The On-Liner

February 2009 Edition


In this issue:

Read the latest President's Message

Welcome New NC EAPA Members

A warm welcome goes out to Martha Lentz, Casey Powers, Courtney Walters, LaSharion Taylor and the reinstatement of Charles (Jack) Rose. Let us know what we can do to help make your EAPA experience a great one!

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NC EAPA December Training Summary

The NC EAPA December Training was a huge success. It was titled Embracing Diversity: Addressing Harassment in the Workplace. It was held on December 11th at the Comfort Suites in Pineville, NC. There were 23 registered participants. NC EAPA wants to thank Terry Dixon and Gina Patrick from Senior Helpers for sponsoring this training and educating us about their services.

Sally M. Masters spoke during the morning session. She is a Career Counselor in the Career Development Center with Appalachian State University's College of Fine and Applied Arts and Hayes School of Music. She has worked in education and counseling positions for over 25 years. She provided great insight into diversity issues in the workplace ranging from race to age and had participants explore their own triggers.

Robert P. Joyce spoke during the afternoon session. He is a lawyer and a specialist in public law, especially the law related to employment. Bob used entertaining stories to help teach about the laws relating to discrimination and how Congress defines Unlawful Discrimination.

Thanks to our speakers and to Renee' Evans for coordinating this training.

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Upcoming NC EAPA 2009 Chapter Training Events

May 14th - Forsyth Medical Center's Conference Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Speaker(s) and Topic(s) - TBA

September 17th - Raleigh / Durham area
Location, Speaker(s) and Topic(s) - TBA

December 10th - Charlotte area
Location, Speaker(s) and Topic(s) - TBA

Submitted by David A. Hamby, Vice President / Education and Training Chair

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2009 March Conference Update

Is Your Calendar Marked? The 2009 March conference "EAP: Championing Excellence in Today's Workplace" is March 11-13th at Embassy Suites and Conference Center, in Concord NC.

Have You Registered for the Conference Yet and Seen the Program? Wow! Just go to the Conferences and Trainings page of the NC EAPA website at There you will find the full program schedule, topics, and bios on all the excellent presenters. You can register via mail, or online via Pay Pal through the chapter website. Do not delay, early registration discounts end February 27th.

Changes? No change in the registration fee for members! The single biggest change from the past few years is that there will be an Awards Banquet luncheon to kick off the conference on the opening day, Wednesday March 11. New IAEAPE President, Dave Worster, will be our lunch keynote speaker, and we will end the luncheon in a celebratory fashion by announcing the chapter's award winners.

Need Hotel Room? The Embassy Suites has a block of rooms available at a special NC EAPA rate of $119/single, and $129/double per night, but you need to reserve a room by 5 pm February 10th to secure that rate. For reservations, call 704-455-8200 or visit the Embassy Suites online at If you register online the group/convention code is EAP.

Exhibitors: We recognize that the current economy may make it more difficult this year for some to attend, and are extremely pleased that many have committed to attend. Hats off to Margaret Larrea and David Hamby who are coordinating the exhibitors this year. There is still some exhibitor space available. If you know of potential exhibitors or sponsors, please contact Margaret at , or David at

Questions? Contact Andy Silberman, Chair of the 2009 March Conference at: , or at (919) 416-1727.

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Ray Robbins forwarded this Continuing Education Information


In these times of challenged budgets, this from Don Phillips Ray...

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Member Spotlight!

Welcome to the 2nd edition of this new On-Liner feature. It is a chance for everyone to get to know another NC EAPA member a little better. Every edition will spotlight a different NC EAPA member who will answer various questions. I have chosen Eileen Hodiak, our OUTSTANDING Outreach Chair for this edition:

1. How long have you been involved with NC EAPA?
I have been involved with NCEAPA since 2002 and was selected as NCEAPA Outreach Chairperson in 2003. I was selected Member of the Year for 2007 and have chaired the 2008 March Conference Committee. I am currently serving as Outreach Chair and as a member of the March Conference Committee. I am sometimes referred to as the "Merchandise Queen" as I am known for keeping the Chapter supplied with clipboards, portfolios, travel mugs, and other assorted NCEAPA logo items. I am also responsible for selecting the March Conference gift which is usually a bit hit with conference attendees. This year should prove to be no exception! I really enjoy my role as Outreach Chair and being involved with such a professional, and fun-loving, Chapter!

