ESRA Board of Directors Candidates

Thank you for taking time to review the questions and answers prepared by these 4 candidates for the upcoming election for 3 seats on the board of directors of ESRA. (The three board seats that are being filled with this election have been held by Barbara Doolin, Gabriella Filisko, & Susan Zuker).

Click on each name to review their responses. Presented in alphabetical order by last name.

A Meet-the-Candidates Webinar was held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at 8 p.m. EST. A link to the webinar recording is available in the member area.

Ballots will be sent September 25, 2018. Look for your personal ballot by email if you have given electronic consent.

For those that have not yet consented, you will be receiving a ballot by mail. They will go out via USPS on or shortly after September 25, 2018. Voting closes on October 16, 2018

The views presented are those of the candidates, exactly as submitted, and do not necessarily represent the views of English Springer Rescue America, Inc., its members, or its board of directors.

If you have questions, please email elections@springerrescue.org.

How long have you been an ESRA member?

I have been an active member of ESRA for 11 years; I was also a member for several years back around 2000.

What volunteering have you done for ESRA?

I have always fostered throughout my membership; currently with a visually impaired 15 year old Cavalier, we have put fostering on hold until appropriate again in our home.

I am very active as a transporter in Florida, I am part of the team that coordinates the annual ESRA Tampa Picnic. With our Silent Auction program and ticket sales, we raised approximately $2,000 at the 2018 picnic.

Along with these duties, I've set up at several expos and pet events throughout Florida. I maintain ESRA's relationship with Animal Control and The Humane Society in Lee County. I do vet checks and home visits as back up and I currently sit on ESRA's Social-Media Committee. View more details here.

Where do you see opportunities for continued growth in ESRA, and in what ways can you help bring about this growth?

I would like to implement, or continue with and grow existing programs to reach out to our members, and people who 'like' and comment on our social media pages; I believe a team buddy-mentor system approach would help retain and grow the inventory of foster families and members who take an active role in ESRA.

Staying with this theme, I would like to implement, or continue with and grow existing programs utilizing the Marketing & Promotional tab on the ESRAwebsite. I would like to see more uniform and template pamphlets, and hand-outs that membership could use in their region to bring interest to ESRA. I would also like to see a "Become an Active Member" tri-fold that perhaps can be delivered with every adoption.

What would be your top three goals as a board member?

1. Enhance or create an avenue through the Member Page on website to share ideas how various regions and teams go to market with item such as grassroots fundraising, relationship building, growing membership and mentoring one another.

2. Work with or create a committee or team with members who have grant writing, fundraising and events experience to help regional members enhance their fundraising opportunities.

3. My third and top goal as a board member is to support the general membership and our beloved breed. To retain the mission that Jan Flagg set forth years ago, and to conduct myself in a way that would encourage others to become active and involved in ESRA. As has already been demonstrated, the comradcry that comes from us all sharing a love for these crazy Springer dogs can carry us through anything to be one of the best national rescue organizations. As you see, my key areas of interest for ESRA are foster home availability and fundraising.

Nominated by Gail Dingee

How long have you been an ESRA member?

I have been associated with and ESRA since my first Springer adoption in about 2008/2009. ESRA's records show that my membership was officially activated in 2016.

What volunteering have you done for ESRA?

I have assisted with transporting dogs as well as being a foster dad View more details here.

Where do you see opportunities for continued growth in ESRA, and in what ways can you help bring about this growth?

I have been involved in other non profit, community based organizations. In these organizations I have held leadership positions and always strive to ensure that we have open communications to the membership and complete transparency with them. I think doing this will help grow ESRA with its members to know the board listens to them and takes them serious.

What would be your top three goals as a board member?

1. Complete transparency to the members.

2. Have a board that is a true working body for the good of the dogs we so dearly love.

3. Continue to ensure that our financial state remains secure and NO money is disbursed without prior approval from the board and is always in the best interest of ESRA.

Nominated by Ronnie Riner

How long have you been an ESRA member?

2007.

What volunteering have you done for ESRA?

State coordinator since 2008 now managing Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska, former VP of Pacific Region and current board member. View more details here.

Where do you see opportunities for continued growth in ESRA, and in what ways can you help bring about this growth?

The board has done a great job of expanding our current leadership team. We have many committees and teams working on different tasks and projects. I think we have an opportunity to continue to encourage and develop even more of our fantastic volunteers. Assisting with recent changes in the West I helped to bring a new coordinator onboard in California. This is a great example of developing a committed volunteer in a new role. My hope is to continue to use my business management and employee development skills to help volunteers be ready to be more involved.

What would be your top three goals as a board member?

  • Finalize our current sales tax/promotions/ESRA store project eliminating potential state sales tax liability for the organization
  • Develop relationships and mentor volunteers wanting to take on additional responsibilities
  • Ensure ESRA’s sound financials practices

    Nominated by Andrea Hegland and Valeri Berg

  • How long have you been an ESRA member?

    I’m not exactly sure the date I joined because I originally thought that doing things like fostering and transporting meant I was a member. Then one day, my coordinator called and said I needed to formally join to continue being a foster. That was in 2015. So maybe 2014? 2013?

    What volunteering have you done for ESRA?

    I’ve fostered maybe four, maybe five times? I also love transporting, and whenever I can, I do a transport, usually with my fellow Chicagoan and ESRA member Mitchelle Kmiec (who adopted Lucy after I fostered Lucy for four months). I’ve also volunteered in person at many ESRA events. As a board member, I served on the 2017 election committee (of course, I’m not part of that this election cycle), and I’m an ongoing member of the audit committee, the holiday card committee, and the newsletter committee. View more details here.

    Where do you see opportunities for continued growth in ESRA, and in what ways can you help bring about this growth?

    I think ESRA is on a really positive trajectory, and I’d like to make sure it stays on that forward path. I think most important is that we in leadership build a strong team of volunteers who can step up when needed. I think we can get more members involved in more volunteering activities. Along the same lines, fostering is a constant challenge. I’d like to see ESRA develop more foster homes so that our incredibly committed coordinators have more options when they need a place to temporarily home a dog that’s come into ESRA.

    What would be your top three goals as a board member?

    1. To complete a project I recently volunteered to lead that’s critical to ESRA’s future—working with vice presidents and state coordinators to identify successors and ensure access to records. 2. To be an example of how you can make a difference by volunteering in the hope that more members will think, “That’s cool; I should try it, too.” Volunteers are necessary for ESRA’s ongoing success. I also believe it can help bridge the divisions that plague this country. (Corny, but I believe it.)

    3. I believe ESRA is on a strong financial footing. I’ll work to ensure that continues.

    Nominated by Anne Solak-Tennant

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