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Introduction to New AEA Team Member by Natalie DeHart

Greetings everyone of AEA!

I am Natalie DeHart, the Programs Coordinator for AEA. Since joining the team in May, I have been in learning mode, soaking up as much as I can about the profession of evaluation and about our members. I’m passionate about carrying out thoughtful programming to the organization that adds value to our members’ professional lives and I am thrilled that I get to do that every day at AEA. Today, I’m here to talk about biggest thing on all of our minds these days: Evaluation 2017, and I could not be more excited!

One of my favorite aspects of my role is teamwork and there is no bigger team project than an annual conference. One of my responsibilities is working on the Presidential Strand track for Evaluation 2017. I am grateful for the experience to help put this part of the program together and I am excited to see it in action in two short months.  Our President, Kathy Newcomer, and her group of volunteers with whom I have worked have been instrumental in bringing our theme “From Learning to Action” to life. Coordinating their efforts with my staff team has been a thrilling way to dive right in and I already have a few ideas in the works for next year.

Another wonderful thing about Evaluation 2017, is that I will finally be able to meet with members face-to-face. I’ve been getting to know a few of you over the past few months, but there is nothing quite like making an in-person connection.

Feel free to contact me anytime at info@eval.org, and please stop by the information desk at Evaluation 2017 so we can chat! I look forward to seeing you there.

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