2. What is your current position?
In 2008, I decided to make the transition from the clinical world to the academic world when I was recruited by UNC-Pembroke to serve as Program Director for their BSW Program at Sandhills Community College. This is a distant education program that allows students to earn their BSW degree from UNC-P at the Sandhills Campus in Pinehurst, NC. My students are all non-traditional students earning their BSW degree at night, while working and caring for families during the day. This has been a challenging and exciting transition and I am honored to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Social Work students in my own community.

3. Who is in your immediate family (optional)?
I am married and my husband, Ron, is the Executive Director for Pinetree Community Services, a non-profit organization based in Moore County that provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities. We have a wonderful son, Jonathan, who is currently attending college at University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

4. What are your hobbies/interests?
I enjoy any kind of fitness activity but especially enjoy swimming and walking. I am an avid Habitat for Humanity volunteer and have been active with Habitat for Humanity for the NC Sandhills for over 10 years. I currently serve on their Family Services Committee, their Volunteer committee and various fundraising committees. I enjoy reading and movies and entertaining my four cats at home!

5. What is your favorite spectator sport?
My family and I have really enjoyed watching the Carolina Hurricanes play hockey these past several years. We are originally from Buffalo, NY and Buffalo is a big sports town especially for football and hockey. I think that is what helped us endure those long Buffalo winters!

6. What is your favorite movie(s)?
My all-time favorite movie is probably Fargo by the Coen brothers

7. Who is your favorite actor(s)?
I really love the movies and have lots of favorite actors/actresses, but some of my favorites include: Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood, William H. Macy, Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand, and Susan Sarandon.

8. What is your favorite place to vacation?
The beach has always been one of my favorite places to vacation, but now that my son is living in Las Vegas I would have to say that has become my favorite place to visit. Not only do I get to spend time with my wonderful son, but there is so much to see and do in Las Vegas it makes for a great vacation!


1. ER or Grey's Anatomy?
Neither - I prefer HOUSE!

2. Duke or North Carolina?
No preference - really. And I wouldn't want to offend fans on either side!

3. LOST or The Bachelor?
Again, neither. I don't watch any reality TV Shows. There is enough reality in the day to day world of EAP and Social Work!

4. Coffee or Tea?
I enjoy both!

5. Football or Basketball?
If I had to pick, probably basketball because it is easier to understand and there is more action. Also, little known fact, I played on a girl's basketball team in junior high school. (That's middle school for you Gen X'ers and Gen Y'ers and millenials…)

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Listserve Reminder

If you are a member of NC EAPA and are not yet on the listserve, or you have changed your e-mail address recently, send your e-mail address to Andy Silberman at: .

If you are a chapter member and wish to send a message to the listserve, just address the message to: (that's a small "L" after the hyphen).

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You can be a part of the On-Liner!!

Just a friendly reminder that anyone can submit updates, articles, book reviews, pictures, etc. for the On-Liner. You can send information anytime and I'll make sure that it gets in the next edition!!

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Thanks to Terry Dixon and Gina Patrick from Senior Helpers for sponsoring our training!

Renee' coordinated this great Diversity Training

Sally Masters provided great information in the morning

Bob Joyce was educational and entertaining in the afternoon

We welcomed Jennifer Froyd to her first NC EAPA training

LaSharion and Paul getting to share a moment

Adrienne Reich is a new CEAP and Emily Verkamp attended her first NC EAPA training

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