Displaying a commitment to growth, members of the International Executive Housekeepers Association (I.E.H.A.) cast their ballots for the future leaders of the organization in the first-ever all member vote on Wednesday, October 4. Three new officers were announced and installed as Board Members of I.E.H.A. during the Banquet held in Chicago on October 5.

We are pleased to introduce the 2006-2008 I.E.H.A. Executive Committee:

President J. Darrel Hicks, R.E.H.—Hicks currently serves as the Director of Environmental Services at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. He became a member of I.E.H.A. in 1988, obtaining his Registered Executive Housekeeper (R.E.H.) designation in 1989.

President-Elect Marvin Ellsworth, R.E.H.—Ellsworth works as the Director of Environmental Services at Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas. Ellsworth became a member of I.E.H.A. in 1980. He earned his R.E.H. designation in 2002.

Secretary/Treasurer Eric Bates, R.E.H.—Bates is the Environmental Services Manager at Bethesda Lutheran Homes in Watertown, Wisconsin. A member of I.E.H.A. since 1991, Bates later earned his R.E.H. in 1996.

“We look forward to two great years as this new Executive Committee assumes their new roles,” says CEO/Executive Director Beth Risinger. “We hope to further solidify our relationship with many other associations in the industry, while developing new alliances that will position us for continued growth.”

Concurrent with the election of the new officers, Linda Dueno-Dufek, C.E.H., Maintenance Supervisor for the Manitowoc County Court House in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, ascended from Assistant District Director to District Director of the Upper Midwest District, replacing her predecessor, Eric Bates.