NAI Elections

For complete information about NAI's elections policies and procedures, download the elections handbook.

2016 Candidate Statements

Click below to download statements for the national Board of Directors or individual organizational units.

National Board of Directors
Candidates for President, VP-Administration, & Members at Large

Organizational Units
Heartland Region (5)
Interpretive Media Section
Nature Center Directors & Administrators Section
Pacific Northwest Region (10)
Sierra Pacific Region (9)
South Central Region (6)
Sunny Southeast Region (3)
Wild West Region (8)
Zoos, Wildlife Parks, & Aquaria Section

Learn more about NAI's regions and sections here.
 

2015 Election Results

Congratulations to the NAI members elected to leadership roles on the national Board of Directors or in one of our organizational units. Listed below are the new or reelected officers, effective January 1, 2016.

National Board of Directors
Vice President for Programs, Todd Bridgewater  
Treasurer, Travis Williams  
Board Member, C. Parker McMullen-Bushman  
Board Member, Elista Istre  

Organizational Units

Northeast Region (1)
Director, Rebecca Roy  

Chesapeake Region (2)
Director, Linda Bailey
Deputy Director, Yvonne Johnson
Secretary, Ned Reddrop
Treasurer, Tania Gale

Sunny Southeast Region (3)
Deputy Director, Brian Mast
Secretary, Christine Lawson  

Great Lakes Region (4)
Director, Debbie Nofzinger
Deputy Director, Jennifer McDowell
Secretary, Jenn Kirts
Treasurer, Bob Dispenza

Heartland Region (5)
Deputy Director, Laura Kohn
Secretary, Nina Baki

South Central Region (6)
Director, Jay Schneider
Treasurer, Mel Z Harvey

Wild West Region (8)
Deputy Director, Jennifer Waithman
Treasurer, Kim Casey

Sierra Pacific Region (9)
Deputy Director, Phil Sexton
Secretary, James Frank

Pacific Northwest Region (10)
Director, Patrick Barry
Secretary, Stephan P. Zacharias

Cultural Interpretation and Living History Section
Director, Elista Istre  
Deputy Director, Stephan Zacharias  
Secretary/Treasurer, Jake Koch  

Zoos, Wildlife Parks, and Aquaria Section
Deputy Director, Andre Copeland


NAI's National Board of Directors

The Board consists of 15 members: five Executive Committee members, two Advisory Council representatives, three member-nominated members, and five Board-nominated members.

Interested in Running for an NAI office?

To learn more about being an NAI Board member, view this free webinar.  

Approximate Election Calendar

June 1: Nomination process complete
August 15: Nominees vetted and slate finalized
September 1: Ballots distributed
October 1: Election complete

More Information

Contact NAI Elections Chair Alan Leftridge at leftridge@blackfoot.net.
 

Board Job Descriptions

President
​The President of the Board of Directors shall be President of the corporation, and subject to the direction and oversight of the Board of Directors, Shall: (a) exercise supervision over the business and affairs of the corporation; (b) see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect; and (c) perform all other duties incident to the office of the President and as from time to time may be assigned to the President by the Board of Directors.

​Vice President for Administration
The Vice President for Administration of the Board of Directors shall be the Vice President for Administration of the corporation, and preside of all corporate meetings in the absence of the President. The Vice President for Administration shall act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and any standing or special committees assigned to him or her, and perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors. The Vice-President for Administration shall appoint the chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. In the event of the prolonged absence or disability of the President, the Vice President for Administration shall be the acting President, and as such, the acting President shall have all the authority and duties vested in the President.

Vice President for Programs
The Vice President for Programs of the Board of Directors shall be the Vice President for Programs of the corporation. The Vice President for Programs shall act as the liaison between the Board of Directors and any standing or special committees assigned to him or her, serve as the board liaison for the corporation’s program activities and the Advisory Council, and perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors. In the event of the prolonged absence or disability of the President, and if the Board of Directors determines the Vice President for Administration is unable to be the acting President, the Vice President for Programs shall be the acting President, and as such, the acting President shall have all the authority and duties vested in the President.

Treasurer
The Treasurer of the Board of Directors shall be the Treasurer of the corporation. The Treasurer shall review the complete books, record of accounts, and financial reports (including annual reports) prepared and kept by the corporation’s staff, and perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.

Secretary
The Secretary of the Board of Directors shall be the Secretary of the corporation. The Secretary shall keep corporate records and minutes of all membership and board meetings and other duties incident to the office of Secretary. The Secretary shall collect and insure the publication of committee meeting minutes. The Secretary shall also perform such other duties as from time to time are assigned by the President or Board of Directors.

Member-Nominated Board Position
Attends minimum of two Board meetings, annual general membership meeting held during the NAI National Conference, and other meetings as necessary.
 Participates in task forces or committee work when applicable.
 Volunteers for and accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.
 Stays informed about the Association, board and committee matters. Prepares for meetings. Reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
 Is an active participant in the Board’s planning efforts.