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Free Geek's 501(c)(3) status requires that we have a board of directors. And that carries with it certain implications, not the least that the BOD is responsible for seeing that decisions are responsible and in the best interest of the corporation, which also implies that the BOD would have the right/responsibility to last word on any decisions made by Council.  Pursuant to the adoption of the [[2011 governance proposal]], the existing council-selected board will be enhanced with dedicated volunteer-representative seats (selected by core volunteers), seats representing different [[Groups to be represented on the board|skills, stakeholder populations, and mission-related interests]], and dedicated staff-board liaisons. When transition is complete, ''all directors will be holding specialized seats, with job descriptions''. Board meetings will also be attended by liaisons from both the [[Collective-board liaison|collective]] and non-collective staff.
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Free Geek's 501(c)(3) status requires that we have a board of directors. And that carries with it certain implications, not the least that the BOD is responsible for seeing that decisions are responsible and in the best interest of the corporation, which also implies that the BOD would have the right/responsibility to last word on any decisions made by Council.  Pursuant to the adoption of the [[2011 governance proposal]], the existing council-selected board will be enhanced with dedicated volunteer-representative seats (selected by core volunteers), seats representing different [[Groups to be represented on the board|skills, stakeholder populations, and mission-related interests]], and dedicated staff-board liaisons. When transition is complete, ''all directors will be holding specialized seats, with job descriptions''. Board meetings are also attended by liaisons from both the [[Collective-board liaison|collective]] and non-collective staff.  
 
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At the council meeting in April, an ad hoc transition committee was formed to plan the changeover to this model. The [[council and the board in transition 2011|council and board]] are now meeting together, with the council as an advisory body to the board.  
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==Active projects==
 
==Active projects==
 
* Working toward a stable and healthy Free Geek
 
* Working toward a stable and healthy Free Geek
 
** Bringing in a temporary consultant to help with this process
 
** Bringing in a temporary consultant to help with this process
* Clarifying policies, past and present, and making them findable
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** Developing a high-level strategic plan
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* Clarifying policies, past and present, and making them findable (see [[Policy register]])
 
* Pursuing transparency throughout the organization
 
* Pursuing transparency throughout the organization
 
* Increasing the size and capacity of the board
 
* Increasing the size and capacity of the board
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==Board Meetings==
 
==Board Meetings==
The board meets monthly; meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month, preceded by the council meeting (the council is now an advisory body to the board). The meeting starts at 6:15. The October meeting is the annual meeting as required in the [[Bylaws#Section_5._Annual_Meeting.|bylaws]]. Board meetings are open, though occasionally the final segment of the meeting will be closed as an "[[executive sessions of the board|executive session]]," wherein the board may discuss legally sensitive items. If an executive session is called, a reason will be given.
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The board meets monthly; meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month. The meeting starts at 6:15. The October meeting is the annual meeting as required in the [[Bylaws#Section_5._Annual_Meeting.|bylaws]]. Board meetings are open, though occasionally a segment of the meeting will be closed as an "[[executive sessions of the board|executive session]]," wherein the board may discuss legally sensitive items. If an executive session is called, a reason will be given.
  
''There is a [[Meeting Template]] that may be used when setting up a new Board Meeting. (Remember to copy commitments from the previous meeting's minutes.)'' Meeting minutes are posted to the [http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/directors directors] email list and to the [http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/minutes minutes list]. Agenda items may not be added within a week of the board meeting, so that the board may be properly prepared.
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''There is a [[Meeting Template]] that may be used when setting up a new Board Meeting. (Remember to copy commitments from the previous meeting's minutes.)'' Meeting minutes are posted to the [http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/directors directors] email list and to the [http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/minutes minutes list]. Agenda items may not be added within a week of the board meeting, so that the board may be properly prepared. As of late 2011, there are three email lists related to board business: see [[knowing which board list to use]].
  
 
Occasionally the board will have to make decisions via email: our policy on that is outlined [[On List Decisions Policy#board|here]]. Email decisions will be reported at the next board meeting.
 
Occasionally the board will have to make decisions via email: our policy on that is outlined [[On List Decisions Policy#board|here]]. Email decisions will be reported at the next board meeting.
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: Former Free Geek Education Coordinator; current volunteer.  
 
: Former Free Geek Education Coordinator; current volunteer.  
 
: ''Initially elected September 2005''
 
: ''Initially elected September 2005''
: ''Chairperson, October 2005 - October 2006, January 2010 - present''
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: ''Chairperson, October 2005 - October 2006, January 2010 - November 2011''
 
: ''Secretary, October 2006 - January 2010''
 
: ''Secretary, October 2006 - January 2010''
 
: ''fourth term, ends October 2012''
 
: ''fourth term, ends October 2012''
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; Larry Lloyd, [[Volunteer representative]]
 
; Larry Lloyd, [[Volunteer representative]]
 
: ''first term, started October 2011, ends Oct 2013''
 
: ''first term, started October 2011, ends Oct 2013''
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; Mark Reynolds, [[Director for the Environment]]
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: ''first term, started January 2012, ends Oct 2014''
  
 
== Past Board Members ==
 
== Past Board Members ==
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; [[Board recruitment committee|Board recruitment and development]]
 
; [[Board recruitment committee|Board recruitment and development]]
 
: Chair: Laurel
 
: Chair: Laurel
: Additional members: Steve Forbush, Liliana Gaitan
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: Additional members:  
 
: Staff representative:
 
: Staff representative:
  
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* [[2011 governance proposal]] -- accepted by board and council in April 2011. In the process of being implemented.
 
