December 3, 2018

I am truly humbled and honored to be the new president of this great organization. My first NAME experience was the 2014 conference in Niagara Falls. If you had told me then that four years later I would be the NAME president, I would have told you you’re crazy. I attended that first conference thinking it’d be a good opportunity to learn more about school-based services and it was, but it was so much more than that. I learned a lot, I networked, made some connections, and laid the ground work to further my career and skillset.

I encourage everyone to make the most of their opportunities at future NAME conferences. As you know, at home there are very few people that do what we do. NAME brings together people from across the country to share ideas, best practices, and their experiences in school-based services. Take advantage of these resources whenever and however you can.

This is the time of the year that everyone begins to make plans for the coming year. Over the next year, I plan to use my skills and ideas to further the NAME mission. One of my goals for NAME, is to take the organization to the next level technology wise. I want to continue to renovate our website, increase our social media presence, improve your conference experience with a downloadable app, and advance the technology that supports the NAME organization behind the scenes. I will not be doing this alone. I know I will have the support and guidance of the entire NAME leadership team and our committees. I invite everyone that feels they can contribute to the goals of the organization to bring your ideas forward, volunteer, and help us continue to further the NAME mission.

Happy holidays,



Dario Avila

NAME President