On January 27th, Wayne Tormala, Chair of the
Nomination Committee for the NAQC Board of Directors, invited you to submit
names of candidates for next year’s vacancies on the Board of Directors. The
deadline for submissions is February 17
, just one week away. I
would like to encourage all of you to consider who among your colleagues would
be a good candidate for the board and to submit candidate names as soon as
possible! You are welcome to recommend names of candidates whom you nominated in
past years.Please send all recommendations for candidates to
Wayne Tormala, Chair of the Nomination Committee, c/o Board@naquitline.org by
This year, NAQC will be electing up to 3 new
directors. Directors are responsible for setting NAQC’s strategic direction,
connecting with its members and ensuring NAQC’s advancement and
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 listed below:
- 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
- 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. Currently, there are no service
providers on the Board.
- 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.
Board members are elected for three-year
terms and can be reelected once. The annual time commitment for board members
includes four one-and-a-half day meetings (plus travel to and preparation for
the meeting) and approximately 30 hours of additional time for committee work.
NAQC covers all travel related costs for Board meetings.For each
person you would like to recommend, please provide the following information to
Wayne Tormala, Chair of the Nomination Committee, c/o Board@naquitline.org by February
17:1. Full name, contact information and brief resume for
2. Your rationale for recommending this person as a candidate;
3. Confirmation that you have spoken to the person and know that s/he is
willing to have her/his name put forward to the Nomination Committee for
February 17 deadline, the nomination committee will review all suggested
candidates, may follow up with selected people for additional information, and
will propose a slate of nominees to the full board of directors. After approval
of the slate, the nominees then stand for election by the NAQC membership. A
single representative from each organizational member of NAQC is eligible to
vote. The election will be conducted online from June 1-14. The new directors
will be announced in July.
If you have questions, please contact Wayne
Tormala, Chair of the Nomination Committee, at Board@naquitline.org
or me at email@example.com
. You can find a
list of current board members here
Many thanks for your help!Linda
A. BaileyPresident & CEO