President's Welcome

Dear members and friends of ILASFAA,

It is with great pride and honor that I serve as your ILASFAA president this year. Let's face it; this past year was a year of change, determination, and growth. So many of us experienced loss, met new challenges, and witnessed unprecedented and historic events that will shape our community for generations to come. Yet, we have persisted with remarkable resilience and strength with the support of those around us. And I am looking forward to working with all of you this year with much hope and optimism.

Announced at this year's virtual conference, the theme for next year is We Are ILASFAA: Empowering Community, Embracing Diversity, & Advocating for Equity. The 2021-2022 ILASFAA Board and Committee Chairs are already hard at work, with great projects and events for our membership and community. This year we will be focusing on member engagement within our community, diversity programming and development, and financial aid awareness and advocacy.  Additionally, we will be working on our strategic plan that will cover the next few years.

As we look to these strategic areas, we will also focus on the member experience. We want to hear from you! Feel free to reach out to any of our board members or committee chairs with questions or feedback that you would like to share. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for emails and surveys from ILASFAA so that we can continue to support members like you.  

I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you to get involved. Just as you can not pour from an empty cup, our association and membership cannot thrive without its members' support. There are so many ways you can help! You can consider joining a committee, presenting at one of our events, or bringing others along with you to share in our community.  

Thank you again for all that you do. Our membership is a fantastic community because of all of the people within it. The ILASFAA board is looking forward to working with all of you and all of the great things we can accomplish this year!

Wishing everyone and their families health and happiness,

Michelle Ortiz Wortel

ILASFAA President, 2021-2022