Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chapter Development Appoints Two State Coordinators

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of two very talented State Chapter Coordinators.  Please join me in welcoming Toni Barrient of Laguna Woods, CA and Tonya Williams of Clermont, FL.  Toni and Tanya will begin their terms as Chapter Coordinators  immediately following HLAA Convention 2016. 
State Chapter Coordinators work in partnership with the HLAA Director of Chapter Development, other chapter coordinators in the state, chapter leaders, and state associations.  They make MAJOR contributions to the strength and development of the chapter network in states fortunate enough to have them.  I would ideally like to see Chapter coordinators in every state that has HLAA Chapters.  They provide the one-on-one assistance to chapters based on knowledge of local opportunities and challenges. 
For more information about becoming a State Chapter coordinator, please click here. 
If you are coming to Convention, we will have a Chapter Coordinators Workshop on Wednesday afternoon, June 22, from 3:30 to 5:30 in the State/Chapter Development room.  Click here for a schedule of the State Chapter Development Track
Southern California State Chapter Coordinator, Toni Barrient.  
Toni is no stranger to HLAA.  For 10 years she worked in Chapter Co-ordination, Membership, and Office Management at the National office in Bethesda.  Toni understands our chapters and is uniquely positioned to serve them.  She has deep professional experience in hearing assistive technology (Caption Call, Harris Communications, Med-EL). Toni is highly skilled in the use of social media and other 21st century technology to support chapter development. She has assisted the City of Orange and the Mission Viejo Chapters, as well as a hearing and vision club that serves her retirement community.
Toni will be building upon the strong foundation laid by Nanci Linke-Ellis, who recently announced her intent to step down from the Southern California Chapter Coordinator’s position after Convention.  HLAA thanks Nanci for her many years of dedicated service to the Southern California chapters and wants her to know she made a difference.
Toni plans to hit the ground running with an impressive initial 6-month chapter development plan.  Please join me in extending a warm HLAA welcome to Toni Barrient. We are looking forward to great things on behalf of the Southern California HLAA Chapters.  You can reach out to Toni by email 
Florida State Chapter Coordinator Tanya Williams
Tanya is a hearing specialist and family service coordination supervisor of Florida’s Early Steps Program. She has served on the HLAA Florida State Association’s Board of Trustees as the vice president and co-chair of the Nominating Committee. Tanya is actively developing and executing a transition plan with the HLAA-FL Board President Cynthia Moynihan.  Thank you, Cynthia, for letting us borrow Tanya for a couple of years! 
Tanya is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, where she was recently asked to elevate hearing loss awareness at the national, regional, and local level of the sorority.  Tanya has earned many accolades and awards: Iota Delta Zeta’s Zeta of the Year Award, March of Dimes’ Outstanding Community Service Award, Hometown Hero of the Year, AmeriGroup Corporation’s Innovative Community Service of Florida, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Community Service of the Year, and Epsilon Zeta Blue Indigo Community Service awards. 
Tanya lives her belief that hearing loss is not an impairment, it is but one aspect of a person's uniqueness.  There is no doubt Tanya will distinguish herself in her work with Florida’s chapters. Please join me in extending a warm HLAA welcome to Tanya. You can reach out to Tanya by email.
I have enjoyed getting to know Toni and Tanya during the interview and selection process very much.  Both impressed me early on with their desire to serve, their understanding of the issues chapters face, and their ability to support those needs.  I think you will really enjoy getting to know Toni and Tanya.
As always, thank you for sharing your time and talents with HLAA.  You ARE appreciated!
All the best,
Valerie Stafford-Mallis

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