VNAA seeks outstanding nonprofit leaders to join board of directors
Submit nominations by Sept. 9, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
by: Rebecca Schmitt, Senior Project Associate, VNAA

Section: VNAA Updates




VNAA is accepting nominations for two vacant board seats. Both seats must be filled by an administrator of a VNAA affiliate agency member. Please consider nominating a highly qualified senior administrator, a CEO, CFO, CNO or COO from a VNAA member nonprofit agency. VNAA's board of directors has worked in recent months to develop a new strategic plan and priority objectives for our organization. This review has coincided with a Governance Committee-led assessment of current skill sets and representation among VNAA board members. Aligning these initiatives has allowed VNAA to identify desired skill sets, missing competencies and unbalanced representation in several areas of desired leadership. As such, VNAA’s board of directors now revisits efforts to identify industry leaders to help lead VNAA into the future.

VNAA/s Strategic Goals

VNAA’s board of directors recently developed a new strategic plan to guide our work on behalf of the nonprofit home health, palliative care and hospice industry in the next two to three years. This work included the review and amendment of VNAA’s Mission and Vision statements.  A summary of this work is included below for your consideration. The full strategic plan will be released to VNAA members in the coming weeks.

Vision statement: Individuals and families receive personalized and coordinated care in the home and across the community.

Mission statement:  VNAA will support, promote and advance nonprofit providers of community-based healthcare including home health, hospice and palliative care and health promotion services to ensure quality care within their communities.

Strategic goals:

  • Advocate appropriate access and reimbursement.
  • Research and promote improved outcomes, cost, value and individual and family experiences.
  • Lead innovation and transformation in new health care delivery and payment models.
  • Engage, connect and share knowledge, information and resources.

VNAA’s Governance Committee has developed a competency tool for purposes of assessing current board member skills, identifying necessary skills and competencies and guiding board member recruitment and consideration.  The Committee identified diversity goals; technical skills; experiential skills; and interpersonal skills as core competencies for VNAA board service.  The Committee further completed a skills assessment of current board members to identify gaps among these core competencies. 

Successful board nominees will bring to their service a strategic outlook, a collegial and collaborative working style, a strong understanding of and commitment to the VNAA’s vision and mission, and experience working with the VNAA.  Specifically, VNAA has identified the following gaps in current board member representation and seeks, through the current call for nominations, to identify and recruit candidates who add:

  1. Diversity of race, ethnicity, geographic density (e.g., rural) and agency size by annual revenue (e.g., under $20 million).
  2. Technical skills in marketing and communications.
  3. Experiential skills in national strategy development; partnership development; Medicaid, FQHC and dually eligible populations; philanthropy; patient advocacy and political influence.

VNAA Board Member Expectations

VNAA board members serve one, three-year term.  Board members are eligible to stand for election for a second, three-year term.  A nominee to the VNAA board of directors should be available to travel to and attend four quarterly meetings (two in Washington, D.C. and two in other cities determined annually). Travel and lodging for these two-day meetings are the responsibility of the board members’ agencies. Board members serve on at least one VNAA committee and actively encourage the engagement of others in their own organizations.  VNAA board members also serve as champions for VNAA’s role on behalf of nonprofit agencies and actively encourage membership expansion efforts.

Nominations Timeline

Nominations must be received by Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Nominations should be emailed to Rebecca Schmitt, Senior Project Associate, VNAA, at rschmitt@vnaa.org. Nominations packets must include the attached form and a resume/bio of the nominee.

Nominations received in response to the fall 2013 “Call for Nominations” and put on hold during the development of the new strategic plan and competency analysis will continue to be considered as part of this renewed effort.

VNAA’s Governance Committee will consider all nominations in mid-September and nominees will be apprised of their status not later than September 30. VNAA’s board of directors will consider a slate of recommended nominees during an October 2013 conference call. VNAA’s membership will be asked to ratify the slate following the board’s action.

Thank you for your support for VNAA and assistance identifying future leaders.

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