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NAQC Board of Directors Election Begins on June 4

Wednesday, May 30, 2018  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
NAQC Board of Directors Election Begins on June 4
Update on the Election of NAQC’s Board of Directors
On June 4, NAQC will launch its 2018 election of the Board of Directors. The election is held via an online portal from June 4-18, 2018. This email contains information on the election process and the nominees standing for election this year.
When and how will the election take place? The election will take place from June 4-18, using an online voting tool.  Each organization has one vote which is cast by the “organizational representative” (view a list here). The representative will receive an email with a link to the EBallot portal, a username and a password. All votes must be cast by June 18 at 5 p.m. PT.

Who are the nominees? NAQC is honored to have five exceptional nominees for this year’s election to fill three open positions on the Board. Detailed information on each candidate’s experience, relationship to NAQC and vision for NAQC can be viewed by clicking on her/his name:

Mary Kokstis, Optum
Michelle Lynch, state of Colorado
Robert McCaffree, University of Oklahoma
Hilary Tindle, Vanderbilt
Katy Wynne, state of South Carolina

Who currently serves on the NAQC Board? For a list of members, click here.
What qualifications does NAQC seek in the future Board members?
Quitlines are experiencing many changes in the populations served, technology used, service models and approaches to sustainability. NAQC seeks candidates for the board who are innovative “difference makers” and who can help guide us through these changes.

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. NAQC follows a policy governance model developed by John Carver which focuses on business issues and strategic leadership (as opposed to program development). We seek candidates with experience in governance. We strive to have a Board that is diverse in terms of geography, race, ethnicity, and other important factors. The board seeks members who are committed to NAQC’s mission and values, contribute diverse viewpoints and cultural experiences, can fulfill fiduciary responsibilities, and have expertise in some of the areas listed below:
  • Understanding sustainability issues for NAQC and for quitlines: 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. Ensuring sustainability for quitlines is a key objective for NAQC. 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.
  • Addressing priority populations: Addressing 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.
  • Reflecting the members and their interests: The Board represents the members, both in the U.S. and Canada, and their interests. The Board seeks candidates familiar with the interests of quitline funders, operators, promoters, researchers, evaluators and other partners.
  • Relationships with health plans and employers: Engaging private health plans and employers has become an important activity for quitlines. The board would benefit from a member who has relationships in these sectors.
  • 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.
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 meetings (1-2 in-person meetings for 1.5 days and 2-3 via conference call), plus meeting preparation time, travel time and up to 10 hours of committee work.
How are officers elected? The Board members elect their officers each year in early August.
How will NAQC notify the membership of election results? The Chair of NAQC’s Board of Directors will announce the election results in June and new officers in August via a NAQC communication.

If I have technical problems with voting, who should I contact? For technical issues, contact Natalia Gromov at or 800-398-5489 ext. 701.
How can I receive additional information about the election process? For additional information or questions, please contact Paula Celestino, Nomination Committee Chair, at or Linda Bailey, President and CEO, at (or 800-398-5489 ext. 706).

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