President’s Message

Hello from the Southwest Region. I’m so delighted to be President of this great region. It’s been almost twenty years since I had the opportunity to be National President and now I’m thrilled to be President of the region that started it all, the Southwest Region.

As we gathered this year in Seattle for AIFD “X,” National Symposium, the Southwest Region inducted 11 new members. It has been many years since we have had that many members inducted. That is a source of pride for the region. We wish them well and continued success.

I would also like to welcome four new Board members. Debbie Kenney AIFD, CFD, Connie Jo Harris AIFD, CFD, Jan Wilder AIFD, CFD, and Tee Dyer Torres AIFD, CFD. They join Katie McCormick AIFD, CFD (President-Elect), Shonda Cunningham AIFD, CFD (Vice President), Jim Blythe AIFD, CFD (Secretary), Cathy Hickman Frost AIFD, CFD (Treasurer), and Derrick Vasquez AIFD, CFD (Past President). Also included in the team, are the Board of Directors, Sam Vanwert AIFD, CFD, Susan Bean AIFD, CFD, Martin Flores AIFD, CFD, Cindy Pham AIFD, CFD, and Julie Reed AIFD, CFD. Our representative to the National Board is Kenny Sanauwaert AIFD, CFD. I look forward to working with everyone in the upcoming year.

Speaking of the coming year, we have some exiting and educational events. Some of the plans we have, include the Los Angeles County Fair, a public awareness event and educational workshops in, Hawaii, Las Vegas, the Central Coast area, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. I would like to thank everyone ahead of time for their dedication, inspiration, and hard work to make the Southwest Region thrive and educate.

Stay tuned for notifications regarding these events, and make sure to save the date so you can join us at as many as you are able to. One of my goals this year, is to generate significantly more funds to contribute toward a Southwest Regional Foundation Fund. We are the oldest region, and currently, the only region that does not have a Foundation Fund. Help us break this cycle and make this upcoming year a great one for the Southwest Region, and AIFD!

Susan Ayala AIFD, CFD, PFCI
Southwest Regional Chapter President 2017-2018

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