Board of Directors Teleconference Meeting January 22, 2001

Opening

Call to Order

The teleconference meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. (EST) on Monday, January 22, 2001, by President Cathy Ficker Terrill.

Attendance

Members present–Cathy Ficker Terrill, president; Steven F. Warren, president-elect; Ruth A. Luckasson, vice-president; Marcia B. Bryan, secretary-treasurer; Bernard R. Wagner, past-president; Henry A. Bersani, Jr.; Gail Davis; David M. Mank; Joanna L. Pierson; Genevieve D. Pugh; Cordelia C. Robinson; David A. Rotholz; Marsha M. Seltzer. Members absent–Regina L. Farrer, Sharon C. Gomez, Virgil L. Hobbs, Kathryn Jennings, Joseph P. Meadours, Eleanor B. Wright. Guest–Ann P. Turnbull. National staff present–M. Doreen Croser, Maria A. Alfaro.

M/S/P (H. Bersani, J. Pierson): To accept the Minutes of the December 8–10, 2001, meeting of the Board of Directors as amended to reflect the appreciation of the Board for the excellent work of the Self-Advocacy Committee in producing “Training for Hotel Personnel.”

Officers' and Director's Reports

President: C. Ficker Terrill presented the following items for discussion and approval. Several items regarding the continued joint activity with the Arc/US were reviewed.

M/S/P (M. Bryan, M. Seltzer): To accept the draft of the ARC 2001 Policy Goals. Publication details will be worked out by staff shortly.

The joint Public Policy conference will be April 29–May 1, 2001, in Washington, DC. A joint task force will be named to work on combined policy statements in time for presentation at the Public Policy Forum. The plans for the Association 125th Anniversary sponsorship were reviewed, including the letter to go to prospective sponsors and the list of benefits at various contribution levels. Members volunteered to make follow-up calls beginning the week of January 29, 2001. The amicus brief in the Penry case has been filed. A copy is available at www.arcriversideca.org. The search for a new editor of AJMR has been launched with advertisements in AAMR publications. The target is to have the selection made by mid-summer to allow a transition prior to the January 2002, official appointment.

President–Elect: S. Warren reported that exhibitor registration is at the same level as the record-setting pace in 2000. The preliminary program will be received by February 1, 2001.

Secretary-Treasurer: M. Bryan reported that the next financial statement will be the 2000 audited report. An improved financial position is anticipated due in part to an unanticipated capital gains payment from one of the AAMR investments.

M/S/P (R. Luckasson, H. Bersani): To adopt the “AAMR Action Plan 2001–2003” as presented by Vice-President R. Luckasson.

Executive Director: D. Croser gave the State of the Association report, noting the following: The grant from the Social Security Administration to support the work of the Consortium of Language, Image and Public Education has not yet been received. The Consortium meets this month to explore the issue of Public Education. Membership at the close of 2000 was up over 1999. D. Croser reminded Board members that publications will no longer be sent free of charge to individuals who have not renewed their membership by December 15. A number of projects will come to fruition in February: Journals on-line, RADAR, and Career Connections.

Report of the Conference of Divisions

G. Pugh reported that minutes from the Conference of Divisions meeting in December are being circulated and will be available shortly. In addition, an article for “News & Notes” has been prepared, focusing on the planned changes to strengthen the Conference.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m. EST.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia B. Bryan, EdD, FAAMR

Secretary-Treasurer

Executive Committee Meeting March 5, 2001

Opening

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. EST by AAMR President Cathy Ficker Terrill.

Attendance

Members present—Cathy Ficker Terrill, president; Steve Warren, president-elect; Ruth Luckasson, vice-president; Marcia B. Bryan, secretary-treasurer; Genevieve D. Pugh, Conference of Divisions; Virgil L. Hobbs, Assembly of Regions. Guests—Joanna L. Pierson, Ann P. Turnbull. Staff present–M. Doreen Croser, Maria A. Alfaro.

Officers' and Director's Reports

President: C. Ficker Terrill reported on the preliminary ideas of an ad hoc task force that met to suggest ways to restructure future Annual Meetings.

Vice-President: R. Luckasson reported on progress on the AAMR Action Plan. Quarterly reminders and requests for updates on Tasks will be requested by Luckasson.

Conference of Divisions: D. Pugh shared that the Conference of Divisions is actively involved in assisting one of the Divisions whose membership is minimal; this activity is being used as a pilot for the development of a more formal policy on creating and dissolving Divisions. Consideration of a name change for the organization will be a conference topic; the Executive Committee suggested speakers who can speak about the various positions on the issue.

Secretary-Treasurer: M. Bryan indicated that the Finance Committee will have a final draft of the investment policy for the Executive Committee to review at the April meeting.

Executive Director: D. Croser reported on current activities. Membership Recruitment efforts need a boost. The Audit will begin next week; while some of the Association's investments appreciated in value, losers exceeded gainers. The final draft of the joint “The Arc and AAMR 2001 Legislative Goals” was shared. It will be printed and distributed at the joint policy conference at the end of April 2001.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 1:55 p.m. EST.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia B. Bryan, EdD, FAAMR

Secretary–Treasurer

Board of Directors Teleconference Meeting April 16, 2001

Opening

Call to Order

The teleconference meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, April 16, 2001, by President Cathy Ficker Terrill.

Attendance

Members present—Cathy Ficker Terrill, president; Steven F. Warren, president-elect; Ruth A. Luckasson, vice-president; Marcia B. Bryan, secretary-treasurer; Bernard R. Wagner, past-president; Henry A. Bersani, Jr.; Regina L. Farrer; Sharon C. Gomez; Virgil L. Hobbs; Kathryn Jennings; Joanna L. Pierson; Genevieve D. Pugh; Cordelia C. Robinson; David A. Rotholz; Marsha M. Seltzer; Eleanor B. Wright; Members absent–Gail Davis, David M. Mank, Joseph P. Meadours. Guests: Ann P. Turnbull, Martha E. Snell. National staff present–M. Doreen Croser. Maria A. Alfaro.

