Archives / 2008 / January
  • New opportunities abound in the new year

    Tags: tafp, membership, communications, tafppac, president's letter, strategic plan

    By Linda Siy, M.D.
    TAFP President, 2007-2008

    Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2007 has come to an end, and 2008 lies ahead. Our TAFP stands ready to serve you in the new year and beyond, with a fresh set of initiatives and goals developed for the future.

    Last September, we convened a strategic planning group in Austin, consisting of a broad cross section of our membership. We studied the results of the recent member survey, heard your comments and know your priorities for your TAFP. We developed a concise set of goals and expectations for our Academy to move forward over the next three to five years. With the help of TAFP staff, we focused on five different areas: operations, membership, communications, education and advocacy. It is my hope and expectation that these strategic plans will help sharpen our focus on our Academy’s mission. With new Chief Executive Officer Tom Banning and new Chief Operating Officer Kathy McCarthy at the helm, our staff is motivated and ready for action. We have already begun many of the initiatives set out during strategic planning. I’ll highlight a few of these.

  • Charting the course: 2007 Year in Review

    Tags: year in review, tafp, communications, advocacy, education, leadership, membership

    The winds of change blow TAFP toward prosperous shores in a year to remember. Take a look back at 2007.

    By Kate McCann

    When TAFP embarked on a new year in January 2007, staff didn’t expect to deviate much from its normal, steady course. But with a stranger-than-usual legislative session and the coming retirement of the Academy’s longtime Executive Director, Jim White, it soon became clear that 2007 would be anything but normal—the year would be about charting change. The Academy rose to the challenge and carried out the normal duties and more, embracing new developments that made 2007 a year of substantial progress.