In the interest of transparency and keeping you apprised of changes in our day-to-day operations, I wanted to be sure you knew about several pending and upcoming staff transitions, several of which further goals in our strategic plan, including the following:

1. Jasmine Harrison, our Member Community Coordinator, has transitioned to a new job. Her last day with us was Friday, February 17. We appreciate the professionalism and dedication that Jasmine has brought to her role. 

2. A search for a part-time Office Manager is underway. I hope to have someone on board to fill that position by March 6. That person will help me to ensure that Jasmine’s tasks, like managing the Annual Meeting, remain on track. This new hire will also manage our Salesforce database, which is currently being upgraded by a consultant to better handle member data (e.g., Dues, Learning Circle Details, Annual Meeting) and fundraising efforts.

3. A search for a new Program Manager has closed. This position will replace the Member Community Coordinator and be responsible for Member recruitment and retention, and with our recent move to bring the Grant Program in-house, for management of that program. I’m pleased to inform you that Tashalee Cruz has accepted the position and will start on March 6. I look forward to spotlighting Tashalee in next month’s newsletter.

4. A search for a new Education Manager is also underway. This position is new, funded largely by repurposing funds previously spent on consultants, and the successful incumbent will take over facilitation of the Learning Circles beginning in June. This person will also possess formal training in instructional design and will be charged with repurposing content in the many excellent guides that members have created through the Grant Program (e.g., the Equity Guide) as online training curricula. If you know of a good candidate, please share this job announcement. As we approach this transition, I want to recognize and thank Kate O’Brien and Kasey Armstrong for their professionalism, excellent contributions, and long dedication to the work of the Exchange.

 Kasey wanted me to share this message with you:

Dear members of the Exchange: 
It has been a privilege to learn alongside you these past four years. While my career path is pulling me in new directions, it was not an easy choice to end my time with the Exchange. Seeing the way you all model leadership, vulnerability, and a commitment to learning from and with one another has been deeply inspiring, and I look forward to seeing how the Exchange continues to grow as you collaborate to advance the field of GSI together. You have my deepest respect and appreciation, and I hope our paths will continue to cross moving forward. 
With gratitude,

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at or at (410)657-2657 (phone & SMS).

With kind regards, I am

Sincerely yours,
Barbara L. Hopkins, Esq., ASLA
Executive Director


P.O. Box 6783

Towson, MD 21285