Election of the NAQC Board of Directors
Friday, May 24, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Update on the Election of
NAQC’s Board of Directors
In a week, NAQC will conduct its 2013 election of the Board of Directors by the
membership. This email contains information on the election process and the
nominees standing for election in this exciting event.
Who is eligible to vote?
All organizational members of NAQC are eligible to cast votes in board
elections. A single designated representative for each organization will cast a
vote on behalf of her/his organization. If you have an individual membership
and would like to upgrade to an organizational membership, please contact NAQC
When and how will the
election take place? The election will take place from May 31-June 14, using
an online voting tool called VOTENET. Each organizational representative
will receive an email with a link to the Votenet portal, a username and a
password. All votes must be cast by June
14 at 5 p.m. ET.
How many positions are
open on the Board? Currently, NAQC has three positions open on
the Board of Directors.
How many nominees are
standing for election? There are five nominees for the three
open positions. Each eligible voter will be asked to vote for up to three
Who are the nominees?
NAQC is honored to have five exceptional nominees for this year’s election.
Detailed information on each candidate’s experience, relationship to NAQC and
vision for NAQC can be viewed by clicking on her/his name:
Program Director, California Smokers’ Helpline (CA)
Eriksen, Sc.D. - Professor and Director, Institute of
Public Health at Georgia State University (GA)
Noltenius, MA, PhD- National Director, National
Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN), Latinos Saludables Sin Tabaco (IN, DC)
- Executive Director, Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment
Kahler Vose -
Managing Director, GALEWiLL DESIGN (formerly YELLOWBRICKROAD)
Who currently serves on
the NAQC Board? For a list of members, click here.
What qualities does NAQC
seek in Board members? During the next few years quitlines will experience
many changes in the populations served, technology used, and approaches to
sustainability. NAQC seeks candidates for the board who are innovative "difference
makers” and who can help guide us through the changes ahead. Candidates
for the board should have senior level experience, possess leadership skills,
be strategic thinkers and display professional and collegial demeanor. Board
members do not represent their employer or any specific constituency, but
instead work together to create a global vision for NAQC. The board seeks
members who are committed to NAQC’s mission and values, contribute diverse
viewpoints and cultural experiences, and have expertise in some of the areas
- Finance: The Board is responsible
for financial oversight of the organization, and seeks candidates with
expertise in this area. Currently, there are no CPAs or MBAs on the Board.
- Understanding issues related to
organizational sustainability for NAQC: Ensuring sustainability
of the organization is a key responsibility of the Board. NAQC seeks
candidates who offer strategic leadership in fundraising and working with
donor and/or grant-making organizations.
- Policy governance of a
not-for-profit organization: Experience on a
non-profit board is extremely helpful to candidates. NAQC follows a policy
governance model developed by John Carver which focuses on business issues
and strategic leadership. The Board does not focus on program development;
this issue is delegated to staff.
- Operations of a quitline: NAQC seeks candidates
with experience in the operations of quitlines.
- Addressing priority
disparities in health is a key objective for NAQC. We seek candidates with
an expertise and background in cultural knowledge and experience in
reaching priority populations.
- Making quitlines sustainable: Ensuring quitline
sustainability is a key objective for NAQC. Recently, government funding
for quitlines and tobacco control programs has been decreasing. NAQC seeks
candidates who offer strategic leadership on new approaches to
sustainability planning for quitlines, including public-private
partnerships and integration of quitlines in health systems.
Does the Board have terms and term limits? Board members are
elected for a term of three-years and can be re-elected once. Directors may not
serve for more than two consecutive terms. Partial terms of more than one year
count as a full term.
What is the time
commitment? Do Board members receive payment? The annual time
commitment for board members includes four one-and-a-half day meetings (plus
travel and preparation time) and approximately 30 hours of additional time for
committee work. Board members receive no payment other than travel
How are officers
elected? The Board members elect their officers each year, no
later than by August 1st following the election.
How will NAQC notify the
membership of election results? Wayne Tormala, Board Chair,
will announce the election results in August via a NAQC communication.
If I have technical
problems with voting, who should I contact? For technical
issues, contact Natalia Gromov at NGromov@NAQuitline.org
or 800-398-5489 ext. 701.
How can I receive
additional information about the election process? For
additional information or questions, please contact Penny Thomsen, Nomination
Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Linda Bailey, President and CEO, at email@example.com
(or 800-398-5489 ext. 706).