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Vol. XVIII, No. 4
Fall 2006
Organization and Development Committee

September 2006

Regional representatives are tasked with representing states in their region at Executive Board meetings. Representatives frequently work with ATSA state chapter presidents in order to accurately represent their region. ATSA members can also contact regional representatives regarding issues they would like the national organization to consider. There are seven ATSA regions.  Regional representatives can be contacted at:

Canadian Provincial Coordinator:  Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D.
Phone: (416 675 6622 ext 3255; E-mail: dr.wilsonrj@rogers.com
Representing: Canada

Eastern Regional Coordinator:  Craig A. Latham, Ph.D.
Phone: (508) 650-4800; E-mail: clatham@forensicdoc.com
Representing: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Midwestern Regional Coordinator:  Rebecca Palmer, M.S.
Phone: (708) 386-8145 ext. 23; E-mail: rpalmer802@aol.com
Representing:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin

Mountain Regional Coordinator:  Peggy Heil, L.C.S.W.
Phone: (719) 240-8360; E-mail: peggy.heil@cdps.state.co.us
Representing:  Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming

Pacific Regional Coordinator:  Gerry D. Blasingame, M.A.
Phone: (530) 248-3000; E-mail: gblasingame@ndth.org
Representing: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Southern Regional Coordinator:  Jill S. Levenson, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Phone: (954) 735-6240; E-mail: jsljwm@bellsouth.net
Representing: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

Southwestern Regional Coordinator:  Grace L. Davis, LMSW-ACP
Phone: (512) 936-1598; E-mail: gdavis11@austin.rr.com
Representing: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

In addition to participation on the Executive Board, regional representatives also serve on the Organization and Development Committee, a standing ATSA committee that supports state chapters. Currently, there are 23 established state chapters. These include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition, South Dakota is actively working on forming a state chapter. Contact information for each state chapter president is listed on the ATSA website under: http://www.atsa.com/state.html. Besides holding membership meetings, state chapters are frequently involved in organizing conferences, advocating on legislative issues in their state, producing newsletters or hosting websites. The Chapter Formation Guidelines provide information on forming and operating state chapters. These guidelines can be found in the Members Only section of the ATSA website under Download Documents.

All state chapters are expected to turn in required paperwork for the following year by April 30.  This paperwork includes all minutes of general meetings and board meetings, a current state chapter membership list, and a year end financial report. Because all state presidents and others in state chapter leadership positions are volunteers who generously donate their time to ATSA, it has sometimes been difficult for chapters to keep up with paperwork. However, state chapter presidents who ensure all paperwork is turned in by April 30 are able to receive a conference fee waiver. This year, the state chapter president in ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, FLORIDA, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, LOUISIANA, MASSACHUSETTES, MINNESOTA, NEW JERSEY, OREGON, TEXAS and WISCONSIN will qualify for the waiver.

In keeping with the Organization and Development Committee’s task, the three year goals for the committee are: increasing support for state chapter presidents, facilitating chapter initiation and performance, and increasing regional representative’s ability to support state chapters.  The committee is also assessing frameworks for dual organization designations in states where existing sex offender management organizations want to explore becoming an ATSA state chapter or merging with ATSA state chapter.  It is hoped that the new ATSA membership categories will make this process feasible for interested states. Further, the committee is reviewing and updating the Chapter Formation Guidelines. For additional information on state chapters or the organization and development committee, please feel free to contact your regional representative.
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