Our NSA community continues to respond in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. President Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE, made a special video sharing the need for a relief fund, while many
members reached out to NSA colleagues to make sure they were OK.
The Professional Speakers Benefit Fund (PSBF) reached out to the chapters
in a;ected areas. Our leadership, sta;, and Foundation Board established the
Hurricane Relief Fund and we put out the word.
The Foundation contributions, combined with individual members reaching out to o;er to cover speaking engagements, are just two ways you can see
the di;erence between NSA and other professional associations. Truly, NSA
and our Foundation were first responders.
The 85 NSA members a;ected by Hurricane Harvey and the 593 members
in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas impacted by Hurricane Irma were contacted and o;ered an immediate $1,000 grant.
As I write this letter, 196 of our members have contributed $63,145, in
amounts ranging from $50 to $5,000, and $31,000 has been distributed. The
stories coming out of this both break your heart and fill you with joy as members express their gratitude.
The number of members who have spent time on the phone and organizing
the relief e;ort won’t fit on this page. A big thanks to Jim Pancero, CSP, CPAE;
Marilyn Sherman, CSP; Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE; Francis Bologna, CPA; all of
the Foundation Trustees, and everyone else who pitched in.
Unfortunately, more hurricanes are on the way. We still need help from
more of our members. This is the Spirit of Cavett in action. If you are able to
contribute, please go to this member login link: nsa.ps.membersuite.com/
Login.aspx and make your donation today.
Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
Chairman, NSA Foundation Board of Trustees
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Linda Keith, CPA, CSP
Laurie Guest, CSP
Justin Jones-Fosu, MBA, CSP
Mel DePaoli, MBA
Michael Soon Lee, DBA, CSP
Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC
Patt Schwab, PhD, CSP
Rita Barreto Craig, SPHR, CSP
Tamara S. Hamilton, MA
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Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE
Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE
Anna Liotta, CSP
John B. Molidor, PhD, CSP
Immediate Past President
Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE
Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
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3 Stories of Hope
The PSBF Committee sent grants to these members and many more:
1Three weeks after Harvey, the home of one Houston
member was still
underwater. Her house,
car, and belongings are
a total loss. Fortunately,
she has insurance. She’s
running her business
from a hotel room. While
her need was great, she
unselfishly said she’d
gladly forgo assistance
if others were needier.
2A 15-year member living on St. Martin evacuated with
his wife and son a day
before Irma hit. All their
personal property has
been lost. They are
staying in Virginia with
family, and looking at
moving to Chicago.
They have no property
insurance, as obtaining
it in a foreign country is
3A Florida member sustained damage to her house that
insurance won’t cover.
After two wet weeks
without power, they’ve
traveled their neighborhood
by kayak, run a generator
to keep the food in the
freezer from going bad,
and talked to mold
specialists who say they’ll
need to be out of their
house for six to eight weeks.