Valerie Perry Joins SLA Board of Directors for 2014 Term

Valerie Perry has joined the SLA Board of Directors as Past Division Cabinet Chair, filling a spot left vacant by the recent passing of PerryValerie1442SLA’s Division Cabinet Chair Ann Koopman.

Valerie will ably help govern the association for the entirety of 2014, working with SLA’s division leaders and the current Division Cabinet Chair, Tara Murray, to bolster division leaders’ efforts, liaise with the division leaders, and effectively integrate their initiatives within the overall Association mission.

“Ann Koopman was an important mentor and SLA colleague beginning when we served on the Science-Technology Board together,” said Valerie. “Her enthusiasm for serving SLA and its members inspires me to do the same in this new leadership role.”

More about Valerie:
Valerie joined SLA in 1998 after accepting her first job at the University of Kentucky, and soon became very involved with the Kentucky Chapter of SLA as well as the Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition (FAN) Division of SLA. She initially served as secretary for both units, and expanded her involvement by becoming treasurer of the Science-Technology Division of SLA in 2004, as well as the Sci-Tech News Business Manager. She took this opportunity to learn from the outgoing treasurer, Ann Koopman, and these roles allowed her to feel more comfortable about the financial and governance side of SLA involvement.

She went on to thrive in other major roles as well, including chair of the FAN Division in 2009, and the divisions conference program planner in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Valerie served as president of SLA’s Kentucky Chapter, helping to increase the division’s joint-conference attendance and sponsorship revenues. The role also allowed her invaluable experience and skills in vendor-partner relations.

Valerie is currently working for the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, and can be reached at vperry@uky.edu. To learn more, check out Valerie’s Board candidate posts:

Why I joined SLA

Optimizing the Annual Conference for All

Career Advice for New and Seasoned Professionals

SLA Roles Helped Build My Career

Building Partnerships within SLA to Support International Members

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