Jerry Perry's MLA President Page

A Hearty THANK YOU! For a Terrific Year!

My year as MLA President has come to a close, and the exceptional Jane Blumenthal is our new President.  I wish her the best and am confident that she, the Association, and the membership will have an outstanding year.

It was both a great honor and a lot of fun to serve as President, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank some folks:

MLA Executive Director Carla Funk, for her vision and leadership;

The entire team at MLA Headquarters, who really ARE a team and who work so diligently and carefully in coordination to serve our members;

Teresa Knott (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Michelle Kraft (Cleveland Clinic) for their leadership as Co-Chairs of the NPC – wasn’t our Seattle meeting simply outstanding?!  Thanks as well to every member of the NPC – it’s a long-term commitment, serving on this important Committee.  The hard work showed in Seattle!

Lisa Oberg and Nicki Dettmar (University of Washington) for their enthusiasm, energy and support as Co-Chairs of the LAC, and all the members of the LAC who all worked hard to make the just past meeting memorable and so very easy!

Paul Graller and the outstanding crew at Hall-Erikson, who did such a terrific job planning and coordinating the many logistical details to produce our Seattle meeting;

The MLA Board of Directors, for their service and commitment to excellence;

All the Association members who assisted with the just past meeting as volunteers, bloggers, videographers, sent tweets and did so much more to contribute, making the meeting a rich experience for those able to attend and for those who participated virtually; and,

Finally, my thanks to the members of MLA for your support and encouragement.  Everywhere I went this past year I was warmly welcomed and made to feel at home.  As I said in my Presidential address, as a profession we are not looking back to see what’s gaining on us, and we truly love the work we do.  Simply awesome!

Here then are some pictures mostly from the annual meeting taken by me or shared with me by friends.  Enjoy!

For those about to ROCK…!

For those about to ROCK…!

My partner Garry (aka “G”) posing with a sculpture he acquired by Tuscon artist Jerry Hall, in our backyard.

My partner Garry (aka “G”) posing with a sculpture he acquired by Tuscon artist Jerry Hall, in our backyard.

A boy and his bobble head!  Photo courtesy of the terrific Gary Freiburger.

A boy and his bobble head!  Photo courtesy of the terrific Gary Freiburger.

Our NPC Co-Chairs, Michelle Kraft and Teresa Knott!

Our NPC Co-Chairs, Michelle Kraft and Teresa Knott!

The wonderful Anne Seymour!

The wonderful Anne Seymour!

Board Member Gabe Rios.

Board Member Gabe Rios.

Great Scott!

Great Scott!

Celebrating being in Seattle!

Celebrating being in Seattle!