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ACNM Elections

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Your vote is your voice. 


Actively choose ACNM's future leadership by voting in the 2019 ACNM election and encourage your fellow members to cast their ballots as well.  Through your vote, not only do you help determine the direction for the American College of Nurse-Midwives, choose priorities, and promote the values you care about. You set in motion, those who will help you build a bright future for ACNM.



- Online Application form for 2020 elections

Sample practice application form


ACNM 2019-2020 Election Cycle

(Download pdf for official election positions)

Vice President, Board of Directors
The Board of Directors ensure ACNM’s well-being by collectively directing, advocating and investing in ACNM’s affairs, while meeting appropriate interests of ACNM stakeholders. Through the duty of care, each board member has a legal responsibility to participate actively in making decisions on behalf of ACNM and to exercise his or her best judgment while doing so. Under duty of loyalty, each board member must put the interests of ACNM before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity. Through duty of obedience, board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that ACNM complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.

As the Vice President:


  1. Substitute for the President as needed.
  2. Communicate Board charges to divisions and committees.
  3. Serve on the Executive Committee, as Chair for the Volunteer Leadership Council and as a liaison to selected groups.
  4. Coordinate with national office staff on work priorities.
  5. Report on issues related to the work of the volunteer structure, internal and external stakeholders.
  6. Respond to ACNM members or related constituent inquiries.
  7. Provide input for documents as requested.
  8. Represent ACNM to agencies and organizations external to ACNM related to the work of ACNM.


Tenure of Appointment:


All voting members of the Board shall be elected to serve a term of three (3) years. *NOTE: The term of the President-Elect is three (3) years; one (1) year as President-Elect and two (2) years as President. Each member shall serve until a successor is elected and assumes office. Each of the Regions is expected to elect a Regional Representative, who shall adhere to all terms concerning members of the Board. Members of the Board shall take office at the Board meeting following the Annual Business Meeting at which their election is declared. No voting member of the Board shall be eligible to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms, or seven (7) consecutive years, whichever is the longer duration. After two (2) consecutive terms, each Board member, except the President, is eligible again for service on the Board after one (1) year has elapsed from the end of service. The President is limited to one three-year (3) term at a time, one (1) year as President-Elect, and two (2) years as President. After three (3) years have lapsed from the end of service, a former President is eligible to serve as President-Elect/President again for one additional term. The terms of the voting members of the Board shall be staggered to ensure that approximately one-third of the positions expire each year.



Regional Representative, Board of Directors (Regions IV, V, and VII)


IV

VI

VII

Arkansas
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Michigan
Missouri
Ohio

Texas
New Mexico
Arizona
Utah
Colorado
Wyoming
Montana
Alaska
California
Hawaii
Idaho
Nevada
Oregon
Washington
Uniformed Services
Samoa
Guam


The Board of Directors ensure ACNM’s well-being by collectively directing, advocating and investing in ACNM’s affairs, while meeting appropriate interests of ACNM stakeholders. Through the duty of care, each board member has a legal responsibility to participate actively in making decisions on behalf of ACNM and to exercise his or her best judgment while doing so. Under duty of loyalty, each board member must put the interests of ACNM before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity. Through duty of obedience, board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that ACNM complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.


As a Board Member:


  1. Communicate Board charges to divisions and committees.
  2. Serve as a liaison to selected groups.
  3. Coordinate with national office staff on work priorities.
  4. Report on issues related to the work of the volunteer structure, internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Respond to ACNM members or related constituent inquiries.
  6. Provide input for documents as requested.
  7. Represent ACNM to agencies and organizations external to ACNM related to the work of ACNM.


As a Regional Representative:


  1. Maintain regular contact with their local members to assess the needs of local members and to consider the good of the organization in all their votes; report quarterly to ACNM Board serve as liaisons to ACNM Divisions, Committees and collegial organizations.
  2. Conduct a regional meeting during the ACNM Annual Meeting and may attend/organize other meetings throughout their region.
  3. Contribute to Quickening, present the Exemplary Affiliate Award, coordinate the "With women, for a lifetime" commendation and communicate on a regular basis with members of their region.
  4. Adhere to all terms concerning members of the Board.


Tenure of Appointment:


All voting members of the Board shall be elected to serve a term of three (3) years. *NOTE: The term of the President-Elect is three (3) years; one (1) year as President-Elect and two (2) years as President. Each member shall serve until a successor is elected and assumes office. Each of the Regions is expected to elect a Regional Representative, who shall adhere to all terms concerning members of the Board. Members of the Board shall take office at the Board meeting following the Annual Business Meeting at which their election is declared. No voting member of the Board shall be eligible to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms, or seven (7) consecutive years, whichever is the longer duration. After two (2) consecutive terms, each Board member, except the President, is eligible again for service on the Board after one (1) year has elapsed from the end of service. The President is limited to one three-year (3) term at a time, one (1) year as President-Elect, and two (2) years as President. After three (3) years have lapsed from the end of service, a former President is eligible to serve as President-Elect/President again for one additional term. The terms of the voting members of the Board shall be staggered to ensure that approximately one-third of the positions expire each year.



Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall oversee and supervise the nomination and election process for members of the Board of Directors (BOD) and members of the Nominating Committee in accord with American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Bylaws. The Nominating Committee shall promulgate policies to ensure that appropriate procedures are in place for the selection and presentation of qualified nominees to the membership. (Article XIII Section A.1.a.) The Nominating Committee is a member committee of the ACNM. The Nominating Committee structure and function can only be changed by amendment to the ACNM Bylaws. (Article XI, Section B)


The Nominating Committee:


  1. Is comprised of six members voted by eligible voters.
  2. Facilitates identification and evaluation of eligible college members to fill vacancies on ACNM Board (i.e. the President Elect).
  3. No collaboration between the committee and Board currently exists.
  4. Chairperson must be a member who has served at least one (1) year.
  5. Members serve a three (3) year term for a total of two (2) consecutive terms.
  6. Two (2) committee members are elected each year.
  7. Current Nominating Committee members are not eligible for any open Board position.
General Responsibilities of the Nominating Committee:

  1. Prior to the Annual Meeting of the membership, the Nominating Committee shall choose the Chairperson from among those members who have served at least 1 year.
  2. Prepare the Consent to Serve (CTS) documents for candidates.
  3. Determine the election timeline and deadline to receive Consents to serve and CVs from potential candidates.
  4. Solicit potential candidates from the membership
  5. Construct a ballot and questionnaire.
  6. Maintain confidentiality: Name of all nominees are kept confidential.
Election Process Responsibilities of the Nominating Committee:

  1. Nominating Committee selects a slate of candidates.
  2. Nominating Committee chair sends a letter/email of notification of selections and the information regarding necessary submissions and deadlines.
  3. Nominating Committee chair notifies candidates who are not selected.
  4. Presentation of candidates to the membership
  5. Nominating Committee assists the National Office in completion of candidate.






For more information contact: Venay Uecke, Nominating Committee Chair via email at: 
[email protected] using the subject line: Call for Nominations
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Phone: 240.485.1800 Fax: 240.485.1818
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