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Update on the Election of NAQC’s Board of Directors

Thursday, May 28, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
In a week, NAQC will conduct its 2015 election of the Board of Directors by the membership. This email contains information on the election process and the nominees standing for election in this exciting event.
Who currently serves on the NAQC Board? For a list of members, click here.
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. Detailed information on each candidate’s experience, relationship to NAQC and vision for NAQC can be viewed by clicking on her/his name:

Rob Adsit, University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
Diane Canova, American Legacy Foundation (Washington, DC)
Carolyn Gotay, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
Amy Lukowski, National Jewish Health (Denver, CO)
Mirja Riester, Riester (Phoenix, AZ)

What qualifications is NAQC is searching for in the future Board members?
During the next few years quitlines will experience many changes in the populations served, technology used, and approaches to sustainability. NAQC seeks candidates for the board who are innovative “difference makers” and who can help guide us through the changes ahead.

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. We strive to have a Board that is diverse in terms of geography (North America), 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, and have expertise in some of the areas listed below:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: NAQC follows a policy governance model developed by John Carver which focuses on business issues and strategic leadership. We seek candidates with experience in governance.
Who is eligible to vote?  All organizational members of NAQC are eligible to cast votes in board elections. 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, please contact NAQC at
When and how will the election take place? The election will take place from June 1 -June 12, using an online voting tool called VOTENET.  Each organizational representative will receive an email with a link to the Votenet portal, a username and a password. All votes must be cast by June 12 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 four one-and-a-half day meetings (plus travel and preparation time) and approximately 10 hours  of additional time for committee work, if a director chooses to serve on a committee. Board members receive no payment other than travel reimbursement.
How are officers elected? The Board members elect their officers each year, no later than by August 1st following the election.
How will NAQC notify the membership of election results? Tracey Strader, Board Chair, will announce the election results 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 Chris Anderson, Nomination Committee Chair, at or Linda Bailey, President and CEO, at (or 800-398-5489 ext 706).

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