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ILA Executive Board

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

Elected 2015-19


Charles Veenstra

Elected 2016-20

1st VP

Helen Ralston

Elected 2017-21

1st VP Elect 

Anita Dorczak

Elected 2013-15; 2015-17; 2017-19


Kae Van Engen

Elected 2017-19

MAL, Public Relations

Sherry Wien

Elected 2017-19 MAL, Global Corine Jansen

Elected 2016-18

2nd VP Membership

John Backman

Elected 2016-18

MAL Special Projects

Sheila Bentley


Student Member


Elected 2014-18

Immediate Past President

Kent Zimmerman

Appointed 2007 Executive Director (non voting) Nanette Johnson-Curiskis

Appointed 2011-14; 2014-17; 2017-20

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

Margarete Imhof

Appointed 2013-2016; 2016-19

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

Gayle Pohl

Hired 09-2016; monthly contract

Web Editor (non voting)

Nicole Bodin
Appointed 2012-15; 2015-18Listening Education Editor (non voting) (3 year term; 4th year mentor)Erica Lamm
Appointed 2016-17; 2017-18 ParliamentarianMelissa Beall

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.

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.

Working Groups 2017-18

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. For 2016-2017 the groups are as follows: 

Nan Johnson-Curiskis, Chair
Harvey Weiss

Kelly Brion, Chair
Wayne Bond
Tuula-Riitta Valikoski
Teri Varner 

Sandra Bodin-Lerner, Chair

Bylaws Revision
First VP-Elect and Secretary, Co-Chairs
(Anita Dorczak and Kae VanEngen)

Convention 2018 Local Arrangements
First VP, Chair Helen Ralston
Jennie Grau

Convention Proposal Reviewers
First VP, Helen Ralston
Research chair
Education chair
Healthcare chair
Business chair

TBA, Chair

Mary Lahman, Chair
TBA, Chair-Elect

Financial Review
First VP-Elect and Secretary, Co-Chairs,
Anita Dorczak & Kae VanEngen
Melissa Beall
Executive Director

Global Outreach
Member-at-Large #3, 
Chair, Corine Jansen
Chair-Elect, TBA

Health Care
Elaine O'Mullane, Chair
Chair-Elect, TBA

Second VP, Chair
John Backman 

Nominations (members may serve 2 consecutive years)
Kay Lindahl, Chair (1st year) 
Chris Bond (2nd year)
Rick Bommelje (1st year)
Kathy O'Brien (2nd year)
Teri Varner (1st year)

Melissa Beall, Chair
TBA, Chair-Elect
1st VP
Member at Large--PR
IJL Editor
Web Editor
Gayle Pohl, Listening Post Editor

Public Relations
Member-at-Large #1 Chair, Sherry Wien

S.A. Welch, Chair
Chair-Elect, TBA

Special Projects
Member-at-Large #2, ChairSheila Bentley

The chairs of the standing groups appointed by the President are:
Certified Listening Professional

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Phone: (001) 952-594-5697
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