Our VALUES reflect what is important to the Association's staff

We are working towards values that are truly integrated in to the fabric of our organization and lived by its employees.  The behaviors associated with each Value help us to consider how our actions and inaction impact our colleagues, to understand what we expect from each other, to improve collaboration and communications, to take ownership of our work and actions, and to embrace innovation to find new ways to achieving excellence.  In order for the Association to achieve its mission, we need to have strong foundations and culture that is based on our staff core values.  


  • We seek out and utilize the expertise and perspectives of our partners in a transparent and respectful manner.
  • We bring people and organizations together in a productive and constructive manner to solve problems; looking for collective solutions and common ground that unify, where possible.
  • We respond to differences of opinion with integrity.
  • We strive for a team approach and seek to remove silos that stifle collaboration.


  • We foster personal trust, emotional and physical well-being, and overall comfort, support, and fellowship while we work together to achieve the collective purpose of the Association.
  • We show kindness and compassion.
  • We honor work life balance.
  • We make time to celebrate successes and have fun together.
  • We seek to understand and address concerns appropriately and provide a safe environment for sharing such concerns.


  • We strive for excellence in everything we do.
  • We work diligently to achieve the mission of the Association and address the needs of our member organizations.
  • We uphold ethical standards and perform with integrity while pursuing the highest level of scientific and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to inform and guide our work.
  • We continually seek to improve our performance, our knowledge base, and our leadership skills.
  • We understand that there must be a balance between excellence and practicality.


  • We value people and treat them with respect and dignity.
  • We value different opinions, backgrounds, and perspectives. We are not afraid to have difficult conversations and maintain our professionalism throughout.
  • We are conscious of the challenges of the office environment, respecting each other’s space.
  • We are cognizant of the time constraints of our leadership, committees, and members when input is required and provide sufficient time to come to decisions


  • We anticipate the needs of our members and develop proactive approaches in anticipation of these needs. We follow through on our commitments and respond to requests in a timely manner. We strive to provide objective, informed responses.
  • We meet deadlines, communicate about expectations, are sensitive to the needs of our members and co-workers and adapt to changing environments.
  • We work diligently to achieve the mission of the Association and address the needs of our member organizations.
  • We serve as the “eyes and ears” of our member organizations on a national scale, representing them and keeping them informed of issues we believe are of important to them.