CESSE Gives Thanks to Past Chair
Thus, I wanted to take the opportunity to do so now, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the wider membership, and extend our sincerest appreciation to Arlene Pietranton, PhD FASAE CAE, CEO of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for her visionary leadership and commitment to the CESSE organization the past three years as a member of the Board of Directors and especially for her work last year as CESSE's Chair.
I joined the board with Arlene in 2017 and had the pleasure of co-chairing the ACCESSE19 conference in Baltimore with her. I can say from first-hand experience that Arlene's abilities to connect people, engage communities, and bring the best out of each individual on a team is second to none.
Additionally, under Arlene's leadership CESSE was able to smoothly transition management of CESSE's operations to an association management company, pivot to a successful business model to make CESSE financially soluble, and expand CESSE's programs to deliver more value to all members in the CESSE community. As a result of these efforts, CESSE has more members today than at any other time in recent history with 809 members!
As I begin my year as CESSE Chair, I'm tremendously grateful for the professional opportunity I've been afforded to serve with Arlene, the confidence she has shown in me, and the path that has been paved for me to follow. While I truly do not know how she manages to do all the things that she does (and do them so well), I do know that CESSE is a stronger organization and better positioned than ever before to continue delivering value and making a meaningful impact on our member's careers.
Thank you, Arlene, for an outstanding year of growth and promise – and let's hope we can celebrate it all in person next summer at ACCESSE21!
Nicole Boston, CAE
CEO, Society of Fire Protection Engineers