Broad View: August 2014

Michael_RBy: Michael O. Ranney, MPA, OPA Executive Director

We had a fabulous Leadership Forum on July 19. Nancy Gordon Moore, who is the APA Executive Director for Governance Affairs, was our keynote speaker. I first met Nancy when she was Executive Director of the Kentucky Psychological Association. She did a great job of covering leadership and change. She looked at change from several different levels…psychological practice, technology, association management, governance and her own personal development over several years. She’s an effective leader who has taken a number of risks over her career and the story of her leadership experience was inspiring.

We also heard from Ashley Leubrecht, past OPAGS Chair, Mary Miller Lewis, Chair of OPA’s Committee on Social Responsibility, Rich Ashbrook, past Chair of OPA’s Education Committee, and Sandy Shullman, past OPA President about their perspectives on leadership. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss leadership with these successful leaders.

We had about 25 OPA members join us for the Leadership Forum. I was happy to see so many new faces and to see their genuine interest in becoming OPA leaders. Let me know if you would like to join us for the 2015 Leadership Forum on July 18, 2015.

I find it hard to believe that the APA Convention is here. We have a good contingent of Ohio people attending as we usually do. Ohio really does shine bright at this annual APA event.

For me and my colleagues, who are directors of the large state associations, the convention started on August 3. We have much in common such as larger membership, larger budgets and a larger number of staff. For me spending time with my “Big State” colleagues is the most valuable part of convention. We discuss practice and training issues, legislative priorities, association management concerns, membership recruitment/ retention and budget challenges. With several of us nearing retirement, we will also spend some time discussing transition planning.

The Council of Executives of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (CESPPA) will meet all through today and Wednesday. I chaired the committee that developed our program schedule this year and think we did a good job of covering important topics. We’ll be hearing about integrated care, fundraising (PAC and foundation), marketing, law suits, PQRS, telehealth, legislative challenges that are popping up in states around the country, and hear about the Illinois experience of passing prescriptive authority.

The actual convention begins on Thursday. I will be looking for OPA members arriving Wednesday evening and during the day on Thursday. Some actually aren’t coming in until Friday. I’ve organized a dinner for OPA members on Thursday and about a dozen have signed up to join us. This is always fun.

My schedule for convention includes several advocacy and public policy programs. Dr. Bobbie Celeste and I will be attending a closed meeting for insurance/managed care leaders to discuss various initiatives to challenge insurance company practices. Several Ohio leaders will be meeting with APA Government Relations staff to discuss ways in which Ohio can support important federal advocacy priorities. There are many sessions on health care reform and I have put several on my schedule. I usually try to attend the Division 31 business meeting because they do so much that benefits state associations.

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