Nominations Requested for VNAA's Board of Directors
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: VNAA Updates

The VNAA Governance Committee seeks candidates for election to the Board in spring 2015. As stewards of VNAA's vision, mission, resources, and strategic direction, the Board of Directors represents your interests and ambitions for the future of mission-driven home health and hospice care.

VNAA's Strategic Goals

VNAA's Board of Directors reconfirmed VNAA's strategic plan this past June. The strategic plan is used to guide VNAA's work on behalf of the nonprofit home health, palliative care and hospice industry.

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 Board Vacancies

VNAA is accepting nominations for three vacant Board seats. All seats must be filled by an Administrator of a VNAA affiliate agency member. Please consider nominating a highly qualified senior administrator, such as yourself, your CFO, CNO, COO, or a leader from another VNAA-member nonprofit agency.

VNAA's Board Competency Analysis & Key Criteria for Nominations

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. In addition, VNAA's Governance Committee 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. This past spring, the Governance Committee reviewed these competencies and confirmed they were still desired skills. The Committee recently completed a skills assessment of current Board members to identify gaps among these core competencies. After an assessment of our Board's expertise, VNAA has focused on recruiting candidates who possess the following competencies:

Priority Competencies

  • Experience with Payment Models
  • Diversity of race and/or Ethnicity
  • Experience with Political Influence

Secondary Competencies

  • A provider who only provides Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Diversity of age
  • Experience with Medicaid, FQHC, and Dually eligible Populations

VNAA Board Member Expectations

VNAA Board members serve one, 3-year term. Board members are eligible to stand for election for a second, 3-year term. A nominee to the VNAA Board of Directors should be available to participate in monthly, one-hour Board conference calls and travel to and attend four meetings annually. In person Board meetings are typically held in January, in conjunction with VNAA's spring Annual Meeting, in June for a summer retreat, and September in conjunction with the Public Policy Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Travel and lodging for these 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.

Submitting a Nomination and Nominations Timeline

Nominations must be received by Friday, October 24, 2014. Nominations should be emailed to Rebecca Schmitt, Senior Project Associate, VNAA, at When nominating yourself or someone else, please include the following:

  • Nominee's Resume/Bio;
  • Contact information for the Nominee and Nominator; and
  • A short paragraph about the nominee's experience and expertise, in relations to the identified key criteria as well as desire to serve on the VNAA Board. This paragraph will appear on the ballot.

VNAA's Governance Committee will consider all nominations in November. Finalists will be contacted in December and finalist interviews will occur in January 2015. VNAA's Board of Directors will consider a slate of recommended nominees during the April 2015 Board Meeting. 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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