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Monthly CSA Board Chair’s Message from Kris Stepenuck

Happy September CSA members! After a summer hiatus, our CSA messaging is ramping up again and we have a lot of information to share with you. First off, I am writing to you as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Following the new board member elections process in April, the Board of Directors elected new officers. I’m excited to be working with a fantastic team of dedicated board members, working group members, and staff, and look forward to communicating with many of you over the next year to gauge how we are doing, and to work diligently to meet needs of the broad citizen science community.
Very exciting news: as of this June, we are now officially a 501(c)(3) public charity!
I’m pleased to announce both our 2017 cohort of Board members as well as our new Executive Committee. Thanks to all who took part in the elections process.
New Board Members (serving from 2017-2020):
– Caren Cooper, North Carolina State University and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
– Lea Shanley, South Big Data Hub
– Cat Stylinksi, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
– Alison Young, California Academy of Sciences
– Greg Newman, Colorado State University (elected for a second term)
New Executive Committee (serving for one year):
CHAIR: Kris Stepenuck, University of Vermont
VICE-CHAIR: Shannon Dosemagen, Public Lab
SECRETARY: Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers University
TREASURER: Anne Bowser, Wilson Center
MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Caren Cooper, NC State University
We are also pleased to announce that, thanks to your membership fees, we were able to hire our first paid staff person in our organization’s history. We have filled the position in an interim manner while we continue to work to establish strong programming that you, our members, will find enriching, as well as a development fund. The interim Executive Director has been filled by the very capable and qualified, Jennifer Shirk. Jennifer has worked tirelessly for more than a decade with Cornell University to facilitate, research, and make significant contributions to the field of citizen science.
We are also lucky to be able to partner with the University of Vermont to hire two undergraduate student assistants for the academic year. Brian Flynn, a senior Natural Resource Planning major, and Sergei Bluman, a junior majoring in Wildlife Biology with a French minor, will be working to help organize documents, and prepare outreach and social media messages for all of you.
I also want to take a moment to express my most sincere thanks to our board members who completed their service during CSA2017 for their dedicated service. While the board is lucky to have gained several highly experienced and motivated individuals, we nonetheless feel a significant loss with the departure of board members Rick Bonney (outgoing Treasurer), Muki Haklay, Rajul Pandya, and Martin Storksdieck (outgoing Executive Committee member at large), all of whom were founding board members of the organization, and whom have given magnanimous amounts of time and energy to aid in the CSA’s significant forward progress. Rick continues to serve as our volunteer journal editor, so while no longer on the board, he continues to give many, many hours of time to help this field move boldly ahead.
I look forward to staying in touch about upcoming and exciting happenings within the Association. Feel free to reach out to me with your comments or concerns at any time.
Kris Stepenuck
Board Chair

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