ILA Governance--Executive Board & Working Groups

ILA Constitution and ByLaws (Members Only Access)

ILA Executive Board 2020-21

The International Listening Association is governed by the ILA Executive Board. The current Board is as follows: 

   Voting Board Members  

Elected 2018-22


Lori Joubert

Elected 2019-23

2--1st VP

Melissa Beall

Elected 2020-24

3--1st VP Elect 

Chris Bond

Appointed 2020-21


Peter Forbes

Appointed 2018-19; Elected 2019-21

5--MAL, Public Relations

Gayle Pohl

Appointed 2018-19, Elected 2019-21 6--MAL, Global Kathy O'Brien

Elected 2018-20; 2020-22

7--2nd VP Membership

Sandra Bodin-Lerner

Elected 2016-18 (2nd VP Membership); 2018-20; 2020-22

8--MAL Special Projects

John Backman

Elected 2020-22

9--Student Member

Krishna Naineni

Elected 2017-21

10--Immediate  President

Debra Worthington
   Non Voting Board Members  
Appointed 2007 11--Executive Director (non voting) Nanette Johnson-Curiskis

Appointed 2011-14; 2014-17; 2017-20; 2020-23

12--IJL Editor (non voting) (3 year term; 4th year mentor)

Margarete Imhof

Appointed 2013-2016; 2016-19; 2019-22

13--Listening Post Editor (non voting) (3 year term; 4th year mentor)

Gayle Pohl

Hired 09-2016; monthly contract

14--Web Editor (non voting)

Nicole Bodin
TBD 15--Listening Education Editor (non voting) (3 year term; 4th year mentor) TBD--(send articles to info@listen.org)

Elected officers are voting members of the Executive Board.  All Elected Officers (except the 1st Vice President Elect) are elected for 2 year terms. The 1st Vice President Elect is elected for a four year term: the first year as 1st Vice President Elect, the second year as 1st Vice President, the third year as President, the fourth year as Immediate Past President. The Executive Director is required to attend Executive Board meetings but is a non-voting member.  A majority of the voting members of the Board constitutes a quorum of the Board. Quorum for 10 member board is 6.

All elected officers will be limited to a six year term limit, combined across all elected positions. Members may self-nominate or be nominated to serve in an elected position following a three year sabbatical.

Nominations needed when Convention held in ODD numbered years--2 year terms except VP Elect and Nominating Committee; 6 year term limit (except nomination committee which is 2)

1st VP Elect (moves up to VP Elect/Convention Planner, President, Immediate Past President)
MAL Global
5 Nomination committee Members

Nominations needed when Convention held in EVEN numbered Years--2 year terms except VP Elect and Nominating Committee; 6 year term limit (except nomination committee which is 2)

1st VP Elect (moves up to VP Elect/Convention Planner, President, Immediate Past President)
2nd VP Membership
Student Member
MAL Special Projects

5 Nomination Committee Members

Voting Timeline

        December 15 Announcement of potential candidates

December 29 Additional nominations solicited from membership
December 30 Final Slate announced
Dec 31-Jan 31 Online discussion (ask questions of candidates, etc)
eb 1-Feb 15 Online voting (request mail-in ballot if preferred from info@listen.org)

February 16+ Results of voting announced as soon as possible

Working Groups 2020-21

The Board is supported by the following working groups which advance the practice, teaching, and research of listening internationally in specialist areas leading the world in listening practices, teaching and research. Membership is open to all ILA members. If you are interested in serving, contact the ILA President (see link above for email address).  The nomination committee members are elected yearly.  The 2020-21 groups are as follows:

Nan Johnson-Curiskis, Chair
Harvey Weiss

Rosanne Vogel, Chair
(Research Awards--see next column)

Raquel Ark, Chair

Bylaws Revision
First VP-Elect and Secretary, Co-Chairs
Chris Bond and Peter Forbes

Convention 2021 Local Arrangements
First VP, Melissa Beall, Chair

Convention Proposal Reviewers
First VP, Melissa Beall, Chair
Research chair
Education chair
Healthcare chair
Business chair

Diversity Initiatives Team
Teri Varner, Chair

Education (formerly Elementary/Secondary/Curriculum/Assessment)
Cynthia Hazel, Chair

TBD, Chair-Elect

Financial Review
First VP-Elect, and Secretary, Co-Chairs,
Chris Bond and Peter Forbes
Kae Van Engen, volunteer member
Melissa Beall, volunteer member
Executive Director

Health Care
Corine Jansen, Chair
Chair-Elect, TBA

International Day of Listening
Krishna NaineniSheila BentleyMargarete Imhof

Second VP, Chair
Sandra Bodin-Lerner

NCA Representative--Philip Tirpak

Nominations (members may serve 2 consecutive years--elected yearly)
Molly Stoltz, (1st year) Chair
Michael Gingerich (1st year)
Laura Hargraves (1st year)
Wayne Bond (1at year)
Manny Steil (2nd year)

Partnership Program 
Jennifer Grau, Lead contact for Affiliates and Organizations

Margarete Imhof, Chair
TBD, Chair-Elect
1st VP
Member at Large--PR
IJL Editor
Web Editor
Listening Post Editor

Public Relations
Member-at-Large #1 PR, Chair, Gayle Pohl

Research Team 
Teresa Monaco, Chair
Chair-Elect, TBD

Research Awards

Teresa Hanlon, Chair

Special ProjectsMember-at-Large #2, Special Projects,
John Backman

The chairs of standing groups appointed by the President are:

Certified Listening Professional (CLP)
Education (formerly Elementary/Secondary/Curriculum/Assessment)
International Day of Listening
Research and Research Awards

International Listening Association
943 Park Drive
Belle Plaine, MN 56011, USA
Phone: (001) 952-594-5697
The ILA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 

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