The Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association (HLAA-CA) 2016 annual spring board of trustees meeting was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Los Angeles Airport.
The meeting was chaired by HLAA-CA president Zina Jawadi. Trustees attending were Jeff Chess (treasurer), Thibault Duchemin (new trustee), Marjorie (Maggie) Iller (new trustee), Zina Jawadi (president, trustee), Ram Kakkar (trustee), Nanci Linke-Ellis (Southern Coordinator ex officio), Gail Morrison (vice president, trustee), and Rachel Otto (new trustee).
Trustees Lynne Kinsey (trustee), Don Senger (Emeritus), and Meg Wallhegen (trustee National ex officio) were unable to attend.
Guests attending were: Toni Barrient (former HLAA Director of Member Services and Chapter Development), Maxine Barton-Bauman (former HLAA-CA trustee and secretary), Marla Peoples (HLAA City of Orange Chapter president), and Katie Wright (HLAA Long Beach Chapter president).
Captioning was provided by Teresa Russ.
With eight out of the 11 voting trustees attending, a quorum was reached.
Summary of Outcomes
New board members, Thibault Duchemin, Maggie Iller, and Rachel Otto assumed their new positions.
Rachel Otto was unanimously voted as secretary.
Minutes of the October 16, 2015 board meeting were unanimously approved.
The treasurer’s report and 2016 budget (prepared by Jeff Chess) were reviewed. The newsletter report (prepared by Grace Tiessen) was reviewed. The website report (by Zina Jawadi) was reviewed. The Southern Coordinator report (by Nanci Linke-Ellis) was reviewed. The advocacy report (by Gail Morrison) was reviewed.
The board unanimously voted to create an outreach committee to explore ideas such as social media expansion, meet-ups, public speeches, reaching parents of children with hearing loss, using Instagram, using Snapchat, etc.
The board unanimously voted to assign the Disability Capitol Action Day booth, 5/26/2016, Sacramento, to the outreach committee. The outreach committee will decide whether or not to participate in this event, and, if so, plan and execute the...Read more →