As I write this column, it is spring in Tennessee, and the tulips and dogwoods are in full bloom. Spring is a time of renewal, and I cannot help but compare it to Psi Chi with new leadership, new members, and new opportunities for its members. Spring at Psi Chi equates to elections, inductions, and regional conferences.
|Spring Renewal |
|Lisa Mantooth, Psi Chi Executive Officer |
I am one of those people who believes in the power of the vote, and as I anxiously awaited the results of Psi Chi's first online balloting, I was surprised to learn that many chapters did not vote in our election. Each chapter has a voice in shaping Psi Chi, and I would like to see chapters exercise that voice. Likewise, I wonder what I can do to convince each chapter of the importance of their vote?
Like the new growth covering the mountainside, there is a flurry of activity in the National Office as preparations are made to induct thousands of new members into Psi Chi. I would like to congratulate you for your hard work and welcome you to Psi Chi.
As I prepare to attend my first Psi Chi regional conference, I have learned that each region is unique in its offerings. Yet each regional conference supports the traditions of Psi Chi and gives our members opportunities to be recognized for their efforts as regional research award winners.
Psi Chi is a valuable resource for students, graduates, and psychologists. "Psi Chi promotes leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service" (Hogan & Takooshian, 2004, p. 16). I believe that service is especially important in the world in which we live. Service is an important aspect of my life, as I am very involved in community activities and take pride in Psi Chi chapters' and members' involvement in service to their community.
I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve as your new Executive Officer. I realize that I am following in the footsteps of Ruth Cousins, Kay Wilson, and Paula Miller, whose vision and leadership have been invaluable. Under my leadership, I want to follow my predecessors and strive to see the continued success of the organization as a whole—each region and chapter—but most of all the success of each member.
Hogan, J. D., & Takooshian, H. (2004, Spring). Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology: 75 Years of Scholarship and Service. Eye on Psi Chi, 8(3), 16-17, 36-39.
Mantooth is a veteran of nonprofit management leaving a
position as executive director of the American Red Cross—Hiwassee Chapter to
join the Psi Chi National Office. She is very excited about her future with Psi
Chi stating, "I feel that my entire career has led up to the responsibility of
this position. I look forward to my future here, but I am also very cognizant
of the history and the women, such as Ruth Cousins, who have left their
invaluable mark on Psi Chi.”
Lisa received her bachelor of science degree from Tusculum College (TN) in
organizational management and has an MBA from Regis University (CO). Aside from
her professional life, she is married to Chris Mantooth and they have two
active sons—Byron and Spencer.
Very community minded, Mrs. Mantooth is
President-Elect of Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club where Habitat for Humanity and
Angel Flight are the service projects. She feels that the Rotary motto,
"Service above Self,” epitomizes her professional and personal life.
Copyright 2007 (Volume 11, Issue 4) by Psi Chi, the
International Honor Society in Psychology
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