2020-2021 MMCA Board and Committees
2020 - what a year it was! This is my fourth and last President’s message and each one has focused more on dealing with the unforeseen challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic than on typical mosquito and mosquito control topics. The pandemic truly took a significant toll on everyone whether that was through health, social, economic, or political challenges.
Meanwhile, we are making plans to hold our first-ever virtual conference on February 3, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and hope many of you will join us. The Planning Committee, led by Isaac Blackmon, has been making strides with a full agenda including a presentation by Dr. Roxanne Connelly who now works as a Chief Entomologist with the CDC, but many will remember as a professor with the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. Dr. Connelly will speak on a paper she co-authored this year (very timely and coincides with the health crisis the world finds itself in at this time) highlighting the first joint recommendation from EPA and CDC that mosquito surveillance and control should be maintained by state and local mosquito control organizations during public health emergencies and natural disasters. We will also have follow-up presentations on EEE in Michigan (from last year’s EEE symposium) from Dr. Ned Walker and Dr. Emily Dinh. I’m looking forward to hearing these presentations and more!
I hope you will be able to join our virtual conference, but please note that there will be a limit on the number of online participants, so if you haven’t yet signed up and are interested in doing so, I would advise that time is of the essence. At this point, you should have received a mid-December invite to the conference, but if you’re looking for further information visit the MMCA website. MDARD credits will be available.
In closing, although we’re coming off a challenging year where birthday and holiday parties were limited or cancelled, schools were virtual, and work was often from home (with way too many virtual meetings and webinars 😊), I want to reiterate my gratitude for your continued support and hard work in the world of pest control. Many have undoubtedly had a challenging year, but as I count my blessings, I wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with good health and spirits, strength, and serenity. I feel confident that when we all return together it will be with a greater sense of belonging and a renewed perspective on all of the values we hold dear and that make our organization a special place.
Board Members terms will expire:
February 2022 - Britanie Rountree, Melinda Moreno, and Jessica Fetterman
February 2021 - David Driver & Trustee
Awards & Recognition - Kristy Brandt & Ken Misiak
Finance - Melinda Moreno
Legislative Liaison - Carl Doud
Member and Nominating - Britanie Rountree
2021 Conference Planning - Isaac Blackmon
Public Education and Information - Thys Kotze
Scientific - Bill Stanuszek
2020 7F Seminar Planning- Rebecca Brandt