Organization for Transformative Works/Board

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Name: Board of Directors
Date(s): 2007-
Profit/Nonprofit: Nonprofit
Country based in: USA; international volunteers
Focus: Organizes committees, makes final decisions, keeps financial records, handles compliance.
External Links: Who We Are (OTW website), Board Meeting Minutes, Reports and Governing Documents
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The Board of Directors for the Organization for Transformative Works is responsible for running the organization. The OTW website describes the Board's role and how it is chosen:

It is the Board's responsibility to organize committees, make final decisions, keep financial records, handle compliance, and so on. Board members are asked to serve three-year terms. One-third of the Board is elected every year. The Board is elected from among members in good standing who have served at least one term on a committee. Every member of the OTW gets one vote in the election, regardless of how much they contribute.[1]

Current Board Members

The Board members for 2014 are:

See: About the OTW › Board of Directors

Emerita Board Members

According to the OTW website, the first Board of Directors was chosen as follows:

Naomi Novik put out a call for those willing to serve in the organization in June of 2007, and chose the first board from among those who responded, on the basis of putting together a team with the particular set of skills and experience needed to set up the infrastructure of a nonprofit organization, including its bylaws. These bylaws include the rules and terms under which a membership could be gathered and a future board legally elected. A third of the board seats were up for election in 2008; two founding members gave up their seats, and two new Board members were affirmed by the membership.[1]

2007-2008 Board Members

The founding OTW Board was announced on September 28, 2007.[2]

Jo Graham (Jo Wyrick)'s resignation from the Board was announced in January 2008, and Bessa was selected as her replacement.[3]

2009 Board Members

Two candidates stepped forward for two open seats for the 2008 Election, so no contested election was held.

2010 Board Members

Two candidates stepped forward for two open seats for the 2009 Election, so no contested election was held.

2011 Board Members

Coppa, Gladkova, and Murphy were elected in the OTW 2010 Board Election. In December 2010, Elizabeth Yalkut resigned her position and Braunstein was appointed to fill her seat. The finalized 2011 Board was announced on December 31, 2010.[4]

Morris and Braunstein both resigned after the 2011 term.[5] Barenblat and Lane finished their three-year terms at the end of 2011, leaving four open seats for the OTW 2011 Board Election.

2012 Board Members

The Board of Directors for 2012 were announced on November 19, 2011,[6] following the OTW 2011 Board Election (see also List of OTW 2011 Board Election links).

2013 Board Members

Board Meeting Attendance

In July 2012, after a board member posted about poor attendance at board meetings,[7] some fans calculated the attendance rate of different board members and posted their findings.[8][9] So many fans expressed shock at the results[8] that the board member wrote a follow-up post to clarify the relative importance of meeting attendance.[10]

The following tables show attendance of board members at board meetings conducted via online chat, for the 2011 and 2012 terms.[11]

2011 Term

From 12/29/2010 (at the start of a new term) and 12/4/2011 (near the end of a term), there were 28 meetings and this is the breakdown of board members' attendance:

Date Allison Morris Francesca Coppa Hele Braunstein Ira Gladkova Kristen Murphy Rachel Barenblat Sheila Lane
12/29/2010 Present Present Present Present Present Absent Present
1/13/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Absent Present
1/19/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Absent
2/2/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Absent
2/10/2011 Present Absent Present Present Present Absent Absent
2/16/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Absent Present
3/3/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
3/9/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Absent Present
3/15/2011 Present Absent Absent Present Present Present Present
3/23/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
4/6/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
4/13/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
5/11/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
6/1/2011 Absent Present Present Present Present Present Absent
6/8/2011 Present Absent Present Present Present Absent Present
6/15/2011 Present Present Present Absent Present Absent Present
6/22/2011 Present Absent Present Present Absent Present Present
7/13/2011 Present Absent Present Present Present Present Absent
7/20/2011 Present Absent Present Present Present Present Present
7/27/2011 Present Absent Absent Present Present Present Present
9/8/2011 Present Absent Present Hiatus Present Present Present
9/15/2011 Present Present Present Hiatus Present Present Present
9/29/2011 Present Present Present Hiatus Present Absent Present
10/13/2011 Present Present Present Hiatus Present Absent Absent
10/27/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Absent Present
11/10/2011 Absent Present Present Absent Present Present Absent
11/26/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Absent Absent
12/4/2011 Present Absent Present Present Present Present Absent
Total Attendance 26 (93%) 19 (68%) 26 (93%) 22 (79%) 27 (96%) 17 (61%) 19 (68%)


