received a nice email today from the president of the APTA, John Barnes. For outsiders, many of us in this profession feel we have an identity crisis in terms of how the public views us. We've had some off center PR campaigns such as "Blackberry thumb", "Couch Potato Exercises", and blah, blah. A grass roots effort has followed demanding more and better from our professional organization, and John Barnes seems to have stepped up to the plate. The most recent action is the hiring of a VP of communications for the APTA. Here is the email I received:
As a signatory of the public relations petition that was forwarded to APTA earlier this year, I thought you would be interested to hear about an exciting announcement.
I am pleased to let you know that we have hired Felicity Clancy as the new Vice President, Communications. Felicity starts at APTA on Monday, April 7.
Felicity is currently the Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the American Chiropractic Association. She has held that position since 2001 and has been with the ACA since 1990.
Before that Felicity worked for Express Newspapers in Gaithersburg, MD and at WJAC-TV News in Johnstown, PA.
Felicity is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned a BA in Journalism. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University.
She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Society of National Association Publications. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Chorus in Arlington, VA.
Felicity resides with her husband and two daughters in Falls Church, Virginia.
Please join me in welcoming Felicity to APTA!!!...
Her background working for the ACA could be a good thing. As long as we don't find ourselves pushing parents to bring in their children for health and wellness like so many DC's in my area.
At least they have direct access. Good luck Felicity.