2014 Call for Nominations

The OPA Nominating Committee asks members to submit nominations for the OPA President-Elect and OPA Representative to the APA Council of Representatives. Nominations must be received no later than February 14, 2014.

The President-Elect will serve as an officer for three consecutive years, one year each as President-Elect, President and Past-President. As an officer of the Board, the President-Elect attends monthly Executive Committee meetings and quarterly Board meetings, participates in APA’s State Leadership Conference in March and typically attends APA’s convention. The President-Elect assists the President and is mentored to be the association’s top leader. The President-Elect develops plans for initiatives to be undertaken during his/her Presidency and recruits committee chairs and committee members. As President, the individual presides at Executive Committee meetings and Board meetings, and represents OPA at various regional and state functions. Working within OPA’s mission and Board policies, the President-Elect/President/Past President provides leadership to reach OPA’s goals.

OPA’s current President is Dr. Kathy Ashton and Dr. Peg Mosher is the President-Elect. Dr. Jim Broyles is serving as Past-President. View the current list of Board of Directors as well as a list of Past Presidents.

OPA is entitled to one seat on the APA Council of Representatives. The Council of Representatives is the legislative body of APA and has full power and authority over the affairs and funds of the association within the limitations set by the certificate of incorporation and the Bylaws, including the power to review, upon its own initiative, the actions of any board, committee, division or affiliated organization. Council is composed of representatives of divisions, representatives of state, provincial and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) and the members of the Board of Directors.

Several procedures and criteria apply to the nomination/election of council representatives from state associations. These follow: Membership. Council representatives must be a member of the State/Provincial/Territorial Association they are elected to represent and a Member of APA (APA Bylaws, Article V, Section 5). One year hiatus. A Council member who has served for six consecutive years shall not be eligible for election or appointment for a period of one year as a Representative from any Division, State/Provincial/Territorial Association, or coalition (APA Bylaws, Article V, Section 8). Nomination process. Only APA Fellows, Members or voting Associate members who belong to your State/Provincial/Territorial Association are allowed to nominate and elect your Council representative (APA Bylaws, Article V, Section 6). Term of office. Representatives are elected for a period not to exceed three years. Representatives elected on this ballot will typically serve a three- year term of office. The three-year term will end on December 31, 2014. Representation. No person is eligible to represent more than one organization in Council at any one time (APA Bylaws, Article V, Section 4.) Because of this, no person may be listed on an election ballot as a candidate to represent more than one voting unit. (Association Rule 40-1.10). Number of Candidates. There are to be at least two candidates on the final election ballot for each vacancy for Council representatives (Association Rule 40-1.11). Conflict of interest and duality guidelines for Council. Association Rule 30-7.1 states, in part, “All members of Council and all officers shall exercise the utmost good faith in all transactions touching upon their duties to the institution and its property.” Reimbursement Policy Council finds that the program of fully reimbursing ethnic minority members of Council for their attendance at the February and August Council meetings (first approved by Council in August 2001) has been helpful in increasing ethnic minority representation on Council and should be continued. Since the inception of the reimbursement program for ethnic minority members, Council approved a policy that became effective in January 2006 to provide that all Council members be fully reimbursed for their attendance at the February meeting of Council and for the cost of two night’s stay at the headquarters hotel where Council is housed for the convention meeting of Council.

Dr. Cathy McDaniels-Wilson is the current APA Council Representative.

Click here to view the election timeline.

When nominating, please remember these rules:

  • A prospective candidate must receive 20 nominations from OPA members to have his/her name appear on the ballot.
  • Each member shall nominate not more than one person for each office.
  • Only full members (not affiliate members) may nominate.
  • Submit nominations for each office, along with your name, to Heather Gilbert.
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