Run for Office – Position Descriptions
We encourage you to renew your Membership online prior to the Annual Meeting to insure that you have voting privileges and your voice will be heard on other important matters.
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Applications open August 15 – November 4, 2022.
President (Conditions Apply)
Director of Conservation
The information you enter in this form will be made public after nominations close and posted on the MASNA Nominations page.
Voting will be held online at the Annual MASNA Meeting on November 16, 2022.
You must be a current MASNA member to submit a valid nomination.
7.01: ELECTION OF OFFICERS
All officers of the Corporation are to be elected by the general membership during a vote to be held at the Annual General Meeting each year.
The elected officers of the Corporation shall take office upon January 1st of each year and shall end their term of office on December 31st of that year.
Members of the Corporation interested in running for any of the elected offices shall be encouraged to publicly announce their interest in that office when the Board of Directors has announced that nominations are open. Members may nominate themselves in writing or via electronic methods.
Voting for officer positions shall be by electronic mail and/or public forums on the Corporation’s Web Site. In the case of the Annual meeting, voting will be by show of hands from the members in attendance. Notice of a vote will be provided for ten (10) calendar days. The voting will begin on the eleventh (11th) day following announcement of the vote.
An officer shall be declared elected when at the close of voting he has a simple majority of the total votes cast. When no single candidate receives a majority of votes cast, the membership shall vote a second time upon the two candidates for the office that has received the greatest number of votes.
6.06: TERMS OF ELECTED OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Each director shall hold office for two (2) year terms and until his/her successor shall have been elected and qualified, or until his/her death, resignation, or removal. These directors will serve from January 1st to December 31st.
The candidate for President, must have served on the Board of Directors the previous year, or have served on the Board of Directors prior to being elected as an officer. If no member of the Board of Directors is able to accept the position of President, a majority Board of Directors vote will be required to accept the candidate.
5.10: ELECTRONIC VOTING
Due to geographical distances of the members and Directors, it is recognized at times that physical meetings to render a vote are not possible. Voting that takes place via electronic methods, whether it be via electronic mail, Corporation website forums, fax and alike shall carry the same weight as if the vote was physically taken in person.
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Background and years in the hobby: I attended Pennsylvania State University and majored in IT Project Management. For the past 4 years I have worked as both a Direct Support Professional for Skills of Central Pennsylvania, and a small business owner. I have been an aquarium hobbyist for about 10 years, and was introduced to the hobby through my wife Felicia McCaulley.
Relevant Experience: As a small business owner, I have been the lead coordinator and primary investor of our area music scene’s annual music and arts festival “Mass N Tha Grass”. My team of volunteers and I have successfully planned three 3-day music festivals in 2019, 2021, and 2022, growing in size and scope with each passing year. Through that endeavor, I have gained much experience in event planning and logistics. As the lead coordinator, I have also been responsible for roles such as treasurer, accountant, graphic designer, sponsorship agreement fulfiller, etc. I am very accustomed to wearing many hats, and overseeing the operations of a team to ensure that projects are completed on time and that project goals are met.
Why are you interested in running for the MASNA Board? I am always looking for new challenges to take on, and would like to learn more about the operations of a non-profit organization and what it takes to manage a team. Growing up on Cape Cod, I have had a love and appreciation for marine life from a very young age. I have also been interested in environmental protection and sustainable practices, and would like to get involved with an organization that holds those ideas as core values.
Area(s) of expertise/contribution you feel you can make: I feel that with my detail-oriented nature, positive attitude, and variety of skills in terms of project management, event planning, social media marketing, etc, I can be a great asset to your organization. I have real-world experience in working with a team of people to achieve a common goal, and am used to having to establish regular communication with a large number of clients, volunteers, members, etc.
Have you attended MACNA before? No
Did you attend this year’s MACNA? No
Have you attended a public MASNA board meeting before? No
Background and years in the hobby: I have been in the hobby since 2001, Served on the BOD of PMASI in several roles ending in President. I have served as Webmaster and President of MASNA. I owned a saltwater retail store as well as a wholesale operation out of pittburgh. Having had tanks from 5 gallons to over 1000 gallons as well.
Relevant Experience: Owner operator of a couple of aquarium ventures as well as a manager for over 3 years in Fiji exporting coral and fish. I have been owner of my own business for over 25 years.
Why are you interested in running for the MASNA Board? Knowing the BOD needs help and having some extra time on my hands. I feel ready to get back into the hobby.
Area(s) of expertise/contribution you feel you can make: Between Management, Meetings, objectives kept on task, helping bring my knowledge of the industry to make a quick integration back into the organization.
Have you attended MACNA before? Yes
If so, which ones? 2007 thru 2020
Did you attend this year’s MACNA? No
Have you attended a public MASNA board meeting before? Yes
Wendi Sanley, Nebraska Reef Society
Background and years in the hobby: “I have been in the marine aquarium hobby for 2.5 years and in the freshwater hobby for 3 years prior to that. My interest in the hobby was ignited by my son’s sensory needs that stem from being on the autism spectrum and my love for animals.”
Relevant Experience: “My relevant experience includes:
-currently a community ambassador on the Humblefish & Reef forum.
-currently serve on the Nebraska Reef Society board.
-previously, I served as Secretary on the Rising City Community Library board for a period of 2.5 years. Later, I was President of the board for 1 year.”
Why are you interested in running for the MASNA Board?: “I am interested in running for the MASNA board because I want to be more involved in, and give back to, the hobby. I enjoy both the public and behind the scenes planning process that goes into public events and activities.”
Area(s) of expertise/contribution you feel you can make: “I feel that my perspective as a female in the hobby could be a beneficial vantage point. Being the parent of a child with special needs that enjoys the hobby as well could bring inclusiveness to a population that perhaps has not been considered before.”
Have you attended MACNA before?: Yes
If so, which ones?: 2022
Did you attend this year’s MACNA?: Yes
Have you attended a public MASNA board meeting before?: No