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Election of the NAQC Board of Directors

Thursday, May 24, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Update on the Election of NAQC's Board of Directors
Thank you to the many members of NAQC who recommended candidates for NAQC's Board of Directors. The Nomination Committee, led by Wayne Tormala and including Larry Green, Chad Morris, Jeannette Noltenius, Meg Riordan and David Willoughby, vetted all candidates and with the approval of the Board, has put forward a slate of five nominees for three positions on the Board. In June, NAQC will conduct its 2012 election of the Board of Directors. This e-mail contains information on the election process and the nominees standing for election in this exciting event.

Who is eligible to vote?
Each organizational member of NAQC is eligible to cast a vote in the board election. 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 so you can vote, please contact NAQC at

When and how will the election take place?
The election will take place from June 1 -June 14, using an online voting tool called VOTENET. Each organizational representative will receive an e-mail 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.

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 two in-person meetings (one-and-a-half day meetings, plus travel and preparation time), two conference call meetings (four hour meetings plus preparation time) and approximately 30 hours of additional time for committee work. Board members receive no payment other than travel reimbursement.

How are officers elected?
The Board members elect their officers each year, in early August, following the election.

How will NAQC notify the membership of election results?
Penny Thomsen
, Board Chair, will announce the election results in August via a NAQC communication.

What qualities does NAQC seek in Board members?
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 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. 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.
Who currently serves on the NAQC Board?
For a list of members, visit our Board of Directors page.

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 nominees.

Who are the nominees?
NAQC is honored to have five exceptional nominees for this year's election. One is an incumbent board member and four are new nominees. Detailed information on each candidate's experience, relationship to NAQC and vision for NAQC can be viewed by clicking on her/his name:

Sharon Campbell PhD, MN, BN - Senior Scientist, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact. Waterloo, Ontario.
Diane Canova, JD-Vice President, Government Affairs, American Legacy Foundation. Washington, DC.
Amy V. Lukowski, Psy.D. -Clinical Director, Health Initiatives Programs, Licensed Psychologist, National Jewish Health. Denver, Colorado.
Jennifer McClure, PhD-Associate Director of Research, Senior Investigator, Group Health Research Institute. Seattle, Washington.
Michael Perley-Director, Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco. Toronto, Ontario.

If I have technical problems with voting who should I contact?
For technical issues, contact Natalia Gromov at NGromov@NAQuitline.orgor 800-398-5489 ext 701.

How can I receive additional information about the election process?
For additional information please visit the Board election page or contact Wayne Tormala, Nomination Committee Chair, at or Linda Bailey, President and CEO, at 800-398-5489 ext 706).

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