I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with the leadership of the DC/EAPA Chapter for the next
two years. It is a privilege to be working with such an enthusiastic, experienced and team oriented
group of EAP professionals as fellow officers. Each one brings a wealth of experience in the field
and as well as past officers of the DC/EAPA chapter. I also want to acknowledge the wonderful work
that Sarah Linnerooth‐Hoenig has done for us on the website. While she is on maternity leave, we
extend a hearty thanks to Jeff Becker who has taken over the duties of webmaster.
As a profession, the EAP field faces many new and exciting challenges. Advances in technology gives rise
to new forms of program delivery unheard of five maybe 10 years ago (i.e. telephonic, skype, video, and
online counseling). We need to be positioned to meet those challenges while staying true to the core
technology and guiding principles of our profession.
The officers met in early August to organize and outline an agenda for the upcoming two years. Our
goal is twofold at this time. First we will continue to schedule ongoing monthly trainings from both
internal (membership) and external resources. Second, we want to reengage with inactive members.
Our current membership stands at approximately 110.
Regarding training: State of the art training and updates on effective counseling and intervention
techniques and management of EAP service delivery is imperative. As a board we will be pooling our
own ideas on training and vigorously reach out to experts in the fields of addiction, stress management,
mental health and program management to accommodate domains I, II, and III to provide you with the
best training available. However, it is the chapter we serve and as such we want your input and
suggestions for training including contacts. You can submit them to Barbara Fornhoff and Carolyn
Stueve for follow up. Currently we have speakers booked u through January 2016.
Regarding attendance and participation in our monthly meetings: As mentioned above, our
membership currently stands at 110, however only a handful of EAP practitioners attend meetings on a
regular basis. To bolster attendance, we are open to ideas on what can make our chapter, as good as it
is, even better. This calls for a combined effort of the board and active membership in reaching out to
colleagues who have been not attended meetings for some time. I ask that each individual member to
take a moment and reach out to an inactive member and invite them to the next meeting. At the same
time we need to cultivate the interest and participation of colleagues new to the profession. We urge
newer members to become involved so that we can pass on the leadership to the next generation of
Lastly, I want to address our financial status. Maia-Dalton
Theodore has taken over as treasurer from
Moe Briggs and reports that we have a bank account of $8,300.00. Due to ever
cost such as catering and paying for parking for our guest speakers we find it necessary to increase
annual chapter dues by $10.00 effective January 1, 2016. Barbara Fornhoff has offered to explore more
efficient catering options and we will seek breakfast sponsors from our membership and service providers.
Again, it's with great anticipation and appreciation to be working with my fellow officers, Barbara Fornhoff,
1st VP, Carolyn Stueve, 2ndVP, Stacie Chapman, Secretary, and Maia DaltonTheodore,Treasurer in serving
the membership over the next two years while tapping into the expertise and
wisdom of Wes Sanchez our
past president, Sarah Steck, and Evelyn Joy who are sources of support and inspiration.
Norton, LPC, CEAP