In response to various impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) eliminated several staff positions this week.
With lockdown regulations and social distancing restrictions in place, like many organizations, entities, and businesses, it has had to cancel events and suspend regular programs.
"Yesterday, I had the sad task of having to bid farewell to four of our team members working in areas of club outreach, facilities, library, and seminar/events," says ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick.
"The ANA has been using significant sums from our reserves to support operating expenditures," says Kiick. "Our operating deficit has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting suspension of several programs. I have found it necessary to identify savings wherever possible, which includes eliminating several positions tied to programs that are currently inactive."
Among the cancelations and closures of ANA services and activities, as of this week, are:
• Closure of the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and Dwight N. Manley Library on the ANA campus. (Both will remain closed through May 31)
• Cancelation (first time in its 50-plus year history) of the ANA's Summer Seminar event.
The organization will begin a phased re-opening — with work-from-home practices in place for various employees and social distancing restrictions — of its operations beginning May 4, according to the press release.
In the release, Kiick also explained that in addition to the elimination of some staff, responsibilities had been revised. Key details of this revision include:
• Primary contact for ANA clubs and district representatives, as well as conventions coordination, is Logan Curtis.
• Primary contact for coordination of ANA facilities, as well as expo management, is Sam Joseph.
• Primary contact for virtual education programs, as well as seminars, is Brianna Victor.