2022 TAPA ELECTION - CALL FOR CANDIDATES

TAPA continues to develop leaders in our profession and serve as a model for other state organizations. You can add to the growth of this dynamic organization by becoming involved in leadership. If you have ever thought about giving back to your profession, now is the time to develop your leadership skills by getting involved!

General Election Info

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. You must be a current Fellow member with TAPA.
  2. You must be a current Fellow member with AAPA.
  3. Candidates should understand current state and national legislative/professional initiatives and be prepared to participate in robust debate regarding these topics as well as other legal, medical and political topics submitted as resolutions at the AAPA House of Delegates.
  4. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively, be passionate about the PA profession and be willing to advocate for Texas PAs at the AAPA HOD.
  5. TAPA delegates will have multiple teleconference calls to discuss resolutions prior to TAPA conferences.

You may declare your intent to run for office by completing a candidate declaration form and submitting your platform statement by Friday, January 28, 2022 at 11:59pm.


TAPA ELECTED BOARD POSITIONS

  • President-elect (three-year term) - Term beginning July 1, 2022
  • Vice President (two-year term) - Term beginning July 1, 2022
  • Treasurer (two-year term) - Term beginning July 1, 2022
  • Director at Large (two-year term) - Term beginning July 1, 2022
  • AAPA HOD Delegates (two-year term)* - Term beginning July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025
  • Make the decision to get involved and run for office.
  • Make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements.
  • Review the different leadership positions included in this article. It is important to understand your future role and responsibilities within the organization. This will also help you decide which leadership position is best for YOU.
  • Contact current TAPA Board members and appointed leaders for additional information at www.tapa.org. They can give you insight on the position of interest.
  • Complete the online Candidate Declaration form to include platform statement not to exceed one-page, 12 point font typed (limit 500 words) prior to the January 28th deadline. 

Please note the TAPA Leadership year starts July 1st. Elected and appointed board members are required to attend all regular and special TAPA Board Meetings. The required out-of-town board retreat is tentatively scheduled for June 16 -19, 2022. 

Position Information

PRESIDENT-ELECT

This is a 3-year commitment. The President-Elect will serve as President- Elect the first year, President the second year and Immediate Past President the third year.


Duties (from Bylaws, Article VII. Officers & TAPA Policy Manual): 

  1. In the temporary absence of the President and Vice-President, or in the event of their inability or refusal to act, the President-Elect shall perform all the duties of the President and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to, all the restrictions on the President;
  2. In addition, the President-Elect may have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the articles of incorporation, the TAPA bylaws, or the BOD.

Qualifications: Candidates for President-Elect must have accumulated at a minimum, two distinct years of experience in the past five years in one of the following major areas of professional involvement; TAPA board experience in any elected position or serving as a TAPA committee chair.


VICE-PRESIDENT

This is a 2-year commitment. 

Duties (from Bylaws, Article VII. Officers & TAPA Policy Manual):  

  1. In the temporary absence of the President, or in the event of their inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform all the duties of the President and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to, al lthe restrictions on the President;
  2. The Vice President shall serve as the chair of the Governance Committee but will abstain from matters pertaining to elections;
  3. Review and ensure compliance with the Bylaws and Policies and Procedures;
  4. Review TAPA Bylaws annually for compliance with AAPA requirements;
  5. Serve as the Parliamentarian of the BOD if no other Parliamentarian is so engaged by TAPA;
  6. In addition, the Vice President may have other powers and perform such otherduties as may be prescribed by the articles of incorporation, these bylaws, or the BOD.

Qualifications: Candidates for Vice-President must have one year of experience in a leadership role in any organization.

TREASURER

This is a 2-year commitment.

Duties (from Bylaws, Article VII. Officers & TAPA Policy Manual):

  1. Serve as chair of the Finance Committee;
  2. Prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify, or cause to be certified, all funds, e-commerce transactions and securities of the organization, and deposit all such funds in the name of the organization in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected by the BOD;
  3. Oversee and monitor the receipt of all monies due and payable to the organization;
  4. Disburse, or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the organization as may be directed by TAPA policy or action of the BOD;
  5. Oversee and monitor adequate and correct accounts of the organization’s properties and business transactions, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, and losses;
  6. Ensure that statements of all accounts of TAPA, including statements of accounts at financial institutions, credit card statements, and any other statements of accounts maintained with any vendor or goods and services, are separately reviewed by not less than two agents monthly and reviewed not less frequently than quarterly by the treasurer;
  7. Render, or cause to be rendered, to the president and directors, whenever requested, accounting and financial record and information about the financial position of TAPA;
  8. Prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify, or cause to be certified, and submit, or cause to be submitted, the financial statements, tax records and state filings as approved by the BOD to the appropriate entities;
  9. In addition, the treasurer may have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the articles of incorporation, these bylaws, or the BOD.

Qualifications: Candidates for Treasurer must have one year of experience in a leadership role in any organization.

DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE - 2 Positions Available

This is a 2-year commitment.

Duties:  In addition to duties as a Director, each Director-at-Large (DAL) shall act as a liaison between the BOD and TAPA Membership and shall serve on and provide mentorship to committees as assigned by the President or their designee.

It shall be the duty of the Directors to:

  1. Perform any and all duties imposed on them collectively or individually by the Articles of Incorporation, the TAPA bylaws or BOD;
  2. Appoint and remove, employ and discharge, and, except as otherwise provided in the bylaws, prescribe the duties, provide feedback, review and act upon contractual agreements, and fix the compensation, if any, of all agents, and employees of the organization;
  3. Oversee all agents and employees of the organization to ensure that duties are properly performed;
  4. Meet at such times and places as required by the TAPA bylaws.

Qualifications: Candidates for Director-at-Large are encouraged have at least one year of experience in a leadership role in any organization.

AAPA HOD DELEGATES - 7 Positions Available

This is a 2-year term.  TAPA delegates to the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) represent the interests of TAPA on a national level. Each elected delegate will serve two consecutive years and may not run for re-election until the election immediately preceding the end of their elected term of office.

Duties:   Elected delegates shall attend at least one of the in-person board meetings during their term, and may participate in the affairs of the HOD and serve as an effective voice in AAPA activities by:

  1. Making recommendations to the AAPA BOD;
  2. Submitting formal resolutions through the procedures outlined by AAPA’s House Officers;
  3. Participating in open reference committee hearings conducted at the HOD meeting, held during AAPA’s Annual ConferenceVolunteering as a member of an AAPA Reference Committee, researching and reporting on the resolutions and testimony received.
  4. Individuals elected as delegates will attend the annual AAPA conference in order to attend the 4 day AAPA HOD proceedings.

Qualifications:  Each delegate to AAPA HOD shall be an AAPA Fellow Member in good standing of AAPA for the duration of his or her term of office.  Each delegate shall also be a Fellow Member of TAPA in good standing for the duration of his or her term of office. Candidates for delegate must be a Fellow Member of TAPA and AAPA in good standing, reside in Texas and have one year serving as a TAPA elected board position, appointed TAPA committee chair position, or a TAPA committee member.

 

If you have questions about the election process, please contact the TAPA office, at 800/280-7655 or e-mail at admin@tapa.org