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February 14, 2022

Exciting News from the WAPC Board of Directors

By Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care

  • Conversations with members, committees, Directors, and staff over the last few years revealed that folks value clear roles, purpose-driven meetings, and meaningful ways to contribute that match their strengths
  • Disruptions from COVID gave us not only the opportunity, but also the necessity to look closely at our structure and processes with the lens of value and efficiency in service of the mission
  • Quantitative and anecdotal data show lack of engagement, commitment, and alignment with and understanding of our organization and work
  • Major changes in the last few years have reshaped the way we advance the mission, such as increased grant funding; shifts in associations/membership nationwide; grant-required deliverables; staffing changes, FTE increases, and additional training; hiring HR and accounting services; new and shifting partnerships; and more.
  • Meeting minutes reveal that the WAPC board has been considering the size and structure of the board as for over 20 years.
  • Increases the opportunity for participation, particularly for committee restructuring
  • Better utilizes the skills and experience of regional representation and professional organizations
  • Strengthens leadership development, which supports longevity and relevance of WAPC
  • Flexibility to adjust work to meet current and urgent needs throughout the state
  • Increases the feeling of ownership and brings Directors closer to decision-making process
  • Separates the functions of the board from governance and program/committee work
  • Creates clear, meaningful positions on the board to foster leadership in those roles, and increase opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way
  • Aligns mission-needs with appropriate resources, assembling the right people for the task
Discussion Timeline
March 2020 – October 2021
  • Monthly meetings with WAPC President and Executive Director
  • Monthly meetings with Perinatal Foundation President and Executive Director
  • Three By-laws Committee meetings to discuss
  • WAPC staff advise on proposed changes along the way
June 22, 2021
  • By-laws Committee presented proposal to Executive Committee for discussion
August 21, 2021
  • Executive Committee discussed for the second time and voted to recommend proposal to full board for a vote
October 15, 2021
  • Special meeting held with full board to discuss the proposed recommendations ahead of the vote at the fall board meeting
November 19, 2021
  • Board voted and approved proposed changes at the fall board meeting
December 15, 2021
  • Five board members were elected to Director-at-Large positions by their fellow board members.
Transition Timeline
January 1, 2022
  • New structure goes into effect
January – September 2022
  • Current officers and Perinatal Foundation representatives remain in positions, plus five Directors-at-Large that were elected by the board
September – October 2022
  • Nomination period begins at the Wisconsin Perinatal Conference for President-elect and Director-at-Large positions.
 November 2022
  • Elections will be held
 January 1, 2023
  • Newly elected board members start their terms

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Welcome Nichole Logan, BSN, BS, RN

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