First and foremost I would like to thank the Nominations Committee for their diligent and important work in ensuring proper procedure for the election of the Secretary position for the RID Board of Directors.
RID is in need of leadership with vision. Over the past several years our organization has been experiencing transition particularly in regard to the initiatives around strategic planning and an active search for our next CEO. These efforts have not come without their challenges. As an organization we have been reactive rather than operating proactively with vision driving our purpose. This has caused many of us within the Deaf and interpreting communities to experience lack of faith, apathy, angst, and heart-aching grief.
Leadership with clearly-stated vision can move this organization forward. My vision is that of transformation. Transformation that seeks our collective truth, sees the ways we can grow from that truth, and moves us forward.
I believe we are ready. Ready for leadership to enable us through hope. Leadership which sees the breadth and depth of strengths we have as a membership, as an organization, and as a greater community. This strengths-based approach will leverage us to a place of healing and forward momentum.
As your next RID Secretary, I will be invested wholeheartedly in the robust organization I know we can be. This position has great duty and importance, both of which, with your vote, I am ready to embrace.