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Board Election
Each spring, NAQC conducts its election of the Board of Directors by the membership. The information below describes the election process in more detail.

Please click on the question below to view the appropriate section of the page.

Who is eligible to vote?

Who is eligible to vote?

All organizational members of NAQC are eligible to cast votes in board elections. A single designated representative from 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 at

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When and how will the election take place?

The election will take place in the summer, using an online voting tool called eBallot. Each organizational representative will receive an email with their username and a password prior to election. If you are the dedicated organizational representative, please click here to access the voting tool. 

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What qualities does NAQC seek in Board members?

(updated in January 2020)

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, integration of quitlines in health systems, and quality assurance.
  • 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.
  • Interests of the membership: The Board represents the interests of the membership. 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.

Note: the board criteria is revisited and revised on an annual basis. 

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Who currently serves on the NAQC Board?

For a list of members, click here.

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How was the slate of nominees selected?

The Nominating Committee carefully reviews and rates each candidate on the selection criteria for board members (shown above). The top candidates are interviewed by members of the Nominating Committee and certain number of candidates are recommended to the board of directors for inclusion on the election slate.

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When does the Board appoint a Board Member?

The Board appoints a Board Member when a director leaves the Board for any reason (resignation, death, etc) before completion of his/her three year term. The appointed member will complete the term of the person s/he is replacing and then will be eligible for election.

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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.

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What is the time commitment? Do Board members receive payment?

Board members are not financially compensated by NAQC for their time. 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 to10 hours of committee work.

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How are officers elected?

The Board members elect their officers each year, in early August.

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How will NAQC notify the membership of election results?

Board Chair will announce the election results in the summer via a NAQC communication.

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If I have technical problems with voting, who should I contact?

For technical issues, contact Natalia Gromov at or 800-398-5489 ext 701.

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How can I receive additional information about the election process?

For additional information or questions, please contact Nomination Committee Chair at or Linda Bailey, President and CEO, at (or 800-398-5489 ext 706).

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