President's Letter

Dear ODNNY Members and Friends, 

I’m honored to be writing to you as ODNNY’s new President.  This is a very exciting time for ODNNY and our board as we strive to serve and expand the ODNNY community.   By this letter, I’d like to introduce myself and our two new board members, and briefly share what we on the board are working on and what you can expect to see in the future. 

First, a little bit about me and why I’m excited to be part of he ODNNY in my new role.  I am an OD consultant and coach and have been working in organizational development since 2005.  I live in New York City with my husband, Ken, and my daughter, Megan (who currently is studying psychology at the New School).   I am simultaneously inspired and daunted by the task of leading the ODNNY community and I ask for your patience and good humor as I find my footing.  I’m inspired because I believe our community plays a unique role in bringing together the multiple strands of professionals and leaders interested in and devoted to helping organizations develop and move toward greater levels effectiveness and health.  The breadth of all that constitutes “OD” makes our work dynamic and truly requires a “life long learner” mindset.  I believe that ODNNY can and should play a key role in helping us stay connected to others in our field and to the always evolving and emerging ideas.

I’m also excited to introduce you to two new board members who joined the ODNNY board in July 2016, Tricia Gorton and Silvia Orna.  Tricia joins us in the role of Vice President.  Tricia is the Director of Leadership Development at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), with whom I have had the pleasure of working over the years.  She has over a short time transformed the leadership development program at DTCC. Tricia’s first project as a board member is to refine our member and non-member offerings (inclusive of and beyond what we currently refer to as programming).

We are delighted to have Silvia join the board as Secretary.  Silvia is the Director of Human Resources and Operations for LatinoJustice PRLDEF.  Silvia brings a clear eye to priorities and processes, with the ability and skill to quickly get to the heart of the matter.  She is tasked with ensuring that our board processes are effective and efficient. Silvia’s first project as a board member is to revamp the ODNNY brand, including energizing our website and social media presence to deliver more value to you.

Tricia, Silvia and I are very grateful to join the current board members: Laura Espriu, Membership Chair; Robert Taylor and Tesmer Atsbeha, Programming Committee Co-chair; and Cathy Joseph, Board Advisor. They each bring their extensive knowledge, experience and dedication to ODNNY, as well as their invaluable institutional knowledge of ODNNY from their past and continued service to our organization.

What can you expect from us in the future?   We are building on your feedback and input from the Charrette and have initiated three strategic projects (two of which I referred to above):

1. Define our community – who do we best serve?  (Responsible Board Members:  Laura Espriu and Tricia Gorton)

2. Define our offering – in what ways do we best serve that community? (Responsible Board Members:  Tricia Gorton, Robert Taylor & Tesmer Atsbeha)

3. Redefine our brand – how should our identity evolve in order to communicate the richness of our community and offerings? (Responsible Board Members:  Amy Pasquale, Silvia Orna, and Cathy Joseph)

The ODNNY board met at the end of August 2016 to define our way forward and solidify our strategic objectives.  Importantly, we established at that meeting a purpose for ODNNY: “To create connections and experiences that help you and your organization thrive.”  We are eager to keep this purpose at the center and develop offerings that truly serve you and the organizations with whom you work. 

 If you have any questions, thoughts and ideas about anything I’ve shared, or ODNNY, generally, please feel free to email me at

 For myself, and on behalf of the ODNNY board, thank you for your continued interest and involvement in ODNNY.  We’re excited for the opportunity to work with you to maximize all that ODNNY can offer our community.


Amy Pasquale

President ODNNY