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Message from the Chapter President

Leading Through Critical Change:  THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ERA

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Dear Chapter Members,
 
My first year as your Chapter President was an exciting and challenging experience. This was a year of massive change in a way the chapter has never experienced before. In any case, it was an honor to serve as your Chapter President during this time. I am looking forward to 2020-2021 as we continue to forge ahead with great educational programs, membership events (virtual and in-person when possible), certification trainings, partnership activities and more.  
 
Leading amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, protesting for social justice and race equality, an uncertain economy, and the rise in unemployment is challenging, to say the least. However, having the courage to navigate through such critical circumstances helped me grow as a leader. So, I humbly hope the board was able to seamlessly continue to provide you with interesting and educational content through our virtual platform.

In 2019-2020, we covered over 30 events across several committees including Education, Certification, Membership, Emerging Professionals, SheLeads Tech and Academic Relations. 

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We also partnered with organizations to provide our members with options to obtain CPEs. Many thanks to our Chapter Admin, Hemavathy Loganathan for her dedication and support. She ensures all CPEs are distributed to attendees, keeping our website up-to-date and a host of other activities to help keep the chapter running.
 
Thank you for your Contribution & Dedication
2019-2020
Outgoing Board of Directors:
Welcome and Congratulations to the
2020-2021
Incoming Board of Directors:
Teena Bacchus
Barry Dynkin
Marie Ivanov
Emanuell James
Eugene Levin
Sharon Parker
James M. Powers
Barry Allen Sears
Amar Sewnarine
Megan Soriano
Kwongmei (May) To
Joseph Tso
Sam Vohra
Teena Bacchus
Alex Bazay
Keith Bowie
Christina Cruz
Barry Dynkin
Eugene Levin
Michael Newman
David E. Nickles
Ankit Parikh
James M. Powers
Kwongmei (May) To
Peter (Koon Hing) Tse
Joseph Tso
Sam Vohra

The Executive Board was elected for a two-year term, 2019-2021 and will continue to serve our chapter members through June 30, 2021:


President Karen V. Alexander
1st Vice President Farid Abdelkader
2nd Vice President Wei Tschang
Corresponding Secretary Jotham Nyamari
Treasurer Michael Shanahan
Recording Secretary Tim Mortimer
Immediate Past President Alexander Abramov

On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend a special thank you to Alexander Josephite, Past President and Chair of the Nominating Committee and committee members, John Nieves and Eliza Luk for your dedication and focus on the election process. Many thanks to Marguerite McCarthy, Past President and Chair of the Audit Committee for her year-end assessment of the Chapter's financial accounting.   Our appreciation and thanks to Nigel James, Past Board Officer and Chair of the Wasserman Committee and committee members, Sriram Padmanabhan, Past Wasserman Award Honoree, Marios Damianides, Past President, Emil D'Angelo, Elven Riley and Past Wasserman Award Honoree, Theresa "Terry" Grafenstine for your dedication and focus on the selection of the 2020 Wasserman Award winner, Medha Bhalodkar.  Congratulations to Medha for her many achievements and contribution to the IT Professiona.  More information can be found 

I would also like to thank Michael Maertz for his volunteer services as the Education Chair.
 
Our Annual General Meeting was held virtually with over 315 in attendance. Thank you to David Samuelson, President and CEO of ISACA Global and keynote speaker and Medha Bhalodkar, 2020 Wasserman Award Winner and Presenter. During this 3 hour event, in addition to our speakers, Chapter updates were given by various board members, a financial update was provided by our Treasurer, volunteer and chapter awards were presented, dinner vouchers were provided to the first 200 registrants and thanks to our sponsors raffle prizes were given away at the end of the evening.  It was a great event. Thank you for joining us for the evening.
 
The work continues, next up, 2020-2021 Strategic Planning Retreat.

Please stay informed, stay safe, wear a mask, stay socially distanced and let us get through this challenging time together. CDC Coronavirus Information

Feel free to reach out to me at president@isacany.org with questions or if you have any interest in joining us as a volunteer.

Karen V. Alexander

President, ISACA® New York Metropolitan Chapter
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“While we may be individually strong, we are collectively powerful”

Rakhi Voria
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