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2019 Candidates for DIG Section Officers (NEW, as of March 23, 2019):

Below is the list of candidates running as new officers for DIG Section under NAD (in alphabetical order). Each candidate was asked to provide a 280-character bio (like a tweet).

PRESIDENT:

Cham Leang: I, Cham Leang, MBA, am a Project Manager employed by the U.S. Government for over 15 years. I manage multiple engineering projects. I have a passion for enhancing innovation in accessibility. I stand to significantly contribute to Deaf in Government’s missions in this position.

Phil Meredith: Hello, my name is Phil Meredith, and I’ve led over ten fundraising events to finance the main event, “Silent ASL Take Over” twice, which took place in 2010 and 2012 in Cincinnati, which had drawn over a thousand attendees with new branding and marketing campaigns.

Kirsten Poston: Candidate Kirsten Poston attended RIT (Social Work) and Gallaudet (Communication Arts), with the US Dept. of Transportation for 28 years, long time with DIG, two term NAD Board Member and co-chair of their CEO Search Committee, well known as a Presenter, Trainer, and Facilitator.

VICE PRESIDENT:

Angela Cannella: Angela Cannella, Human Resources for Division of Global Hiring and Outreach at Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Angela served as DIG's Sponsor Chairperson especially for the National Training Center (NTC) in 2013 and she hosted the DIG's holiday event in 2017.

Phil Meredith: Hello, my name is Phil Meredith, and I’ve led over ten fundraising events to finance the main event, “Silent ASL Take Over” twice, which took place in 2010 and 2012 in Cincinnati, which had drawn over a thousand attendees with new branding and marketing campaigns.

Kirsten Poston: Candidate Kirsten Poston attended RIT (Social Work) and Gallaudet (Communication Arts), with the US Dept. of Transportation for 28 years, long time with DIG, two term NAD Board Member and co-chair of their CEO Search Committee, well known as a Presenter, Trainer, and Facilitator.

BOARD MEMBER:

Tiasha Bera: Bio not provided

Brianne Burger: Candidate Brianne Burger attended CSUN (Communication) and Gallaudet (Administration), worked at HHS, USDA, now w/ DOE (11 years Fed), co-founder/former president of DHH USDA, supported 2 DIG conferences, serves on boards as an advocate for Deaf & HH people's equality + equity.

Angela Cannella: Angela Cannella, Human Resources for Division of Global Hiring and Outreach at Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Angela served as DIG's Sponsor Chairperson especially for the National Training Center (NTC) in 2013 and she hosted the DIG's holiday event in 2017.

David Cardenas: Chicago native, attended Rochester Institute of Tech, federal employee US Army technology support. Member "Deaf In Government" & National Assoc. of the Deaf attended Gov't Employee Training in CT, Council de Manos Conf. in CA. Multi-Cultural Diversity Day certificate recipient.

Ashton Dunbar: I was one of the founders when DIG was started as DHHIG. We felt empowered in starting up the organization. I was the first Vice President and continued to serve in various capacities. I worked with deaf Federal employees and brought new leaders who volunteered with DIG's NTC… (bio exceeded the 280-character limit)

Traci Goodrich: Candidate Traci Goodrich attended RIT (Psychology) and Arizona State University (Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration), worked at OPM, now at EEOC (5 years as a Fed), experienced expert acting as a watchdog and advocate on behalf of and with the Deaf community.

Phil Meredith: Hello, my name is Phil Meredith, and I’ve led over ten fundraising events to finance the main event, “Silent ASL Take Over” twice, which took place in 2010 and 2012 in Cincinnati, which had drawn over a thousand attendees with new branding and marketing campaigns.

Kirsten Poston: Candidate Kirsten Poston attended RIT (Social Work) and Gallaudet (Communication Arts), with the US Dept. of Transportation for 28 years, long time with DIG, two term NAD Board Member and co-chair of their CEO Search Committee, well known as a Presenter, Trainer, and Facilitator.

Janet Richards: Attended RIT (Social Work), Gallaudet (Psychology & Business Admin.), and George Mason University (B.S. in Bus. Admin). Has a total of 13 years of Government service. Served as a board member for the Flying Circus in Bealeton, VA (2006-2012), and is very supportive of ensuring that DIG merges seamlessly into NAD.

