It is hard to believe that we are already into the summer of 2016!
It is an honor to be the incoming president of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society (PSS), a position that I took over in July 2016. Over the past few years, I have witnessed first-hand the growth and transformation of our society into one of the finest state sleep societies across the country. The pro-active nature and the team spirit of the board members helps transform an idea into action and makes it a pleasure to be a part of this fabulous team. I also want to take this opportunity to thank our immediate past president, Matthew Anastasi. He has tirelessly labored to take PSS to the next level and make the PSS 2016 Annual Meeting a success.
We also congratulate Mary Ellen Aderhold (“Mel”), our incoming President-Elect. I have worked with Mel over the past year, and I am enthusiastic to see her in this new role. She has boundless enthusiasm and is an absolute pleasure to work with. She will be a great leader for our sleep society. We also welcome back Marcy Guido-Posey as the new secretary-treasurer. Marcy is an ex-president of the PSS and a fabulous resource for our society. Other incoming members of our board of directors include Rochelle Goldberg, Stephanie Kohler and Stacie Woodring.
Susan McAtee-Lloyd (“Susie”) is our outgoing secretary-treasurer and one of the “bedrocks” of our board of directors. She has been instrumental with the planning, organization and implementation of many PSS activities, including the annual meetings and the migration of our website, just to name a few. We wish Susie all the best in her future endeavors, and we hope that she will continue to remain active as a member of PSS.
As we commence with the agenda for this upcoming year, I anticipate three areas of priority where we will need to focus our attention. We intend to initiate planning for our 2017 PSS Annual Meeting starting next month. As done in previous years, we will use data from our 2016 meeting attendees to guide us. In this era of the internet, another priority of PSS will be to update our new website. The final area of priority is expansion of our membership base. One avenue for improvement involves the recruitment of members-in-training across disciplines. Additionally, we hope to address other important issues such as advocacy on sleep health.
Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, questions or concerns. We look forward to another productive year.
President of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society