ILA Governance--Executive Board & Working Groups


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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 2016-20


Helen Ralston 

Elected 2017-21

1st VP

Anita Dorczak

Elected 2018-22

1st VP Elect 

Lori Joubert

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


Kae Van Engen

Appointed 2018-19

MAL, Public Relations

Gayle Pohl

Appointed 2018-19 MAL, Global Kathy O'Brien

Elected 2018-20

2nd VP Membership

Sandra Bodin-Lerner

Elected 2016-18 (2nd VP Membership); 2018-20

MAL Special Projects

John Backman

Elected 2018-20

Student Member

April French

Elected 2015-19

Immediate Past President

Charles Veenstra

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; 2015-18; 2018-21 Listening Education Editor (non voting) (3 year term; 4th year mentor) Erica Lamm
Appointed 2016-17; 2017-18; 2018-19  Parliamentarian Melissa 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.

Nominations needed when Convention held in Odd Years--2 year terms except VP Elect and Nominating Committee; 6 year term limit

1st VP Elect (moves up to VP Elect/Convention Planner, President, Immediate Past President)
MAL Global
Nomination committee Members

Nominations needed when Convention held in Even Years--2 year terms except VP Elect and Nominating Committee; 6 year term limit

1st VP Elect (moves up to VP Elect/Convention Planner, President, Immediate Past President)
2nd VP Membership
Student Member
MAL Special Projects
Nomination committee Members

Working Groups 2018-19

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 2018-2019 the groups are as follows:

Nan Johnson-Curiskis, Chair
Harvey Weiss

Kelly Brion, Chair
Graciela Arizmendi 
Melissa Beall

Deanson Senda
Lyman K. (Manny) Steil

TBD, Chair

Bylaws Revision
First VP-Elect and Secretary, Co-Chairs
(Lori Joubert and Kae VanEngen)

Convention 2019 Local Arrangements
First VP, Anita Dorczak, Chair

Convention Proposal Reviewers
First VP, Anita Dorczak
Research chair
Education chair
Healthcare chair
Business chair

Certified Listening Professional
Sheila Bentley, Chair
Erica Lamm
Corine Jansen

Education (formerly Elementary/Secondary/Curriculum/Assessment)
Mary Lahman, Chair
Charles Fischer, Chair-Elect

Financial Review
First VP-Elect and Secretary, Co-Chairs,
(Lori Joubert & Kae VanEngen)
Melissa Beall
Executive Director

Global Outreach
Member-at-Large #3 Global, 
Chair, Kathy O'Brien

Health Care
TBD, Chair
Chair-Elect, TBA

Second VP, Chair
Sandra Bodin-Lerner 

NCA Rep--Philip Tirpak

Nominations (members may serve 2 consecutive years)
Teri Varner (2nd year), Chair

Helen Meldrum (1st year)
Greg Enos (1st year)
Michael Z Murphy (1st year)

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

Public Relations
Member-at-Large PR #1 Chair, Gayle Pohl

TBD, Chair
Chair-Elect, TBA

Special Projects
Member-at-Large  Special Projects #2, ChairJohn Backman

The chairs of the standing groups appointed by the President are:
Education (formerly Elementary/Secondary/Curriculum/Assessment)
Certified Listening Professional (CLP)

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Phone: (001) 952-594-5697
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