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We need your help! 

Deaf in Government (DIG) Board and its members are seeking candidates who are willing to devote their time and energy to the DIG community, with the motivation and desire to share their talents for the group. Those who wish to volunteer to serve as Chair or Committee member of nine committees that will help DIG pursue its vision and mission. Communication among committee members will be mostly through email, instant messaging, videophones, and other electronic media most convenient for committee members.

It does not matter where you reside or work. Your enthusiasm to get involved and help the DIG community is the only requirement.

The nine committees currently being assembled are listed below:

Finance Committee Chair- Ryan Maliszewski
It shall be the duty of the Finance Committee to oversee the organization’s financial operations, including but not limited to the annual budget, investment, and internal audit, and advise the Board accordingly. The Board of Directors shall appoint Finance Committee Chair who is not a member of Board of Directors. Both President and the Treasurer shall not be involved in any nomination, deliberation and vote of the Finance Committee Chair.

Bylaws Committee Chair- Drew Robarge
It shall be the duty of the Bylaws Committee to continue the surveillance of the Bylaws of the organization and advise the Board accordingly. The committee also shall receive, review, and report on proposed Bylaws changes referred to the committee and ensure that all proposals be handled in accordance with the appropriate provisions for changes in the Bylaws. The President shall appoint the Bylaws Committee Chair.

Governance Committee Chair-Drew Robarge
It shall be the duty of the Governance Committee to assist the Board of Directors on governance matters related to the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization. Such matters shall include, but are not limited to, the review of proposed amendments to the Organization’s governing documents to assure clarity, consistency, conflict of interest, and legal compliance; leadership training and orientation for new Board members; and providing guidance on organizational structure. The Board of Directors shall appoint Governance Committee Chair who is not a member of Board of Directors.

Membership Committee Chair-Alyssa Schreiner 
It shall be the duty of the Membership Committee to coordinate and market the activities of the organization pertaining to membership, including those activities designed to recruit members and expand membership benefits. The President shall appoint the Membership Committee Chair.

Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair- David Rice
It shall be the duty of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee to assume leadership responsibilities for promoting and supporting the organization’s mission. The President shall appoint the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair.

Development Committee Chair-Sam Sepah
It shall be the duty of the Development Committee to develop and manage sustainable long-term financial resources for the Organization. The Development Committee provides the Board with guidance and counsel on revenue-generating plans (both earned income and fundraising) by reviewing, discussing, evaluating and helping to implement proposed financial development and marketing strategies. Such matters include, but are not limited to, researching grant and sponsorship opportunities and assisting with developing grant proposals; participating in fundraising planning and execution; and driving key activities in the organization’s ongoing in-kind sponsorship drive. The President shall appoint the Development Committee Chair.

Training Conference Committee- (TBA)
It shall be the duty of the Training Conference Committee to independently plan and operate the Training Conference which will be held during odd-numbered years. The Board of Directors shall appoint the Training Conference Chair at least fifteen (15) months before the conference. The Chair is empowered to recruit special assistants and/or consultants to work with him or her. The Chair shall consult and collaborate with the Board of Directors for effective planning and support.

Seminar Committee Chair- (TBA)
It shall be the duty of the Seminar Committee to independently plan and operate the Seminar which will be held during even-numbered years. The President shall appoint the Seminar Chair at least twelve (12) months before the Seminar. The Chair is empowered to recruit special assistants and/or consultants to work with him or her. The Chair shall consult and collaborate with the Board of Directors for effective planning and support.

Election Committee Chairs- Erikson Young, Chris Samp and Jeff Fredrickson. 
The Election Committee shall be formed and shall perform the duties prescribed in the Bylaws.

Ad-Hoc Committees- 
Diversity Strategy Committee- (vacancy)

The number of people on each committee will vary based on structure and tasks involved. (Volunteers with appropriate backgrounds may be asked to help develop and/or revise the committee charters.

If you are interested in serving, please contact one of the Board of Directors, listed on our homepage. You may also write to we@deafingov.org with a detailed email explaining your interest, areas of expertise, and how you can contribute to a particular committee.

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to expand your leadership skills and to build the next exceptional DIG Board of Directors.


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