The AAST Board of Directors and I, on behalf of the AAST membership, wish to extend an enormous and heartfelt thank you to our Past President, Melinda Trimble, for leading the AAST through numerous changes and challenges these past two years. Melinda exhibited vision and passion throughout her term as President.
Throughout her term Melinda focused on her vision of expanding educational opportunities for sleep technologists. She worked diligently to develop the online learning center, and her innovative ideas have significantly expanded online affordable educational opportunities for AAST members. She also inspired many members to become involved in the organization and mentored committee members and other volunteers, encouraging them to become involved in representing the profession.
Melinda led the development of the most recent AAST strategic plan and fostered a cohesive and cooperative environment to enable the Board of Directors to work to meet the goals of this plan. Under her leadership, a state sleep society leadership conference was held in 2011 and in 2012 AAST committee leaders and Board members participated in a leadership conference that was heralded as a great conference by all participants.
I am proud to have served with Melinda on the AAST Board of Directors, sincerely appreciate her mentoring during my year as President Elect, and look forward to her wise counsel during my term as AAST President.
A hearty thank you from all of us, Melinda!
Rita Brooks, MEd, RST, RPSGT, REEG/EPT