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New Staff at ASA Executive Office
Shortly after moving to a new location in Washington, DC, the ASA welcomed three new staff members. Be sure to make them feel welcome at their first ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
joined ASA as the Program Assistant in the Meeting Services department in May. She attended Seton Hill University where she earned a BS in Hospitality and Tourism with minors in Business and Spanish in 2007. While attending Seton Hill, she interned with the United Way of Westmoreland County and E-Magnify in their Meetings department. At the United Way she helped to plan their inaugural Women’s Leadership Council event and at E-Magnify she was on board for their Annual Women in Business Conference. After graduating from Seton Hill, she worked at the Bethesda Marriott as a trainee manager, which did not last long, as she realized that she preferred working in the meetings planning side of the industry. While at Seton Hill, she was a four-year starter on the Field Hockey team and a sprinter on the Track and Field team. She continues to play Field Hockey with the DC Dragons club team. She enjoys spending time with friends and doing volunteer activities.
Edward J. Matchett
Edward J. Matchett
, who goes by Jay, joined the ASA staff as
the Academic and Professional Affairs Assistant in June 2008. In May, Jay graduated
with honors from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, with degrees in sociology and
political science. He recently attended the Midwest Sociological Society’s
Annual Meeting where he presented his research on the use of photographs of racial
and ethnic minorities in college and university recruiting brochures. His project
documented that these photographs tended to over-represent actual minority representation
at institutions—and examined the impact of that over-representation on
minority students who were making college selection decisions. In addition
to his research, Jay worked in both the Office of the President and the Social
and Behavioral Sciences office at Augsburg College. He was the Chair of the Augsburg
College Democrats, the Honors Debate Team Captain, a Student Senator in the Augsburg
Student Government, and the Honorary Chairperson of the River Falls Relay for
Life, American Cancer Society. He brings to the position of APAP Assistant a
passion for the discipline of sociology, extensive organizational skills, and
a strong service orientation.
Tonya VanField joined ASA in April 2008. She has a BA in Social Welfare from the University of the District of Columbia. As a Social Worker and advocate for the mentally handicapped, she spent several years investigating allegations of abuse to residents of group homes. One group home was disbanded, its caretakers arrested, and residents relocated based upon evidence of abuse. She has spoken on WHUR-FM radio station about homelessness among the mentally handicapped within Washington, DC. She subsequently worked with private sector law firms as a legal assistant/secretary. More recently, however, she was a Staff Assistant with Nations Capital Child and Family Development (the largest non-profit provider of child and family development services in DC, serving more than 1,600 children in 26 early childhood development/school-age centers). She is a Washingtonian, a self-taught professional astrologer, and enjoys skiing and cruises with her husband and family.
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