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2023 EdTA Board Election Guide

The election is now closed. Congratulations to the winners, Richard Frazier, Jeff Hall, and Cheryl Williams. Read more about the results.

Board Election Guide

The election is now closed.
Congratulations to the winners, NAME and NAME. Read more about the results.

EdTA’s 2023 board of directors election will open at the beginning of February and run through mid-March. All EdTA adult members in good standing are eligible to vote — you have a voice in choosing who will represent you on the board.

Currently, the board of directors comprises nine elected members, including the president, vice president and immediate past president, and three appointed members (view current board). The vice president/president serves a five-year term, two as VP, two as president, and one as past president. Other elected members serve three-year terms, and may be re-elected for a total service of six years. Appointed members serve one four-year term.

This year, a VP/president and two board directors will be elected for terms to begin July 1, and members will vote on proposed code changes.

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Why This Guide?

As an average member, how does the board of directors affect you? What should you consider when deciding whom to vote for? This guide is intended to help you understand the board’s role within the organization, why your vote is important, and the backgrounds and qualifications of the candidates seeking your vote.

Board Role

The EdTA board is a governing board (not a working board). What does a governing board do?

  • Sets direction: Reviews EdTA’s mission to ensure that it remains a guidepost, establishes strategic goals and priorities, plans for the future.
  • Ensures and protects resources: The board is responsible for protecting financial assets, physical assets, reputation, and image.
  • Provides oversight: Ensures policies are in place to evaluate infrastructure, programs, and services.
  • Engages in outreach: Understands, interprets, and communicates the diverse needs of the membership. Board directors act as ambassadors and advocates of the mission.

The board is not an honorary post, nor is it involved in day-to-day operations — those are managed solely by the executive director, who is the board’s employee. Board members must be comfortable making strategic and sometimes-difficult decisions that affect the entire membership.

Association Priorities and Objectives

Like all associations, EdTA faces continued operational and financial challenges due to the pandemic. Our top short-term priorities are to focus on core services and organizational health, specifically (not in priority order):

  • Honoring students through the International Thespian Society
  • Online professional learning and resources for teachers
  • Thespy­® Awards and the International Thespian Festival
  • Supporting chapters in delivering the mission locally
  • Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within the association
  • Financial stability
  • Establishing a long-term strategic plan and vision to guide the organization into the future

Note: Related to EdTA’s DEIA priority, the board is actively working on an anti-racism statement for the organization and will seek member feedback outside of the election. Watch our DEIA page for updates.

Proposed Code Changes

The ballot includes two code changes focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.


Review the Proposed Code Changes

2023 Board Candidates

Nominating Committee Selections

The EdTA board nominating committee’s role is to recruit and choose leaders suited to carry out the board’s role in achieving the association’s priorities, and ensuring  diverse representation — of geography, race, gender, and professional experience. The committee has selected the following candidates to run for the open seats.

EdTA Board 2023 Candidates After Petition web

The nominating committee is chaired by the past president, Gai Laing Jones. Also on the committee are vice president Krista Carson Elhai, Texas chapter director Amy Jordan, Indiana co-chapter director Ray Palasz, and at-large members Jerald Bolden and Jade Lambert Smith. Executive director Jennifer Katona and chief operating officer Brian Monk serve as non-voting members, and president Helen Duranleau-Brennan is an ex officio member.

Notice: Petition Process

Per the EdTA Code of Regulations, any voting member may petition to have their name placed on the ballot for EdTA director if the voting member has obtained a total of 15 signatures of other voting members representing at least three different chapters and has submitted that petition to the nominating committee at least 75 days before the date of the election closure.  Deadline: Petitions must be received by December 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Submit a Petition

Next: Watch this space for resources to help you get to know the candidates. Videos and profiles will be posted after the petition deadline.

Below you’ll find resources to help you get to know the candidates and how they might represent EdTA members:

  • A one-minute video sharing each candidate’s vision for theatre education and EdTA coming out of the pandemic
  • A candidate profile containing each person’s CV and details about their leadership experience and qualifications in their own words.

We encourage you to review each candidate’s vision, then reflect on how their involvement might advance the association’s objectives and the way you would like the association to serve you.

President/Vice President Candidates

Matt Conover

Matt’s Candidate Profile

Richard Frazier

Richard’s Candidate Profile

Scott Walker

Scott’s Candidate Profile

Board Director Candidates

Mark Drum

Mark’s Candidate Profile

Rob Duval

Rob’s Candidate Profile

Jeff Hall

Jeff’s Candidate Sheet

Stewart Hawk

Stewart’s Candidate Profile

Cheryl Williams

Cheryl’s Candidate Profile

How to Vote

Every EdTA adult member will receive a secure ballot by email when the election opens at the beginning of February. The ballot will be sent to the email address associated with your membership account.

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