Our Board


Our board represents a cross-section of our membership and has a passion for our organization and the membership. The board members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization by setting goals and establishing priorities. The board establishes policies, ensures resources are available to support The Society's programs and provides oversight for the organization.

President  Rie Sluder  Board position term: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020
Vice-President Amy Schiavone  Board position term: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020
Secretary  Maryann Readal    Board position term: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2020
Treasurer & Finance Gladys McKinney   Board position term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022 

Botany & Horticulture  Karen O'Brien    Board position term: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2020
Education  Jen Munson  Board position term: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2021
Membership  Dianne Duperier   Board position term: July 1, 2019 -June 30, 2022 
Nominating and Awards  Rae McKimm    Board position term: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020
Honorary President  Susan Belsinger   Board position term: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020

District Membership Delegates
Central District  VACANT   Board position term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022
Great Lakes District  Pamela Goetsch    Board position term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022
Mid-Atlantic District  Kim Labash    Board position term: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2020
Northeast District  VACANT    Board position term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022
Southeast District  Julie Walsh   Board position term: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2021
South Central District  Bill Varney    Board position term: June 2018-June 30, 2021
West District  VACANT    Board position term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022



HSA is looking for members who are committed to the organization and have the talents and skills to guide the strategic vision and mission of The Society.

Why me?
It is an interesting fact that most people do not volunteer themselves for service on the board of directors.
The most commonly heard question when you are approached about serving is “Why me?”
Well, why not you?
Many of us currently serving on the board have asked ourselves the same question. The fact is, someone has seen you interact with other members, or worked with you on a committee or project, or knows something about your personal background that leads them to believe you would be a valuable asset to the board.

Who makes a good board member?
Board members should always feel free to ask questions and speak their opinions regarding any subject. All board members are afforded the time to ask questions with the full board present. It is only after board members speak are you able to fully make decisions on proposals that are introduced.

What if I don’t know anything about the organization?
Part of your service on the board will be an orientation to help you learn more about The Society’s mission statement, bylaws, operating procedures and guidelines, financials, the current strategic plan and pending items. No one is expected to come on the board and already know these things. Not only is an online orientation training module available, but personalized training is offered as needed. To be a board member, it is helpful for you to be familiar with our foundational documents. New board members have the opportunity to set their own training schedule and learn at their own pace. When the orientation is completed, the new board member will have a better appreciation for and understanding of The Society, as well as the actions of previous boards. Each board is committed to building a solid foundation, based on good business practices, transparency, ethics and responsibility to the members, their communities and the environment.

Board meetings
••• Board meetings are held three times yearly in spring, summer, and fall
••• Two of those board meetings are webinars or conference calls
••• Depending on your position there may be more meetings held throughout the year

Annual board meeting
This board meeting is held before the Annual Meeting and/or Education Conference, and begins on Tuesday and Wednesday. Board members are expected to assist throughout these events as needed. Ways to participate include helping with classes, meetings, silent auctions and introduction of speakers.

Great candidates should have:
••• Interest & enthusiasm to serve on the national board
••• Diversity in talents, life experiences, and skills in many fields (accounting, development, marketing, public relations, technology, etc.)

By serving, you will:
••• Develop new skills and leadership abilities
••• Strengthen the community in which you live
••• Apply your skills, talents and expertise to a valued organization

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