Sarah Tyrrell 

I’d like to start out by saying how much of an honor it is to be a part of WAAO.  The people I’ve  networked with, the knowledge I’ve gained and the connections I’ve grown by being a WAAO member 

are priceless. The true value behind WAAO is YOU; the members. 

With that being said I’d like to take a moment to thank all the executive board members, officers, 

directors, committee chairs and volunteers for their dedication to our organization and the assessing 

field.  Without YOU WAAO would not exist. 

As we venture into yet another year of maneuvering through the COVID-19 world, many employers are 

finding it hard to remain fully staffed, stay competitive with salaries and keep up with our everyday 

responsibilities and workloads.  As we move forward as a workforce we will need to find more efficient 

processes and technologies to assist us.  Some communities and organizations have been able to secure 

funding for software upgrades and/or new technology, while others are utilizing free resources or their 

own staff and IT departments.  If your organization finds new processes, practices, software or resources 

I ask that you share those ideas.  Moving forward together in this ever-changing workforce will benefit 

WAAO and the communities we serve. 

Cheers to another great year ahead of us! 

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