Sadler leaving; interim director named
Dear OWAA members and supporters,
Tom Sadler came to the Outdoor Writers Association of America four years ago as our organization was facing a challenging time. He is leaving as executive director at the end of the month having helped OWAA navigate a rough patch in our history.
Tom starts a new job in January as the deputy director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, but he is only leaving his paid position with OWAA. He will remain a member and plans to get involved in our organization in other ways.
Please take a moment and send Tom a note of thanks for his work and wish him well. See below for a personal note from Tom to our members and supporters.
I have already formed a selection committee to find a new executive director, but I’m excited to announce OWAA will not be without an executive director while the committee works on finding our next leader.
The Board of Directors approved Colleen Miniuk-Sperry as interim executive director. She will start Jan. 3, 2017 and work 20 hours a week until we’ve hired a full-time executive director.
You might recognize Miniuk-Sperry’s name. She is currently secretary of the executive committee and completed her three-year term on the board of directors in June during which she was twice named Board Member of the Year. She also serves as chair of OWAA’s Photo Section, the Member Services Committee and the Member Recruitment Committee.
Her recent time on the board and depth of involvement will help Miniuk-Sperry temporarily fill the void by Sadler’s departure.
A job description for the executive director will be shared on www.owaa.org when it has been prepared.