Call for Leadership Nominations

SAHM 2025-2026 Election Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2025-2026 SAHM leadership election are now open! Do you know someone whose expertise and values should be represented on SAHM’s Board or Nominations Committee? Would you personally like to play a leadership role in SAHM?

Service on SAHM’s Board of Directors or as a member of the Nominations Committee represents a major contribution to the Society. Nominations are encouraged on behalf of and directly from SAHM members interested in serving in a volunteer leadership position. 

This November, SAHM voting members will participate in a contested election for the following offices:

Please submit a nomination or self nomination by completing this brief nomination form by Thursday, August 22, 2024.   

SAHM Election Process

On Friday, August 23, 2024, nominees will be instructed on how to submit an application packet to be considered for inclusion on the slate of candidates for the 2025-2026 leadership election.

The application packet will include:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A Letter of Support
  • Respond to a set of questions developed by the SAHM Nominations Committee

Application packets will be due by Monday, September 16, 2024.

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The election will begin in November. As required by the SAHM Bylaws, voting will be open for 30 days.

SAHM Nominations Committee

  • Manuel Ángel Oscós-Sánchez, MD, Immediate Past President, Chair
  • Matthew Aalsma, PhD
  • Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH
  • Eric T. Meininger, MD, MPH
  • Nicholas Westers, Psy.D

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Key Duties and Responsibilities

President-Elect

The position requires a three-year commitment, President-Elect (2025-2026), President (2026-2027) and Immediate Past President (2027-2028).

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  1. Attend or participate in all regular meetings of the Executive Committee and SAHM Board of Directors. Be accessible to Board colleagues and SAHM staff for phone/email consultation.

Note: The President-Elect is required to participate in monthly Executive Committee teleconference meetings and four Board of Director meetings a year. The Executive Committee members include the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Director. The Executive Committee and Board meeting schedules are generally determined well in advance to allow for maximum participation. Budget permitting, the Board meets twice in-person and four times via teleconference. Executive Committee meetings are typically one hour, and Board teleconference meetings are typically two hours long. One of the in-person Board meetings takes place at the annual meeting location the day before the meeting begins. The second in-person Board meeting is generally held at SAHM’s headquarters office in the Chicago suburbs, a location easily accessible by the majority of Board members. 

  1. Succeed to the Presidency at the conclusion of a one-year term as President Elect.
  2. Become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the SAHM Presidency and provide back up to the President as needed.
  3. Assist the President in promoting the mission and policies of SAHM.
  4. Assist with fundraising efforts for SAHM.
  5. Participate in monthly Executive Committee teleconferences, Board teleconferences, annual in-person Board meetings, and other meetings as deemed necessary or appropriate.
  6. Maintain a close working relationship with the President, Executive Director and administrative staff for continuity of goals, objectives, and policies of SAHM to ensure a smooth transition between Presidencies.
  7. Have responsibility for SAHM’s committee appointments, including:
    1. Reviewing current committee rosters and identifying outgoing committee chairs and members.
    2. Reaching out to committee chairs to seek recommendations on members ending their first term, and suggesting new members.
    3. Working with administrative staff to send a “Call for Volunteers” announcement to SAHM membership to fill committee vacancies.
    4. Reviewing committee chair recommendations and list of interested volunteers and provide recommendations on all committee appointments to SAHM’s President for final approval.

At-Large Board of Directors – (2 positions)

The position requires a three-year commitment (2025-2028).

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  1. Attend or participate in all regular meetings of the SAHM Board of Directors. Be accessible to Board colleagues and SAHM staff for phone/email consultation.

Note: The Board of Directors holds four regular meetings a year, and may be called upon to meet more frequently. The Board meeting schedule is generally determined well in advance to allow for maximum participation. Budget permitting, the Board meets twice in-person and twice by teleconference call. Teleconference meetings are typically two hours and are held on a weekday at a time that can accommodate international participation. One of the in-person meetings takes place onsite at the annual meeting location the day before the meeting begins. The second in-person meeting is generally held at SAHM’s headquarters office in downtown Chicago. 

  1. Represent the general membership. Actively promote the benefits of SAHM to ensure retention of existing members and aid in recruiting new members.
  2. Understand the budget and take an active part in reviewing, approving and monitoring the budget. Actively support the revenue-generating activities outlined in the budget.
  3. Prepare in advance for decision-making and policy formation at Board meetings; take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the Board.
  4. Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and SAHM committees, as appointed by the President
  5. Participate in strategic planning and leadership development, which may require participation on working groups and/or additional Board meetings by conference call.
  6. Actively promote SAHM, encourage and support the chief executive and staff.
  7. Serve as an advocate of the Society, including, but not limited to, officially representing the Society at scientific and/or professional meetings, on professional committees, councils or coalitions and before the media when assigned by the President or Board.
  8. Determine the need for and review position statements on specific adolescent health issues. Determine which position statements need to be expanded into position papers; review and approve all policy papers submitted by the Director of Publications.
  9. Understand and observe the fiduciary responsibilities required of non-profit association board members.
  10. Make SAHM your volunteer priority. Willingly offer personal and professional skills, relationships and knowledge for the advancement of SAHM.

Nominations Committee – (2 positions)

The position requires a two-year commitment (2025-2027).

  1. Attend and actively participate in all meetings of the Nominations Committee. Be accessible to the Nominations Committee Chair and SAHM staff for phone/email consultation.

Note: The Nominations Committee typically meets by teleconference meetings 2-3 times in the fall prior to the start of voting. The committee schedule is determined well in advance to ensure full participation. Committee meetings are typically one hour and are held on a weekday at a time that can accommodate international participation (if applicable).

  1. As directed by the committee chair, review nominations, contact potential candidates and participate in discussion to ensure that the final slate of candidates is well-qualified, diverse and representative of SAHM’s multi-disciplinary membership.
  2. Collaborate with committee members to draft several essay questions for each election category (candidates’ responses will be provided to the voting membership in order to ensure informed voting).
  3. Make service on the Nominations Committee your volunteer priority. Willingly offer personal and professional skills, relationships and knowledge for the advancement of SAHM.
  4. Permanently maintain the confidentiality of the nomination and selection process.
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