ABC Committees

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2015 Board of Directors Committees
Awards Committee
Chair - Brian Thorburn

Members - Ken Smith, Paul Spina, Bob Hoyt, Kim Dyches, Brian Gildner, Chuck Weir

Staff Facilitator - Paul D. Bishop
Charge - Select the recipients for the Harris F. Seidel Lifetime Achievement Award, the Certification Program Award, the Robert C. McAnespie Outstanding Certification Officer Award, and the Jess Jones Excellence in Service Award, subject to the Board of Directors’ ratification.
Bylaws/Policies & Procedures Committee
Chair - Michael Bolt
Members - Brian Thorburn, Paul D. Bishop, Kim Dyches, Brian Gildner
Staff Facilitator - Megan Baker
Charge - Responsible for an annual review of the Bylaws and the Policies & Procedures Manual.
Canadian Certification Committee
Chair - Kathy Abramowski
Members - Brian Gildner, Andrew Houlihan
Staff Facilitator - Paul D. Bishop, Megan Baker
Charge - Responsible for the Canadian Best Practices for Water and Wastewater Operator Certification and develop additional tools and resources to support the common interests of ABC’s Canadian membership.
Communications Committee
Chair - Ken Smith
Vice Chair - Paul Spina
Members - Michael Bolt, Margaret Doss, Kathy Abramowski, Paul D. Bishop
Staff Facilitator - Emily Dalthorp
Charge - Responsible for providing direction to ABC publications, particularly to The Certifier and to ABC’s website.
Conference Committee
Chair - Mike Gosselin
Members - Chris McCord, Rose Stancil, Laurie Dougherty, Darlene Helmig, Joseph Durocher, Margaret Doss, John Solvie, Daniel Pfleiderer, Melissa Brothers, Mary Howell, Julie Allen, Martin Nutt, Andrew Houlihan, Jackie Whelan, Souta Calling Last, Paul D. Bishop
Staff Facilitator - Megan Baker
Charge - Responsible for technical program and conference program, call for papers, Conference logistics, and development of workshops for the Annual Conference. Assist in evaluating sites for future Conferences.
Finance Committee
Chair - Brent Herring
Members - Ray Olson, Mike Gosselin, Michael Bolt, John Solvie, Paul D. Bishop
Staff Facilitators - Sarah Cronk, Megan Baker
Charge - Develop and maintain financial goals of the Association as directed by the Board. Review budgets, report any financial concerns, oversee investments, and work with the auditor.
Membership Committee
Chair - Michael Bolt
Vice Chair - Brian Gildner
Members - Kathy Abramowski, Ken Smith, Paul Spina, Laurie Dougherty, Chuck Weir
Staff Facilitator - Paul D. Bishop
Charge - Responsible for membership retention and recruitment programs, as well as review of the membership fee structure.
Minutes Committee
Members - Michael Bolt, Laurie Dougherty, Chuck Weir
Staff Facilitator - Megan Baker
Charge - Within 30 working days following each Board of Directors meeting, review and approve the draft Board meeting minutes to be posted electronically for Board members and Association members to review.
Nominating Committee
Chair - Brian Thorburn
Members - Brent Herring, Chip Mackey
Staff Facilitators - Paul D. Bishop
Charge - Recommend a slate of at least one candidate as specified in the Association Bylaws for all offices to be filled each year. 
Strategic Planning Committee
Chair - Mike Gosselin
Members - Laurie Sharp, Harris Seidel, Chuck Van Der Kolk, Chip Mackey, Margaret Doss, Brian Thorburn, Brent Herring, Gayle Lammers
Staff Facilitator - Paul D. Bishop, Megan Baker
Charge - Responsible for creating a strategic plan for the Association every five years and periodic review for course corrections.
Trainers Committee
Chair - Laurie Dougherty
Members - Michael Bolt, Chuck Weir, Rich Weigand, Elizabeth Williams, Mary Howell, Dottie Reynolds, Kevin Kundert, Chad Weikel, Ashifa Dhanani, Rose Stancil
Staff Facilitators - Paul D. Bishop
Charge - Define the current role of trainers in ABC programs; identify potential roles and parameters for trainers’ involvement in ABC. Explore potential trainer membership categories and the benefits to Association members, both trainers and regulators that may be derived from the formal incorporation of trainers into the Association.