Rosalinda BarraganPresidential Perspective 2017-2018 #4

Dear ISPA Members,


It is hard to believe this is my final Presidential Perspective.  What a year as President! My theme was Leading Lasting Change. The three primary objectives were to provide: Opportunities to Lead, Opportunities to Learn, and Opportunities to Make a Difference.  Throughout the year, we provided opportunities to meet and greet our amazing Leadership Team while you had opportunities to learn at our Fall Conference, Winter Convention, and NASP convention. I am happy to announce we did recruit new board members and co-chairs for the 2018-2019 year!  I was most passionate about Making a Difference. We kicked off a Charity Drive for the American Red Cross to help families and children affected by recent natural disasters. We raised a total of $2,532.00. Other service projects consisted of volunteering at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and at La Casa Central’s holiday party.  To continue with this objective, ISPA will hold another Charity Drive. I want to give a personal shout out to our lobbyist, John Carr, and our Governmental Affairs Committee for getting HB4409 (NCSP Bill) onto the Governor’s desk after unanimously passing the Senate 55-0. Way to Lead Lasting Change!


I would like to thank our Leadership Team for all of their support.  They helped bring my visions into reality. I would like to especially thank my Presidential Team: Carrie Emrikson (Past-President) and Daphne Perry (President-Elect) for listening to me brainstorm and for making me feel like every idea was a good one.  We had a fun and productive year. I have no doubt Daphne will be an excellent President and I look forward to working with her on the Presidential Team for one more year as Past-President and with Mary Satchwell as our new President-Elect. Daphne will ring in ISPA’s 40th Anniversary.  How exciting! I know she will continue to provide opportunities to lead, opportunities to learn, and opportunities to make a difference.


Lastly, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Norma Jean Havlin.  She embodied my theme and has truly becomean inspiration to me.  She is incredible. She retired in 2000 after practicing over 30 years as a school psychologist and she is still a regular at our Conventions and NASP conventions.  She is still an active member of numerous associations that are too long too list, but she has been a NASP member since 1970 and a member of our association since we started in 1979.  She has committed and dedicated her life to serve children and to be a lifelong learner. I would like to emulate Dr. Norma Jean Havlin, as she has become my role model, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have met her.  People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Dr. Norma Jean has impacted me for a lifetime.


Thank you all again.  It has been an honor to serve as ISPA President 2017-2018. I wish all of you a happy and relaxing summer.




Rosalinda Barragan, Ed.D, NCSP