2017 Nominees

RUSA is very happy to announce the candidates standing for office for the division and sections in 2017. Thanks very much to those willing to volunteer their time, energy and skills for RUSA! The 2017 elections will open on March 13, 2017 and will close on April 5, 2017. Results will be announced on April 12, 2017. Read all the election details here.

Vice-President/President-Elect (Select one):

  • Ann Brown DC
  • Elizabeth (Beth) German TX

Director-At-Large (Select two):

  • Stephanie Graves TX
  • Edward Kownslar TX
  • Don Boozer OH
  • Jason Matthew Coleman KS

Secretary (select one):

  • Kelley Lawton NC
  • Candice Townsend DC

RUSA Division Candidate Biographies as PDF, will open in new tab

BYLAWS AMENDMENT ITEM #1: BYLAW AMENDMENT TO REMOVE THE MEMBERSHIP DUES AMOUNTS

ACTION: To amend the RUSA Bylaw Article III Section 2: DUES, RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES by removing the amounts of dues for personal, student, retired, inactive, non-salaried, and organizational members from the bylaws, and to give the RUSA Board the authority to determine dues amounts. For current and proposed language see complete document: Complete Bylaws Changes 2017, PDF will open in new tab.

BYLAWS AMENDMENT ITEM # 2: BYLAW AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE INTEREST GROUPS AS PART OF THE RUSA STRUCTURE

ACTION: New article, “Interest Groups”. For current and proposed language see complete document: Complete Bylaws Changes 2017, PDF will open in new tab.

BYLAWS AMENDMENT ITEM #3: BYLAW AMENDMENT TO REMOVE DISCUSSION GROUPS FROM THE STRUCTURE OF RUSA. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT DISCUSSION GROUPS AT THE SECTION LEVEL.

ACTION: To remove from the RUSA Bylaws, Article X Discussion Groups. This does not affect discussion groups at the section level. For current and proposed language see complete document: Complete Bylaws Changes 2017, pdf will open in new tab.

BYLAWS AMENDMENT ITEM #4: BYLAW AMENDMENT TO: (1) REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE BOARD AND DISBAND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN ORDER TO STREAMLINE DECISION MAKING AND INCREASE RESPONSE TIME TO THE NEEDS OF THE ASSOCIATION; (2) REMOVE REFERENCE TO RUSA ANNUAL MEETING WHICH IS NO LONGER A RUSA PROCEDURE; (3) REMOVE EDITORS OF DIVISIONAL PERIODICAL PUBLICATIONS FROM LIST OF NONVOTING MEMBERS IN RESPONSE TO THE CHANGING NATURE OF PUBLICATIONS; (4) CREATE FLEXIBILITY FOR SECTION REPRESENTATION ON THE BOARD BEYOND THE CHIEF OFFICER.

ACTION: To amend the RUSA Bylaw Article IV Section 3 and Article IV Section 3c to remove reference to the Executive Committee. To amend the RUSA Bylaw Article V Section 1 to create flexibility for section representation on the board by changing “the chief officer of each section” to “a representative of each section”; remove reference to directors-at-large; and remove editors of divisional periodical publications from list of nonvoting members. To amend the RUSA Bylaws Article V by removing RUSA Bylaws Article V Section 4 Executive Committee. For current and proposed language see complete document: Complete Bylaws Changes 2017, pdf will open in new tab.

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (select one):

  • Natasha Arguello, TX
  • Patricia Kenly, GA

Member-At-Large (select one):

  • Julia Martin, OH
  • Emily Treptow, IL

Complete BRASS Candidate Biographies, pdf will open in new tab.

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (Select One):

  • Emily Hamstra, WA
  • Matthew Wayman, PA

Member-At-Large (Select Two):

  • Curtis Ferree, CT
  • Debbie Luchenbill, MO
  • Magan Szwarek, IL
  • Cathleen Towey Merenda, NY

Complete CODES Candidate Biographies, pdf will open in new tab.

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (Select One):

  • Lily Todorinova, NJ

Member-At-Large (Select One):

  • Jessica Cerny, FL
  • Jeremiah Paschke-Wood, OH

Complete ETS Candidate Biographies, pdf will open in new tab.

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (Select One):

  • Melissa Gonzalez, FL
  • Jennifer McElroy, MN

Member-At-Large (Select One):

  • Ben Himmelfarb, NY
  • Bobby Smiley, TN

Secretary (Select One):

  • Kathy Shields  NC

Complete HS Candidate Biographies, pdf will open in new tab.

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (Select One):

  • Cynthia Johnson, CA
  • Jessica Moyer, IL

Member-At-Large (Select One):

  • Ava Brillat, FL
  • Cynthia Robin Levine, NC

Complete RSS Candidate Biographies, pdf will open in new tab.

BYLAW AMENDMENT ITEM # 1: BYLAW AMENDMENT TO CHANGE RULES OF ORDER FROM STURGIS STANDARD CODE OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES TO ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER NEWLY REVISED.

ACTION: To amend the RSS Bylaw Article IV Officers and Duties, Section 3, Duties and Article IX Parliamentary Authority, Section 1 by replacing [Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedures] with Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. For current and proposed language, see complete bylaw changes document. pdf will open in new tab.

BYLAW AMENDMENT ITEM #2: BYLAW AMENDMENT TO ALLOW THE IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR OF RSS TO SERVE ON THE RSS NOMINATING COMMITTEE.

ACTION: To amend the RSS Bylaw, Article V Nominations and Elections, Section 1, Nominating Committee. For current and proposed language, see complete bylaw changes document. pdf will open in new tab.

BYLAWS AMENDMENT ITEM #3: BYLAW AMENDMENT TO REMOVE REFERENCE TO DIVISION’S JOURNAL

ACTION: To amend the RSS Bylaw Article VII Executive Committee, Section 1, Composition, to refer to the Division’s newsletter instead of the Division’s journal.

BYLAWS AMENDMENT ITEM #4: BYLAW ADMENDMENT TO UPDATE DUTIES OF RSS WEBMASTER

ACTION: To amend the RSS Bylaw Article VII Executive Committee, Section 2, Duties.

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (Select One):

  • Troy Christenson, TX
  • Megan Gaffney, DE

Member-At-Large (Select One):

  • Ryan Litsey, TX
  • Brian Miller, OH
  • Leila Smith, MA

Complete STARS Candidate Biographies pdf will open in new tab.

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