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Election Process for the Beacon Board of Directors
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Nominations & Elections Process
for the Beacon Board of Directors


Selection Criteria & Process

Our selection criteria are based on the criteria established in the bylawsBeacon General Code of Conduct, and as guided by the Board of Directors. Those criteria include at least two years of active Beacon membership with the organization, involvement in Beacon subgroups and/or committee activities, demonstrated leadership within Beacon or other nonprofit organizations, the perceived ability to work well with other members of the Board of Directors and demonstrated ability to meet the skill sets suggested by Beacon leadership.


The Governance Committee reviews applications, interviews candidates and determines the list of nominees presented to the membership for election.


2017 Governance Committee:

Greg Fegley, Chair
Eric David

Sandra Ford

Diane James, Ex-officio

Matthew Levy
Deborah Pierce



Election Process

Members of the Board are elected by the members of Beacon by electronic ballot. Terms of the members of the Beacon Board of Directors are staggered to provide both continuity and fresh perspectives with each new term. Following completion of one three-year term, members are eligible for nomination to a second three-year term. Once elected, the Board selects its officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary) for the year.    


Election Process Timeline

September 1

Call for Nominations Posted

September 30

Deadline for Applications & Nominations Submissions


Candidate Interviews


Election by Members


Board Roles and Responsibilities:

Members of the Board will:

  • Have the opportunity to work with peers and colleagues to establish the policies, vision and goals for Beacon and help the association grow and thrive;

  • Provide insight and input to help Beacon members find value and achieve their professional and personal goals;

  •  Monitor progress toward Beacon’s strategic goals and contribute to establishing and revising strategies as appropriate; and

  • Contribute to ensuring that the Board fulfills its corporate duties of care, loyalty and obedience to the members and to Beacon in accordance with governing documents and policies.

The Board of Directors in 2017 will hold approximately six in-person meetings, tentatively scheduled for the fourth Monday of January, February, April, June, September and November from 6:00 to 8:00 pm., and a December meeting immediately preceding the holiday social event. (A final schedule for Board meeting times and dates will be determined based on the best dates for the members selected as well as checking against holidays and other conflicts.) The Board may also meet by conference call when business decisions require such phone meetings.

In addition to the routine business meetings, Board members will have an orientation session to establish common understanding of key organizational matters and standards for operation and communication, as well as a meeting focused on the mission, vision and strategic plan goals to ratify/suggest changes as appropriate. On average, directors can expect to spend 8 to 10 hours monthly on Board activities and preparation. Between meetings, members of the Board will:

  • Receive, review and evaluate documents intended to keep the Board apprised of organizational performance, events and activities, and issues that may require Board attention or oversight;

  • Attend Beacon's major events and activities and meetings of committees and subgroups as appropriate (generally at least one per month) to remain informed, represent Beacon, and carry out specific work as assigned;

  • Seek out opportunities to gather information from members, staff, allied groups, media, etc., so that the Board’s decisions are informed by available knowledge/data/environmental factors relevant to its decisions;

  • Volunteer/be willing to serve on committees, task forces or working groups, and/or as a member or Board liaison, to carry out the work of Beacon;

  • Demonstrate the leadership qualities appropriate to Board membership by supporting decisions of the Board, being an enthusiastic representative of Beacon to internal and external audiences, and engaging in principled and robust dialogue to help the Board reach good decisions that will serve the Association and its members.