NRA National Headquarters
Tourigny, Ann W., The Journal of Rehabilitation
The National Headquarters is the communications hub of the Association and its affiliates. It is through this office and its staff that the complex network of organizational structures, people and programs that comprise the Association communicate and coordinate their efforts. The National office brings to individual members and leaders of NRA units the information and services that links each together for effective functioning.
History of the NRA Office
NRA had its beginning in 1925 and, like most new organizations, began with all voluntary help made up of officers, board members, committee persons, and hard working members. On July 1, 1948, the first full-time staff person was hired. E.B. Whitten became NRA's first Executive Secretary. Quarters were established at 1025 Vermont Avenue in downtown Washington, D.C. This remained NRA's home until August 1, 1962 when they moved to 1029 Vermont Avenue. In August 1965, a move was made to 1522 K Street" In 1968, with the expansion of staff, it was necessary to relocate and the NRA office moved to the eleventh floor of 1522 K street.
In July 1980, the Board of Directors purchased an office condominium at 633 South Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The purchase of the office condominium was to meet two major needs: 1) to reduce cash outlay for rent each month, and 2) to secure equity from those funds that were being spent each month for office space. The move into the present national office occurred in November 1980.
In 1988, NRA purchased the adjoining office condominium at 631 South Washington Street for much needed additional office space.
In September 1991, the NRA offices were relocated to Reston, Virginia, in rental space. The properties at 631 and 633 South Washington Street were put up for sale primarily due to inconvenient access for persons with disabilities. By December 1992, the properties had not sold, which placed the association in a position of paying rent and the mortgage on the two condominiums. Based on fiscal integrity, the offices were moved back to Alexandria.
In November 1993, 631 S. Washington Street was sold and the total staff moved into the remaining condominium at 633 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA. The property at 633 S. Washington Street remains on the market with the intent to move to convenient state-of-the-art accessible offices upon the sale of the condominium.
The chart on the following page shows the organization of the National Office. The job description for each of the senior staff positions follows.
Senior Staff Positions
The Executive Director, Ann Ward Tourigny, Ph.D., CAE, serves as the chief executive officer and is responsible to the board of directors for the effective conduct of the affairs of the association. She recommends and participates in board formulation of association mission, goals, and objectives and related policies. Within the framework established by the Board of Directors, she plans, organizes, coordinates, controls, and directs the staff, programs, and activities of the association.
The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board and works with members of the board of directors and its committees as appropriate. The Executive Director maintains personal contact with regional and chapter organizations, divisions, and the general membership to the greatest degree possible as well as developing appropriate relationships with other associations, industry, government, public service organizations, and vendors to enhance the image of the association and the attainment of its objectives.
The Director of Communications and Marketing, Ron Acquavita, handles the editorial and production phases of the association's journal, magazine, press releases, and other promotional material. He provides consultative and technical assistance to other staff …
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Publication information: Article title: NRA National Headquarters. Contributors: Tourigny, Ann W. - Author. Journal title: The Journal of Rehabilitation. Volume: 61. Issue: 3 Publication date: July-September 1995. Page number: 23+. © 1999 National Rehabilitation Association. COPYRIGHT 1995 Gale Group.
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