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Who Attends Association Board Meetings

  • 1.  Who Attends Association Board Meetings

    Posted 08-09-2019 15:29

    Hi, I'm trying to get some clarity on who is allowed to attend board and member meetings for other associations. We've had agencies want to bring clinical staff, consultants and a number of other employees. This is fine for subcommittees and subject matter taskforces, but do you draw a line at the board meetings? We have all CEOs serving on the board. Thanks.


    Mary Windecker, Executive Director

    PO Box 7635

    Missoula, MT 59807

    Cell: 406-546-4793

    Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana | Mental Health Services

    Mary Windecker
    Executive Director
    Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana
    Missoula MT

  • 2.  RE: Who Attends Association Board Meetings

    Posted 08-12-2019 08:41

    At RCPA, Committee or Division meetings can be attended by anyone- very open and inclusive.  But we do draw the line for association Board meetings- Board members (CEOs or senior leaders) only. On rare occasions for certain discussions Board members have sent someone else as their proxy, but this is the minor exception.

    Before I came to the association one of our predecessor associations did have more open Board meetings.  These became very large and lengthy meetings.  While having some value in terms of inclusiveness, they really were not "Board" meetings and became more difficult to manage the business of the association.

    I hope that helps.

    - Richard

    Richard Edley
    Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association
    Harrisburg PA

  • 3.  RE: Who Attends Association Board Meetings

    Posted 08-13-2019 10:16

    We have five program committees that any member can attend. However, with only two membership events annually, members had great interest in attending our monthly Board meetings in order to stay better abreast of policy developments and the CEO-level networking that they can't get in the committees. In order to meet this need, we've recently structured our Board meetings so that the first hour of the monthly meeting is Board-only and focused on association governance. The second hour of the monthly meeting is now the Public Policy Committee, which is open to members as non-voting participants.


    When key individuals get termed off of the Board, the open Public Policy meeting allows us to keep them actively engaged with our work.  Some stakeholders are so important that this involvement has a real value to me. But it's definitely awkward to manage and too early to fully assess how it's working.




    Shannon Hall

    Executive Director

    Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland

    (410) 788-1865

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  • 4.  RE: Who Attends Association Board Meetings

    Posted 08-14-2019 16:42
    Committee Meetings - any member may attend / participate in the IBHA committee meetings.

    BOD Meetings - are for board members only. Focus is governance, policy making, organizational oversight.

    General Members Meeting - is immediately after the BOD meeting and is open only to each member agency's Member of Record (CEO/President/Executive Director) and / or their alternate designee. These meetings allow the agency leaders to discuss C-suite level topics and to network and collaborate at this higher level. We also bring in key speakers / presenters for timely topics that we need more information on.


    Flora A. Schmidt, Executive Director
    Iowa Behavioral Health Association
    2900 100th St, Ste 200 Urbandale IA 50322
    515/309-3315 office
    515/210.6212 mobile

    Better Behavioral Health Through Education, Prevention, Treatment & Advocacy

  • 5.  RE: Who Attends Association Board Meetings

    Posted 08-12-2019 10:36
    Our board is made up of 16 executive directors of the member agencies.  We do allow them to bring their COO, or a finance director if they choose to and generally there are  2 - 3 of these folks in the room.  Often they bring the person who will be the next to hold the reins. We always have one CFO in the room who reports on the content of the meeting to the CFO Directors at their meeting.



    Julie Tessler. Executive Director

    VT Council of Developmental & Mental Health Services/Vermont Care Partners


    137 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

    Phone:Office:802-223-1773 x406  Mobile:802 279-0464