MiARP President Welcome Letter

The MiARP officers would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest chapter officers and inform each of our members that spring 2010 is bringing many changes including educational conferences and a new chapter website.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Laura Frailey, Past President for all of her hard work over the past two years.

 The current officers would also like to thank Karen Starr for serving the MI chapter as a Board member from 2001-2010 and MiARP President from 2004-2006.  She also served on the IARP Board as the Council of Presidents Representative from 2006-2008.

Another special thank you goes out to Janine Holloman for her 17 years of service as a chapter officer, 6 years as chapter president, past president of IARP and serving on the IARP board for 8 years. We thank her for continuing service as the new chapter Director of Membership. We hope to see many more members as a result of Janine's efforts.

Our new officers are: Linda Michaels, President Elect; Shannon Smith Secretary/Treasurer; Debbie Brooks, Member at Large and Toni McFarland, Member at Large. Ken Browde continues to serve as Member at Large.

A fair amount of time was spent last year attempting to update all of the contact information for our members. We ask that each of you check your personal profile to ensure the information is up to date. This ensures you will be receiving chapter updates.

Our website will be undergoing changes with the goals adding new members, sharing resources we input into our chapter website as well as having educational workshops that meet our member needs. Members are encouraged to participate in chapter conferences and national events.

Our next conference is scheduled for October 15, 2010, 7:30am-3:15pm at the Lexington Lansing Hotel (formerly the Sheraton), Lansing MI. Please save the date and you will be receiving an invitation soon.

We will offer sessions pertaining to the new medical marijuana laws- implications for employers and drug testing policies; a presentation on Co-Morbidity by a Livingston County Community Mental Health professional and an ethics and multiculturalism presentation by Dr. Lee, M.S.U. in the afternoon. 

Our chapter's strength is directly related to your participation. Please feel free to contact anyone of our officers and we look forward to hosting educational programs and meeting our member needs.

Joanne Pfeffer
President- MIARP