President’s Message

Happy Fall everyone! Hoping everyone is well and business is picking up for the start of the fall and holiday season.  I wanted to say a quick thank you to my board members, like everyone, we have had some tough meetings and tougher decisions to make this year, and my wonderful board made hard decisions with expertise, thoughtfulness and grace. A huge thank you to Carloyn Minutello, our outgoing President and Pete Samek our Regional Rep for all of your help and advice!!

Incoming board for 20-21~  Pat Scace, President Elect, Debbie Strand Vice President, Susan Bal-Vanderhulst Secretary, Polly Klein Treasurer, and Carloyn Minutello Past President.  Board of directors for 2021, Laurel Hollopeter, Carolyn Kurek, Sheryl Doerr. 2022- Renee Blitek, Jeanna Furst, Trisha Haislar, and 2023- Brian Coovert, Derek Woodruff and Lisa Belisle.  Thank you all for your willingness to serve!!

Speaking of serving…NC AIFD consists of 9 states and 2 Canadian provinces.  The board has recently created a FUNdraising committee and we are looking for volunteers, ideally one or several from EACH state, that would like to serve on this committee.  Please shoot me an email or give me a call if you are interested.  Carolyn M. is also currently looking for NC members who are interested in running for a position on the board, please contact her soon if you are interested in being on the ballot, or if you would like to nominate someone.

Please  reach out to me at any time if you have concerns, questions, information to share or an amazing idea that you think would benefit our region! The board and I look forward to serving you!! Best wishes and stay well everyone!!!

Patience Pickner, AIFD, PFCI, SDCF
North Central AIFD President 2020 – 2021



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