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ISA Election– The Results Are In!

The ISA election is complete—the results are in!
It is our pleasure to share with you the results of ISA’s leader election. Congratulations to all, especially Danaca Jordan, who is a terrific example of a younger member!

Society President-elect Secretary:
Paul Gruhn, P.E., CFSE, aeSolutions, Houston, Texas, USA

Executive Board Member/Geographic:
Nilangshu Dey, Qatar Petroleum, Mesaieed, Qatar
Matthew Maynard, Francis Tuttle Advanced Tech Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Kalpen Vachharajani, Provincial Controls, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada (term is 1 October 2017-31 December 2018)

Executive Board Member/Operational:
Dawn T. Schweitzer, Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, USA
Marty E. Bince, TEC Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (term is 1 October 2017-31 December 2020)

Executive Board Member/Technical:
Prabhu Soundarrajan, Honeywell Industrial Safety, San Jose, California, USA

Industries & Sciences Department Vice President-elect:
Brad Stephen Carlberg, P.E., CSE, BSC Engineering, Hoodsport, Washington, USA

Professional Development Department Vice President-elect:
Danaca Jordan, Eastman Chemical Company, Chestertown, Maryland, USA

What’s going on at ISA??

Further to the firing of longtime executive director and CEO, Pat Gouhin, lots of familiar faces are no longer there, not just Gouhin. Highly respected events manager Rodney Jones was apparently fired without notice before Gouhin left. Deb Eby, who secretly ran ISA for more years than I care to admit, retired in July, as did Susan Colwell, the Publisher of ISA Books, who announced suddenly she was moving on.

I have also heard rumors that there is significant resistance to Peggy Koon’s appointment as interim Executive Director. Most of the resistance appears to center on her color rather than her accomplishments, which are many and mighty. The resistance appears to be coming from the same group of pointy headed volunteers who didn’t like it when she was ISA president.

What the heck is going on here?

From the outside, it looked like ISA had finally stabilized after thirty years of volunteer vs volunteer and volunteer vs staff infighting. Now it is just as big a mess as when I was on the Executive Board.

Anybody want to enlighten this poor magazine editor and longtime ISA volunteer (still am– am Program Chair for ISA STL section) as to what the (bleep) is going on??? I promise not to name you when I write about this, just like I didn’t name the people who have told me the stuff I wrote above.

Did Gouhin lose his mind? The stories about his last few months in office are very strange and don’t reflect the Pat Gouhin I’ve come to know.