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Isong committees  

The standing committees of ISONG play a vital role in the direction, leadership, and success of our association.  Committee involvement is also a wonderful opportunity for ISONG colleagues to share their expertise as well as engage with other members.  We hope you will contact the chairperson(s) of a committee to see how you can give your time and talent to ISONG while promoting our association's values and ideals.

Awards, Bylaws, and Nominations Committees

    The Awards Committee shall be chaired by the Immediate Past President and be comprised of a minimum of two additional ISONG members who have had full or retired membership for at least three (3) years, who will be recused from reviewing and selecting a winner if they are nominated for any award. The term of office for committee members shall be one year. Duties and responsibilities include:
    • Distribute nomination forms for the three Founders’ awards areas: Practice, Education and Research to the ISONG membership.
    • Encourage the chairpersons of the Professional Practice, Education, and Research Committees to identify and nominate viable candidates.
    • Review nominations received using established criteria determined by the Committee.
    • Winners will be selected by committee consensus at least two months prior to Congress.
    • Winners shall remain confidential and will be recognized with an award at the Annual Congress.
    The By-laws Committee shall be chaired by the Immediate Past President and be comprised of a minimum of one additional ISONG member who has had full or retired membership for at least three (3) years and the Executive Director. The term of office for committee members shall be one year. Duties and responsibilities include:
    • Review Bylaws during every even year. 
    • Consider and recommend any changes or amendments that are brought forth by the Board, Committee members, or a group of at least five ISONG members.
    • Provide recommended changes in draft form to the Board for review and approval.
    • Distribute the approved draft Bylaws changes to the ISONG membership for a review period of 30 days.
    • Evaluate the merits of questions and recommendations made during the draft review.
    • Present the Board with final change recommendations to the Bylaws.
    • Distribute the Bylaws changes to the membership at least 14 days prior to the Annual ISONG Business Meeting.
    • Schedule time during the Annual Business Meeting to take verbal comments on the changes from the membership.
    • Issue an electronic ballot to all members eligible to vote within one week of the Business Meeting which shall remain open for a minimum of 30 days.
    • Ratify the voting.
    • Bylaws are to be amended if approved by a majority vote of those members eligible to vote who casted a vote. 
    The primary role of the Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the Immediate Past President and be comprised of minimum of two additional ISONG members who have had full or retired membership for at least three (3) years and are not interested in running for an open position. The term of office for committee members shall be one year. Duties and responsibilities include:
    • Manage voting as described in Article IV, Sections 10, 11, and 12.
    • Identify board positions that will be open during the next election cycle.
    • Issue a call for nominations in the spring.
    • Identify a global pool of candidates that the committee can nominate.
    • Vet candidate nominations, ensuring eligibility requirements are met.
    • Attempt to recruit at least two candidates running for each open position.
    • Provide a recommended slate of candidates to the Board no later than July.


      Chair (Past-President): 
      Rebecca Kronk
      kronkr@duq.edu


    Communications Committee

    The Communications Committee is chaired/co-chaired by one or more ISONG members who are appointed by the Board of Directors in consultation with the former chairs. The Chair(s) term of office is two years or until their successors are appointed.  Committee members are comprised of ISONG members who are eligible to serve on the committees and agree to actively participate in the work of the committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

    • Ensure the effective communication, timely dissemination, and transfer of knowledge relating to advances in genetics nursing to the membership and public
    • Oversight of content and infrastructure of the website.
    • Development and management of social media channels.
    • Regularly communicate the ongoing work and progress of the committee to the Board.
    • Work with headquarters regarding website maintenance needs and content postings. Work with headquarters to update website content and resource links for the pages specific to this committee at least every six months and as content changes.

      Co-Chair:

      Stacy Hines-Dowell
      Stacy.Hines-Dowell@STJUDE.ORG



      Co-Chair:
      Carolyn Allen

      carolyn.allen@nih.gov



      Congress Committee

      The Congress Committee is chaired/co-chaired by one or more ISONG members who are appointed by the Board of Directors in consultation with the former chairs. The Chair(s) term of office is one year or until their successors are appointed.  It is suggested that the co-chair rotate into the chair position after one year to facilitate succession planning.  Committee members are comprised of ISONG members who are eligible to serve on the committee and agree to actively participate in the work of the committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

      • In consultation with the Board of Directors, plan all aspects of the Annual Congress program including call for abstracts, proposals, review of submissions, invitation and organizing the program and speakers.
      • Consult with Treasurer and headquarters to develop and follow a budget and financial plan for all Congress activities.
      • Plan all social activities associated with the Congress including banquets, special events, trips and tours.
      • Regularly communicate the ongoing work and progress of the committee to the Board.
      • Communicate with the Development Committee to ensure coordination of Congress funding and sponsorship efforts.
      • Provide on-site visibility and oversight coordination at the Congress or virtual alternatives.
      • Work with headquarters to update website content and resource links for the pages specific to this committee at least every six months and as content changes.

