|New Membership Coordinator message|
I would like to introduce myself as the new Membership
Coordinator of ATSA.
I am thrilled to join an organization that’s composed of
professionals working, leading, and driving sexual abuse prevention through the
lens of perpetration prevention and treatment. As we begin this next chapter
together, I want to share some about my background, as well as what inspires
and motivates me.
Who am I?
I grew up in Portland, OR, where I was inspired to work for social change through my mother’s involvement in the disability rights movement. Finding
my own passion for sexual abuse prevention through community engagement, I moved
to Northampton, Massachusetts to study what I call, gender, law and policy at
Smith College. I’ve since worked with nonprofit agencies, county departments,
and federal offices in the name of a safer society. Many who know me say I am
defined by my curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm. I sign up for more online
courses than I can complete. I enjoy collecting vintage textiles. I
dream of the perfect pet parrot. I believe if you are not trying or learning
new things, you may stop doing great and useful things. So, curiosity,
engagement, and creative enthusiasm all define me.
Why am I here?
I believe ATSA and its members have an
unparalleled capability to make society safer. I believe that ATSA membership
and its development is a form of activism and supports a community-centric
approach to sexual abuse prevention. I look forward to coordinating with ATSA’s
Members, Chapters, associated Committees, and all who make ATSA what it is
today, as well as tomorrow.
As Membership Coordinator, my goal is that each of you find
meaning in and receive genuine benefit from your membership. I want your
membership to be an experience rather than a mere investment. I commit to
communicating openly and transparently with you and I’d like to encourage the
same in return. I want to hear your thoughts and ideas, including what we could
do differently or better.
Looking ahead, I hope to meet many of you at ATSA’s 38th
annual conference in November—it is always an honor to put a name to a face! I
otherwise invite you to send any questions, comments, or salutations my way at email@example.com or (503) 643-1023.
I am very much looking forward to this next chapter. Thank you!
Tegan L. Waring