Fran L. Giatas was recently selected as the 2013 Administrative Professional of the Year by the Providence chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Giatas is employed as the executive assistant to the president of Care New England Health System, and in the past was the senior executive assistant to the president of Butler Hospital. She has served 31 years in high-level leadership positions, acting as the prime contact for board trustees and corporation members in both roles. Giatas joined IAAP in January 2011 and has since assisted on various committees and served as treasurer and chair of the bylaw committee. During her tenure with the chapter, she has been designated as a member of excellence and has also received the “be the best” award from the New England district director of IAAP. Giatas holds the certified administrative professional designation.
PBN: Can you tell us a little about the award selection criteria?
GIATAS: The criteria for the Administrative Professional of the Year award [includes the submission of] a 26-question application, which covers the details of one’s professional history, as well as current position and accomplishments to date. Also covered is what the individual contributes to the IAAP, as well as to the community at large.
PBN: What do you enjoy about your job?
GIATAS: As the executive assistant to the president of Care New England Health System, my job is diverse and challenging. I am privileged to be one of the main contacts for our board of directors, which I find very rewarding. I work among a group of true professionals who are at the top of their game and from whom I consistently learn in an environment that is ever-changing.
PBN: You’re actively involved with the Providence chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. What are some of the perks of belonging to this organization?
GIATAS: Membership within the IAAP offers educational opportunities through seminars, webinars and workshops at various annual meetings. It offers certification in administrative professional skills and specialty skills. Leadership development is available through the chairing of and participation on committees, the holding of offices and project assignments. Networking and mentoring opportunities are also readily available. •