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Vice President Communications
Committee Chair 
Eastern Regional Rep  Western Regional Rep 
Nargis Hossain Nicole Jennings Nargis Hossain
Giana Aluculesei
Kenneth Lee  Georgia Smith

Susan Marx 


Vice President- Three year term- assumes Presidency and Past President.

1.) Nargis Hossain

AASA Background:

I have previously served on the Board as Communications Chair and have been a member of the Education Committee.  My most recent experience is that I helped facilitate and organize the Eastern Regional Retreat Summer 2019 in Buffalo, NY.

Reason for running for this specific position:

I have been with the AASA for over 10 years.  I have attended every meeting and have participated in committees and served on the Board.  Above and beyond my participation in the administrative functions, I have also participated in the #surgerygives in Boston and even brought #surgerygives to Buffalo, NY; which is now an annual occurrence and has grown to have the local community involved as well.  I serve on leadership roles at my own institution from departmental to university level.  My most recent achievement is that I serve as Parliamentarian in our Health Sciences Chapter of our Union.  If elected, I believe with my experience within the AASA and my own professional experience, I am able to fulfill and expand the roles of the AASA Vice President.

What I want to achieve for AASA in this position:

I would like to continue to increase membership and bring more universities into the AASA.  I would like to see how the AASA can collaborate more with the American College of Surgeons as well look at other Surgical groups that like SAGES. Another goal I would like to help achieve more targeted networking events. I think the AASA has to be broadcasted more to outside groups and organizations.  We have a great group of intelligent people that I believe other organizations/collaborators would benefit from.  We have to elevate our reputation and increase our social media and presence on the web.

Background: 

I have served as the administrator and academic programs officer at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Surgery for nearly 15 years. My primary responsibilities is to develop educational programs, develop strategic plans for the department and fiscally manage State and Foundation departmental resources.  I hold a PhD in Systems Engineering, MS and an MBA.  Having the professional experience coupled with my academic background prepares me for this position in the AASA.

 2.)  Kenneth Lee

AASA Background:

As an active member of AASA for the past 3 years, I have truly benefited from the outstanding learning opportunities and professional camaraderie offered by this exceptional organization.  I have attended both regional and national conferences, each offering unique opportunities for professional growth and collaboration with senior administrators from across the country.

Reason for running for this specific position:

I believe that service in this role will enable me to share my expertise and strategic vision with fellow board members in the execution of the tripartite mission of clinical, academic and research excellence.  After having experienced the Association as an attendee, I now feel compelled to increase my commitment and contribution in a more significant way by serving as member of the leadership team.

What I want to achieve for AASA in this position:

Consistent with the Vision and Mission of the AASA, I hope to expand the footprint of the Association by increasing membership, strengthening collaborations with strategic partners and stakeholders, capitalizing on member expertise, and setting industry standards for quality and performance.

Background: 

I have served in key leadership roles for over 30 years in a variety of healthcare settings.  My extensive and diverse experience will enable me to bring innovative and novel approaches to the planning and execution of strategies.  I believe that my expertise in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors will uniquely benefit the Association.

3.)  Susan Marx

AASA Background:

I have been actively involved in the AASA board and committees since I became a member in 2010. I started as the West Region Representative in 2011, and then served as the Education Chair in 2012. I have remained active in various roles in supporting the National Conference and Communications, and then served as Secretary in 2016. Currently, I am serving as the Lead for this year’s Pre-Conference Workshop and Co-Lead for Member Engagement related to the National Conference.

Reason for running for this specific position:

The AASA is the premier education and support system for academic surgery administrators. The knowledge and collegiality I have experienced in this group is amazing, and keeps me motivated to continue my career in Surgery. For this reason, I would like to share my enthusiasm with others and dedicate more time and energy to this fabulous organization and the people who comprise it. 

What I want to achieve for AASA in this position:

As Vice President, I would like to continue to expand the range of topics and our sponsorship for the key educational offerings – the annual conference, midyear conferences, webinars and website. I would also like to work with the membership chair and region representatives to reach out individually to newer members to engage them in these activities so that they feel that the AASA provides value by soliciting their ideas and giving them a space to contribute for professional development for themselves and their colleagues.

Background: 

My decade of experience in academic surgery experience coupled with continuous participation in the AASA provides an experiential lens to ensure continuity of this great organization. You name the activity in the AASA, and I have likely participated at some level – bylaws reviews, Cutting Edge development, expansion into Twitter, annual conference event planning, midyear conference presentations, and so much more. 


Communications Committee Chair- Two year term.

AASA Background:

I joined AASA in 2018 when I started as the Administrator in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since joining, I have participated in webinars, attended the 2019 Summer Retreat, and am presenting at the Annual Conference next month. I’ve found the network of colleagues to be an incredible resource and appreciate AASA as a connection point for all of us to learn best practices and help solve challenges that we all face.

Reason for running for this specific position:

Communication and connection are at the heart of what we do and I feel that when we operate from a place of clear, transparent, and inspiring communication, people feel engaged in a mission and are willing to invest time and energy in achieving goals. I am interested in engaging with AASA through board service and ensuring that all members feel connected to our mission, are informed, and feel that they have a voice.

I enjoy communications (writing, public speaking, sharing inspiring stories via social media and other methods) and feel that my professional experience aligns well with this role and I would successfully implement the communication needs of AASA’s Board, membership, and other stakeholders, while bringing and implementing new ideas. 

