The Nomination period has closed, and we have two incumbent candidates for the two Board positions: Cheryl Woehr for Professional Development and Willette Neal for Membership Outreach and Diversity. Both candidates were serving unfilled terms and have completed the application process. The next step is for the Nominations and Elections Committee (Sue Shinomiya, Pilar Montejo, Kwesi Ewoodzie, Michele Hanna and Sandy Fowler) to interview each candidate and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. As soon as the candidates have been vetted and approved by the Board, the slate will be announced and there will be a period of time in which anyone who wants to be added to the list can petition to be on the list. Then the membership will have the opportunity to ratify each candidate.
You may have noticed that the President Elect position has not been mentioned. Over the years it is fairly rare for someone to step forward for that position. That means that the committee needs to search for the best possible candidate. That is in motion. We have a candidate who would be great, and we are waiting for a commitment. We hope we can announce who it is in the next newsletter!
Board of Directors Changes
The Leadership Development Director, Michele Hanna regretfully resigned her position due to an overloaded work and home life. She appreciated her time on the Board but felt that it was only fair to both SIETAR USA and to herself to leave at this time.
We are fortunate that we had three candidates for the two open positions and one of the candidates was interested in serving in the newly opened position of Board Leadership. Since this is an appointment, she won’t be on the slate until she completes the remainder of Michele’s term, and then if she decides to continue in that position, she can run for election to be ratified by the membership and serve a full 3-year term. The Board of Directors approves of all appointments and unanimously voted to appoint Nkenge Friday as the new Leadership Development Director at the Board meeting on September 16th, 2021.
Nominations and Election Committee Chair