* [[2011 governance proposal]] -- accepted by board and council in April 2011. In the process of being implemented.
  
* [http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/directors Board email list]
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* [http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/directors Board executive session email list]
 
* [http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/minutes Minutes list] for keeping track of other stuff in the operation
 
* [http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/minutes Minutes list] for keeping track of other stuff in the operation
  

Revision as of 10:27, 19 January 2012

Free Geek's 501(c)(3) status requires that we have a board of directors. And that carries with it certain implications, not the least that the BOD is responsible for seeing that decisions are responsible and in the best interest of the corporation, which also implies that the BOD would have the right/responsibility to last word on any decisions made by Council. Pursuant to the adoption of the 2011 governance proposal, the existing council-selected board will be enhanced with dedicated volunteer-representative seats (selected by core volunteers), seats representing different skills, stakeholder populations, and mission-related interests, and dedicated staff-board liaisons. When transition is complete, all directors will be holding specialized seats, with job descriptions. Board meetings are also attended by liaisons from both the collective and non-collective staff.

Active projects

  • Working toward a stable and healthy Free Geek
    • Bringing in a temporary consultant to help with this process
    • Developing a high-level strategic plan
  • Clarifying policies, past and present, and making them findable (see Policy register)
  • Pursuing transparency throughout the organization
  • Increasing the size and capacity of the board
  • Creating a more effective fundraising strategy, developing relationships in the community
  • Preparing Free Geek's processes and records for auditability

Board Meetings

The board meets monthly; meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month. The meeting starts at 6:15. The October meeting is the annual meeting as required in the bylaws. Board meetings are open, though occasionally a segment of the meeting will be closed as an "executive session," wherein the board may discuss legally sensitive items. If an executive session is called, a reason will be given.

There is a Meeting Template that may be used when setting up a new Board Meeting. (Remember to copy commitments from the previous meeting's minutes.) Meeting minutes are posted to the directors email list and to the minutes list. Agenda items may not be added within a week of the board meeting, so that the board may be properly prepared. As of late 2011, there are three email lists related to board business: see knowing which board list to use.

Occasionally the board will have to make decisions via email: our policy on that is outlined here. Email decisions will be reported at the next board meeting.

Current Board Members

Board members are elected to two year terms, except where indicated. (When the board re-formed in October 2005, half of the positions were for one year terms to implement staggering of terms, and we still try to keep that ratio.) The number of directors is currently set (by resolution of the board) to 7.


Dina Dickerson, Director for Development, Chair
first term, started August 2011, ends Oct 2013
Jason Owen, Volunteer representative, Secretary
first term, started October 2011, ends Oct 2013
Sayer Jones, Treasurer
(bio needed)
first term, started April 2009
third term, ends October 2013
Selected to fill vacated term at Council Meeting on April 15, 2009.
Laurel Hoyt
Former Free Geek Education Coordinator; current volunteer.
Initially elected September 2005
Chairperson, October 2005 - October 2006, January 2010 - November 2011
Secretary, October 2006 - January 2010
fourth term, ends October 2012
Anne Glazer, Director
Intellectual Property Attorney
A geek about Free Geek. Crypto-hippie. In her spare time, Anne likes to collect, sort, cut and fold used paper.
first term, started 2008
second term, ends October 2012
Kathey Sutter, Director for Process
first term, started August 2011, ends Oct 2013
Larry Lloyd, Volunteer representative
first term, started October 2011, ends Oct 2013
Mark Reynolds, Director for the Environment
first term, started January 2012, ends Oct 2014

Past Board Members

this may not be a full list

  • Bob Griggs, October 2005 - March 2006
  • Joe Buckmaster, October 2005 - August 2006
  • Wren Ng Thornton, October 2005 - August 2007
  • Aaron Burt, October 2006 - October 2007
  • Tim Collier, ??? - October 2008
  • Oso Martin, August 2005 - February 2009, Free Geek founder, original incorporator of Free Geek.
  • Seamus Campbell, October 2005 - October 2009
  • Marie Deatherage, September 2005 - December 2009
  • Shannon Beutel, October 2009 - October 2010
  • Curt Pederson, Director for F/OSS, October 2007 - October 2011
  • Jon van Oast, October 2006 - October 2012

Earlier board members

  • Brent Campbell
  • Laura Berg
  • Jeff Finz
  • Kenneth McGair
  • Jim Deibele
  • John Telford
  • Michelle Brooks
  • Mark Neiman-Ross
  • Dennis Bridges
  • Lewis Barr

Board Committees

Established at board meeting on October 14, 2009.

Audit committee
aims to make Free Geek prepared for an audit
Chair: Sayer
Additional members:
Staff representative:
Propagation (Intergalactic, Trademark Licensing, etc.)
merged with staff propagation committee, deals with issues surrounding other free geeks.
Chair: Anne
Additional members: Kathey
Staff representative:
Board recruitment and development
Chair: Laurel
Additional members:
Staff representative:
Relationship Development
developing free geek's social skills
Chair: Dina
Additional members:
Staff representative:

Director job descriptions

These descriptions have been approved by the board and are to be used as guidelines for selecting new board members and guiding the service/evaluating the performance of sitting board members. They can be changed at any time by the board.

Useful links