APMA News - May/June 2020 - 16

APMA
GOVERNANCE
UPDATE

T

he APMA House of Delegates meeting is an annual
tradition that not only establishes important directives for the association for the year ahead, but also
allows for the election of officers, trustees, and other
representatives of the organization, and for the approval of
the annual budget. When the Board of Trustees made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the meeting in 2020
due to then-emerging concerns about the spread of COVID-19
in the US, APMA was forced to find new ways to accomplish
its regular business.
According to APMA's bylaws, in the event of an extraordinary emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board
of Trustees is authorized to approve the budget and to take
action on policy propositions and budgetary action items that
otherwise would come before the House of Delegates for consideration. During an emergency virtual meeting on March
13, the board approved the budget for fiscal year 2020-21
and reviewed propositions and action items that had been
submitted to the 2020 House of Delegates. The board elected
to defer final action on propositions and action items until
interested parties had the opportunity to submit comments.
Comments were due April 15.
The board is not authorized to amend and adopt the
APMA Bylaws or Code of Ethics, or to elect officers and
trustees. On March 25, the board approved a plan to enable
the transition of officers on the board and the election process for board members, the speaker of the House of Delegates, and members of the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards (JCRSB). That plan required the
2019 House of Delegates to serve as the voting body in the
election, as the 2020 delegates had not been credentialed at
an in-person meeting and were thus ineligible to vote, based
on APMA's bylaws.
On April 8, members of the 2019 House of Delegates received a secure link to a digital survey to conduct the election. The election remained open until April 15 in order to
allow delegations the opportunity to consider and discuss
the candidates if they wished. The results of the election:
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Uncontested Positions

President-Elect: Jeffrey DeSantis, DPM (CA)
Treasurer: Laura J. Pickard, DPM (IL)
Trustees (reelected to a three-year term): Brooke A. Bisbee,
DPM (AR), Scott E. Hughes, DPM (MI)
Young Physician Member: Rebecca A. Sundling, DPM,
MPH (MI)
Speaker of the HOD: J.D. Ferritto Jr., DPM (OH)

Contested Positions

BOT Non-Ascending Member: Alan Block, DPM (OH)
HOD Representative to the JCRSB: Steven Goldman, DPM
(Federal Services)
The board conducted a reorganization meeting on April 22
for the purpose of installing Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, as
president and to discuss the comments and proposed amendments received for policy propositions, budgetary action
items, and an amendment to previously adopted Resolution
26-79.
APMA looks forward to convening the House of Delegates
in person in 2021. For more information and updates on the
House of Delegates, visit www.apma.org/hod. n

HOD Business Items
Still Outstanding
*	 The board is currently reviewing comments received regarding the Blue Ribbon Panel report on
the history, traditions, and current circumstances
associated with the recognition of special areas of
practice and certifying boards and will take action
based on those comments.
*	 Proposed changes to APMA governing documents
as well as the proposed Code of Ethics will be considered by the 2021 House of Delegates.


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