President's Welcome 2021

President's Welcome

Hello Members, Sponsors and Colleagues:

On June 30, 2021, many of our distinguished Executive Board members’ term came to an end, and a new Executive Board transitioned in. I am honored to be your incoming President and I want to acknowledge the leadership provided by Sheena Luaehu-Lyons as President, Seth Kamen as Past-President, last year's board and standing committee members. Many thanks for the work that they have done to cultivate the Association. I also want to thank our Sponsors because our achievement would not have been possible without their continued support and dedication to excellence.

I am excited to welcome my colleagues, some new but many who are returning members, into their new roles. I am humble and grateful for this opportunity serve as your President but I have to be honest, we need our members in a mighty way this year. My favorite quote is actually an African Proverb and it is "many hands make for light work." As President, I would greatly appreciate you, our members, joining us this year in whatever capacity enhances your strengths, provides you value and allows you to share your talents. Some ideas, but in one way do we want to limit you, are:

  • Serve as the Vice President for Membership & Technology
  • Refer a Sponsor
  • Invite Fellow Colleagues to Join CAPACRAO
  • Renew Your Membership
  • Join an E-List
  • Participate in Association Activities 
  • Participate in a Standing Committee
    • Blog Content Contributer (Communications)
    • Social Media Engagement (Communications)
    • Facilitate a Webinar/Workshop (Professional Development)
    • Review Financial Statements (Audit)
    • Recruit Colleagues for Executive Board (Nominations)
    • Review Award Nominations (Awards)
    • Host an Association Event (Local Arrangement & Programs)

Committee meetings are monthly, or as needed, and will begin this September.

In early August, the Executive Board met for one productive day for our Annual Board Meeting. At the board meeting, we were able to outline our agenda for the 2021-2022 year and we are excited to share that we have some awesome engagement in store for you. The Board’s and my priorities were outlined as:

  1. engage our members to enhance member involvement,
  2. help our members develop professionally, and
  3. continue to provide you with solutions and opportunities through AACRAO resources that will help you pursue success in your role and within your institution.

If you have an idea, suggestion, comment, improvement, criticism, or want to make an enhanced impact by getting involved, please contact us at [email protected]

I don't know how we can top the work of my predeccesors. But I'm looking forward to a phenomenal year. And, I am grateful for your partnership and dedication to our Association to continue our success! Feel free to connect with me via LinkedIn.


Johnika Dreher
President, CAPACRAO, 2021-2022
Program Director, Early College Access Programs & Orientation, Prince George's Community College

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