Board of Directors Conference Call September 18, 2006


Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 1:02 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, September 18, 2006, by President Hank Bersani.


Members present—Hank Bersani, president; David Rotholz, president-elect; Steve Eidelman, vice president; Joanna Pierson, secretary/treasurer; Sharon Gomez; Susan Havercamp; Diane Morin; Wayne Silverman; Michael Wehmeyer; Mark Yeager. National staff present—M. Doreen Croser, Maria Alfaro. Members absent—Valerie Bradley, past president; Bernard Carabello.


Acceptance of Minutes

J. Pierson presented the minutes from the last Board of Directors conference call.

M/S/P (D. Rotholz, S. Eidelman): To accept the August 21, 2006, Board of Directors conference call minutes, with changing a title to “Action Plans of Chapters and Regions.”

July Financial Reports and Projections

J. Pierson discussed the financial statements. Publications and the journals continue to do well, Membership, while increasing due to some staff efforts, still needs work. The deficit from the Montreal Conference continues to be a problem. There was discussion of the need to look at how we can continue to be successful into the future. The Board of Directors realizes that it needs to address this as a long-term strategic initiative.

Board Liaisons for Ad Hoc Committees

H. Bersani reported on the Board liaison for each committee. The liaison for the ABAI Ad Hoc Committee will be H. Bersani. The Positive Behavioral Support Committee has completed its mission.

Update on Atlanta Conference

D. Rotholz discussed the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Conference Planning. It is working on plenary sessions, one for each of four themes of quality, positive behavioral supports, housing supports, and assessment. The Call for Papers will be out shortly. The Local Arrangements Committee is working on their components of the conference. A Sponsorship Committee is being organized. D. Rotholz also is working with the Divisions and Special Interest Groups as well. He mentioned the need to budget up to $5,000 to pay for plenary travel; the Board of Directors supported the concept of including money for this item.

Rebranding Project

D. Croser noted that she has selected the Iridium Group. The group will be talking to Board members and others about their ideas.

M/S/P (J. Pierson, M. Yeager): To use reserve funds to fund the design of AAMR's rebranding for $60,000.

Aging and End of Life Teleconference Series

D. Croser announced the follow-up from last year's Aging and End of Life Conference, which is four teleconference calls in the upcoming year.

Action Plans of Chapters, Regions, Divisions, and SIGs

D. Rotholz presented the Action Plans of Region II, Region X, Region VII, the Connecticut Chapter, the Louisiana Chapter, the New Jersey Chapter, the South Carolina Chapter, and the Rhode Island Chapter. These Action Plans were all approved by the Board of Directors, with the exception of the Rhode Island Chapter, which was asked for more information. This discussion resulted in the Board talking about the need to reinstitute strategic planning. As vice president, Steve Eidelman will lead this effort.

Name Change and Strategic Planning

H. Bersani reported that when he sent the e-mail telling the membership about the results of the name change, he received many positive responses. He suggested having the rebranding and strategic planning process be discussed by those attending the MidWinter Leadership Meeting. The Board discussed having electronic input into this process as well.

Parental Rights Court Case

H. Bersani has spoken with Jim Ellis about a case in Rhode Island on the termination of parental rights and ADA's impact on this. Board members will receive additional information on this issue using AAMR's Amicus protocol.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m. (EDT).

Respectfully submitted,

Joanna Pierson, PhD, FAAMR