IRWA Governance Task Force Update
By a motion on September 15, 2018, the IRWA’s International Governing Council (IGC) voted unanimously to pause
the Association’s Governance Project and postpone the Board of Directors vote in Portland 2019 in order to create a
Governance Task Force (GTF) to review the process. The IGC directed that the Task Force would include 10 Region
Representatives, the IEC as ex-officio members and a Staff Liaison. Each Region was responsible for identifying who would
serve as their representatives.
Region 1 Representative: Ray Mehler, Region 1 Secretary
Region 2 Representative: Kim Hiebert, Past President Chapter 36 & International Director
Region 3 Representative: Carrol McCracken, Region 3 Secretary
Region 4 Representative: Ross Greene, Past President Chapter 52
Region 5 Representative: Pat Petitto, Past International President & Advisory Council Member
Region 6 Representative: Matt Harris, Region 6 Vice Chair
Region 7 Representative: David Whitlock, Chapter 45, PDC Chair
Region 8 Representative: James Hardy, Region 8 Vice Chair
Region 9 Representative: Lee Hamre, Past International President & Advisory Council Member
Region 10 Representative: Jenna Wood, Region 8 Chair
International Executive Committee:
Aimie Mims, International President
Sharon Slauenwhite, International President Elect & IEC Liaison/Chair
Jake Farrell, International Vice President & IEC Liaison/Chair
James Olschewski, International Treasurer
Judy Jones, International Secretary
Brad Kuhn, International General Counsel
Daniel Stekol, Interim CEO
To provide the GTF members with a foundation of background information, copies of all Governance Project reports
created during the course of the project were uploaded to a public community page on the IRWA Member Network to
serve as discussion and reference documents during the GTF meetings. The GTF library is regularly updated with agenda
and minutes of the GTF meetings and is accessible to all members.
The GTF has met nine times since inception and has completed a chronological review of the Governance Project. The
Region Representatives have each been tasked with providing their Regions with regular updates after each meeting, which
are then shared with their respective Chapters. Additionally, at each GTF meeting, Region Representatives have been
responsible for providing the GTF with any feedback from their Regions and Chapters. Spring 2019 Forums were also an
opportunity for Region Representatives to share information on the GTF and survey members for their perspectives and
opinions on Association governance and strategies for the future.
The GTF is compiling its report for presentation to the IGC in September 2019. It is anticipated this report will include an
analysis of the Governance Project process, as well as recommendations on a path forward, if the IGC should request it.
Interested members are encouraged to review the GTF library on the Member Network.
For further details, please visit http://bit.ly/Governance TaskForce