IDSA Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE continued his tour of college campuses with a two-day visit in November to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he met with students, sat in on classes taught by John McCabe and observed a portfolio review.
Following a search for someone to help define a consistent graphic style to refresh, refine and refocus all of IDSA's outbound materials and touch points with membership, we've hired Jason Tropp, a designer’s designer, as our new Sr. Designer.
Jason’s design journey has followed a tidy chronology. He took drafting classes for two years at a high school in central Virginia and intended to pursue a career in architecture before discovering industrial design. From there he was accepted into the Industrial Design program at Virginia Tech.
She sings opera. She acts. She runs a business. And, now, Nicole Williams is responsible for the maintenance and integrity of IDSA’s Association Management System (AMS) database.
Nicole has accumulated 12 years of administrative experience working for companies like Prudential, ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo and, most recently, Lee Hecht Harrison. At IDSA, she’ll manage the database that stores all of our membership data and other records relating to programs like IDEA.
Karen Berube is no stranger to IDSA. After seven years as both a student and professional member, she joined the staff in the early 1990s as a program manager. When she launched her own firm, IDSA became a valuable client proving extensive leadership to our flagship publication, Innovation. Early this September, Karen rejoined IDSA’s full-time staff taking on a more prominent leadership role as our Sr. Creative Director.
In early July, IDSA added Allan Gordon, an association professional with deep experience in membership and chapter services, and project management, to the team in Herndon, VA to serve as our director of membership.
Allan grew up in Trinidad before moving to New York City with his family late in his teenage years. He completed a bachelor of science in psychology at the City University of New York before embarking on a career in association management.
Jorge Alvarez has his bachelor’s in software engineering from the University of Phoenix and is getting his master’s in IT management from Virginia Tech. At IDSA he’s helping with database management and whatever other IT problems come up. In his free time, he likes to watch Netflix and practice his computer programming skills. Fun fact: He was in the Army for four years as a mortarman.
Native New Yorker Jerry Layne joins IDSA in the new position of director of administrative operations. His focus in this position will be on human resources, organizational development and strengthening IDSA’s internal policies and procedures. He’s a great fit for this role with his recent HR and administrative management experience at the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), a trade association that assists small and mid-sized specialty chemical manufacturers. Before SOCMA, he worked for AMC Theaters as a general manager and manager.
Congratulations to Sang Lee, IDSA’s program coordinator, who was sworn in on April 2 as a US citizen in a ceremony at an Alexandria VA high school. Sang and his family came from South Korea to live in the United States when he was 10. He decided recently to become a citizen of the US. “I’ve always wanted to be a citizen of the US, because I knew it would create more opportunities for me,” he said.