September 1, 2020
As summer in the northern hemisphere is winding down, I hope you have found time for personal relaxation and reflection and are remaining safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SRI staff, task forces and leadership have been busy. In the coming months, SRI will launch the first in an educational webinar series featuring topics ranging from abstract and scientific presentations, to sessions on career development. We are excited for this new initiative and the opportunity it will offer to members. Members will have access to the live webinars, as well as the recordings without charge. Non-members will pay a nominal fee of $25. I hope you will find time to take advantage of this new offering. The webinars are yet another example of how the SRI is a 365-day-a-year Society!
Please let me take this opportunity to announce some changes in the SRI staff. After almost six years as the Executive Director of SRI, Anne Krolikowski has been promoted within the EDI management company and will be transitioning to another team. Anne has done an incredible job during these past six years! Her efficiency, wit and wisdom serve as examples of excellence in management and leadership. On behalf of the SRI leadership and Council I would like to express my gratitude to Anne for her dedication to our society over the years. Thanks in large part to Anne and our SRI management team and our members, the society is poised to weather the pandemic with aplomb.
While we are saddened to lose Anne, I am pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Leah Miller, who has been with SRI since its move to EDI management in 2014. Many of you know Leah because she has served as Associate Executive Director for SRI. Leah will be promoted to Executive Director of SRI starting September 1st. Leah has over 12 years of non-profit management experience and has worked in several different capacities at EDI, including three different roles within SRI. Leah’s knowledge and familiarity of SRI will aide us in this transition, and we are very much looking forward to working with her for many years to come!
Please stay tuned for coming details regarding the July 2021 meeting in Boston. All signs are looking good for an in-person meeting at that time. The venue will be fabulous, and the scientific program will be especially robust thanks to the hard work of Irina Burd, Emre Seli and the SRI Program Committee. After several months of virtual meetings, I cannot wait to see all our SRI friends and colleagues and enjoy your company once again!
Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2021