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OPA Endorses Dr. Sandra Shullman for President-Elect of APA

Monday, June 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Karen Hardin
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At the May 25, 2018, meeting of the Board of the Ohio Psychological Association, the Board unanimously approved a motion “to strongly endorse Dr. Sandra Shullman for President-elect of the American Psychological Association”. OPA leaders had reviewed the statements of the other candidates and, while it is an impressive group of seasoned leaders, we know Sandy Shullman and we believe that she’s the right person for this role at this critical time for APA.

Sandy Shullman has provided exceptional leadership and service to OPA over the last three decades:

  • Chaired OPA’s first Public Interest Committee (1988)
  • President (1992-93)
  • Distinguished Service Award (1996)
  • Executive Director Search (1997)
  • Finance Officer (2002-03)
  • Governance Model Development (2013-2017)
  • Active on numerous committees, consultant to OPA Presidents and staff throughout her affiliation with OPA
  • Faculty member of the OPA Leadership Development Committee and mentor

The dates of her various roles listed above reflect critical times in OPA’s history when we needed special people with expert skills to step up and provide leadership for change to build a stronger OPA.  It is not surprising, then, that the OPA Board has strongly endorsed her candidacy for APA President-elect.  For us she is a proven leader, who has maintained her loyalty and commitment to the Ohio Psychological Association throughout her busy professional career, sharing her amazing skills in organizational and leadership development when we needed her advice and counsel.  Sandy’s commitment to diversity is reflected in OPA’s ongoing effort to embrace diversity to be a stronger association.

At the same time Sandy was maintaining her commitment to OPA,  she was also volunteering in various capacities for APA: Board member, Finance Officer, Parliamentarian, Chair of the Good Governance Committee, Board of Professional Affairs, involvement in numerous APA Divisions and so much more.  The number of APA volunteer leaders who can claim Sandy as their mentor is astounding. Sandy is an inspiring leader who supports others seeking to develop their leadership voice. She has been a strong advocate for leadership opportunities for women and marginalized populations. 

Sandy’s leadership style has such an impact.  She really listens to what others have to say.   She has the ability to focus in on the root of an issue, synthesize pro and con arguments, and provide a thoughtful vision for strategic action.  She will be an effective agent for the changes needed for psychology and APA to take its proper place in healthcare, the workplace and on issues of violence, immigration, race, LGBTQ equality and social justice.  

We know Sandy will focus on multiculturalism; engage students and ECPs; advance the science and practice of psychology; create a vision of the future of psychology in a changing world; guide APA into more effective advocacy impacting public policy, healthcare disparities and social justice; and strengthen the ethical and moral underpinnings that are the foundation of APA’s role as a leading professional association.

For these reasons the Ohio Psychological Association strongly endorses Dr. Sandra Shullman for APA President-elect.

To view Dr. Shullman's Candidate Statement, click here.

To view the all the APA President-Elect Candidate Statements, click here.