| Applications are currently being accepted for the AAST Board of Directors and the deadline is quickly approaching! Interested applicants must submit their completed candidate packets by this Friday, February 14th! Additionally, the Call for Volunteers is now open. If you would like to become more involved with the AAST, submit an application to serve as a volunteer on one of the AAST's standing committees. Volunteering on a committee is a great way to network, gain experience and expertise, and contribute to the organization.
This week's Director Spotlight features AAST President, Rita Brooks. Read Rita's story below!
I became involved in volunteering as a result of the licensing issues that sleep technologists were facing in New Jersey way back in 2003. Theresa Shumard, then editor of the A2Zzz convinced me I needed to take on a leadership role in the New Jersey Association of Sleep Technologists (NJAST) in order to help technologists in the state organize and effectively campaign for independent licensing for sleep technologists. It was an arduous first step into volunteering - but certainly worth the effort.
My only previous experience as a volunteer had been as a member of the BRPT Exam Development Committee and writing a couple of articles for A2Zzz. In 2007 I was invited to apply for a position on the AAST Board of Directors as a Director at Large. Serving on the AAST BOD has been a wonderful experience - and has encouraged me to volunteer in other venues to support our profession, including as a site visitor for the CoA PSG and as a committee member representing sleep technologists on several AASM committees. In all of my volunteer experiences the most important thing I have learned is that the volunteers in every organization where I have served are dedicated sleep professionals who want to see our profession grow and prosper.
The AAST committee members are actively involved in shaping and expanding our profession, and their work is invaluable. There are numerous opportunities for volunteers and I encourage all sleep technologists to take that first step and become involved - the personal rewards are tremendous and your profession needs you.