Sue Barenholtz is realizing her dream of being a Michigan-Arizona snowbird. While she will stay engaged with Valley of the Sun chapter, she will be leaving her role as Membership Director on the Board. We thank her for her service and enthusiasm, congratulate her in this next life step, and look forward to working with her in new capacities! Here's a note from Sue:
Transitions and Changes
I love ATD! When I started my first training company in Detroit 35 years ago, I did not know about ATD (known as ASTD in those days). A couple years later I found ASTD and got involved right away because I thought it was the best way to meet people and feel comfortable attending meetings. For the next 14 years I was on every committee and held almost every board position. I was chapter president in 1996, which is when I knew I would be moving to Phoenix in a couple years. I joined the VOS chapter and planned my vacations to Phoenix around ATD meetings. I got to know people in the local chapter and got involved the minute I arrived in 1998. I continued until I “retired” my company in 2002.
I went out of the training field until 2015 when I went to work for the Supreme Court. Of course I joined ATD and was all set to get involved again, however my job was all encompassing so I could only attend meetings occasionally. When I left my job 9 months ago I wanted to get involved again. I remembered when the Valley of the Sun chapter was an active, large chapter with monthly meetings. I wanted to see that happen again and I thought being in the membership role on the board would allow me to help.
I’m really proud of the effort the membership committee put in to pull off the March Network Learn and Grow with ATD event. We had almost 100 people in attendance and everyone had a great time networking, learning from our past presidents and getting to know about our chapter. I want to give a very special thank you to the committee; Justin Fulton, Alisa Fleming, Jane White, Nicki Lomibao, Terry Dellosa, Kathy Koultourides, Maria Gay, Kimberle Schumann and Marybeth Luczu. We could not have created such a special event in such a short time without you.
I have loved serving the chapter, but I’ve decided to become a snow bird (coming back for clients during the year and full time in the winer), so I am stepping down from my board position this month, although I’ll still be active in the chapter as much as possible.
I’m really excited to pass the baton to your new Interim Director of Membership, Linda Dausend, CPLP. Linda is Senior Consultant and Account Manager at Flashpoint Leadership Consulting. Linda has been active in ATD and has held the membership role for SHRM for the past 10 years, both at the local Indiana level and on the state level there and here in Arizona, which she currently does. I know she will do an excellent job to help build the membership at ATD VOS.
My parting thought is to get involved in the chapter. You will make friendships that can last a lifetime, build your professional skills and network with some of the best people in the field. I hope you can join us at the July 9th networking event and meet Linda. I look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.