July 27, 2015
NACS recently concluded our 43rd Annual National Convention in St. Louis, MO. A big THANK YOU to the Convention Committee and the Missouri Delegation for a wonderful convention! We were VERY fortunate to have many speakers from the National Office and the National Finance & Accounting Operations Center (NFAOC), including Doug Jones, Chief Farm Credit Applications; Sharon Sachs, Chief Farm & Community Services Branch; Cindy Haas, Chief Farm Services Branch; Val Dolcini, Administrator; Chris Beyerhelm, Associate Administrator; Greg Diephouse, DAM; and Jim Radintz, Acting DAFLP. Members were also able to have questions addressed by a large Q&A panel which included Tom Mulhern, HR Director; Lawrence Gross, CIO; Radha Sekar, CFO; and Tony Bainbridge, NFAOC Director. NACS also appreciated the NFAOC staff in St. Louis attending and mingling with members. The NACS Newsletter will be coming out soon to summarize all events and comments.
NACS was proud to honor Maureen Mausbach, NE, with the Blood, Sweat, and Tears Award. The newly elected NACS Board is: Lisa Liska, NE - President; John Gehrke, IL - Vice President; Theresa Windham, GA - Secretary; Tom Shelton, MO - Treasurer; Tanya Dostal, WA - Past President; Cliff Russell, UT - Zone A Representative; Ryan Lukassen, NE - Zone B Representative; Jeremey Burner, VA - Zone C Representative; and Cheryl Brooks, AR - Zone D Representative.
Please feel free to contact the NACS Board with any issues or concerns which you may have! There were many adopted resolutions brought forth by the membership for improving our service to FSA customers, which NACS will be discussing further with the National Office. The Committee Reports will be posted to the NACS website for your review in the near future.
In this upcoming year, I hope to encourage you all to ‘tell our story’ to other employees in FSA. There are many potential employees and new hires to inspire to join this great association! As an association, we DO make a difference, and we provide an avenue for members to become involved in leadership positions!
I look forward to this upcoming year and working with you!
Lisa A. Liska
LeAnn is a Farm Loan Chief from New Mexico. She was elected NACS President at the June 2019 Convention.