GAWDA Media is now into our third year of serving the membership by producing Welding & Gases Today and the GAWDA Connection, as well as supporting the GAWDA headquarters staff in delivering the annual meetings. We had a steep learning curve to climb getting started in 2016, especially on the editorial side. This effort was led by Editor in Chief Diane Stirling, who established a high standard for excellence through her strategic planning skills and attention to detail. Recently her alma mater, Syracuse University, lured her back to produce a magazine about the research projects being done by university staff and students. We are grateful for her leadership and contributions to our team.
Our new Editor in Chief is Veronica Westfall, who joined us in early July. She comes to us with dual degrees in English and Magazine Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Her work experience includes over 25 years in curricula development for the construction industry, with 15 years as president of a textbook writing company specializing in the building trades, including electrical, plumbing and welding. Veronica lives in Syracuse, has a daughter named Liz who is a student at the Pomeroy College of Nursing and recently adopted a puppy named Lucy. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, kayaking, gardening and finding creative ways to raise money for the Food Bank of CNY. Her skills are a terrific complement to our team, and she has already introduced some new ideas to our communications that will benefit the membership. She can be reached at our office number, or at [email protected].