President, LAHFMA 2015-2016
I hope you have all had a great holiday season and that you are having a blessed start to the New Year. The Region 9 meeting was held in New Orleans in November 2015 and we are happy to report a record number of 529 attendees. Thank you to Teresa Avery and Robert Ramsey for your dedication and service given as the LA Chapter Representatives on the Region 9 Committee for many years. Teresa and Robert will be passing the torch to our new representatives, Scott Richard and Luicus Butts. Thank you Scott and Lu for volunteering! We know you will do great!!
Thanks to all of you who participated in our 2015-2016 Member Satisfaction Survey. We appreciate your time and your candid feedback. Our chapter scored well, with an ‘overall high satisfaction’ of 71%. While this exceeds the National goal of 55%, the Board is committed to improving your member experience and ensuring you receive the maximum benefit from your HFMA membership. Please don’t hesitate to send us suggestions and comments throughout the year.
I would like to encourage each of you to invite a colleague to join HFMA. Make sure you ask them to include your HFMA membership number when they sign up. When you recruit a new member, you will be entered into the ‘member get a member’ contest and you can earn valuable rewards. For more information go to: http://www.hfma.org/uploadedFiles/Membership/HFMA-2015MGAM_FA_SinglePages.pdf
We would like to congratulate the following individuals for successfully completing the HFMA Certification examination during 2015. We recognize the dedication and effort required to study and complete this examination. We are very proud of each you for your great accomplishment.
- Adam Credeur, CHFP
- Marysa Kibodeaux, CHFP
- Kimberly A. FitzGerald, CHFP
- Matthew Malone, CHFP
- Lindi M. Hall, CHFP
- Melissa B. Peroyea, CPA, CHFP
- Henry Brook Harvey, III, CPA, CHFP
We have just completed a full year of Region 9 Webinar initiatives during 2015. We hope you have had the opportunity to take advantage of these free webinars. If you have any topics you would like to see covered in either the Region 9 webinars or LA Chapter webinars, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please mark your calendars for our Winter Institute to be held, January 24-26, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge and our Annual Institute to be held, May 1-3, 2016 in Lafayette. We look forward to seeing you at both meetings. Don’t forget about our annual shrimp/crawfish boil at the Lafayette meeting. I would like to thank Mary Leah Walke for all of her hard work in planning these meetings. She has introduced a new venue and a great football party for the Winter Institute, you don’t want to miss it!
The Chapter will be nominating a new slate of officers for the 2016-2017 year at Winter Institute. I encourage you all to become a part of the volunteer effort that keeps our chapter going strong.
I would like to congratulate Chris McGivaren for being voted as the upcoming Regional Executive Elect – Elect (RE3) 2017- 2018. Chris was voted in by all of the President-Elects from all of the Region 9 Chapters. We are very proud and know that Chris will do an outstanding job for the Region.
In closing, I would like to thank our current Board members and Committee members for volunteering their time and efforts in making our Chapter successful. I look forward to see each of you at our upcoming meetings. I hope you all have a fun and safe Mardi Gras!!
LAHFMA 2015-2016 President