Six years ago I was looking for an opportunity to network with other case managers. As a new case manager who was preparing to be a certified nurse case manager then, I was “hungry” for learning and was eager to meet people on the same boat as me and so I joined this organization. A year later after I joined I volunteered in the Welcoming and Membership Committee and recruited new members. I remember how excited I was then and still am to tell everyone on my lists of contacts about how incredible this organization is and how much I enjoy coming to the meeting seeing familiar faces and meeting new people. Those familiar faces became my CMSALI “family” and today, it’s a great honor for me to assume the role of President for our local chapter.
Our chapter has been committed to providing you with quality educational programs, advocating for our profession and also increasing our membership and visibility. I have seen its transformation from having to call to RSVP for an event to now having online registration capabilities. We also now have representation to Capitol Hill advocating for public policies and issues that are important to our profession. I am committed to provide the leadership our chapter require in order for us to achieve our goals. It’s important for all of us to continue to be visible because as a case manager our role in healthcare and our patient’s lives are too pivotal to be ignored.
I would like to recognize our immediate Past President Coleen Cox- Ballah and our Executive Director Margaret Chu for their leadership and tireless mentoring. Their passion for case management ignited mine. They are my inspiration.
Lastly, I also would like to recognize our outgoing board member Patricia Costello for her dedication and contribution to our chapter. In addition, I would like to welcome and congratulate our new board members Dellanor Dilorenzo and Karen Zinna, and Shelly Samuels for her re-election to the board as a Treasurer. Our current board members, newly elected officials and I together will work harder to not only foster your professional growth and development but to continue to impact healthcare policy as well. We urge all of you to help us meet our goals and become a member TODAY. Show your passion, share it and Volunteer! We need Professionals like you!
I am looking forward to a great year ahead with all of you!
Alma Aspiras, RN- BC, MSN
CMSA Long Island Chapter President (2015- 2017)