Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

January 8, 2010

Call to order

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on January 8, 2010 by President Joanna Pierson.

Attendance

Members present: Joanna Pierson, President; Michael Wehmeyer, President-Elect; Sharon Gomez, Vice President; Jim Gardner, Sec/Treasurer; Steven Eidelman, Immediate Past-President; Sandra Friedman; Denis Keyes; Karrie Shogren; Marc Tasse. National Staff Present: M. Doreen Croser, Paul Aitken, Bruce Appelgren, Maria Alfaro, Joyce Martin

Association Business

Acceptance of Minutes: James Gardner presented the minutes from the last Board of Directors meeting.

M/S/P: (Gomez/Shogren): Unanimously, to accept the minutes from the December 16, 2009 Board of Directors meeting as presented.

Financial Report: James Gardner reviewed the financial report for the period ending November 2009. He reported on the Balance Sheet, the Profit and Loss statement, the Cash Flow Analysis and the narrative report. Our current excess of revenues over expenditures is $45,690. When compared to November 2008, our revenues decreased by $283,842, while our expenditures decreased by $192,811. This represents a negative change of $91,031.

2010 AAIDD Budget with Final Adjustments: Paul Aitken reviewed the 2010 budget as approved by the Board at the last meeting and noted the four adjustments requested by the Board in the approved budget.

SIS for Children and DABS Project Updates: Michael Wehmeyer reported on the SIS for Children initiative and Mark Tasse reviewed the status of the DABS.

2010 Convention in Providence, RI. Michael Wehmeyer reported on the preparations for the 2010 Convention in Providence.

Investment Policy and Portfolio Discussion: Michael Graham from Merrill Lynch/Graham Group reviewed the draft AAIDD Investment Policy, recommendations for allocating AAIDD investments funds, and investment strategies for the different allocations. Board members discussed the proposed policy and allocations and investment strategies.

M/S/P: (Keyes/Shogren): Unanimously to accept the investment policy as presented, with asset allocation recommendations with the understanding that (1) terminology would be corrected; (2) key technical items would be defined; and (3) a definition of the AAIDD Endowment would be developed and included.

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m. (EST).

Respectfully Submitted,

James F. Gardner

Secretary/Treasurer

Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2010

Call to order

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 am (EDT) on January 9, 2010 by President Joanna Pierson.

Attendance

Members present: Joanna Pierson, President; Michael Wehmeyer, President-Elect; Sharon Gomez, Vice President; Jim Gardner, Sec/Treasurer; Steven Eidelman, Immediate Past-President; Sandra Friedman; Denis Keyes; Karrie Shogren; Marc Tasse.

AAIDD Endowment fund policy. Joanna Pierson led a discussion of the current and proposed investment policy with specific attention to the endowment fund.

M/S/P: (Wehmeyer/Keyes): Unanimously, To add the last two paragraphs of the current investment policy related to the endowment to the policy adopted on January 8, 1010.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 a.m. (EST).

Respectfully Submitted,

James F. Gardner

Secretary/Treasurer

Meeting Minutes

February 22, 2010

Call to order

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on January February 22, 2010 by President Joanna Pierson.

Attendance

Members present: Joanna Pierson, President; Michael Wehmeyer, President-Elect; Sharon Gomez, Vice President; Jim Gardner, Sec/Treasurer; Steven Eidelman, Immediate Past-President; Sandra Friedman; Denis Keyes; Karrie Shogren; Marc Tasse. National Staff Present: M. Doreen Croser, Maria Alfaro

Association Business

Acceptance of Minutes: James Gardner presented the minutes from the last Board of Directors meeting.

M/S/P: (Keyes/Friedman): Unanimously, to accept the minutes from the January 8th and 9th, 2010 Board of Directors meeting as amended.

President's Remarks: Joanna Pierson noted that the work of the task force groups had entered a pivotal phase and she urged each board liaison to contact their task force chair; she reported that Doreen and Geronimo Robinson would represent the association in the TASH diversity initiative meetings; She indicated that the Board members and the new executive director would participate in a training seminar on roles and responsibilities of the board of directors and the executive in not for profit associations.

Assistance for Haiti: Joanna Pierson noted that the association was not positioned as a disaster relief organization, but that it could coordinate and disseminate information. Unlike the response to Katrina, there are no local or state chapters of the association through which resources can be distributed. Pierson urged association members to work through recognized international relief organizations.

AAIDD 2010 Awardees: Denis Keyes reported on the 2010 award nominations.

Death Penalty Task Force Reports: Mark Tasse reviewed the Death Penalty Task Force Reports and board members discussed the feasibility of developing a handbook that would encompass key elements in diagnosis and assessment relevant to death penalty cases.

Letter to DSM-V Subcommittee: Michael Wehmeyer summarized the positions and communications of the DSM-V subcommittee and the AAIDD TD&C Committee and the 11th Edition of the manual on Terminology and Classification.

Executive Director Process: Joanna Pierson reported that Margaret Nygren, EdD, had accepted the position as the new Executive Director of the association. The announcement and press release would be released within the next 24 hours. Board members expressed their appreciation to Pierson for her leadership and direction of the recruitment process. Board members also acknowledged Doreen Croser's career legacy with the association.

Billing Code Committee representative: Michael Wehmeyer summarized a request from the Practice Board of the Association for Behavioral Analysis International for an AAIDD representative to serve on a billing code committee that is preparing a request for new codes to be submitted to the AMA to create unique billing codes for Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention services for children with autism. Board members with appoint an association representative to serve on the committee.

2010 Conference in Providence: Michael Wehmeyer reported on the planning and organization of the 2010 conference.

The meeting adjourned at 2:03 p.m. (EST).

Respectfully Submitted,

James F. Gardner

Secretary/Treasurer