, New Horizons, NEWPORT!

The Call for Proposals for the 2016 Annual Meeting is now open! Respond to the Call and help us build NECHA 2016! Region V Affiliates, NECHA and NYSCHA will each hold their own Annual Meeting this year. Congratulations to Linda Dudman and Rebecca Harrington for their stellar work with the 2015 Combined Annual Meeting! Over 230 participants from throughout New England and New York joined together last fall in Albany.

Pres RTIt was so see so many of you at the recent NYSCHA | NECHA 2015 Combined Annual Meeting in Albany. I hope that you found the Meeting to be as informative and inspiring as I did. It is always such a treat to gather with like-minded colleagues to learn, reconnect, and commiserate about the latest hot topics in college health. As many of you are aware, last spring after spending 10 years at Harvard University Health Services, I joined the Babson College community as associate dean of students for wellness. In this new role for the institution, I provide leadership and oversight for a comprehensive portfolio including health services, counseling services, and health promotion, and have had the opportunity to develop new services for substance abuse prevention and sexual assault prevention and response. This has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for me to truly combine two of my professional passions: student affairs and college health. This move continues to be a big transition for me personally and professionally, and I am so grateful to my college health colleagues and friends who have provided me with tremendous support and mentorship throughout the process.

Much of my upcoming presidency will also focus on transitions within our organization. As many of you know, after more than two decades serving as the Administrative Director for NECHA, Julie Basol is leaving us. We are deeply indebted to Julie for all of the leadership and support she has provided the board and NECHA at large throughout her tenure. Julie has graciously provided ample notice and lead-time for us to prepare for the transition. The board has identified and hired a new Administrative Director, Sarah Cavicchi, who will start her new role on the board in December. Julie will continue to work with us over the next year, providing both consultation and institutional memory to Sarah and the board as we commence planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting, aptly titled, “New Horizons, New Beginnings, NEWPORT!” I look forward to introducing all of you to Sarah over the next year. If you have questions or suggestions about the 2016 Annual Meeting, you can direct them to Jessica Greher Traue, President-Elect, at The board and I look forward to continuing to serve you over the next year and wish you much health and happiness in the year ahead.

Ryan M. Travia, M.Ed.
NECHA President, 2015-16
Associate Dean of Students for Wellness
Babson College



Save the dates and plan to join colleagues in San Francisco for ACHA 2016. May 31-June 4 are the dates; click here for more information.

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