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Board Members Present:  Danny Sands, Debra Cobb, Eric Bersh, Brian Mack, John Grohol, Joe Ternullo, Jan Oldenburg, Judy Danielson, Sarah Krug, Amber Soucy, Mary Hennings

Full attendance record available here.


Minutes from last board meeting: Bersh


Treasurer-Membership Report: Cobb


ED Search Update Discussion: Hennings

Concern that Randy doesn’t have a health care background so she will need time to ramp up. Randy wants to bring in Vaughn for 6 months to help with fundraising. Vote on offer letter to Randy. Motion by Joe. Seconded by Eric. Question about title of “Consulting Executive Director.” Suggestion that Offer Letter refer to “role of Consulting ED.” Sarah notes that current offer letter be revised to change the dates referring to the 6 month contract period. Motion carried. Jan talked about how we introduce Randy to the membership.

Status of Recruiting Board Members: Hennings

Proposing to bring on 4 new board members. Joe reports on Tim Blevins. Joe interviewed and reported on Dennis Reilly. Danny commented on Vera Rulon. Discussion about Board diversity. Jan suggests we reach out to our membership to bring in more diverse Board members. Sarah suggests that we think about how our members can bring in diversity besides race and ethnicity. What do these people bring to the table? We need to bring SPM to “new heights.” Joe responds to Sarah’s comments about the diversity issues around qualifications of the proposed Board members. Danny entertains motion to approve slate of candidates. Judy moves. Amber seconds. No discussion. Motion carries.

Membership Comm. Update (Brian & John)

Make sure member profile was updated. Most board members found it easy to alter their profile. Purpose for changing profile was to make it easier to connect members by their interests. Danny asks about member skills. John talked about skills box and reminded Board that a dropdown box will all possibilities is not possible. Eric suggests that we remind members about how to fill in their profile through the newsletter and other sources.

Diversity Ambassador or CDO: Hennings

Mary’s update: we have to be diverse. Mary talked with people in community. Get together in early September with ad hoc committee and think though issues of diversity. Develop a preliminary roadmap as to how we do this. Mary wants to read “The Spirit Catches You When You Fall Down.” Danny suggests Mary speak to Kistein Monkhouse and Janet Tufte.

CAO Updates

None this month.

Other Business: Hennings

Next Town Hall (July 29) has 23 registrants. Jan suggests that Town Hall be held on different week than Board meeting. Brian says membership committee is working on a system of metrics to gauge responses to Town Halls. Sarah asks when we will re-connect with Higher Logic re: our contract. SPM signed letter to support changes in telemedicine rules. Jan updates on Patients Included. Called university to find out if we need to pay for use of the name Patients Included. Vera involved and will have an update in a month. Amber updated Google Docs with links to all blog posts. Created link for commenters to create post reacting to blog. Danny gives shout out to Eric and John Novack about putting up blog posts. Amber suggests hash tagging “Sign the Manifesto.”

Adjourned at  7:30 — Next board meeting: August 24, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET

Respectfully submitted,

Eric N Bersh

SPM Board Secretary