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General Coordinator: Catherine O’Brien,

Coordinator of Finance: Dianne Maki,

Coordinator of Programs: Kim McClelland,

Coordinator of Education: Janet Lee O’Connor,

Coordinator of Communications Cheryl Leong,

Ad Hoc Council Members  Vann Joines, Abe Wagner

General Members: Lucy Freedman (Chair, Finance Committee), Eric Baker (Chair, Coordinator of Video Committee), Mary Westphal (Past Acting General Coordinator), Tom Nissley

Newsletter Editor:

Canadian Regional Representative

Janice Dowson


Northeast Regional Representative

Karen Rightler,

Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia

Southeast Regional Representative

Kathy Sherrod,

Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Foreign Countries – other than Canada

Midwest Regional Representative

Bob Hempel,

Ohio, Michigan. Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas

Rocky Mountain Regional Representative

Laurie Weiss,

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona

Southwest Regional Representative

Sue Robinson,

Oklahoma, Texas

Pacific Regional Representative

Cathy Katz,

Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Northern California, Alaska, Hawaii

Southern Pacific Regional Representative

Joan Kling

Southern California

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Learn more about the structure of the council here.

A printable list of which states are in which regions is here.

Learn more about the history of USATAA here.