President’s Message

January 2022

We Can Do This - in 2022!

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RJ Picciano
BA, CHT, OCDT, CHBT

President

Welcome to 2022! The past 2 years have seen a new era in healthcare. Covid 19 has dominated the news, our jobs and our families. Initially we were frightened because we weren’t sure how it would affect our health and daily lives. Then there was the vaccine which gave hope to healthcare workers, plus our vulnerable patients.

Get Your CEUs with our Seminars

Last year, we offered our first Virtual Seminar, which enabled all of you to attend virtually to keep you safe. This was very well attended, affording our members an excellent opportunity to keep themselves updated, with an added bonus of receiving CEU’s.

In 2022, we are offering 2 in-person seminars and 2 virtual seminars, which of course would depend on update Covid information from the CDC. I want to assure you that myself and the board are kept up-to-date with information regarding Covid 19 and variants. For the in-person seminars, we already have established Covid protocols in place.

Board Member Updates
I want to take this opportunity to recognize 2 long-term Board Directors whom we have worked with in the past several years.

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Lyle Smith
BSN, CPDN

Umatilla, OR

Firstly, Lyle Smith recently retired as a director. He is a long-term Director with a long history of supporting BONENT and a valued member of the board. His years of experience has been appreciated by not only myself and board members, but also in the renal community. I would like to wish him a long, happy, and fruitful retirement which has been well earned. Fear not that Lyle is leaving BONENT, as he remains a Presidential Advisor, for which we are grateful.

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Michael Morales
CHT, CHBT, CHWS

Bellflower, CA

I would also like to recognize Michael Morales whose experience, guidance and knowledge has supported BONENT over the years. I wish him well in his future endeavors.

Lastly but not least please welcome our new Directors to BONENT. Remember your vote counts. Kazim R. Naqvi, CHT, was voted in the fall of 2021. Please join me in congratulating his promotion. Kazim will bring international experience and help us to grow. Also from NY, please welcome Minerva Ymaz, CHN, as our newest board member. She brings with her many years of HDx experience. More information is in the board article.

Thank You Staff

Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our Executive Director Peter Anas, who has been involved with BONENT for many years. Peter and his wonderful staff go above and beyond for BONENT.

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful 2022 - we can do this!

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