Letter from the Executive Director

[Ed note: Maureen Wolfe, APPPAH's extraordinary E.D., typically works tirelessly behind the scenes in countless capacities to keep the organization humming. With so much happening right now we are pleased to hear from her directly in this issue.] Dear APPPAH Community, We have a whirlwind of change taking place within APPPAH and I want to share some of the exciting developments, as well as one sad loss. It is with much sadness for me personally, and for the APPPAH Board, that I report David Chamberlain has retired from the Board of Directors. In my role as Executive Director, David has been a personal mentor over the past fifteen years. His presence has given APPPAH the stability and credibility needed to venture into the academic world. David will still be an important advisor for APPPAH and he has given us a solid foundation upon which APPPAH can build. Building on the foundation will include improving the look and feel of our website. Some of you may remember that we did our first upgrade about one year ago with the help from a team of creative and enthusiastic web designers at the Santa Rosa Junior College. This year, we have a new team from the college who will bring the website up to a whole new level. APPPAH's new site will have a new look and increased user-friendly features, including: ability for members to list their upcoming events and resources; RSS feeds to notify you when new postings are added; ability to purchase and download, individual articles or journals online (including an updated shopping cart); a media section where members may listen to keynote sessions from past conferences (and non-members will be able to purchase the sessions); a powerful search engine that will efficiently perform keyword searches; and new colors and navigational features. Expected launch date is June 1st (although, as with any due date, the site may come a week or two earlier or later!). APPPAH's staff of volunteers, advisors, and board members includes some new faces. The Journal staff includes a new editor-in-chief, Jeane Rhodes, PhD. Jeane is a long-time member of APPPAH and, having served as associate editor for many years, brings experience and a fresh perspective to the Journal. Another new staff person on the Journal team is Patricia Lucas, who will be serving as our Book Review Editor. We also welcome two new board members: Sandy Morningstar and Pat Martin. Both long time members of APPPAH, Sandy is a therapist living in Vermont and Pat has organized APPPAH's onsite registration at many international congresses. Their insights and experience will be a welcomed addition to the board. If you are interested in volunteering time for APPPAH, we would welcome you! Especially if you have graphic design, desktop publishing, or other organizational skills, please contact me at apppah@aol.com or 707.887.2838. Hoping to seeing you at our 2011 Congresss, Maureen Wolfe, CNM, MPA APPPAH Executive Director STOP PRESS: The website has been launched; please read update on back cover of this Newsletter!