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April 22, 2024

Meet the New Foundation Board Members for 2023

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On July 1, 2023, the NSCA Education Foundation Board welcomed two new board members, both who have tremendous industry experience and credentials that will further workforce development efforts.


Dawna Payne, Executive Vice President
Dawna Payne, Executive Vice President, Texadia Systems
Dawna Payne 
Executive Vice President
Texadia Systems
Dallas, TX

Q: Why did you decide to volunteer as an NSCA Education Foundation board member?

Our industry needs to attract bright new talent. NSCA is working hard with all trades in technology to make that happen. The NSCA team is dedicated and passionate about the same things I see and work through daily: education, growth, standards, business skills and more. Together, we can accomplish great things. I believe in their mission and purpose. NSCA is a forward-thinking organization that wants to bring technology to the forefront through education. Learning is knowledge, and knowledge leads to growth.

Q: What unique capabilities or perspectives do you bring to this role?

My unique perspective, and what really makes my day, is seeing through the day-to-day craziness and recognizing an individual who has potential—and then helping them see that potential. Creating a career path and encouraging every step of the way. My greatest success is not my own but the success and growth of others: a warehouse clerk who now does accounting, a technician who now runs the service department, a technician getting his CTS, CTS-I, and CTS-D or CIT, IST, or CCNS. Being passionate about others as well as our industry will help me bring change to our industry through NSCA.

Chris Reese, Chief Financial Officer
Chris Reese, Chief Financial Officer, ASW
Chris Reese 
Chief Financial Officer
ASW
Atlanta

Q: Why did you decide to volunteer as an NSCA Education Foundation board member?

We have an exciting and important industry. Our member companies enable communication for collaboration and innovation, create amazing concert and worship experience, and provide valuable life-safety technology. The Foundation is an important part of creating awareness of career opportunities in our industry, as well as providing curriculum and skills guidance to members and education partners. As a champion and beneficiary of this industry, I feel a responsibility to make sure we keep a diverse and deep talent pool interested in our business.

Q: What unique capabilities or perspectives do you bring to this role?

I am honored to bring my perspective from 10 years as an international organizational alignment and management development consultant and eight years as adjunct professor of entrepreneurial studies to this fantastic board team. I look forward to building on the work already begun to help recruit additional Foundation ambassadors and educational institution partners.

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