Our VALA Virtual Annual Conference was held on September 18, 2020 via Zoom.
AGENDA from the Annual Conference
Slate of Officers as Approved at the Annual Conference
- President: Lisa Wright
- Vice-President: Thomas Vickery
- Secretary: Cheryl Tudhope
- Treasurer: Lisa Truchon
VALA BY-LAWS as Approved at the Annual Conference
APPEAL BEST PRACTICES PDF by Christie Wright & Deanna Robitaille from PVR
A REAPPRAISAL CONTRACT PDF by Teri Gildersleeve from PVR
Presidents Message from 2020 VALA Annual Conference
2020 has been an interesting year. Along with the other challenges this year, I had just
assumed the role of president of VALA and then COVID came along. As Vermonters are known to do, we adapted and I believe have managed to carry on quite well. Our Zoom meetings have been well attended. We made the proactive decision early on to hold this conference remotely as well as our educational offerings this fall.
One of my goals this year as VALA president was to maintain the history of VALA while at the same time broaden the membership to embrace the changes in our field from Listers to Assessors in many cases.
A second goal was to continue the educational offerings and offer more informal education and discussion among our members as professional peers. Our Vice President Tom Vickery shares this goal of encouraging substantive discussion at our meetings.
Tom has put together a webinar on Contiguous Parcels and HBU which will be held on October 16 at 10 a.m.
We are also offering IAAO 158, Highest and Best Use, on November 5 th and 6 th . In addition to the solid background for assessing that both of these offerings provide, we are hopeful that this will generate informed and meaningful discussion at our November meeting.
The underlying goal I have for our organization is to build each other up and assist all of us to be more informed and more competent Listers and Assessors.
In addition to thanking Tom Vickery for agreeing to serve as Vice President, I want to extend a very sincere thank you to Todd LeBlanc who has served as an excellent resource as past President, Karen Lemnah for her work as Education Coordinator, Cheryl Tudhope for continuing to serve as our Secretary and also being a great resource for the history of our organization, and to Lisa Truchon for continuing to serve as our treasurer. And a huge thank you to Val Almosnino for serving as our education coordinator and his willingness to adapt this year. Last but certainly not least, I could not do this job without the help of Elizabeth Curran, our webmaster and who has assumed Education Coordinator this summer as well. We have a great lineup of presentations today and I am honored to be working with you all.