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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary, and each member is elected by the board for a two-year term. This committee oversees the activities of all SPE committees and acts on behalf of the board when it is not in session. The Chair works closely with the Executive Director and directs the activities of all board committees. The Vice Chair advises the board in setting goals for the society, supervises long-term planning, and chairs the Steering Committee, which reviews current policies and programs in light of the society's changing needs. The Treasurer of SPE works on fundraising. The Secretary is responsible for taking the minutes of the board meetings. Members of the Executive Committee convene three times each year in March, August, and January.

Jeff Curto, National Board Chair
Claude Baillargeon, Vice Chair
Bill Gaskins, Treasurer
Robin Germany, Secretary
Jim Wyman, Executive Director

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee advises the board in setting goals and supervises long-range planning in response to the society's changing needs.

Claude Baillargeon, Chair
Bill Gaskins
Amy Holmes George
Mark Malloy
Anne Massoni
Liz Wells
Jim Wyman, Executive Director

Finance Committee

Bill Gaskins, Chair
Jeff Curto
Jim Wyman, Executive Director, ex officio

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for the annual fall elections of the Board of Directors, including soliciting names of potential candidates from the membership and formulating a provisional slate.

Anne Massoni, Chair
Aspen Hochhalter
Ariel Shanberg
Liz Wells
Jim Wyman, Executive Director

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee oversees the planning and implementation of the national conference programming.

Mark Malloy, Chair

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee oversees the production of all SPE publications, sets direction for the website, recommends articles and projects for publication.

Liz Wells, Chair
Jim Casper
Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw, Exposure Editor
Ariel Shanberg
Jim Wyman, Executive Director

Regional Affairs Committee

The Regional Affairs Committee includes the eight regional chairpersons. It serves as liaison to the regions, and recommends policies and procedures relating to regional matters.

Amy Holmes George, Chair
Liz Allen
Stephen Chalmers
Kelley Wittkopp Office and Accounts Manager/Regional Liason/Jim Wyman, Executive Director

Development Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

The Development Committee provides leadership and support in strategic development of philanthropic giving including annual fund, major gifts, membership and individual giving, grants and restricted giving, event-based fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, and sponsorships.

Bill Gaskins, Chair
Jeff Curto
Jim Wyman, Executive Director

International Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

The International Committee supports the expansion of SPE's scope to international partnerships, collaborations and programming.

Michelle Bogre, Co-Chair
Erika Gentry, Co-Chair
Jim Casper
Anne Massoni
Liz Wells

Member Engagement Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

The Member Engagement Committee seeks to engender a culture of diverse, self-perpetuating, interactive forums outside the conference that will empower members to stay connected with each other throughout the year.

Liz Allen, Co-Chair
Jim Casper, Co-Chair
Aspen Hochhalter
Rebecca Nolan
Ariel Shanberg

Awards and Recognition Committee

The Awards and Recognition Committee, in cooperation with the Executive Committee, Board and national office, administers the Society's awards process including student scholarships and other membership awards of the Society. The committee is charged with initiating projects, which are intended to generate funds for scholarships. The Awards and Recognition Committee may also initiate projects designed to showcase the talents of awards applicants and recipients.

Rebecca Nolan, Chair
Stephen Chalmers
Erika Gentry
Aspen Hochhalter

Writing Award Review Subcommittee

The Writing Award Review Subcommittee reviews semi-finalist essay submissions to select the winning entry for the SPE Conference Award for Excellence in Historical, Critical, and Theoretical Writing. It should always consist of one member of the Communications Committee, one member of the Awards and Recognitions Committee, the editor of Exposure, and two other SPE members (each can be a board member or member at large) as appointed by the Executive Committee.

Michelle Bogre, Chair
Liz Allen
Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw, Exposure Editor
Robin Germany

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