AAGP Call for Nominations: Officer and At-Large Board Member Positions 2018

The AAGP Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to run for officer and at-large board member positions in the 2018 election. All candidates must have a minimum of three years in the organization to be eligible to run. Officer positions are open to Psychiatrist Members and Retired Members. Two psychiatrist and one non-psychiatrist at-large board member position are also open. Terms of service begin after the conclusion of the 2018 AAGP Business Meeting.

Five positions on the AAGP Board of Directors will be open at the conclusion of AAGP’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary/Treasurer-Elect
  • (2) At-Large Board Member (psychiatrist)
  • (1) At-Large Board Member (non-psychiatrist)

Those interested in being considered for either a officer or at-large board member position are encouraged to submit a completed application to the Nominations Committee. (Links to forms below)

For Officer Positions

Terms of Service: A total of 3 years: successive one-year terms as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President

Terms of Service: A total of 2 years: successive one-year terms as Secretary/Treasurer-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer

At-Large Board Member:

- One non-psychiatrist position

- Two psychiatrist positions

Terms of Service: 3 Consecutive Years (2018-2021)
To apply for an officer or at-large board member position: email the required documents to main@aagponline.org no later than September 15, 2017.
For more information about officer or at-large board member responsibilities and desired criteria, please see below.
AAGP Nominations Committee

Susan Lehmann, MD, Chair
Ipsit Vahia, MD
Karen Blank, MD
Eve Byrd, APRN
Olivia Okereke, MD
Ken Sakauye, MD
Martha Sajatovic, MD


Officer Application | At-Large Board Member Application | Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form

AAGP Officer Responsibilities and Criteria

A history of leadership within the AAGP either as a committee chair or a board member is a requirement in order to be considered by the nominations committee for an officer position. 

Officer Responsibilities

The President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Secretary/Treasurer-Elect, and the immediate Past President constitute the executive committee of the AAGP. The CEO participates in executive committee meetings as an ex-officio member. The executive committee is intimately involved in running all aspects of the organization including its financial affairs, educational programs and interface with governmental agencies and related organizations. The executive committee reports to the board of directors, and its officers are responsible for assisting the board in decision-making, prioritizing agendas and performing activities essential for the organization in lieu of the full board between board meetings. Officers participate on all board calls and meetings, have monthly teleconferences in addition to full board meetings, and may be required to perform other duties in conjunction with the staff to ensure that the wishes of the board of directors are carried out effectively. Officer participation is entirely voluntary. Officers receive support to cover necessary and reasonable travel expenses.

Members of the executive committee have somewhat distinct roles. The President is the executive officer of the organization and is in charge of the affairs and finances of the organization. The President also presides at all meetings of the members and the board of directors. The President-Elect fulfills these responsibilities in the absence of the President. The Secretary/Treasurer (and in his/her absence, the Secretary/Treasurer-Elect) is the primary financial officer of the organization and is responsible for the maintenance of adequate books and ongoing financial oversight of the organization. 

Criteria for Officer Nomination

  • Demonstrated leadership skills,
  • knowledge of organizational functioning and the particular structure, function, and agenda of AAGP,
  • an ability to work with others,
  • leadership qualities, and
  • the ability to articulate and implement a vision for AAGP as it moves into the future. This vision must address the organization’s strengths, areas needing improvement, and demonstrate an understanding of the needs of its members.

AAGP At-Large Board Member Responsibilities and Criteria

At-Large Board Member Responsibilities

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction and vision for the organization and for ensuring the implementation of its goals and objectives. In order to effectively carry out its broad mandate, the board relies on an administrative network which includes the salaried staff, committee chairs and heads of specific task forces. The board typically has one to two face to face meetings and approximately two to four teleconferences every year. Members are expected to familiarize themselves with relevant organizational details and actively contribute to discussions that result in policy and operational initiatives. Board membership is for a three-year term and is entirely voluntary. Board members receive support to cover necessary and reasonable travel expenses.

Criteria For At-Large Board Member Nomination

The AAGP would like to ensure that the diverse strengths and expertise needed to execute the organization’s objectives are represented on the board. Applicants should possess one or more of the following attributes:

  • Experience with organizational leadership, which may include:
  • financial management,
  • business/corporate operations,
  • fund-raising,
  • personnel management,
  • strategic and long-range planning,
  • marketing/public relations;
  • demonstrated commitment/involvement in AAGP activities and meetings; and
  • the ability to work cooperatively.

Additionally, it is desirable for the board to be professionally, ethnically, and gender diverse, representing the major constituents of AAGP members including researchers, clinicians, educators, and administrators. Board members who have previously served are eligible for a second term three years after the end of their first term. Members of the nominations committee are not eligible for nomination throughout their term on the committee.