2012 Term

From 11/26/2011 (when the transition between the new and old board starts) to 09/14/2012, there were 35 meetings and here is a breakdown of board members' attendance:

Timestamp Francesca Coppa Ira Gladkova Jenny Scott-Thompson Julia Beck Kristen Murphy Naomi Novik Nikisha Sanders
11/26/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
12/4/2011 Absent Present Present Present Present Present Present
12/21/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
12/23/2011 Present Absent Present Present Present Absent Present
1/16/2012 Present Absent Present Absent Present Present Present
1/21/2012 Absent Present Present Absent Present Present Present
1/28/2012 Present Present Absent Present Present Present Present
2/4/2012 Present Absent Absent Present Present Present Present
2/11/2012 Present Present Absent Absent Present Present Present
2/18/2011 Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
2/25/2012 Present Absent Present Present Present Present Absent
3/3/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
3/10/2012 Present Present Present Present Present Absent Present
3/24/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
3/31/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Present Present
4/7/2012 Present Absent Present Absent Present Present Present
4/14/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
4/28/2012 Absent Absent Present Present Present Present Present
5/5/2012 Absent Present Present Present Absent Present Present
5/12/2012 Absent Absent Present Present Present Absent Present
5/19/2012 Absent Present Absent Present Present Absent Present
6/2/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
6/9/2012 Absent Present Absent Present Present Absent Present
6/16/2012 Absent Present Absent Absent Present Absent Present
6/23/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
7/7/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
7/14/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
7/21/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Absent
7/28/2012 Absent Absent Present Present Absent Absent Present
8/4/2012 Absent Present Present Absent Present Absent Present
Total Attendance to 4 August 11 (37%) 22 (73%) 24 (80%) 24 (80%) 28 (93%) 14 (47%) 28 (93%)
8/11/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
8/18/2012 Absent Present Present Present Present Absent Present
8/24/2012 Present Present Present Present Absent Present Present
9/8/2012 Present Present Present Present Present Absent Present
9/14/2012 Present Present Present Absent Absent Present Present
Total Attendance to 14 September 14 (40%) 27 (77%) 29 (83%) 28 (80%) 31 (89%) 16 (46%) 33 (94%)


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 OTW Frequently Asked Questions. (Accessed 11 July 2012.)
  2. An Introduction to the Organization for Transformative Works at otw_news on LiveJournal, posted 28 September 2007. (Accessed 05 March 2014.)
  3. January 2008, Newsletter, vol. 2 at otw_news, posted 17 January 2008. (Accessed 05 March 2014.)
  4. News from Term Break - 2011 OTW Board and Committee Chairs at the OTW blog. 31 December 2010. (Accessed 05 March 2014.)
  5. OTW 2011 Board Candidates and Election News, posted on 22 September 2011. (Accessed 05 July 2012.)
  6. OTW Elections website. (Accessed 11 July 2012.)]
  7. Jenny Scott-Thompson. Tired. Posted to Dreamwidth 4 July 2012. (Accessed 30 July 2012). Jenny writes, "We have three people who can hardly ever make a meeting at the moment. I would say you can see from our minutes, but I'm having trouble getting a quorum to approve the minutes so I can post them."
  8. 8.0 8.1 Re:OTW Newsletter. Thread in fail_fandomanon started 4 July 2012. (Accessed 30 July 2012)
  9. wistfuljane. Rarity. Posted to Dreamwidth 6 July 2012. (Accessed 30 July 2012)
  10. Jenny Scott-Thompson. Clarifications and news. Posted to Dreamwidth 6 July 2012. (Accessed 30 July 2012)
  11. OTW Board Meeting Minutes. (Accessed 05 July 2012.)
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