It has been an exciting few months for NADSA as we transition to a new year and a new Acting Executive Director, deliver content-rich webinars, prepare for our May policy conference and rev up for our Annual Conference in September. Thanks to Sara Whitley and CHMS, our interim NADSA management firm, for their service and support through May 31, 2016. I am especially grateful to the Board and volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to moving NADSA forward since our former managing director’s departure last year. NADSA is fortunate to have to most passionate and dedicated volunteers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Thank you for all you do every day to advance Adult Day Services.
I am pleased to introduce to NADSA’s new Acting Executive Director, Donna Sizemore Hale who joined NADSA in in early April. Donna is very passionate about Adult Day Services and brings with her decades of experience leading associations and a variety of nonprofit organizations. For nearly 14 years, Donna served as Executive Director of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), where she grew the organization significantly in revenue, membership, and influence. Hale is also the co-founder of the Music Education Policy Roundtable, a collaborative membership of more than 30 music organizations that work together to advance music education at the federal level. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from James Madison University where she was honored with the “Be the Change” award, a program designed to recognize graduates who make significant contributions in their career. She is also a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, an executive training program that enhances leadership skills.
Donna has hit the ground running: spending time in the field visiting ADS programs, attending state association meetings in the area, supporting upcoming events & communications, and recommending website enhancements. We are excited for you all to meet her at our public policy event in May and/or our annual conference in September. She looks forward to getting to know you all, our wonderful NADSA members, in the coming year.
If you have not done so, please register now for the Public Policy and Capitol Hill Day, May 16-17, 2016. We are at a critical juncture regarding promoting our policies to move Adult Day Services forward. We need YOUR voice! As the number of Adult Day Services centers continues to grow, it is imperative that we work with Congress to expand funding sources for our services. We also need to continue promoting our work on both a national and state level. We can no longer afford for Adult Day Services to be a “hidden treasure” or a “best kept secret.” Our research shows the profound impact of our work on both participants and families. We need you to help NADSA tell the story.
Registration is also open for the 2016 NADSA Annual Conference in Indianapolis September 21-23, 2016, and early registration discount rates end June 30! This year’s conference theme is “Innovation in Adult Day Services.” I would like to encourage all NADSA members to come to Indianapolis and bring a colleague. Let’s make this the largest gathering of Adult Day Services professionals ever! The conference committee has designed a robust agenda that truly has something for everyone. Please plan to join us—and spread the word to your ADS colleagues! Registration is open now at www.nadsa.org.
Our time has arrived! With the current focus on high quality, value based home and community based services in America, along with the rapidly changing health care landscape and shifting demographics, Adult Day Services is coming of age—and NADSA is helping lead the way through policy, research, marketing and education. We thank every NADSA member for your ongoing support, passion and dedication to the important work of Adult Day Services!
NADSA Board Chair