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As I sit here writing my last editorial, it's hard to believe that 7 years have passed since I assumed editorship from Sandy Cassady. It's been an honor and a privilege to have served the Section as Editor. The experiences I've had and the people I've come to know have resulted in such professional and personal growth for me. In the past 7 years, we've had many accomplishments that I am proud of; the Journal is now online, we are publishing more original research papers, we are drawing submissions from international authors, and the Journal is listed on multiple databases.
Such positive things could not have happened without the hard work of many people working behind the scenes. Sharon Klinski, the Managing Editor, has been absolutely wonderful to work with and without her, this Journal would not be published in a timely manner. She interfaces with multiple people to publish the journal; me for the journal copy, advertising copy from the advertising manager, Malisa Minetree, the printing company that prints the Journal, and the APTA for the names/addresses of Section members. There are probably more people she deals with that I don't even know about. And after Hurricane Katrina, she graciously agreed to temporarily handle payment for journal subscriptions since mail to New Orleans was sporadic at best. She's also a good resource for answers to questions that I don't know the answers to.
I have been fortunate to work with some hard-working people who sell the advertising for the Journal. For the first few years, I worked with Marilyn Brodsky and Carole Teitelbaum of Advertising Assistance and most recently, Malisa Minetree of Impact Ads. Through their efforts, we have sold approximately $66,000 in advertising that have helped defray the costs associated with the Journal.
I've been fortunate to work with 2 different Section Presidents, Dianne Jewell and Ethel Frese. Both of them have been supportive of my ideas and have the same visions of growth and expansion that I have had. Under Dianne's leadership, the Journal Web site was authorized and developed and Ethel continues the legacy of using the Web site to enhance growth and visibility of the Journal. I'd also like to thank all of the members of the Executive Committee over the years for their support of the Journal.
The Associate Editors, Darlene Reid, Anne Swisher, Tanya LaPier, and Sue Scherer as well as the Deputy Editor, Cathy Certo and all of the Editorial Board members have been most helpful in a lot of behind the scenes activities. I would like extend special thanks to Sue Scherer and Christy Wilson for continuing to coordinate the Research Corner feature over the last few years. Very special thanks to the Editorial Board members and reviewers for their expertise in reviewing papers for the Journal. The volunteer hours they spend reviewing manuscripts is countless and without them, this journal couldn't exist.
I'd like to thank Steve Tepper, who first got me involved with the Section's Research Committee when I was a doctoral student at the University of Florida. Somehow, he saw something in me that I didn't see and he thought I should become involved with the Journal. He introduced me to Sandy Cassady who was Editor of the Journal at the time and as they say, the rest is history. I'd also like to thank Sandy for her mentorship and guidance as I assumed editorship from her; she left the Journal in good shape and I have to admit, I was more than a bit nervous trying to fill her shoes. She came to my assistance again when she temporarily assumed editorship for 2 issues after Hurricane Katrina. It's been a pleasure getting to know her.
Finally, I'd like to thank my husband, Neil Delude, for his support in this venture over the last 7 years as well as all the other things I find myself involved with. I'm not quite sure yet what I will do with my time now that I am not the Editor, but I'm sure I'll find something else to do.
I'm sure that you will all continue your support of the Journal as well as to the new Editor, Anne Swisher. She is excited and eager to assume the editorship and she has some great ideas to increase the growth of the Journal. She will do an excellent job, I'm sure. Good luck Anne and enjoy the experience!