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TCA elects board, chooses officers, honors members.

Dugal E. Easton is the 1993 Corporate President of the Tele-Communications Association. A member of the Puget Sound chapter of TCA, he joined the group in 1983--just eight months before divestiture. More recently, he completed a two-year term as chief financial officer of TCA.

He is administrator, utilities and telecomm, for Seattle School District #5. Easton is responsible for managing $6.5 million to provide utilities and telecomm for the district. With an enrollment of 45,000 children, Seattle is the largest district in Washington.

Robert Hamilton, Hewlett-Packard Co., becomes TCA's chairman of the board. Serving on the board are: Joan Hinson of John C. Lincoln Hospital, Arizona; Steven Archer of Hewlett-Packard Co., Colorado; Naomi Adams-Ritz of Interad Associates, Greater San Diego; Janice Wong of American Honda Motor Co., Los Angeles; Susan Nicely of Miles & Stockbridge, Maryland; Edward Alf of Fluor Daniel Inc., Orange County; Sandra Latham of U.S. Bancorp, Oregon; Bryan Agnew of Simpson Timber Co., Puget Sound; Patricia Fuller of the State of California, Sacramento Valley; and Don Collier of Fujitsu America Inc., San Francisco Bay Area.

New corporate officers for the organization include Jo Cavanugh of Paul Ecke Ranch, chief financial officer; Ted Hackmann of Weyerhauser Co., vice president-education services; Donna M. Kwak of Chase Bank of Arizona, vice president-office services; Al Sonberg of W.R. Grace & Co., vice president-membership, Maggie Nachtsheim of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., vice president-parliamentary affairs; Rebel Kreklow of the General Services Administration, vice president-planning; and Robert Wallquist of VWR Corp., vice president-regulatory affairs.

President of the Arizona chapter is John Amidon; Colorado, Martin Cahill; San Diego, Linda Fate; Los Angeles, Alan Berry; Maryland, Patty Pyle; Orange Country, Calif., Mary E. Clark; Puget Sound, Wash., Stephen Ashurst; Sacramento Valley, Calif., Mary Hanson; San Francisco Bay, John Nygren.

TCA's 1993 Annual Conference committee will be led by Bill Reich, deputy director of the U.S. Army Information Systems Command in White Sand, N.M. The theme is "Telecommunications: Merging Technologies." Helping Reich are Jan Hackmann, MultiCare Medical Center; Ed Lowell, Sharp Health Care; and 57 committee members.

The members approved a whopping $33,000 in the 1993 corporate budget for scholarships. Added funds were approved for a retirement program for employees in the corporate offices (I'd like to hear what kind of benefits/retirement package other associations offer employees--drop me a note or give me a call).

Congratulations to Jan Hackmann of the Puget Sound Chapter for receiving TCA's 1992 prestigious Service Award. It is presented to the member who has made outstanding contributions toward the advancement of TCA and its objectives.

Nick Long, one of TCA's long-time members with 28 years and who has gone through all the ranks including 1970 president, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations, Nick, from many of us who know how much of your time and effort--a lot of it behind the scenes--contributed to the growth and success of the TCA.

The TCA Corporate Office has a new office manager, Richard Molina. Coming out of 15 years in the banking industry, with a degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly in Pomona, he reports to Rebel Kreklow, TCA's VP of Office Services.

At the upcoming International Communications Association-Com-Net conference and exposition May 16-20 in Dallas, Christian Brothers University (CBU) will present info about the activities of the Tele-Commerce Research Centers. The idea to create these Centers was in response to the findings contained in a recent report by a special task force within the State Department to study and make recommendations regarding telecomm in Eastern and Central Europe. The report clearly confirmed what most pros in our industry already knew or suspected--massive investments are needed to bring the telecomm infrastructure of Bulgaria, the Czech and Slovak republics, Hungary, Poland and Rumania up to the standards and levels of the developed countries.

In response to this, CBU in Memphis, Tenn., with the support of ICA, seized the opportunity and now are in the international education market. To quote ICA, "To assist these nations while asserting themselves as players in the global marketplace, the Tele-Commerce Centers have as their primary mission 'the creation of collaborative environments for encouraging professionals in academics, business and government to identify specific needs and opportunities in telecommunications and information systems, and to organize the programs necessary to meet them."'

For further info, attend the ICA show or call the ICA at 800-ICA-INFO.

In other news, the ICA appointed John Lynn as its new Chairman of the Telecomm Public Policy Committee. He'll be based in the Washington, D.C. offices of EDS Corporation where he serves as Telecommunications Counsel in the company's Office of Government Affairs. His main responsibilities will be public policy activities at state, federal and international levels. He'll work with the FCC, Congress, the State Department and other bodies responsible for regulatory and legislative issues dealing with the information services industry. He was a telecomm regulatory analyst for General Motors Corp.

Maryalyce Brown was elected president of the Central New York Communications Association. She is a senior analyst with E.C. Hunter Associates, Syracuse.

CNYCA awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT offers both an on-site and distance-learning program in Telecomm Technology. The funds will go to a telecomm major who maintains a GPA of at least 3.25.

CNYCA is dedicated to the advancement of telecomm through education, training and development of cooperative programs by its members and member companies. Its geographic area includes Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Binghamton. Membership is open to both users and suppliers of communication equipment and services.
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Title Annotation:On Associations; Tele-Communications Association
Author:Underwood, Roger
Publication:Communications News
Article Type:Column
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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