The ASHI team is always excited about April because it gives national recognition to you—our members. You are all part of a profession that truly impacts your clients' lives by providing expertise on understanding the property that they hope to make their home.
ASHI has been creating a team that is focused on meeting members' needs and continuing to improve our services to you as you serve your communities. There have been some strategic shifts in ASHI's staffing recently and I'm excited to introduce you to some of the members of the ASHI team.
ASHI has been working behind the scenes to update our channels and methods of communication. A massive overhaul of the ASHI website happened in July 2020 and the Inspection Connection Podcast launched in August to reach an even broader audience. More initiatives and strategic planning are under way regarding engagement with our members, and ways to successfully track your input and ideas. This requires a strong leader who can provide direction, vision and expertise.
Marianne Sacket, Director of Communications
ASHI welcomed Marianne Sacket, Director of Communications, in February. She was chosen to join ASHI from a number of qualified candidates. Marianne has an extensive background in marketing and communications. In her latest role, she was the director of membership and communications at the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials. She has a dual bachelor's degree from DePaul University and has earned numerous certificates, including project management for professionals from Northwestern University. Marianne brings a solid vision and will provide strategic direction as she oversees the creative team, social media and podcast as we redefine ASHI's communication processes and marketing efforts. She will help in defining key performance indicators in all of those areas, and the team is excited to have her lead different initiatives and endeavors.
Another key area that ASHI is focusing on this year is our educational offerings. As you are all aware, InspectionWorld® was to take place in January 2021, but it didn't make sense to hold the event with all the restrictions in place in the midst of a global pandemic. The health and safety of our members come first and we also want to be able to provide the true IW experience when we meet together in person again. We are gearing up for another exciting InspectionWorld® to take place in Orlando in January 2022.
The Education Team is responsible for events like this and so much more. Last month, we were fortunate enough to provide the ASHI Virtual Summit. This event was the first of its kind for ASHI. The success of this event is due in no small part to the dedication of the Education team in collaboration with the rest of the ASHI staff.
ASHI wants to continue to branch out to offer more to our members than just live in-person and live-stream virtual events. There will be a strategic shift on what ASHI offers from an online standpoint. The current ASHI Online Learning Center (AOLC) has a number of offerings, but there are areas that we must improve on to help our members improve their expertise in the profession. There is a full team now dedicated to the needs of ASHI education.
Edwin Barrera, Director of Education and Curriculum Development
ASHI welcomed Edwin Barrera, Director of Education and Curriculum Development, last October. Edwin has spent the last 18 years leading, creating, managing and improving training programs by building teams and creating systems for success. The majority of his experience has been as a training consultant for private educational companies and for human resources professionals to improve their online training initiatives. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's of science degree and he has a strong passion for adult education. He challenges himself to stay on top of developments in the fields of adult learning and instructional design. Edwin has earned certificates in both subjects from the Association for Talent and Development. Edwin has a team that reports to him with different skills and approaches to help push ASHI's educational offerings forward.
Glen Rogers, Instructional Designer
Glen Rogers joined the ASHI team in March as the first Instructional Designer in ASHI history. Glen has worked as an instructional designer for more than 15 years. He has worked with a far-reaching clientele that includes Heritage Healthcare Systems, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas, FEMA, KBR and many others. More recently, he worked at Shared Hope International where he led all facets of instructional design, which included storyboarding, eLearning course development and video/audio editing, and he utilized a number of software tools to lead to successful production. Glen holds a bachelor's degree from Houston Baptist University and a master's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Jazz Schools, Educational Administration
Another new addition to the Education team is Jazz Schools, with the creation of the Educational Administration position. Jazz started his new role in March and he has experience as a training coordinator for Chris 180. In this role, he had been a learning management system administrator, managed learning management system training plans and led education unit certification projects. Jazz is a proud veteran of our armed forces. Prior to this role, Jazz spent the previous 10 years in the U.S. Air Force in various roles including formal training Instructor, aircraft maintenance manager, and supervisor. Jazz holds a bachelor's degree from Southern New Hampshire University and a master's degree from Liberty University.
Michelle Santiago, ASHI School Education Manager
Last, but definitely not least, is Michelle Santiago, The ASHI School Education Manager. Michelle has been with ASHI since 2016. Michelle is instrumental in overseeing The ASHI School and manages all aspects of the pre-licensing education offered at the numerous sites around the country. She is also responsible for coordinating numerous ancillary trainings, both in person and virtually. Michelle works with states to help ensure that ASHI offerings receive continuing education credits.
The entire ASHI team is focused on serving you and we are all honored to be part of this staff that helps the organization continue to move forward. The new members of the ASHI team bring different expertise, experience and perspectives that will help us strive to deliver benefits in a new and engaging way.
View the entire ASHI Team here!