Section Leaders

2021/2022 New Orleans Section Leaders

All of our board members are volunteers and active members of the International Society of Automation.

Interested in volunteering as a section leader?  Let us know!

President
Wayne Welk
(504) 734–6237
wawelk@reynco.com

Treasurer
Christy Anderson
(504) 734-6218
cmanderson@reynco.com

Secretary
Jose Suarez
(504) 344–3758
jose.suarez@xyleminc.com

Program Chair
Ronnie Ledet
(504) 836-8901
rledet@msbenbow.com

Membership Chair
open

Delegate
Mike Williamson
(504) 849–2243
Mike.J.Williamson@worley.com

Student Section Liaison
Leo Holzenthal
(504) 836-8902
llholzen@msbenbow.com

Section–Division Liaison
Eric Keller
(504) 934-2210
ewkeller@edg.net

Web/ISA Connect Chair
Wayne Welk
(504) 734–6237
wawelk@reynco.com

Scholarship Chair
Dean Bickerton
(504) 717–0718
dabickerton@reynco.com

Board Member
Steven Cothran
(985) 249-5553
scothran@meco.com

Board Member
Ryan Curry
(504) 620-5324
rcurry@petrotechinc.com

Board/Past President
Dean Bickerton
(504) 717–0718
dabickerton@reynco.com

Board Member
Ram Ramachandran
(504) 456–6269
ramacg2@att.net

Board Member
Roger Reedy
(504) 220–3030
rdreed8@hotmail.com


About the Section Board

The section board is generally responsible for managing the sections affairs and conducts the business of the section. It is essential for the board to be open to the suggestions and feedback of the section membership and should always be open to offers of help.

Typical duties of board positions

President (required)
The president manages the operations of the section to ensure that the best interests of the local members are being met. The president provides leadership and guidance to other section officers and ensures that the section activities are focused on increasing member engagement and satisfaction. Time commitment on average 2-4 hours per week.

  • Serves as chief elected officer of the section and ex-officio member of all committees
  • Attends all section meetings
  • Ensures that decisions, orders, and resolutions of the section board are delegated and carried out
  • Organizes the section’s efforts by implementing the structure, appointing committee chairs and others as needed, and delegating the duties required by the bylaws and the year’s plans.
  • Works with other officers and committee chairs to assess members’ needs and set plans for the year’s activities
  • Fulfills obligations to ISA by prescribed dates, including but limited to, the annual report, list of leadership, etc.
  • Appoints or establishes nominating committee according to section bylaws for next year’s elections
  • Represents the section at ISA leadership conferences (District Leadership Conference, District Council Meetings, Annual Leadership Conference, etc.)
  • Plans a budget with the section treasurer, to be reviewed and approved by the section board
  • Sets audit procedures in motion at year end for financial records turnover
  • Provides all records to their successor upon completion of term or resignation prior to completion of term

Secretary
The secretary keeps track of section business and functions primarily as a record keeper and correspondent. Time commitment on average 1-2 hours per week.

  • Prepares and distributes accurate minutes of all section business meetings in a timely manner
  • Prepares correspondences at the direction of the president and/or section board
  • Maintains permanent section files
    • Including, but not limited to the charter certificate, bylaws, articles of incorporation, tax forms, etc.
    • Provides copies as needed of the latest versions to the section officers
  • Other administrative duties as assigned by the president and/or section board
  • Provides all records to their successor upon completion of term or resignation prior to completion of term

Treasurer (required)
The treasurer has general supervision of the section’s funds and financial records. Time commitment on average 1-3 hours per week.

  • Provides the president with financial information needed from section records for the annual report
  • Maintains the sections financial recording system and recommends improvements as necessary
  • Assists in preparation of the annual budget and monitors section expenses
  • Prepares and records checks and invoices in a timely manner
  • Prepares statements and reports on financials at section board and membership meetings
  • Provides information to the auditing group
  • Ensures that tax filings and other reports required by national and local laws are prepared and mailed in a timely manner
  • Provides all records to their successor upon completion of term or resignation prior to completion of term

Membership Chair
The membership chair is responsible for all activities related to membership recruitment and retention. Time commitment on average 2-3 hours per week.

  • Prepares and implements a membership recruitment and retention plan, including, but not limited to:
    • Recruitment drives
    • New member welcomes
    • Long-term member recognition
    • Member participation in section activities
    • Membership renewal reminders
  • Reports on membership statistics at section board and membership meetings
  • Follows up on any membership-related correspondences from members
  • Provides all records to their successor upon completion of term or resignation prior to completion of term

Program Chair
The program chair is responsible for managing the educational and social programming at section meetings and events. Time commitment on average 2-3 hours per week.

  • Develop programs that respond to the educational needs of section members and others in the community
  • Secures and contacts speakers for programs
  • Recruits a committee of volunteers
  • Assists in preparation of the programming budget
  • Ensures meeting venues and facilities are in order
  • Ensures the meeting is properly announced and publicized
  • Maintains program records including description, speaker, attendance, evaluation, and revenue for annual report
  • Provides all records to their successor upon completion of term or resignation prior to completion of term

Society Delegate
A society delegate serves as the official representative of the members in their respective section at District Council meetings and votes on Society matters at the Council of Society Delegates meeting. Delegates should possess experience and knowledge of the Society. A past section president or member who has served in other capacities of the Society may possess the experience and knowledge needed.