Victoria C. Venable Fletcher, CNM, MSN, FACNM
Candidate for Treasurer
See Victoria's CV here
Question: What challenges to midwifery practice have you observed/experienced either nationally or in your region and what solutions would you suggest or implement to eliminate that challenge to midwifery practice?
Answer: I believe challenges to midwifery practice include breaking down barriers that preclude full practice authority, having the resources and capacity to be in charge of our profession’s destiny, and forging collaborations and partnerships that will leverage our collective strength.
All families deserve to have the option of midwifery care. In order to make that a reality, midwives in every state must be able to have full practice authority. Practice restrictions must be identified and systematically dismantled. This can be accomplished by having a robust advocacy agenda nationally and in each and every state and territory. Continue efforts to energize our base to keep the issues out front and visible in the media and legislatures. Use outcome data from maternal and newborn quality measures to demonstrate the value that midwifery care brings to the table.
ACNM needs the resources and capacity in order to be in charge of its own destiny. ACNM celebrated its 60th year of existence and in order to ensure sustainability for the next 60 years, we must ensure that we have the financial resources and membership base to continue to be a strong, vibrant organization. Sound financial practices, stewardship of funds, and increasing student and other membership in the college is essential. Continuation of diversity and inclusion efforts is paramount so that all can feel a part of the organization and can utilize their time and expertise to further the goals and objectives of ACNM.
It can be isolating taking on the powers that be that are encountered when advocating for full practice authority and recognition of midwives as viable provider options for families. We must re-double our efforts to find common ground with advocacy coalitions and professional and consumer organizations, so that we can use our collective strength to achieve the goals of ACNM. The adage that Together Each Achieves More (TEAM) can ring true for ACNM through the creation of collaborations and partnerships.
Candidate Interview with ACNM Student Representative
Tell us in 1-2 sentences why you want to serve on the board.
I want to have the opportunity to contribute my time and talent to the organization at a critical time in its evolution. The organization has been a beacon of light for the last sixty years, and I am excited for the opportunity to give back to the organization that has given so much to me. ACNM requires resources and capacity in order to be in charge of its own destiny. In 2015 ACNM celebrated its 60th year of existence and in order to ensure sustainability for the next 60 years, we must ensure that we have the financial resources and membership base to continue to be a strong, vibrant organization. Sound financial practices, stewardship of funds, transparency in financial reporting, and increased College membership, including student membership, is essential.
Why do you think you are a good fit for the role of Treasurer?
I am qualified to serve as Treasurer due to my experience on non-profit boards. I served as Secretary-Treasurer on two nonprofit boards and gained critical experience that will provide a strong foundation for the role of Treasurer of the ACNM board. In addition, my current professional role involves evaluation of operational areas, including financial areas, of health care organizations. Financial areas evaluated include financial performance, finance policies and procedures, revenue cycle management, and asset protection functions of multi-million dollar entities. Other financial records I review include external audits, management letters and responses to management letters. Financial metrics (ratios) are evaluated and compared to industry benchmarks. I also participate in a financial turnaround process for organizations that consistently miss financial benchmarks.
How would you describe your leadership style?
Democratic or Participative; I build consensus through participation and encouraging team buy-in and ownership of a decision. I value input and discussion between all team members. In addition to being a leader, I can also be a follower when appropriate.
Have you been on the ACNM Board before, and/or serves as a Treasurer on other Boards? What lessons have you learned?
No, I have not served on the ACNM Board before. I have served on many ACNM committees, task forces, and ad hoc committees, as well have chaired the Midwives of Color Committee. My volunteer service includes serving on several nonprofit boards of service or health related organizations.
Yes, I have served as treasurer on two different nonprofit boards. Lessons learned include:
1. Ensuring all board members understand their fiduciary responsibilities and
2. Importance of monitoring key financial indicators or metrics to evaluate financial performance and the health of the organization.
Do you anticipate challenges in the role of ACNM Treasurer? What challenges are you looking for in this position – professionally and/or personally?
I like challenges and seek them out when appropriate. I will look for opportunities to help steward the organization to maintain and supersede its financial goals and ensure transparency by making financial information available to the membership in a meaningful way. I will naturally need to quickly get up to speed with the financial policies and procedures of ACNM.
What do you see as ACNM’s greatest current challenge? What strategies would you advocate for ACNM to address this challenge?
a. Breaking down barriers to full practice authority
b. Having the resources and capacity to be in charge of our profession’s destiny
c. Forging collaborations and partnerships that will leverage our collective strength
Full practice authority
Resources and Capacity to be in charge of our profession’s
Forging collaboration and partnerships to leverage our