Call for Officers and Directors Nominations

ASE’s leadership, committees, councils, and task forces are moving forward the initiatives associated with the 2015-2018 strategic goals.  One of the goals is to create a governance structure that is representative of our membership and supports an efficient and effective organization.

There are several reasons ASE is considering governance restructuring. Currently the Board of Directors is large, and there are relatively infrequent meetings of the full group which has stymied engagement and pushed many decisions to the smaller Executive Committee. By decreasing the size of the Board, the work will move away from solely being placed with the Executive Committee and become a function of the full Board. This will allow the decisions to come from a more representative structure and build the organizational knowledge for a greater number of volunteers. This will require a more engaged board that will meet more frequently and will require an increased board member time commitment.

In June 2016, the Board of Directors approved these recommendations from the Governance Task Force.

  • Reduce the Board from 29 to 20 by 2021 (over next five years). The intent is to change Board meetings, and the frequency of meetings, slowly over this period to increase engagement (expanding activities from the Executive Committee into the full Board). At the end of the Board transition, the Board will be comprised of seven executive committee members, five members at large, five Council Chairs, one International representative, one Leadership Academy representative (once an academy is established), and one past president.
  • Designate the Secretary position as a sonographer position to ensure at least one sonographer representative will serve in a leadership position on the Executive Committee
  • Make the Council Representative position open to a member (or former member) of any Council Steering Committee; and to maintain Council Steering Committee Chair involvement on the Board
  • Change board terms to rotate at two years, with the option for four years for exceptional service (transparent expectations and metrics for reappointment will be implemented).
  • Create an avenue for new segments of members to be represented, e.g., Point of Care Council and International
  • Develop a leadership training program to foster young leaders that will provide a pathway to the Board
  • Reframe the Board nominations process, focusing on open seats (including the ladder to the presidency) for any category of member to provide clarity and access.   In addition to these changes, ASE’s members have asked that the leadership reflect the practice backgrounds, ages, and specialty areas of our growing membership. ASE’s membership is expanding to include non-cardiologists and the board is moving to be more open and representative of all member areas. The 2017 Nominating Committee will be using these new directives and is charged with filling open positions with members who can represent the Society’s strategic direction.  All active members are eligible to be nominated for any open position.

Open Positions for Nominations
Criteria for Officer Candidates
Criteria for Board of Directors Candidates
Instructions for Submitting Nomination
Where to Send Nominations

 ASE IS SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS BEGINNING JUNE 2017

(The terms of office will begin immediately upon completion of the ASE’s Annual Business Meeting in June.) 

All active ASE members who meet the outlined criteria for Officers and Directors are eligible for nomination for any open position, including the ladder to presidency.  To goal is to achieve diversity on the Board of Directors (i.e., point of care users, sonographers, cardiac anesthesiologists).  The board seats may be filled by physicians or sonographers–the key is nomination of qualified members who can broadly represent ASE’s diverse membership.

POSITIONS OPEN FOR NOMINATION:

VICE PRESIDENT  (One-year term; ladder to presidency – Open to all active members)
The Vice President’s duties are delegated by the Board of Directors and the President. The Vice President would perform the duties of the President-Elect in the event of his/her inability to serve.

SECRETARY  (Two-year term).  This position is designated for a sonographer member.
The Secretary shall be in charge of the Society’s records; responsible for the proper and legal notifications of members; shall see to the proper recording of proceedings of meetings of the society, Board of Director and all committees; and carry into execution all orders, votes, and resolutions, not otherwise committed.  The Secretary shall see that accurate records are kept of all members.  Such duties of the Secretary specified by the Board of Directors may be delegated to the Executive staff.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
– One Member at Large
(Two-year term; eligible for second two-year reappointment – Open to all active members)
– One International Member
(Two-year term, non-renewable – Open to all active international members)
– One Past President
(Two-year term, non-renewable – Open to any past president other than immediate past president)

(Click here to view the current list of Officers and Directors (June 2016 – June 2017)

 CRITERIA FOR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE POSITIONS (Vice President & Secretary)

  • Must be an active ASE Member and be a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) at time of nomination.
  • Accomplishments in the field should include, but not be limited to, service to the society; respect/reputation in the profession.
  • Has served (or currently serving) on ASE’s Board of Directors and/or has served on a Chair or Co-Chair of an ASE Standing Committee or Council. The current committee chairs will be contacted for input on the nominees’ committee/board participation.
  • Officer candidates must be board certified in his/her subspecialty(ties), if applicable.
  • Candidates for Vice President must have a letter from their institution indicating approval of the time commitment needed to perform duties as President (approximately 30% of individual’s time).
  • Officers (Executive Committee members) must agree that they will not participate in paid consultancy positions with commercial entities relative to the cardiovascular field (e.g., device and pharmaceutical companies) or for-profit educational bodies (e.g., cardiovascular web businesses, etc.)  Royalties from published educational materials are allowed.
  • Officers (Executive Committee members) must agree that they will not serve simultaneously on any other cardiovascular-related organization’s executive committee (as an officer) while serving on ASE’s Executive Committee.
  • Officers (Executive Committee members) must agree that they will not provide testimonials and/or endorsements or participate as speakers for commercial entities relative to the cardiovascular field (e.g., device and pharmaceutical companies) where that endorsement has not been specifically approved by the Society.
  • Officers (Executive Committee members) must declare any volunteer roles with other associations, societies, or cardiovascular-related organizations where there cardiovascular expertise is utilized.

