Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience — Spring 2017 5 that were raised in the aforementioned needs assessment. Member activation and participation are the driving forces of every robust organization. There- fore, again I call upon each of you to reach out and engage with WABN. We have taken steps to address some of the areas of growth. Regarding integration with other organizations and professions, I am excited to launch the Write-Mind Collaborative, a multi-organizational program where we integrate writing ma- jor students from the University of Cali- fornia, Davis (UCD) who assist members or Board of Directors with writing proj- ects and digital/online projects. This col- laboration is based out of the UC Davis University Writing Program and lead by the efforts of Dr. Elyse Lord and Dr. Re- bekka Andersen. I also look forward to further collab- oration with The Sacramento Valley Psy- chological Association (SVPA). SVPA helped us advertise our annual 2016 con- ference and were kind enough to provide a booth at their first annual conference where individuals were connected to Bio- feedback equipment and learned about the basics of the stress response. Not surprisingly, a diverse range of students, clinicians, and educators were attracted to the booth, with many questions. The booth exhibited the WABN logo, which sparked further questions about how to be involved in WABN. A new division of SVPA--Behavioral Medicine and Neu- ropsychology (BMN)—promotes the practice and education of biofeedback, neurofeedback, and EEG brain mapping. Increased engagement with SVPA and other like-minded organizations will fur- ther integrate WABN with other societies and professions. I encourage members to engage with other organizations to pro- mote collaboration. We are also transforming the news- letter to a vehicle where the voice of our members can be heard through the addi- tion of multiple sections. These include the Education and Student Section, where educators and trainees can submit their ideas about the field and potential research or teaching projects that is under- way; the Peer-Review Scholarly Section, where individual can submit non-IRB required/non-human subjects, scholarly projects such as theoretical papers, clinical conceptualization, clinical pearls, reviews, ethical or technology highlights, and evi- dence-based practices; and the Featured Professional Interview Section where individuals who have contributed directly or indirectly to the science and practice of psychophysiology and technology are in- terviewed and reported on. I look forward to creating more oppor- tunities for our psychophysiology special- ists and continuing to sustain our efforts in integrating with multidisciplinary pro- fessionals and societies, increasing mem- ber participation, marketing, and increas- ing the strength of our funding stream.u Sincerely, Amir Ramezani, PhD, BCB, BCN President, WABN Director, UCD TNT Pain Psychology and Neuropsychology Education. Associate Director, UCD Pain Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. ramezani.amir@gmail.com