Get Involved in the Leadership of YOUR Organization! Vote & Nominate

Ani Yazedjian and Cassandra Dorius, NCFR 2021 Elections Council Co-chairs
/NCFR Report, Winter 2021

Get involved in the leadership of YOUR organization!  The vitality of NCFR depends on the dedication of its members to serve in leadership capacities at various levels of the organization.

Leadership in NCFR offers many benefits and rewards, including:

  • The opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise in ways that will help to promote the welfare of families and children.

  • Status and recognition by local, state, national and international audiences.

  • Networking and professional development opportunities

The charge of the Elections Council is to identify people who are willing to commit their time and energy for leadership positions. Please consider how your skills and gifts might benefit NCFR.  In turn, we are quite sure that you will gain valuable leadership experience and will grow personally as well as professionally.  Here are two ways to be involved.

1. VOTE in Upcoming Elections (February 2022)

The Elections Council wants to encourage ALL members to vote in February 2022. We have submitted a nomination slate (ballots were emailed to all members on Tuesday, Feb. 1) for terms that will be filled at the end of the national meeting in November 2022. The nominees are:

Board Member-at-Large (2022-2025) – (2 Positions)

Kevin M. Roy

Yan Ruth Xia

Melissa A. Barnett

Brenda J. Lohman

Spencer James

Elections Council (2022-2025) – (2 Positions)

Kale Monk

Megan L. Haselschwerdt

Sarai Coba-Rodriguez

Todd Jensen

Vanja Lazarevic

Fellows Committee (2022-2025) – (2 Positions)

Catherine A. Solheim

Kimberly A. Updegraff

Tammy S. Harpel

Scott S. Hall

Daniel Perlman

Inclusion and Diversity Committee (2022-2025) – (2 Positions)

Yan Wang

Yolanda T. Mitchell

Deadric T. Williams

Henry Gonzales

Gilbert Ray Parra

Students and New Professionals Program Representative (2022-2024)

Leslie A. Anderson

Amy A. Morgan

Allen Mallory

2. NOMINATE YOURSELF/OTHERS for February 2023 Slate (due March 1, 2022) 

The Elections Council wants to encourage ALL members to nominate someone for the February 2023 slate. Submit a nomination.

As you think about who would serve NCFR well, please give serious consideration to nominating yourself as well as others.

Discovering Leadership and Service Possibilities Within NCFR is an on-demand webinar available free for NCFR members and CFLE. Get access here.

Here are the Selection Criteria to help you decide whether you would be willing to be nominated and/or to identify potential candidates for the upcoming election:


  • Current membership in NCFR

  • Knowledge and/or experience in areas reflecting broad trends in human development, family science, marriage and family practice, sociology, and related professions.

  • Knowledge and/or experience in leadership roles through Sections, Affiliate Councils, Focus Groups, conference planning, publishing, public policy, or other committee work.


When identifying members to run for office, consideration should be given to a slate that is diverse in its representation of members, for example:

  • Ability and disability
  • Aboriginal, mixed, immigrant
  • Age
  • Bilingualism and multiculturalism/English language learners
  • Body size and condition
  • Customs and traditions
  • Educational, disciplinary, or career status
  • Ethnicity, race, national origin, or cultural identity
  • Gender, gender identity, and gender expression
  • Geographical background and location
  • Marital status, relational status (including singlehood), and family structure or identity
  • Objective and subjective worldviews and standpoints
  • Political ideologies and affiliations
  • Religion/no religion, spirituality and affiliations, and faith
  • Sexual orientation, identities, and expressions
  • Socioeconomic status, residential status, social class, employment, and national service

[Note: The aspects of diversity are listed alphabetically, but not in any order of priority.]

Keeping this in mind, we invite self-nominations and nominations of others for the following positions for the slate to be elected in February of 2023. The terms for these positions will begin November 2023 at the end of the annual conference.

Board of Directors President-elect – 2023-2025, President – 2025-2027 (One Position Open)

The President-elect shall assist the President and in the event of the President’s absence, incapacitation, resignation or death, the President’s duties (general management of the business of the NCFR Board) will transfer to the President-elect. President-elect will serve on the Board Audit Committee and be in charge of the Newcomers Welcome at the Annual Conference.

Board Member-at-Large – 2023-2026 (Two Positions Open)

NCFR Board Members are responsible for the overall governance of the organization on behalf of all NCFR members. They attend two face-to-face Board meetings per year, along with regular conference calls and email exchanges. They take responsibility of maintaining contact with the membership and reflecting the needs of all NCFR members.

Affiliate Councils President-elect – 2023-2025 (One Position Open)

The Affiliate Councils President-elect shall serve on the National Council on Family Relations Board of Directors for a two-year term and shall represent concerns of the members of the Affiliate Councils. This position shall assume the presidency of the Affiliate Councils for a two-year term following their term as President-elect.

Students and New Professionals Board Representative-elect – 2023-2024, SNP Board Representative 2024-2026 (One Position Open)

The Students and New Professionals Board Representative-elect serves a one-year term as a non-voting member of the Board. After serving their one-year term this position will move to the position of Students and New Professionals Board Representative and serves a two-year term as a voting member of the Board of Directors. During their one-year term, the SNP Board Representative-elect will learn about the organization and their roles as the future SNP Board Representative by shadowing and assisting the current SNP Board Representative and SNP Program Representative.

Elections Council Members – 2023-2026 (Two Positions Open)

It is the responsibility of the Elections Council to prepare a slate of nominees for officers and members of the Board of Directors, Students and New Professionals Board Representative, Students and New Professionals Program Representative, Fellows Committee, Elections Council, the Inclusion and Diversity Committee positions, and to ensure that the policies regarding recruitment as provided by the NCFR Bylaws, and the Elections Council Policies and Procedures are followed.

Fellows Committee – 2023-2026 (Two Positions Open)

The Fellows Committee shall review the applications for nominees for NCFR Fellow status.  During the NCFR Annual Conference, discuss and vote on which nominees will be recommended to the Board of Directors for NCFR Fellow status.

Inclusion & Diversity Committee Member-at-Large – 2023-2026 (Three Positions Open)

IDC Members-at-Large will serve to assist the IDC to respond to the needs and desires of NCFR members. The Members-at-Large will help the committee send updates on the work of the IDC via webpage postings, NCFR Reports, and other effective venues of communication.

Inclusion and Diversity Committee Students and New Professional Representative – 2023-2025 (One Position Open)

The Students and New Professionals Representative shall act as a liaison between the IDC and the Students and New Professionals Leadership Council.

Annual Conference Program Chair-elect – 2023-2024 – Program Chair for 2025 Conference

The NCFR Conference Program Chair-elect is appointed by the NCFR Board of Directors. The Elections Council is interested in your suggestions for potential program chair appointees. Please feel free to suggest names along with your other nominations.

Again, become involved in leadership positions of our organization. Consider what your involvement will be. Send nominations to Rosemary Johnson at [email protected].  For additional information, please review our website, www.ncfr.orgDeadline for nominations is March 1, 2022.