IOA Conference Committee

About the Conference Committee and Their Mission

The Conference Committee will organize IOA volunteers and coordinate all necessary preparations to convene an annual event that promotes the organizational ombuds profession, provides relevant educational content, enriches networking experiences for attendees, and allows for the conducting of IOA Annual Meeting business. The IOA annual conference serves as the premier venue to promote ombuds awareness, increase individual knowledge, and enhance professional skills. The annual conference features keynote and plenary speakers, workshops, presentations, and panel discussions to address a conference theme and provides countless opportunities for connection and engagement.

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  • Katie Manderson, Office of the Attorney General, Texas
  • Mark Patterson, Cal State University Channel Islands

Board Liasion

  • Marcia Riley, MS, CO-OP®, University of California, Berkeley

Committee Members

  • Crystal Brakke, Teach for America
  • Scott Cantor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Lawrence Cohen, MD, Yale University School of Medicine 
  • Michelle Fanucchi, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Lorraine Medal, CO-OP®, Mars Inc.
  • Lisa Neale, CO-OP®, University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz
  • Kristine Paranica, J.D., North Dakota State University
  • Bina Patel, National Ground Intelligence Center
  • Nicholas Raichart, University of California San Diego
  • Tammy Sadler, Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Plan 2 Retirement Board
  • Liz Stone, Gallaudet University
  • Merle Waxman, Yale University School of Medicine

Accomplishments 2019-2020

  • Hit an all-time attendance high for IOA2019 and exceeded budgeted net revenue
  • Restructured committee to engage volunteers more effectively and to be more nimble and responsive
  • Changed “Local Activities” sub-committee into “Attendee Experience” sub-committee to broaden the scope of support provided

More About the Committee

Learn more about this group by reading the Conference Committee Job Description. This document goes through the purpose of the group, how the charge related to the strategic plan, chair appointments and terms, and much more.

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To Join the Committee

If you are interested in joining this or any other committee, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to learn more about available positions and complete our Volunteer Interest Form.

Volunteer Interest Form

Last Updated 5 August 2020