The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is announced a new streamlined management structure at its headquarters' office in Park Ridge, Illinois.

URISA will now be managed by its senior management team of Wendy Francis, Christine Dionne, and Barbara Hirsch. Wendy Francis has been URISA's Director of Marketing and Member Services since 1997 and will continue to be responsible for membership, vendor, and outreach relationships. Chris Dionne, URISA's Director of Conferences, has twenty years of association management experience and will have responsibility for URISA's many current and future educational programs and events. Barbara Hirsch, CPA, URISA's Director of Finance, is responsible for all fiscal matters and office operations. Scott Grams, URISA's Education Manager, will continue to lead URISA's certification effort and coordinate Journal and publication activities. Verlanda McBride, Michele Meng and Katie Morehead will continue their important office functions of member support, website management, customer service, conference registration processing, and other key responsibilities. According to Peirce Eichelberger (URISA President) and Martha Lombard (President-Elect), "These changes will allow for a 'faster-cycle' URISA and improved communications between the HQ staff, URISA members, the Board and the vendor/consulting community. The changes will also result in improved Chapter relations, proper initiation of the certification program, and enhanced member and volunteer coordination."

Eichelberger continues, " These improvements should be evident at URISA's upcoming 40th anniversary conference to be held in Chicago, October 26-30. The conference is shaping up as a 'not to miss event' as URISA recognizes its forty years of helping government staff and officials network and develop best practices."

Bill Gentes, URISA's Executive Director, will be leaving to pursue other opportunities.

For additional information please contact URISA at (847) 824-6300.