Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the SenateNOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be United States Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund for a term of five years, vice Alan Greenspan.Donald T. Bliss, of Maryland, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization.Richard A. Boucher, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, vice Christina B. Rocca.Gale A. Buchanan, of Georgia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics, vice Joseph J. Jen, resigned.Patricia A. Butenis, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People's Republic of Bangladesh.Robert M. Couch, of Alabama, to be President, Government National Mortgage Association, vice Ronald Rosenfeld.Tyler D. Duvall, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation, vice Emil H. Frankel.Preston M. Geren, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of the Army, vice R. L. Brownlee, resigned.James B. Gulliford, of Missouri, to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances of the Environmental Protection Agency, vice Stephen L. Johnson, resigned.Roger Shane Karr, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation, vice Nicole R. Nason.Nicole R. Nason, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vice Jeffrey William Runge.David L. Norquist, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Homeland Security, vice Andrew B. Maner.David C. Sanborn, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, vice William Schubert.Jackie Wolcott Sanders, of Virginia, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations.Jackie Wolcott Sanders, of Virginia, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.John A. Simon, of Maryland, to be Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, vice Ross J. Connelly, resigned.James S. Simpson, of New York, to be Federal Transit Administrator, vice Jennifer L. Dorn.Mark D. Wallace, of Florida, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.Mark D. Wallace, of Florida, to be Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador, vice Patrick Francis Kennedy.WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:Eugene Hickok, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for the remainder of the term expiring January 26, 2008, vice Sidney McPhee, which was sent to the Senate on October 17, 2005.# # #
The new members join OLI Board officers Chairman Robert C. VanderClute, president and COO of the consulting firm FirstRail International; Vice Chair Jo Strang, vice president for regulatory affairs at the American Short Line and Regional Railroads Association; Secretary Treasurer Steven Neubauer, director, field safety support for BNSF Railway Company; and existing members:
My primary experience with ALA service has been through the NMRT. One of my first committee assignments was the Communications Committee, which is charged with soliciting and producing content for the NMRT Blog. The next year, I was appointed Chair of that committee, and enjoyed collaborating with other NMRT Committee Chairs to create new content. I was asked to run for Secretary last year, and agreed since it seemed a natural fit and progression from the Communications Committee. I went from helping solicit the content to being in charge of the social media posts of NMRT. I take this duty seriously, and do my best to show NMRT in a positive, welcoming light. This position also places me on the NMRT Executive Board. Attending these meetings, working with the VP/President/Past-President and others, and learning how NMRT is run has been immensely helpful and informative. All of this taken together has prepared me to help lead NMRT and continue to help new members in ALA feel welcome!
I am currently NMRT Secretary, and I do my very best to make sure that the social media and blog posts go up in a timely fashion. In order to not get overwhelmed, I schedule posts ahead of time in bulk, and put aside one morning a week dedicated entirely to Secretary work. When it comes to last-minute or emergency items, just like with any other part of my job, I find it important to take a step back and see what must be taken care of, what can wait until I have more time to dedicate to it, and what can be delegated to someone to handle. Although I imagine Vice-President duties are more intensive, I would continue my habit of scheduling purposeful blocks of time to handle what comes my way. I have always considered service a priority in my work life, and have dedicated time accordingly. 041b061a72