President’s Message

AIG President Melinda Miguel

Dear Association Members and Friends,

It is with great excitement and support that I turn over the role as President to my friend and colleague, Mr. Stephen Street, Inspector General, State of Louisiana, as of January 1, 2015. I am confident that Stephen will continue the great work that we have begun as an Association and will forge ahead on many new and successful endeavors.  Please join me in welcoming and supporting Stephen!

I would also like to extend a heartfelt welcome to the newly elected Officers of the Association and members of the Board of Directors. I look forward to continuing to work with you.

It has truly been an honor to serve as your National President for these last four years, and I am exceedingly proud of all that we have accomplished. It has been a wonderful journey.

I am pleased to report that the Inspector General community that we serve is growing and becoming increasingly effective in advancing our vision of integrity and accountability in government through independent oversight. Our Inspector General Institute® has never been stronger, as this year alone we certified over 200 inspectors general, investigators and auditors.

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The Association’s Board of Director’s major accomplishment at its October 21, 2014 Board of Directors meeting was the adoption of a new 5-year strategic Plan. Patra Liu, Assistant Inspector General and Legal Counsel of the Miami-Dade County, FL OIG, and long time AIG Board member, served as the chairperson of the Strategic Plan Committee, which worked for two-years on crafting the new plan. According to Ms. Liu, the work was sometime laborious and at times even a little contentious, as the committee sought to find common ground, build consensus, and resolve philosophical differences regarding the Association’s mission and priorities. Ultimately, however, the hard work paid off, and the full Board enthusiastically endorsed and approved the work of the committee, and adopted the new plan unanimously.

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Announcement: 2014 Board of Directors and Officers Election Results

Stephen B. Street Jr., State of Louisiana Inspector General, newly elected as the AIG President

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2014 Board of Directors and Officers elections.

Elected at the October 21, 2014 Board of Directors meeting, the following Board Members will serve two year terms as officers of the Association beginning on January 1, 2015:

Stephen Street, President
Robert Clift, 1st Vice President
Barry Kluger, 2nd Vice President
Patra Liu, 3rd Vice President
Lora Manon, Secretary
Pasqualino “Pat” Russo, Treasurer

In an electronic election held from September 21 to October 1, 2014, the qualified membership elected the following individuals to serve three year terms as members of the Board of Directors:

Pasqualino “Pat” Russo
Robert Clift
Joseph Ferguson
Patra Liu
Eric Feldman
Hector Collazo
Steve Pasichow
Lora Manon
Lise Valentine
Matthew Harris
David McClintock
Ken Donohue
James Heath
Patrick Blanchard
Michael Kessler

In addition to the Officers and new Board members, the new Executive Committee for 2015 are the following:

Dan Ahern
Tom Caulfield
Hector Collazo
Eric Feldman
Joe Ferguson
Matt Harris
Dave McClintock
Steve Pasichow
Sheryl Steckler
Doug Wilson

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