Note: The deadline to apply for a position has passed. We are not accepting any new candidates after March 22, 2019.

 

Deaf in Government Updates (as of March 2019): 

In February 2019, the NAD has conditionally approved DIG to be a section of the NAD, with the understanding that when DIG has newly elected leadership, NAD will work with new leadership to formalize this transition of DIG from its own 501(c)(3) status to NAD’s 501(c)(3) as a section.

We are hosting an election to elect five board officers on March 29, 2019 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Busboys & Poets (450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001). Five board officer positions are President, Vice President, and three board members. Potential candidates must be committed to finalize the section formation when elected. A retreat will be planned to go over responsibilities, goals, and programs as a new section with new elected officers.

If you are interested in running for a position, you must submit your interest to we@deafingov.org no later than Friday, March 22, 2019, in addition to, attend the election on March 29, 2019. The DIG meeting is open to public, however, only current DIG members and/or government employees may vote (bring work ID to verify active employment).

Food and beverages will be provided at the meeting. Please RSVP on our Facebook event page. 


Questions and Answers

What is the election for? Where can I find the by-laws?

In 2017, Deaf in Government (DIG) members voted to dissolve DIG’s 501(c)3 organization status and to become a section under the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The current DIG board is hosting an election to elect new officers: President, Vice President, and three board members that will lead the new section under NAD. In collaboration with the NAD staff and CEO, Howard Rosenblum, the new officers will draft new guidelines on how the new section will operate and which events to coordinate (e.g., holiday social, one day seminar, and training conference).

Is there a secretary or treasurer?

There is no need to have a treasurer because NAD will take care of all financials. The funds and assets that DIG currently own will be managed by NAD and restricted to DIG operations. The President and Vice President will work with NAD staff to propose an annual budget and approve spending. Also, the new board will determine how to delegate other responsibilities (e.g., one of the board members will take meeting minutes, and the others will coordinate events).

Is there a term limit for each position? Why five officers?

Currently, the new section does not have a guideline for the election of future officers, however, the best practice we would recommend is every two years. That term limit can be determined by new elected officers. Currently only five new elected officers will lead the new section. If the elected officers determine that the section needs more board members, then they can add additional positions to future elections.

Is NAD membership required?

Prior to the formation of the section, the election of new officers for the section does not require NAD membership. However, active government employees must show work ID to verify employment status if they want to vote on new officers at the event on March 29, 2019. After the election, all officers and members are required to become NAD members and pay section membership. To maintain good standing as a section, there must be at least 15 active members every year. DIG funds may be used to reimburse officers and volunteers that serve a role in DIG section.

What is the current election process?

Announcing Candidates: Candidates are required to submit their interest (and 280 characters bio) no later than March 22, 2019. Each candidate must also be an active government employee and be physically in attendance at the election on March 29, 2019 in order to be considered and elected by voting members. We will announce the names of candidates on March 23, 2019 via website and Facebook event page.

The Election Agenda: The election on March 29, 2019 starts promptly at 6:00PM and ends at 8:00PM. The event will be facilitated by the current President of DIG and the voting process will be managed by the election chairperson (who is not a member of the board). Voting members must be government employees and are required to show work ID at the door to verify active employment. Voting members will vote through paper ballot (closed ballot). The elected officers will be announced in specific order: President, Vice-President, and top three board members. If there’s a tie for the President or Vice President position, members will vote again. If the President or Vice President position is vacant, the elected board member with the most votes will take its place.

Candidate Presentations: Due to limited time constraint, all candidates will be given 2 minutes to present (who they are and why they are running for the section). Each candidate will also have an opportunity to respond to a maximum of three questions from voting members in the audience (one minute each). Due to 2-hour time constraint and multiple candidates, candidates will not be able to use projector screen to show PowerPoint. (DIG is not able to accept any AV requests or provide tech support).

Post Election: The new board officers will meet for an all-day retreat, on a mutually agreed date that is convenient for all new officers and NAD staff. Together they will develop guidelines and organizational structure as DIG section. Outgoing DIG officers will finalize paperwork, and transfer existing documents and assets to NAD.







If you are interested in one of these positions, 
please apply here by Friday, July 18.
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