Support Staff Committee Meeting Minutes

Professional Development Seminar
Branson, MO
October 1, 2011

Call to Order

The meeting of the Support Staff Committee was called to order by Tisha Gieser, Chair (AK).


The following members of the committee were present:


Tisha Gieser, Chair (AK)


Anna Hanback (VA)


D. Hobie Lehman (VA), Vice Chair


Nathan Hatfield (VA)


Paula Rossetto (CA)


Daniel Hicks (TN)


Mick Bailey (WV)


Maryann Horch (VA)


Matthew Baker (CA)


Kathy Jackson (UT)


Shereen Baker (CA)


Jamie Kruse (NE)


Cindy Benjamin (NV)


Michael Linn (MN)


George Bishop (VA)


Ann Luck (NC)


Julie A. Bochat (MO)


Bill MaGill (VT)


Joan Branson (MO)


Melanie Newby (VA)


Karen Brown (UT)


Tracy Ortiz (TX)


Paul Campos (WA)


Tara Perkinson (VA)


Kristin Canterbury (WV)


Rose Ramsey (VA)


Sarah Culley (MO)


Dianne Russell (NC)


Marguerite Duda (WV)


Ron L. Smith (LA)


Joy Engelby (MO)


Lori Summers (WV)


Jeff Finch (VA)


David G. Surdez (MN)


Janice Gadd (UT)


Dianne Whitaker (VA0


Virginia Habansky (VA)


Crissy Wilson (MO)


Stephanie Hall (AK)


Maureen Wilson (UT)




Joyce Wright (AL)

Other members/guests in attendance included: Eric Bingham (VA), Barbara Carter (VA), Lucy Darris (MO), Ginny Edwards (VA), Londi Ensor (AK), Diane Keetch (NV), Connie McMillen (MO), Lori Mullins (WV), Lori Nichols (WV), Mary Snider (MO), Jan Waldrop (VA), and Angela Andrews (NCSL).

Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Maryann Horch (VA), seconded by Stephanie Hall (AK), the minutes of the last meeting held August 8, 2011, during the NCSL Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas were approved.

New Business

Tisha Gieser, Chair, reviewed the role of the Support Staff Committee, highlighting the Associate Exchange Program and program planning for the annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS).

Hobie Lehman, Vice Chair, provided an overview of the Associate Exchange Program (AEP) and shared his experience being hosted by the Delaware House. He explained that as a result of the exchange he was able to implement cost saving measures in Virginia. Matthew Baker (NV) and Diane Keetch (NV) also shared their experiences as AEP participants.

Tisha Gieser, Chair, stated that an email would be sent out later this month asking for Chambers to participate in the Associate Exchange Program as host states. Joan Branson (MO) suggested that host states be given some guidance on how to maximize the experience of program participants, such as a sample agenda. George Bishop (VA) clarified that the exchange is designed to be three to five days as stated in the ASLCS Standing Orders. Nathan Hatfield (VA) added that in addition to participants benefiting from the exchange, host chambers also get the opportunity to learn about another state and get a fresh perspective on their own processes. Committee members were encouraged to search "aslcselearning" on YouTube to see video clips from a past Associate Exchange participant and host state.

ASLCS President Terry Spieler greeted the committee and heartened members to seek further involvement in ASLCS and the Support Staff Committee. President Spieler encouraged the committee to promote the Associate Exchange Program in the coming year.

The committee discussed the Legislative Expo in Branson, noting that participation was healthy and the length was appropriate. Tisha Gieser, Chair, asked the committee for input regarding having a theme for next year's expo, but the committee agreed that a theme might jeopardize participation. Matthew Baker (NV) emphasized the value of the expo, explaining that he had implemented some programming enhancements in Nevada based on a demonstration given during a previous expo.

The committee was asked for feedback on the Staff Breakouts. It was suggested that the seating be arranged in a circle for future breakouts to encourage participation. The committee discussed various formats such as breaking into smaller groups by job for a portion of the session. Multiple committee members expressed a preference for the large group format that was used this year.

The committee brainstormed possible Concurrent Session topics for the 2012 PDS. Suggested topics included: multi-tasking/time management, cross-training, and succession planning.


Upon a motion by George Bishop (VA), seconded by Janice Gadd (UT), the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Stephanie Hall (AK)