I have been a woodturner for more than twenty years and an AAW member since 1999. Moving around during my career, I have been an active member of West Michigan Woodturners, the Nutmeg Woodturners League, the Association of Revolutionary Woodturners, and Eastern Maine Woodturners. Like most of us, I was largely self-taught at the beginning, but the resources of AAW and its chapters helped get me on the right path to effective and safe technique. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of introducing others into our wonderful hobby and profession. Recently, I have retired and have been able to start regular basic woodturning classes in my own shop in Downeast Maine, sponsored by a local arts organization.
I am honored to be considered for membership on the board of the AAW. During my career in medicine and hospital management, most recently as a hospital CEO, I have had experience working with and on nonprofit boards, addressing quality and financial challenges for these organizations, and was successful in leading teams to prepare them for the future. This involved strategic planning, dialog with other healthcare and political organizations, development of training programs to develop leadership in physician groups, and mentoring of young physicians and administrators. My experience in working with these service-based nonprofit organizations will translate well into helping support the mission and growth of the AAW.
The growth and maturation of the AAW has been an ongoing journey, and I would be honored to be more directly a part of it and to give something back to the organization that has meant so much to me in my avocation. I hope that I can help support the Association as it strives to meet the future needs of its members and chapters.
Thank you for your consideration and support.