ATPE is proud to bring you this series of posts from your board members. The ATPE Board of Directors is made up of 20 regional members, who are elected by their constituents; four state officers, who are elected annually by the entire House of Delegates at the ATPE Summit; and the most recent state past president. Board members were sent questions via email, and their responses will be posted to the ATPE Blog in the order they were received. Today’s post is from Region 20 director Tina Briones.
How and why did you get involved in a leadership role at ATPE?
My campus rep invited and took me to my first ATPE convention. I was amazed at how professional it was conducted and how involved the members were because of the leadership. The members were treated with respect, and appreciation was apparent. Later that year, I was encouraged to run for office by the current region president. My first office in ATPE was region vice president. It was exciting!
What is your favorite part of serving on the ATPE board?
I take pride in being able to represent my region by partaking in the important votes (that take place during the Board of Directors meetings), which results in the direction our association will go.
How has being on the board helped your region?
Being on the board has given my region members full insight into the operations of ATPE. This position has also afforded me the opportunity to help build future ATPE leaders.
What advice would you give to others who might be interested in serving on the board?
It's an inspiring position that can open leadership opportunities for you. When on the board, take every opportunity to understand every initiative presented to the board, the ins and outs of the budget, ask questions, contribute to the conversation, and always ask yourself before each vote, "Is this in the best interest of ATPE's future existence?"
Can you share something fun about yourself that our members might not know?
I brake for estate sales!