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OCASA President thanks Executive Director

As President and Board Chair, it is with very mixed feelings that we are saying farewell to Diane Posterski. In her nearly 12 years as OCASA Executive Director, Diane’s innovations and exemplary dedication have built on the work of the (mostly volunteer) founders into a strong, professional organization.

At the same time, the Board recognizes that this is Diane’s decision and an exciting next phase of her career journey that we warmly support and encourage. Diane has also thoughtfully and diligently stewarded this decision by evoking enthusiasm about this new chapter and opportunity for OCASA. As a professional association, we will continue to foster the professionalism of college administration through the organization and strengthening the service to members.

In 2006, Diane became the first full-time staff member as Executive Director. She pioneered the ever-successful Annual Leaders & Innovators Conference; turned the 10th anniversary celebratory magazine Lumiére into the twice-yearly publication College Administrator; introduced online learning opportunities for members, including webinars and certification; identified a need and produced our mentoring program; and oversaw the enhanced governance and incorporation of OCASA – and did this expertly by cultivating meaningful relationships with members and leaders at all of the Colleges.

As you will see in her letter, Diane approached her plans to launch a new stage of her own professional life with the same meticulous care. Diane was heavily involved in planning this transition, and sharing her experience to allow the Board to plan a staffing model to fit present and future needs. We have partnered with an association management company that brings back-office support, and seasoned senior leadership. As part of this partnership, Cindy Gareau will be moving into the Executive Director role, bringing a wealth of association management knowledge and skill, eager to expand her understanding of the college sector; this will position OCASA for the continued success that Diane built.

As President, and on behalf of the Board -- personally and professionally -- I wish her well. As a consultant and OCASA supporter, Diane is just a phone call away.

And, on behalf of the Board, please join me in warmly welcoming Cindy Gareau to OCASA. Diane and I have had the opportunity to work with Cindy and are extremely confident in a seamless transition.

Most Sincerely,

Krista Pearson, PhD, CHRL