From The President, Roger Riley
Dear NM Autism Community:
I hope everyone had a nice holiday season and is ready for the New Year. For my family, a new year means starting the process of transi-tioning my son into middle school. This is a move that very much concerns me since he’s been at the same school for the last four years. Although I fully expect a smooth transition we will certainly miss the dedicated staff at his current school. They have done so much to get him ready for the next step. I greatly appreciate all of the hardworking, dedicated professionals that work with our kids on a daily basis, as I’m sure we all do.
I am looking forward to the coming year for the New Mexico Autism Society.
Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about this year’s Board election. We will say goodbye to a couple of long-time Board members and will continue to work on recruiting new direc-tors with a focus on recruit-ment from outside of the Albuquerque metro area. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Board please nominate them. We’re excited to continue bringing on new Board members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
I also look forward to the continued growth of our very dedicated Executive Director, Sarah Baca. Sarah brings such a passion to her job that is truly inspiring. I don’t think we could have found a better fit for this important position.
We have a very important legislative session beginning this month. Please see the report from the legislative committee in this newsletter and please support any calls to action that go out over the list serve. We have the abil-ity to really make a differ-ence when our entire commu-nity pulls together to support pro-autism legislation!
We also have the 5th annual Ellen Reavis Race for Autism coming up April 6th. This has become such a wonderful event! Not only is it our big-gest fundraiser but it also gives us a great opportunity to support the autism community. In addition to the walk in Albuquerque this year, we’re also planning similar events in Roswell and Gallup. Thanks so much to our Board members in those areas, Christine White and Emilea Palmer, for making that happen!
I want to thank everyone so much for your continued support of our organization. Our best days are yet to come! We will only get stronger as we pull together to “support all affected by autism.”
Roger D. Riley, President
New Mexico Autism Society