President's Message

Welcome IMA Members, Students, and Guests,

Happy Spring!  Albert Einstein said, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”  Our council board started this fiscal year committing to provide greater value to the members in our region, and we are delivering on that commitment.  

Despite the ongoing challenges we encountered with pandemic continuing into 2021, our council supported more students and a faculty member to attend the IMA Student Leadership Conference virtually this fiscal year, using part of our Memorial Education Fund grant.  On January 20, 2022, we hosted an engaging non-CPE presentation on "Supporting Students/Your Career . . . Your Choice" to about a dozen members discussing how IMA and our councils and chapters can support students in this area. Our council hosted three virtual CPE webinars in November, February, and March to groups of 50+ members.

On April 21, 2022, we plan to host a double-header of CPE webinars.
  • At noon EDT, we will host a webinar on "Preparing for the Future: Succession Planning" by Derek Fuzzell, Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, PAHO/WHO Federal Credit Union.
  • Then at 7 pm EDT, we will host a virtual panel discussion, featuring Dr. Loretta Baryeh, Tenured Associate Professor of Accounting at Coppin State, Kathleen Sobieralski, Accounting Professor and Program Director at University of Maryland Global Campus, and Derek Fuzzell, on "Emerging Issues and Career Pathways in Managerial Accounting, a Practical Discussion." 
Please join us for one or both webinars!

Our next council board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 7 pm via Zoom. We will be electing officers for this coming fiscal year and discussing our plans moving forward. You do not have to be a board member to attend, so please consider joining us!  We need you and your talents to leverage the momentum we have begun to finish the 2021-2022 fiscal year strong and start planning for the following year. 

Share your talents and unique perspective by serving on a committee.  Volunteer to serve on the council board for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.  Allow us to add value to you.  Help us multiply value to our member chapters, individual members, and potential members in this region.



Amy Blechinger

2021-2022 President

Potomac and Chesapeake Council