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Change in ACA Leadership

Monday, June 17, 2019  
Posted by: Kelsey Bracewell
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The ACA Board of Directors regretfully announces the departure of our Executive Director, Wade Blackwood.  Mr. Blackwood has been with the ACA for more than a decade, serving initially as Chief Financial Officer before becoming the Executive Director.  Under his leadership, the ACA had a number of successes including the creation of a partnership between the ACA and Rapid Media and the creation of a State Director program to help better serve our members.   Most recently, Mr. Blackwood was instrumental in ACA becoming the National Governing Body for Olympic and Paralympic paddlesports.  We appreciate his service to the ACA and the paddlesports community, and wish him well in the future.

 

Beth Spilman, of Richmond, VA, has been hired to serve as interim Executive Director while ACA begins a search for a new, permanent ED.  Ms. Spilman brings a wealth of experience in leadership, management and strategic planning, in both non-profit and for-profit sectors.  She said "It's an honor to be entrusted with this responsibility.  I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with ACA’s dedicated staff, passionate volunteers and a wide range of partner organizations to help ACA continue its mission of improving Education, Stewardship, Competition and Recreation for the paddlesports community."  Please join the ACA's Board and staff in welcoming Ms. Spilman to the ACA family.  


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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling, stewardship support to help protect paddling environments, and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration, and recreation.

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