As we close out 2017, I want to express to you how much of an honor and pleasure it has been to serve as President of the Virginia Rehabilitation Association over the past year. A heartfelt thank you goes to all of the board members and community partners that have been so supportive. I would like to recognize the board members whose terms ended in 2017: Shawn Zimmerman, Chuck McElroy, and Lisa Biler. Special thank you also goes to our Treasurer – Eleanor Williams and Secretary – Ericka Neville. Another huge expression of appreciation goes to Dawn Scott for her dedication to Newsnotes, Communications and Membership in 2017.
Congratulations to our new President, Adair Jensen-Smith!
This association has so much to offer to its members. If you are not a member, I encourage you to join and become active in this organization that fosters so much awareness and collaboration in the field of rehabilitation.
In wrapping up 2017, let me reflect on the many positive accomplishments of the board. The VRA Gives Back Special Projects was implemented through the oversight of Lisa Biler! The annual Golf Tournament was another success this year and special thanks goes to Kim Shepard for taking on this enormous task. Sue Collins ensures that the VRA website is current with the times! Collaborations Conference was held in October of 2017 with great speakers and comradery! The networking and shared vision for the future of rehabilitation was a great experience for all. VRA gave out special awards to those deserving across the state. Thank you to Tiffany Jenkins and Sue Collins for spearheading the collection and nomination of the award presentations for 2017. It is you, the professionals in the field of rehabilitation that make a difference each day in someone’s life. Thank you for all that you do!
I have truly enjoyed serving as your President for 2017 and am so honored to have served in this capacity. Let’s keep up the great work in 2018 and continue to make a difference together!
--Submitted by Marjorie Millner