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Call for Nominations

Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem Inc.

P.O. Box 304, Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

Nominations are being sought for Treasurer, Directors-at-Large (6) and Committee Chairs for the standing committees. All individuals so elected will become voting members of the Board of Directors of MAGAL. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

The MAGAL Board of Directors meets 10 times per year, on the first Wednesday of the month, with the following exceptions: There is no January meeting. The June meeting takes place immediately following the Annual Membership meeting and dinner. For July and August there is one meeting on a date set by the board to best accommodate vacation schedules of the board members. All board members are expected to attend at least 7 of the 10 meetings each year.

The MAGAL Board of Directors is multi-disciplinary and diverse, and we seek to maintain diversity by encouraging nominations of individuals from varying geographic regions and with varying expertise and racial/ethnic backgrounds. All nominees must be MAGAL members in good standing. It is suggested (but not required) that individuals serve as Director-at-Large or Committee Member before seeking election as an Officer or Committee Chair. Following is a brief description of the duties of these officers:

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of all funds and securities; send statements of dues/fees and receive same; calculate and file approximate tax forms; pay all bills authorized by the Board of Directors; keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements; prepare and submit a proposed annual budget prior to the beginning of the fiscal year; present a report at board meetings and a yearly financial report at each Annual Meeting of the members.

Directors-at-Large: Six Directors-at-Large are elected each year for two-year-terms (resulting in a total of 12 Directors-at-Large). Directors-at-Large are responsible for attending regular monthly board meetings, and for assisting the President, Officers, and Committee Chairs. It is expected that the Directors-at-Large will each devote additional time to furthering the goals of MAGAL.

Chairpersons: Chairpersons are elected each year for the following standing committees: Education, Membership, Public Relations/Website, Judicial Liaison/Legislative Affairs.

If you are interesting in serving in any of these positions, please self-nominate. If you want to nominate someone else, please seek his or her agreement to be nominated. For further information or to discuss the possibility of self-nominating, please contact any member of the Nominations Committee:

  • Elizabeth M. Frick, Psy.D. (Chair) (Email: drefrick@gmail.com; Phone: 617.838.5566)
  • Paula E. Berg, Esq. (Email: pberg@paulaberg.com; Phone: 617.723.3033)
  • Thomas D. Ritter, Ph.D., J.D. (Email: Tritter@atwoodcherny.com; Phone: 617.262.6400)
  • Nicole Robinson, LICSW (Email: NRobinson_gal@yahoo.com; Phone: 781.462.5453)

Nominations will close on March 20, 2016, and must be received on or before that date. Nominees are asked to provide a brief (500 words or less) paragraph with biographical information accompanying their self-nomination.
Please send written nominations by March 20, 2016 to:

Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem, Inc.
P.O. Box 304
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
Thank you for your support of MAGAL.

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