From the CEO

Periodically, I like to tell you about some of the developments in the APA Central Office--the "headquarters" of APA. As you may know, the CEO and the APA Central Office are responsible for the implementation of APA policies and the management of the day-to-day corporate functions of the association. The different components of the Central Office are overseen by an executive "cabinet," also known as the Executive Management Group (EMG). These individuals are executive directors who run the day-to-day operations in such areas as Education, Practice, Public Interest, Education, Science, Publications, Public and Member Communications, Governance Affairs, Finance, Legal Affairs and Central Programs.

This year we welcome two new members of the EMG, one of whom is a longtime APA staffer, and the other who is not only new to APA, but his office is new as well.

Executive Director for Public Interest

The mission of the Public Interest Directorate is to apply the science and practice of psychology to the advancement of health and human welfare. Specific topic areas addressed by directorate programs include violence prevention, AIDS, disability issues, gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues, health disparities, workplace wellness, and children's and aging issues among others. After 14 years, our beloved Dr. Henry Tomes retired at the end of last year as Executive Director for Public Interest. A wonderful feature on Henry was included in the December issue of the Monitor.

Succeeding Henry will be Dr. Gwendolyn Keita, who has worked at APA for over 18 years as assistant and associate executive director of Public Interest and as director of the Women's Programs Office (see "Keita takes over leadership of APA's Public Interest Directorate"). Among her many successes over the years, there are some that really stand out. Gwen initiated what is now a 15-year relationship with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in which she was a driving force behind the creation of what we now call occupational health psychology. Her efforts lead to the development of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the Society of Occupational Health Psychology.

In addition, Gwen's ability to compete for external funding to convene agenda-setting conferences in public health and women's issues is legendary. When I interviewed Gwen, I was impressed with not only her numerous achievements in her various roles at APA, but also with her vision for the future of the Public Interest Directorate, and her in-depth understanding of the complex issues facing public interest psychology.

Chief Information Officer

Earlier this year, I reported to you that we would begin a process for hiring our first Chief Information Officer (CIO) to help take APA to the next level of information technology.

The new CIO will be responsible for providing a strategic vision for all of the association's IT operations, including the APA Web page. The new CIO will be asked to help the association more fully use technology to provide member services and to help the association balance the IT needs of the APA directorates, member services and product services departments. After an extensive executive search process, the position was offered to and accepted by Mr. Daniel Horsey (see the feature on Dan in the March Monitor).

When we started the search process, given that APA has never had a CIO, I was not sure what kind of candidates we would get. As it turned out, we had many highly qualified candidates, but Dan really stood out. Dan comes to APA with over 20 years of experience in executive leadership in the technology world. Dan has served as Chief Technology Officer for the Thomson Publishing Corporation, which is very relevant to our technology-heavy publishing operation, and as CIO for the Bureau of National Affairs Inc.

Most recently, he was Director of Enterprise Architecture for the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), where he was responsible for directing programs that enabled the IRS to transition to a new integrated computing environment. Also at the IRS, Dan was a key bridge/liaison point between the long-term IRS employees and the legions of private sector contractors. Dan has managed organizations of 200-plus people and budgets of over $50 million.

In addition to his executive experiences and technical skills, Dan has been part of leadership teams in companies seeking to take a more strategic approach to its technology functions and provide greater service to relevant and diverse stakeholders.

Please join me in welcoming our newest members of the executive leadership team for APA.