        Co-Chair: 
        Theresa Koleck  
         theresa.a.koleck@gmail.com



        Co-Chair: 
        Mandy Schmella   
        mjb111@pitt.edu


       

        Co-Chair: 
        
      McKenzie Wallace 
        wallacem@pitt.edu



      Development Committee

      The Development Committee is chaired by one or more ISONG members who are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Chair(s) term of office is two years or until their successors are appointed.  Committee members are comprised of ISONG members who are eligible to serve on the committee and agree to actively participate in the work of the committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

      • Establish formal relationships with corporate and university sponsors who share ISONG’s mission and interests.
      • Identify potential non-dues income campaigns, donation request materials, and tracking of funding.
      • Apply for grants to support Congress activities and speakers and to support ISONG in general.
      • Regularly communicate the ongoing work and progress of the committee to the Board.
      •  Communicate with the headquarters and Congress Committee to ensure coordination of Congress funding and sponsorship efforts.
      • Work with headquarters to update website content and resource links for the pages specific to this committee at least every six months and as content changes.



      Education Committee

      The Education Committee is chaired by one or more ISONG members who are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Chair(s) term of office is two years or until their successors are appointed.  Committee members are comprised of ISONG members who are eligible to serve on the committee and agree to actively participate in the work of the committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

      • Promote and support genetic/genomic education of all genetics professional nurses.
      • Assemble and maintain educational resources to support the integration of genetics/genomics into the education and practice of nurses at every level.
      • Promote opportunities for collaboration among nurses regarding evidence-based genomic health care.
      • Encourage the sharing of best practices within the field and among genetics nurses worldwide.
      • Collaborate with other Society committees on joint projects and endeavors.
      • Assist with the educational planning activities of various Congress sessions as necessary.
      • Regularly communicate the ongoing work and progress of the committee to the Board.
      • Work with headquarters to update website content and resource links for the pages specific to this committee at least every six months and as content changes.


        Co-Chair: 
        Mary Hanson-Zalot 
        Mary.hanson-zalot@jefferson.edu



      Co-Chair: 
      Ruth Lucas  
      ruth.lucas@uconn.edu


      Ethics and Public Policy Committee

      The Ethics & Public Policy Committee is is chaired by one or more ISONG members who are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Chair(s) term of office is two years or until their successors are appointed.  Committee members are comprised of ISONG members who are eligible to serve on the committee and agree to actively participate in the work of the committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

      • Evaluate scientific and political changes, as they relate to genomics and public health, which require a response by the Society.
      • Recommend and establish criteria, for Board approval, for the committee to research and develop verbal or written opinions on political or scientific issues relating to genetics/genomics.
      • Committee may not publicly issue any statements or opinions without the prior approval of the ISONG Board of Directors.
      • Regularly communicate the ongoing work and progress of the committee to the Board.
      • Work with headquarters to update website content and resource links for the pages specific to this committee at least every six months and as content changes.

        Co-Chair:
        Lisa Blair
        lisa.blair@uky.edu



        Co-Chair:
        Margaret Hornung
        maggiejh@sbcglobal.net



      Global Membership Committee

      The Global Membership Committee is chaired by one or more ISONG members who are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Chair(s) term of office is two years or until their successors are appointed.  Committee members are comprised of ISONG members who are eligible to serve on the committee and agree to actively participate in the work of the committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

      • Increase the global visibility of ISONG.
      • Identify and recruit new members from all regions around the world.
      • Plan the engagement and retention of existing members.
      • Recommend and implement activities to increase membership from the global community of genetic nurses.
      • Regularly communicate the ongoing work and progress of the committee to the Board.
      • Work with headquarters to update website content and resource links for the pages specific to this committee at least every six months and as content changes.


          Co-Chair:
          Monica Wagner 
          MOW26@pitt.edu



         Co-Chair:
        Helen Wright
        helen.wright@jcu.edu.au



        Professional Practice Committee

        The Professional Practice Committee  is chaired by one or more ISONG members who are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Chair(s) term of office is two years or until their successors are appointed.  Committee members are comprised of ISONG members who are eligible to serve on the committee and agree to actively participate in the work of the committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

          • Support efforts to review, edit, and publish updated editions of the Scope and Standards of Genetics Nursing, co-published with the American Nurses Association
          • Development of resources describing genetics/genomics nursing practice.
          • Promote nursing practice issues, credentialing, and best practices of genetics/genomics nurses.
          • Regularly communicate the ongoing work and progress of the committee to the Board.
          • Work with headquarters to update website content and resource links for the pages specific to this committee at least every six months and as content changes.

          Co-Chair:
           
          Heather Hannon

          heather.a.hannon@gmail.com

          Research Committee

          The Research Committee is chaired by one or more ISONG members who are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Chair(s) term of office is two years or until their successors are appointed.  Committee members are comprised of ISONG members who are eligible to serve on the committee and agree to actively participate in the work of the committee. Duties and responsibilities include:

          • Foster awareness of research activities in nursing, genetics, and related areas to enhance professional and personal development of members.
          • Oversee the Research Grant application, review, and award processes.
          • Explore collaboration with genetics organizations related to research.
          • Regularly communicate the ongoing work and progress of the committee to the Board.
          • Work with headquarters to update website content and resource links for the pages specific to this committee at least every six months and as content changes.

              Co-Chair:
              Maura McCall 
              mccallm@pitt.edu

             



            Co-Chair: 
            Komal Singh
            Komal.Singh@asu.edu



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