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Advisory Vote

In an effort to improve transparency and member engagement, the INS now includes a non-binding advisory vote of the membership in the process for the selection of Board members and other leadership positions. A slate of candidates — informed by nominations from members and developed by the Nominating Committee — is presented to the membership for input.

The 2022 advisory vote is open July 7 to August 5. You must be an INS member to vote, and you may vote only once. Submit your selections through the online form or by downloading a ballot (docx) and returning a completed version to INS staff ([email protected]).

Ballots must be submitted by August 5, 2022 at 5:00pm EST. No late ballots will be accepted.

Results and Process

After the advisory vote has concluded, the Nominating Committee will review the results and submit a recommendation to the Board of Directors which will include:

  • Ten (10) or more candidates to be considered for the 5 open seats on the Board;
  • At least three (3) candidates for the member-appointed seats on the Nominating Committee; and
  • One (1) or more candidates for President-Elect — who will ultimately be the next INS President.

With this recommendation and the full results of this non-binding advisory vote, the Board will discuss the candidates for open positions and conduct a secret ballot election to determine appointments. Successful candidates will begin appointments at the 2022 INS Annual Meeting.

Results of the non-binding advisory vote will not be disclosed.

Nominations for leadership positions

We are no longer accepting nominations for upcoming open seats on the Board of DirectorsNominating Committee, and for President-Elect.

Every year, the Nominating Committee develops a slate of candidates for leadership positions that will end at the conclusion of the annual meeting. This includes open seats on the Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee, and every other year for President-Elect.

To support their efforts and to help the Society maintain a Board of Directors that represents the diversity of the membership, the Nominating Committee seeks suggestions from the INS membership. Suggestions are now needed for the following open seats:

  • Five (5) seats on the Board of Directors
  • Three (3) seats on the Nominating Committee
  • One (1) position of President-Elect

Submitting Nominations

We encourage our membership to propose current INS members to be considered for these available positions. Nominations should be submitted through the nomination form. You may nominate yourself or suggest someone.

Nominations and all supporting documents must be received by Monday, June 20, 2022 at 11:30pm EDT. If you are nominating another person, please indicate through the form if they have been informed about your nomination.

Nomination Form

All nominees are required to provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) and a statement of interest. Nominees are responsible for submitting these by email to staff ([email protected]). Please send them as two separate documents (pdf) with the email subject line: 'Nomination'. The deadline to submit documents is also June 20.

As you propose nominees, please consider the responsibilities of the groups and respective positions listed below. Also consider the need for the Board to have a diverse membership reflecting a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives, including, but not limited to, diversity of race, ethnicity, geography, nationality, discipline, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Open Seats

For each of the following open seats, the Nominating Committee provides a list of candidates for the Board to consider. Their recommendation is informed by nominations submitted by members and the results of the advisory vote of the membership that will take place in July.

Board of Directors

There are five (5) seats on the Board that need appointments. The current Board members whose terms expire in November 2022 are Adrian Carter, Steven E. Hyman, Eric Racine, Arleen Salles and Paul Root Wolpe. Steve and Paul have reached term limits and cannot be considered for another term. Adrian, Eric and Arleen are eligible for reappointment.

Nominating Committee

There are three (3) seats on the Nominating Committee that need appointees from the general membership. The current Nominating Committee members whose terms expire November 2022 are Winston Chiong, Marcello Ienca and Nicole Martinez-Martin. All three are eligible for reappointment and are willing to be considered for another term.


There is one (1) position of President-Elect to be appointed in November 2022. The President-Elect does not need to be a member of the Board, but must have been a member of the INS for three consecutive years immediately prior to their nomination. The candidate selected by the Board for this position will serve as President-Elect for one year, as President for a 2 year term, and then as the Immediate Past President for one year.


Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for ensuring the long-term stability and integrity of the organization, and members are expected to foster its continued viability and growth of the organization. The responsibilities of Board members are to:

  • Attend and participate in in-person and teleconferenced Board meetings.
  • Pledge to contribute resources for the organization in the form of sponsorships, donations, identification of partners, and other funding opportunities in recognition of the necessity of diverse income sources for the sustainability and growth of the Organization.
  • Promote the Society’s visibility to peers, colleagues and communities, including in speaking materials, communication with other organizations/individuals, and in Society credentials on personal and affiliation websites and social media.
  • Serve on at least one Society Committee or Task Force each year and/or chair a function, meeting, or similar endeavor.

Nominating Committee

The responsibilities of the Nominating Committee are to:

  • Suggest new candidates for Board membership to replace those Board members with expiring terms or for a seat that is otherwise open.
  • Recommend a slate of candidates including at least as many possible members as there are openings on the Board, and up to twice as many as there are openings on the Board.
  • Take into account the needs for balance and diversity in the membership of the Board.
  • Solicit and nominate President-Elect candidates to the full Board of Directors.
  • Review nominees from the general membership to the Nominating Committee before the election.


The President-Elect collaborates with the President to learn the role of the President, to become familiar with the programs of the Society and its governance, and to facilitate Board transitions. The President-Elect assists and supports the President as needed. The President-Elect shall become President at the end of the term as President-Elect.

The responsibilities of the President-Elect are to:

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Be informed about, help champion, and provide leadership regarding the Society’s mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Board of Directors in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials as needed prior to Board and Committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent the Society on behalf of the President as needed.
  • Attend the Annual Meeting.
  • Annually review and vote on the Society’s budget.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of the Society as needed.
  • Work with Society Staff to support outreach strategies for membership and fundraising.
  • Serve as an ex officio voting member of the Executive Committee.
  • Chair meetings when the President is unavailable to do so.
  • Contribute to a review of the Executive Director and all staff

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