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The Next Chapter

With our annual summer conference in Phoenix being cancelled, it is going to be strange not to have the chance to see members gather for our traditional networking event this month. It would be an understatement to say that this year of COVID-19 has been an unusual one and this pandemic is predicted to have consequences in how we conduct business for years to come. We are all seeking to establish the new equilibrium of normal and what that looks like for us personally and professionally.

For ICHRIE, we will install our new officers and directors on the board during a Zoom meeting that will be held July 23. We will welcome the 2020-2021 board and Dr. Joy Dickerson will take the helm as our new ICHRIE President. We will welcome new Federation presidents from our six federations (Margaret Heng [EuroCHRIE], Mary Jo Dolasinski [Central CHRIE], Xander Lub [EuroCHRIE], Theresa Lind [NENA], Faizan Ali [SECSA] and Priyanko Guchait [West]). We will also welcome Lisa Slevitch as our new Treasurer and our new directors (Kimberly Severt [Director of Conference], Miranda Kitterlin-Lynch [Director of Member Services] and Jenna Lee [Director of Research]).

Because of all that has happened this year with the pandemic, our new ICHRIE board will face additional challenges to see International CHRIE through the effects that our industry and our schools are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. It will require a daily commitment to being hospitality strong and it will require deep, strategic reflection, but I have every confidence that this new board will rise to the challenges of this next chapter in the story of International CHRIE.

I have also spent this year in deep reflection and have given much time and consideration as to what is the next chapter for me personally. As many of you know, I have decided to retire at the end of my current contract which expires December 31, 2020. After much discussion with my family and friends, it is time for me to explore the next chapter of my life. I have devoted 20 years of my life to ICHRIE and am very proud of the many things that have been accomplished during that time.

As you can imagine, it’s been an interesting ride. Although the road has been “bumpy” at times, I have been blessed with the dedication and support of many, many ICHRIE members who have been committed to doing what is in the longterm, best interest of the organization. I have been blessed with the support, the kindness and the friendship of so many members over these past twenty years. I have been blessed with a staff committed to providing the best possible member service. It deeply touches me how much so many have given to International CHRIE and to me. I am deeply and humbly grateful.

I am looking forward to whatever comes my way in this next chapter of my life. I’m looking forward to having more time to spend with family and friends. I’m looking forward…

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