CRITERIA FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES:

  • Must be an active ASE Member and be a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) at time of nomination.
  • Accomplishments in the field should include, but not be limited to, service to the society; respect/reputation in the profession.
  • Previous service on an ASE committee, council or task force, preferably having chaired on these positions.
  • Directors must agree that they will not participate in paid consultancy positions with commercial entities relative to the cardiovascular field (e.g., device and pharmaceutical companies) or for-profit educational bodies (e.g., cardiovascular web businesses, etc.).  Royalties from published educational materials are allowed.  Unpaid volunteer service as outlined above is acceptable.
  • Directors must declare any volunteer roles with other associations, societies, or cardiovascular-related organizations where their cardiovascular expertise is utilized.

Click here to review estimated time commitment for Officers and Directors

Officers and Directors candidates are judged on these qualifications:
→  Candidates are respected in the profession
→  Candidate are strategic thinkers
→  Candidates have the time, dedication and financial ability to serve
→  Candidates are well-versed in ASE history and organizational knowledge
→  Candidates will be effective board leaders
→  Candidates are committed to the strategic planning process and understand the ASE’s mission and goals
→  Candidates can broadly represent the ASE membership

Instructions for Submitting Officer and Board of Directors Nominations

Nominations for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors positions should be based on valuable service to ASE or contributions to the field of cardiovascular ultrasound.  Candidates must also understand and support the strategic goals of the organization, and broadly represent the ASE membership.  All active ASE members are eligible for nomination for any open position, including the ladder to presidency.

  • Active members may nominate one candidate per open position (positions are open to all member types).
  • Members can provide supporting letters for more than one candidate. If a member is writing to support more than one candidate, the letters must illustrate differences in the candidates; otherwise the letters take away the weight of the recommendations for both candidates.
  • Members of the Executive Committee are not permitted to nominate candidates for executive level positions.
  • Each candidate may only have one of his/her required letters of support come from a member of the Executive Committee.
  • All nominations should be accompanied by current CVs.
  • Each candidate must have one letter of nomination and a minimum of two, maximum of three additional letters of recommendation from active members documenting that the candidate possesses leadership skills. Nominations for Vice President may include up to five additional letters of support.

NOMINATOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Submit letter of nomination outlining candidate’s leadership skills to ASE and provide a copy of candidate’s CV
  • Solicit additional letters of support for nomination

CANDIDATE’S RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Accept nomination
  • Submit a copy of current CV before October 21, 2016.
  • Submit a one page vision statement which includes their level of interest, expertise, areas of interest, how their time will be made available and how they would contribute to ASE achieving its goals. This statement must be received by October 21, 2016.
  • Complete a brief online self-assessment survey
  • Review the ASE Conflict of Interest/Disclosure form. Candidates will be required to submit a COI form if there is currently no form on file or if the current form requires updating.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS AND CANDIDATE MATERIALS IS OCTOBER 21, 2016.

Email correspondence or questions should be sent to Mary Alice Dilday at madilday@asecho.org


All letters of nomination, support should be addressed to
Nominating Committee Chair Neil Weissman, MD, FASE

Mail correspondence should be sent to:
Nominating Committee
c/o Neil Weissman, MD, FASE, Chair Nominating Committee
American Society of Echocardiography
2100 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 310
Morrisville, NC  27560

 

2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President (term expires June 2018)
Vera H. Rigolin, MD, FASE

Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

President-Elect
(term expires June 2018)
Jonathan Lindner, MD, FASE

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Vice President (term expires June 2018)
Open for Nomination

Treasurer (term expires June 2018)
Benjamin W. Eidem, MD, FASE

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Secretary (term expires June 2019)
Open for Nomination

Council Representative (term expires June 2018)
Sue D. Phillip, RCS, FASE

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Immediate Past President (term expires June 2018)
Allan L. Klein, MD, FASE
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Chief Executive Officer
Robin Wiegerink, MNPL
American Society of Echocardiography
Morrisville, NC

 DIRECTORS

(Terms Expire June 2018)

Federico Asch, MD, FASE
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC

Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

Stephen H. Little, MD, FASE
Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Weill Cornell Medical College
Houston, TX

Maryellen H. Orsinelli, RN, RDCS, FASE
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
Columbus, OH

Elaine Shea, APS, RCCS, FASE
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Berkeley/Oakland, CA

(Terms Expire June 2019)

Member at Large
Open for Nomination

International Member
Open for Nomination

Past President
Open for Nomination/Appointment

Edward Gill, MD, FASE
University of Colorado, Denver
Denver, CO

James Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA

David Wiener, MD, FASE
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE
Froedtert/Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Liza Sanchez, RCS, FASE
Univ. of TX MD Anderson Medical Center
Houston, TX

COUNCIL CHAIRS

Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease
Term expires June 2019:  Gregory Ensing, MD, FASE
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Council on Perioperative Echocardiography
Term expires June 2019:  Alan Finley, MD, FASE
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Council on Cardiovascular Sonography
Term expires June 2018:  Carol Mitchell, PhD, RDMS, RDDCS, RVT, RT(R), ACS, FASE
University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI

Council on Vascular Ultrasound
Term expires June 2019:  Amer Johri, MD, FASE
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada