Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations for Positions on the ASPEN Board of Directors

ASPEN members are invited to apply and/or nominate individuals to be considered by the Nominations Committee for election to the Board of Directors for terms beginning June 1, 2018.

The positions available are:

  • Vice President 
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Director: Four positions are open.
Nominations of individuals to apply or completed applications should be sent via e-mail to Debra BenAvram at [email protected]. Completed applications are due by January 5, 2018
 
Nominations (suggested individuals from ASPEN should solicit applications) may be submitted through January 15, 2017. Self-nominations are permitted. 

Application to serve on the ASPEN Board of Directors.

Nominations process details

Competencies
Qualifications
Time Commitment
Position Descriptions
ASPEN's Election Process
More Information


Competencies

The ASPEN Board of Directors uses a competency-based governance model. Under this model, the Nominations Committee uses a group of competencies to assist in selecting new Board members. It is not expected that all members of the Board of Directors will have all competencies, but rather that the Board as a body will have all of them. 

The identified competences are: 

  • Clinical Practice: Conversant with clinical practice at a variety of levels.
  • Research: Conversant with the research process and funding mechanisms; well respected in the research community.
  • Education: Conversant with educational program planning and delivery mechanisms for educational activities.
  • Public Policy: Conversant with public policy issues affecting ASPEN members and their parents.
  • External Relations: Involvement and connections with organizations related to ASPEN's mission, including internationally.
  • ASPEN Knowledge: Knowledge of ASPEN goals and activities.
  • Finance: Experience in reading and interpreting financial reports.
  • Leadership: Demonstrated leadership role within ASPEN or in other professional organizations.

The qualifications for all members of the Board of Directors are:

  • Active member
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Proven exemplary professional record
  • Strong interpersonal communication and management skills
Candidates for Director must have one of the following:
  • Two years cumulative service as chair of an ASPEN committee or task force.
  • Four years cumulative service as a member of an ASPEN committee or task force.
  • Completion of a term as an ASPEN chair or chapter president and a minimum of one year of service on an ASPEN committee or task force.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with training, education, experience and interest in the areas of competency identified by the Board of Directors.
In addition to the above, candidates for Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President must have previous service on the Board of Directors. Individuals who are employed by the commercial interests* are ineligible to serve on the ASPEN Board of Directors. The Nominations Committee considers other potential conflicts of interest when making decisions regarding Board appointments.

*ASPEN defines a commercial interest as an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients. Providers of clinical service directly to patients are not considered commercial interests. This includes: some 501c non-profit organizations, government organizations, non-healthcare related companies, liability insurance providers, group medical practices, for-profit hospitals, for-profit rehabilitation centers, for-profit nursing homes, blood banks and diagnostic laboratories. 

Time Commitment

All members of the Board of Directors are expected to:

  • Attend ASPEN Board of Directors' meetings at the ASPEN annual conference, and in the Washington DC Metro area in the summer and fall.
  • Participate on monthly Board conference call on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:00-7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

President: The President is the principal spokesman for the Society, appoints the chairs and members of all standing committees and task forces, and presides all the meetings of the Society, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee. The President performs all duties and has all powers customarily incident to the office of the President and such other responsibilities and powers as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time. 

President-elect: The President-Elect assists the President in the discharge of the duties of the President as the President may direct, and performs such other responsibilities as may be prescribed from time to time by the President or the Board of Directors. In the absence of the President or in the event of the President's inability or refusal to act, the President-Elect (or in his absence or refusal to act, the Vice President) performs the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all of the duties and powers and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The President-Elect automatically succeeds to the office of the President.

Vice President: The Vice President assists the President in the discharge of the duties of the President as the President may direct, and performs such other responsibilities as may be prescribed from time to time by the President or the Board of Directors. In particular, the Vice President has responsibility for monitoring progress in implementation and updating o the Society's strategic plan. In the absence of the President or the President-Elect or in the event of their inability or refusal to act, the Vice President performs the duties of the President, and when so acting, has all of the duties and powers and be subject to all of the restrictions upon the President. The Vice President automatically succeeds to the office of President-Elect. 

Secretary/Treasurer: The Secretary/Treasurer oversees the following activities that are carried out by the national office staff: Keeping minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors in one or more books maintained for that purpose, sees that all notices are duly given in accordance with the applicable law, the Articles of Incorporation, and the Bylaws, is the custodian of the Society records and o t he seal of the Society; keeps a record of the mailing address of each Director and officer of the Society. The Secretary/Treasurer is also the principal financial officer of the Society and is in charge of and responsible for overseeing the fulfillment of the following responsibilities by the Executive Director: the maintenance of adequate books of account for the Society; custody of all funds and securities of the Society, and the receipt and disbursement thereof; the deposit of all funds and securities of the Society in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected. The Secretary/Treasurer performs all duties and has all powers customarily incident to the offices of Security and of Treasurer and such other duties and powers as may be prescribed from time to time by the President or the Board of Directors. If required by the Board of Directors, the Secretary/Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of the duties of that office, or shall request same for the Executive Director. The Secretary/Treasurer has a two year term.

Directors: There are five directors, and their responsibilities vary in accordance with the priorities and activities of the Society.

All Board member are expected to participate fully in developing and honing the strategic priorities for the organization. Additionally, all Board members are expected to participate in all Board meetings an other activities, including monthly conference calls and three in-person meetings each year. 

ASPEN's Election Process 

  • The Nominations Committee shall present to the membership by March 1, one nomination for each seat on the Board of Directors which is vacant or is about to expire and one nomination for the offices of Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Thirty (30) days shall be allowed for additional nominations from the membership. Any member may be nominated by petition of 2.5% of the voting membership.
  • If there is only one nominee for any officer or director position, the secretary/treasurer shall cast a unanimous ballot for said officer or director.
  • If there is more than one nominee for any officer or director position, a ballot shall be sent to the membership by April 10, listing all candidates for each position for which more than one candidate has been nominated.
  • Voting must be completed by May 10, and the nominee receiving a plurality of votes cast shall be elected.

Contact Debra BenAvram, ASPEN Chief Executive Officer: [email protected]