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2018 SPE Annual Conference: UNCERTAIN TIMES: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood

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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.

Claude Baillargeon, Chair
Anne Massoni, Vice Chair
Bill Gaskins, Treasurer
Rebecca Nolan, Secretary
Jim Wyman, Executive Director

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.

Ariel Shanberg, Chair
Kelli Connell
Andrew Hershberger
Deborah Jack
Anne Massoni
Jim Wyman, Executive Director

Audit Committee

SPE’s Audit Committee provides an oversight role. The Audit Committee may coordinate, monitor, and work closely with SPE’s staff to prepare the organization for an independent audit. The Audit Committee also may participate in the decision to hire the auditor and should be responsible for evaluating the audit process and recommending whether or not to reengage the audit firm for subsequent audits. The Audit Committee is also the body that presents the auditors' findings to the Board of Directors, making sure that the full board understands any recommendations made by the auditors before formally accepting the audit report. Finally, the audit committee recommends changes in practices or reporting in order to adhere to general accounting principles and maintain industry “best practices.”

Anne Massoni, Chair
Stephen Chalmers
Aspen Hochhalter

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.

Mark Malloy, Chair
Liz Allen
Stephen Chalmers
Rebecca Nolan

Finance Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

Bill Gaskins, Chair
Ariel Shanberg
Jim Wyman, Executive Director, ex officio

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.

Jim Wyman, Chair
Claude Baillargeon
Bill Gaskins
Bill Gratton
Paula Joy Reinhold

Communications Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

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

Liz Wells, Chair
Ginenne Clark
Andrew Hershberger
Stacy J. Platt
Jennifer Shea
Jim Wyman

Conference Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

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

Anne Massoni, Chair
Jeff Curto
Bill Gaskins
Tomiko Jones
Marni Shindelman
Liz Wells

Affiliated Chapters Committee ( A Committee of the Corporation)

The Affiliated Chapters Committee includes the eight chapter chairpersons. It serves as liaison to the chapters, and recommends policies and procedures relating to chapter matters.

Tomiko Jones, Chair
Elizabeth Claffey
Aspen Hochhalter
Kelley Wittkopp
Jim Wyman

International Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

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

Deborah Jack, Co-Chair
Liz Wells, Co-Chair
Jim Casper
Elizabeth Claffey

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