President's Note - December 2018

Dear Venerated Southeastern Wisconsin ATD Chapter Members:

What a year we have had! It has been a pleasure serving as your president and the amazing team of volunteer members has made 2018 such a success for our rapidly growing chapter. Here are a few of the outstanding things we accomplished together:

  • Record chapter membership – We flew past 300 members and are now about 325!
  • Top-shelf programming all year including a level-one gamification certification and a Fortune 1,000 Learning Leadership Panel
  • Several new sponsorships and organizational members
  • A balanced budget for the first time in many years
  • And much, much more

I’d like to thank our amazing volunteers for making this year so special!

Our Board:

  • Dana Peters – Our esteemed past president, who graciously served an extra year
  • Bob Von Der Linn – Our invaluable VP of Finance who kept us afloat for so many years

You will both be missed immensely!

  • Laura Chartier – Our amazing incoming president who will lead our team to an even better 2019
  • Meica Hatters – Our tireless and brilliant VP of Membership, who makes our members feel so welcomed and top of mind, as well as bringing us even more organizational members this year
  • Laura Bunte – Our selfless VP of technology who keeps making our website better every day
  • Lovina Akowuah – Truly incredible! She makes VP of Communications look easy, and yet she works constantly at making our chapter known to SE Wisconsin
  • Matt Meuleners – Wow! As our VP of Community Relations, Matt has engaged so many organizations to engage with our members, and I can’t wait to see where he takes us as a future chapter president
  • Colin Hahn – A phenomenal addition to our team, Colin joined us mid-year and has taken our already phenomenal programming several levels higher! I can’t thank him enough for how he’s hit the ground running.

And so many of our member volunteers who are too many to name here. I want to specifically call out Rebecca Doepke for her brilliant work with our sponsors, especially with our Platinum sponsor, The CARA Group. Amy Krenzke and Megan Cardenas for their selfless and remarkable work in our Professional Development Networks (PDNs), and Cherie Finnie for constantly being our most active and engaged member. She makes our chapter sing behind the scenes and almost never misses a program.

I am also quite excited to work with our incoming board members, Sue Keith, Genevieve Daniels, and Nikki Palmer-Quade. If you’ve ever wanted to get more involved with the chapter, 2019 will be the perfect year to join this incredible group of people to help us meet our mission and vision.

Of course there are so many others I’d love to thank here. Thank you for a wonderful year! Have a New Year filled with love, wonder, and excitement for what 2019 will bring.

Your blessed and humbled chapter president,

Andrew C. Marris, CPLP
2018 Chapter President


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