President's Message - Fall 2019

NYACP President’s Message...
FALL 2019

Andrea Vacca | President

I am happy to report that 2019 has been an exciting and successful year of change for NYACP and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to serve my first term as President at this particular time in the organization’s history.

We kicked off 2019 by adding new members to our NYACP team. In addition to engaging Capitol Hill Management Services (CapHill) to provide our organization with administrative, financial and social media services, we also added new, active members to our Board of Directors and several committees.

Our first major initiative of the year was to update our website because we heard your concerns and feedback about the old website. The new site has provided us with a better platform with which we can communicate with you, our members, and how you can engage with each other and present your services to the public. We’re still all learning to use the listserve but I’m sure we’ll get the hang of it soon! I hope you have taken the time to log in and update your profile to represent yourself to potential clients who are searching for a collaborative professional in your field.

Our Training and Education Committee and Pods have been extremely active this year! There have been a dozen Pod events hosted by Westchester, Long Island and New York City, two website webinar trainings, three BCIT introduction sessions, the LGBTQI Training in February, Meet the Heat in May, the Spousal Support and Child Support program with Justice Matthew Cooper in September, and our member-only Alive After Five Boat Cruise around New York Harbor in September as well.

Our important Basic Collaborative Interdisciplinary Training in early November was expertly led by trainers Lauren Behrman, Ph.D., Deborah Wayne, Esq., Lili A. Vasileff CFP, CDFA, MAFF, and Steven M. Kaplan, CPA/ABV and it was a huge success! Bob Raymond and Tony Marcus participated as well. The feedback from the attendees was extraordinarily positive. We thank all the trainers for the time and thoughtful attention that was put into preparing and presenting the course.

Rounding out the year is our Day of Training and Annual meeting on December 5. Please register today to help us celebrate the year, conduct our annual business meeting, and experience Nancy Cameron and Yuval Berger's workshop on "The Power and Challenge of Teams".

It’s also time to renew your membership for 2020, please do so now so that you don’t miss any of the exciting changes that lay ahead.


2020 is already filling up with exciting programs and fun events for our members. Look for the invites and remember, NYACP members can attend any of the Pod events!

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to become involved, came to our events, and used the collaborative process as part of your practice this year. You are making a difference in the lives of many people and should be extremely proud of the work you are doing.

As we come into the holiday season, I am thankful for the opportunity to work with all of you and wish you all happiness and joyous celebration as we end this very successful 2019. I look forward to working together and bringing the collaborative process to even more families in 2020.

Andrea Vacca