M/S/P (C. Robinson, G. Pugh): To accept the Minutes of the January 22, 2001, meeting of the Board of Directors as corrected.

M/S/P (V. Hobbs, C. Robinson): To accept the minutes of the March 5, 2001, meeting of the Executive Committee.

Officers' and Director's Reports

President: C. Ficker Terrill reminded members of the Board of the extended deadline for the membership recruiting campaign and of the 125th Anniversary Celebration statements for the program.

President–Elect: S. Warren presented his reports. The Annual Meeting has 54 exhibitors thus far; the Local Arrangements Committee and others have raised several thousand dollars for hospitality events. The Consortium on Language, Image & Public Education has completed its final report on Phase I of the activity. The report makes recommendations for the phases of work.

Vice-President: R. Luckasson reported that she has received progress reports on the Strategic Plan for publication and distribution in time for the Annual Meeting.

Secretary-Treasurer: M. Bryan presented her reports. The (unaudited) Financial Statement for December 31, 2000, was received, noting a not unanticipated deficit of slightly less than $80,000 for 2000. The (unaudited) first quarter Financial Statement for 2001 was received, noting the expenses incurred for the upgrading of Association software and installation of a server. The final recommendation of the Finance Committee for an amended Association Investment Policy was presented. The Board voted to table adoption of the policy until the May 14 meeting.

Executive Director: D. Croser reported that nominations for Editor of AJMR have been received and more are expected prior to the deadline.

Committee Report

LASI: Minutes of the LASI Committee's February 16, 2001 meeting were received.

Ad Hoc Committee Report

Termination and Classification: R. Luckasson reported on the progress of the Committee. The T&C Committee has been having intensive conference calls once per month on the proposed 2002 manual. The outline for the 2002 manual has been completed. A complete first draft is expected by May 31, 2001. The T&C Committee has been involved in interaction with the Consortium on Language, Image and Public Education and the Supports Intensity Taskforce.

Report of the Assembly of Regions

Minutes of the December 8, 2000, meeting of the Assembly of Regions and the December 9, 2000, Joint Meeting of the Assembly of Regions and State Chapters were received.

Report of the Conference of Divisions

Minutes of the December 8–9, 2000, meeting of the Conference of Divisions were received.

New Business

The petition of the Direct Support Professional Special Interest Group requesting approval of Division status for the group was tabled pending verification that at least 200 of the 204 signatures on the petition come from Association members in good standing.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:05 p.m. EDT.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia B. Bryan, EdD, FAAMR

Secretary-Treasurer

Board of Directors Meeting May 14, 2001

Opening

Call for Order

The teleconference meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, May 14, 2001, by President Cathy Ficker Terrill.

Attendance

Members present–Cathy Ficker Terrill, president; Steven F. Warren, president-elect; Ruth A. Luckasson, vice-president; Marcia B. Bryan, secretary-treasurer; Bernard R. Wagner, past-president; Henry A. Bersani, Jr.; Gail Davis; Sharon C. Gomez; Virgil L. Hobbs; Sister Kathryn Jennings; Joanna L. Pierson; Genevieve D. Pugh; Marsha M. Seltzer. Members absent–Regina L. Farrer, David M. Mank, Joseph P. Meadours, Cordelia C. Robinson, David A. Rotholz, Eleanor B. Wright. National staff present: M. Doreen Croser, Maria A. Alfaro.

M/S/P (B. Wagner, V. Hobbs): To accept the Minutes of the April 16, 2001, meeting of the Board of Directors as corrected.

Officers' Reports

President: C. Ficker Terrill reported on the successful progress of the joint AAMR/ARC Committee on Position Statements. A template for joint development of position statements will be complete in June, and continued work on specific statements will continue over the summer.

Secretary-Treasurer: M. Bryan requested that acceptance of the (unaudited) April 2001 report be deferred due to technological glitches in the receipt of the Statement.

Executive Director: D. Croser reported that the president-elect of the Religion and Spirituality Division James Hallmann has resigned due to changes in his professional responsibilities.

M/S/P (B. Wagner, M. Bryan): To name Vanessa Ervin to serve the 2-year term.

Committee Report

M/S/P (G. Pugh, S. Gomez): To approve the “Health Care Policy” with minor technical corrections as presented by the LASI Committee.

Ad Hoc Committee Report

The preliminary report of the SIGN Implementation Committee was received.

Report of the Conference of Divisions

D. Rotholtz forwarded the Psychology Division's material on “Behavioral Consultants” jointly developed by AAMR and other associations in the psychology field. The Board commended David's leadership and the collaborative involvement of other groups as a model for other Divisions, the Assembly, and ad hoc committees.

Old Business

M/P (M. Bryan representing the Finance Committee): To approve the revised Investment Policy with three minor clarifications.

M/S/P (B. Wagner, S. Gomez): To approve the petition of the Direct Support Professionals Special Interest Group to become a Division.

New Business

M/S/P (H. Bersani, K. Jennings): To approve the recognition of the recently established Religion and Spirituality Division “Henri Nouwen” Award in the AAMR Award Program effective with the 2002 Annual Meeting.

The 2000–2001 Annual Report to the Board was reviewed, noting that many of the suggestions and recommendations have already been addressed by the Board.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m. EDT.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia B. Bryan, EdD, FAAMR

Secretary-Treasurer