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The First Six Months

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By Kacy Dawn Wallis, CREIA Executive Director
We’re nearing the half year mark that I have served as your Executive Director. It has been a busy, yet rewarding, six months.
Our largest project was the data entry of backlogged CECs. Thanks to several hands on deck, we were able to complete that project in just under nine weeks. Recently, there was a substantial upgrade to the CEC database that required three weeks of work from our amazing webmaster, Dominic Marcic. The new and improved system is up and running, and just this week we are back to current and have completed the CEC data entry backlog created during the upgrade. Currently, we’re operating on a ten business day turn around time - a vast improvement compared to the previous system. Should you find your personal CEC data listed incorrectly, chances are we do not have the attendance roster from that program. Talk to the facilitator of the program and urge them to send the records to our office via email to or fax to 916-443-6719.
Speaking of CECs, the Education Committee recently unveiled the new Educational Guidelines. More information on those guidelines can be found in this issue of the eNews.
Another issue of member concern was the CREIA Inspector Badges. As of December 31, 2010, the badges were caught up, and have been ever since. They are now sent out on a weekly basis.
On January 31 - February 1, 2011, CREIA held its Strategic Planning Session facilitated by Mark Alcorn, Esq. This exercise was an instrumental process necessary to further grow the association. It provided an opportunity to figure out what was working well, what needed improvement, identify obstacles, decipher where resources are best spent and to air grievances. It was a bonding moment amongst participants and gave all an energetic focus on the future. For me, personally, it was two days of learning about CREIA, its leadership, its challenges and its heart. I was thankful to be a part of this vital process. The board will be voting to accept the Strategic Plan at its upcoming Board meeting on April 29, 2011. Once accepted, the vision will be shared with all the members of the association.
Earlier this year, we unveiled the newly updated Affiliate Program. Thanks to the dedication of the Affiliate Program Chair, Rick Hartmann, and his committee members, an exciting new package is being offered to our affiliates. Dianne Critz, CREIA’s new Director of Marketing, has been busy connecting with our affiliates and showcasing the new program. Know a good affiliate that maybe interested in partnering with CREIA? Send Dianne their contact information ( and she’ll be happy to follow-up.
Right now we’re setting our sights on the upcoming Spring Conference. It’s been several years since CREIA held a stand-alone conference, and this one takes place April 29 through May 1, 2011, at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport, in Ontario, CA. Focused on mold intrusion, this promises to be an educational opportunity you won’t want to miss, with a whole new group of guest speakers.
On a personal note, my staff and I would like to thank you. CREIA is comprised of wonderfully patient and nice people. We know it will take time to build the institutional knowledge necessary to submerge fully into the CREIA culture, and thank you for the patience during this learning process. Furthermore, thank you for your warm welcome – we look forward to serving you for many years to come.
See you in Ontario!
Kacy can be reached at, or from CREIA’s new headquarters – 1000 Q Street, Suite 203, Sacramento, CA 95811-6518 or via phone at 800-848-7342.
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