2018 ILCA Elections: Board of Directors

The ILCA Board of Directors has presented a ballot for ILCA voting members to select their next Director.

All ILCA members who are certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) and are in good standing should have received an email from ILCA on 23 April 2018 containing a link to the ballot (subject line: Your 2018 ILCA Board of Directors Ballot). If you did not receive an email and you should have, please contact the ILCA Office at admin@ilca.org (or) 1+ 919-861-5577 (or) 888-452-2478. Our ILCA staff is eager to make sure you get a ballot so your vote can be counted. To ensure a timely and secure election, all voting will take place through an online survey.

Prior to casting a vote, all voting ILCA members are encouraged to thoughtfully consider all information provided below. This will enable you to make an informed decision. Vote carefully: Once your vote is cast, it cannot be changed, repeated, or cancelled.

The balloting commences 23 April 2018 and concludes 07 May 2018, at which time all electronic votes will be tallied by the ILCA staff.

Board of Director Elections

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to present the 2018 ballot for election of one Director. The Nominations Task force used an objective scoring system to conduct a fair and impartial assessment of each application. After thorough review and analysis, the following candidates were approved by the ILCA Board of Directors. This year, we will be electing one new director.

A Director must be elected by a majority of ILCA voting members. (Note: ILCA Bylaw 3.4 confers voting privileges to those dues-paying ILCA members who are also IBCLC certificants.)

To run for the position of ILCA Director, ideally, candidates would:

  1. Have prior experience within ILCA; or experience in other national or international breastfeeding/professional advocacy groups, preferably in a board/director post or demonstrated leadership in other positions;
  2. Have verbal, written, organizational, teamwork, and delegation skills;
  3. Be sensitive to the challenges of ensuring equitable access to positions of leadership within ILCA for historically underrepresented groups; and
  4. Be sensitive to the challenges of ensuring equitable access to breastfeeding and skilled lactation care in areas where breastfeeding practices are unequal.

Please take time to review the profiles of each nominee, by clicking on their names, prior to casting your vote. You will vote for one.

Stephanie George, Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Aboriginal Midwife, IBCLC, Postpartum Depression Support Person, Crisis Trauma Responder; Jarvis, Ontario, Canada

Meena Sobsamai, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Nurse Midwife, Graduate Diploma in Childbirth Education, IBCLC; Bangkok, Thailand

The ILCA Board extends a special thanks to the Nominations Task Force for their efforts on behalf of the entire membership.

Questions? Comments? Share them here! We want to hear from you.


5 Responses to 2018 ILCA Elections: Board of Directors

  1. Mary Grace Lanese 25 April 2018 at 09:05 #

    I have been a member of ILCA since 1986. I was a Board member for five years and am a Fellow of ILCA. I have been a continuous ILCA member since 1986. I was IBCLC certified from 1986 until 2016 . I chose not to recertify when I retired from active employment because of the expense. IBLCE does not offer a retired category. Despite my continued membership in ILCA I cannot vote because I am retired from active employment and no longer can afford to be certified. This does not seem right!
    Mary Grace Lanese

    • lactationmatters 25 April 2018 at 10:29 #

      Mary Grace, thank you so much for your response. We will have someone from our staff reach out to you directly to discuss your concerns.

    • James Murphy MD 25 April 2018 at 18:19 #

      I agree. A voting Retired Member status should be established for IBCLC. I have that privilege with the American Academy of Pediatrics (reduced fee) and my local medical society (no fee).

  2. Ginger Carney 25 April 2018 at 19:31 #

    I totally agree with the above comments. Mary Grace, especially as a Fellow should be allowed to vote!

  3. lactationmatters 27 April 2018 at 10:56 #

    Thank you all for your responses. We have passed your concerns onto our board of directors. Our current bylaws state “Individual members who are currently certified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and who have paid their membership dues shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to vote of the members” You may view ILCA’s bylaws at http://www.ilca.org/main/about/people/board/interiorpage/organizational-documents.

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