Call for ISPA Nomination for President
ISPA is seeking nominations for the President 2019 to 2021, beginning a 6 year term in July 2019 and completing it July 2025. The election for President will be held in December 2018 by electronic ballot.

ISPA President
The ISPA President will serve from July 2019 to July 2021 as President-Elect, then two years as President, and from July 2023 to July 2025 as Past President.

From the ISPA Bylaws:
The President shall serve a two-year term of office, shall be responsible for and conduct the business of the Association in coordination with the Executive Secretary and the Central Office, shall represent the Association at all formal functions or designate someone to represent the Association, and shall chair the Executive Committee.

The President-Elect shall serve a two-year term of office and shall serve as the President of the Association should the President be unable or unwilling to function, and shall assume the office of the President at the end of the President’s term.

The Past President shall serve a two-year term of office and shall serve as the President of the Association should the President and the President-Elect be unable or unwilling to function. The Past President shall chair the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and the Nominations and Elections Committee.

From ISPA’s Operations Handbook:
The President shall be the spokesperson for ISPA. Information concerning ISPA positions or issues shall be channelled through the President.

The President is responsible, together with the Secretary (?), for preparing the agenda and announcing the date, location and time for Executive Committee and General Assembly meetings.

The President appoints committee chairs. These appointments are made in compliance with organization policy and in consultation with the Executive Committee. Letters are written to each chair regarding their appointment.

The President shall serve as Chair of the Membership Committee.

The President-Elect conducts the Leadership Workshop at the annual conference and assists the Past President in conference planning duties.

The elected officers will meet yearly for an Executive Committee meeting at the annual Conference. The expenses are covered by ISPA. These meetings are in July or early August. There will be an expectation of regular e-mail interaction, participation in Skype calls that are arranged by the President, and other matters that arise. All meetings as well as written and verbal communications are in English.

The current ISPA Executive Committee:

  • Bonnie Nastasi – President – USA (2017-2019; EC term ends 2021)
  • Vítor Coelho – President-Elect – Portugal (2019-2021; EC term ends 2023)
  • Shane Jimerson – Past-President – USA (2017-2019; EC term ends 2019)
  • Odeth Bloemberg – Secretary – The Netherlands (2018-2021), (first term)
  • Terry Bowles – Treasurer – Australia (2018-2021), (first term)

Eligibility and Procedure
Any current ISPA member in good standing is eligible for office. A current member may nominate any other current member. (Please check with them before you nominate them.) Self-nominations are also welcome.

Students are not eligible to vote or hold office. (Bylaws, I.3)

Officers of the Association may serve a maximum of six consecutive years in one or more elected offices. They may be nominated and stand for office again after not serving as an officer for three or more years (Bylaws,III.2)

All nominees are required to state their interest in running for office no later than August 31, 2018. Please send an email to to state your desire to run for ISPA president, and provide a picture and written candidate statement by the end of August 2018, so both your picture and your statement can be posted on the website and in the September 2018 issue of WGR.