What I want to achieve for AASA in this position:

I want to maintain the integrity of AASA’s communication and brand, ensure all stakeholders feel connected to the mission, and that they receive timely and applicable content that helps members succeed in their role. 

As Communication Chair, it is important to me that I engage members to gather new ideas and understand any unfulfilled communication needs while developing a plan for implementing a broader communication plan that aligns with the Board’s goals and strategic plan. 

Background:

Throughout my professional career in global communication, higher education administration, and now surgical administration, I have always been responsible for stakeholder engagement and communication and now I directly oversee Marketing and Communications and help connect strategy and audiences through communications. 
I am able to relate to diverse audiences, manage difficult or high-stakes conversations, and know how to build awareness and excitement around initiatives and priorities. I am active on Twitter as a way to represent the Department of Surgery’s activities and enjoy building and engaging communities through various online tools. 

In 2012 I was awarded the Rich Media Impact Award for Excellence in Education in recognition of a research dissemination webinar series I created that grew from a local practitioner audience to a global audience in a short period of time; this is an example of using media to enrich learning and outreach. 

I serve as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Badger Honor Flight, the Madison-based hub of the national Honor Flight Network. We fly WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, DC, for the trip of a lifetime to honor their service and sacrifice. In this role, I am communicating with donors, press, volunteers, Veterans, and Board colleagues, while moving the organization forward and ensuring that each flight is a success. I represent the organization in the community and am communicating our mission and building opportunity for people to feel connected to the mission. This relates to AASA as it demonstrates my interest and excitement around communication and ensuring that stakeholders receive timely information and that audiences have an opportunity to feel connected in-person and on-line. 
 
I appreciate consideration for serving on the AASA Board and look forward to the opportunity.

2.) Georgia Smith

AASA Background:

For the past few months, I have served as Chair of the Communications Committee for the AASA. Before that, I served as chair of the website review committee.

Reason for running for this specific position:

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to promote the AASA in my few short months as Chair of the Communication Committee, and I want to continue to build on our current marketing strategies. 

What I want to achieve for AASA in this position:

The members of the AASA have a wealth of knowledge that I have not found in any other professional organization, which I find incredibly motivating. I would like to continue to redesign our website, build on our social media platforms, and increase national awareness of our organization.

Background: 

I am a marketing coordinator and head of the Department of Surgery’s marketing office at UT Southwestern Medical Center, which involves overseeing our internal and external communications strategies. I have worn many hats in my position: social media manager, graphic designer, photographer, videographer, writer, podcaster, webmaster, and more. These are all skills that I would like to use to continue to benefit the AASA.

Eastern Region Representative- Two year term.

AASA Background:

I have previously served on the Board as Communications Chair and have been a member of the Education Committee.  My most recent experience is that I helped facilitate and organize the Eastern Regional Retreat Summer 2019 in Buffalo, NY.

Reason for running for this specific position:

I have been with the AASA for over 10 years.  I have attended every meeting and have participated in committees and served on the Board.  Above and beyond my participation in the administrative functions, I have also participated in the #surgerygives in Boston and even brought #surgerygives to Buffalo, NY; which is now an annual occurrence and has grown to have the local community involved as well. Over the past year I have helped develop two brand new programs in the University at Buffalo Department of Surgery, UB DRONE STEM and UB BLAST.  These two high level programming events involved local high schools and other schools within the University.  Both these events required a lot of logistical, budget and personnel planning. If elected as Eastern Regional Rep, I am able to bring these skills to the AASA Regional Retreat for a successful and engaging retreat.

I want to achieve the following for the AASA in this position:

Bring topics to the retreats that we have never discussed and/or bring hot topics from national conference to regional retreat for a more engaging and intimate perspective and discussion of topics that are important to the success in our administrator roles.

Background:

I have served as the administrator and academic programs officer at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Surgery for nearly 15 years. My primary responsibilities is to develop educational programs, develop strategic plans for the department and fiscally manage State and Foundation departmental resources.  I hold a PhD in Systems Engineering, MS and an MBA.  Having the professional experience coupled with my academic background prepares me for this position in the AASA. 


Western Region Representative- Two year term.
 
 AASA background:
  • Current member of the AASA Finance Committee
  • Organized the 2019 AASA Regional retreat meeting in Salt Lake City’s University of Utah. 

Reason for running for this specific position:

By participating in the planning and hosting of the regional retreat, I recognized a gap in my current professional development and feel that further involvement in the organization would not only support my development but also add a perspective of research and education to the already well-established clinical and financial curriculum.

I want to achieve the following for the AASA in this position:

  • Continue and develop partnerships with ACS and other professional organizations
  • Increase membership through outreach activities for current and future AASA affiliated institutions
  • Support the expansion of education and research into AASA’s continuing education initiativ
  • Support the members of AASA to advance the field professional administration

Background:

After the leadership change that transitioned our department from a primarily clinical-focused mission to a multi-mission focus,  The University of Utah Department of Surgery administrative team had the unique opportunity to receive training and provide specific support to faculty in each of the three missions. This background makes me a strong candidate to fully understand the impact/importance of the integration of these  missions to support AASA as a future, all-encompassing association. During my time on the AASA Finance  Committee, I have learned even more about the workings of AASA and its great members.


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