FDAAA Leadership

Board of Directors

The business and affairs of the Association is managed and controlled by the Board of Directors. Service on the Board of Directors is restricted to two consecutive three-year terms. See Policy on Term Limits for Members of the Board of Directors. Currently there are 12 members:

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is chaired by the Chairman of the Board and consists of all the Association Officers. The Executive Committee has the power to consider all matters of supervision and control of the business, property and affairs of the Association. The Officers of the Association are elected by the Board of Directors for one year terms to carry out the day-to-day operation of the Associations. The current Executive Committee members are:

Executive Committee

Committees

Committees are established by the Board of Directors to provide advice on matters of interest to the Association. The functions of the committees are:

Activities Committee: Among the roles of the Activities Committee are the following. Committee members take on the tasks they are most interested in.

  • Building a vision and team of volunteers that will do the vital work of planning and organizing social and educational events for FDAAA members and Associate members and other group activities
  • Planning and organizing periodic events featuring FDA staff or other speakers of interest (including annual events like the Commissioner's Spring Fling and the winter reception)
  • Helping to expand activities throughout the country for FDAAA members
  • Working with the Communications Committee to ensure photos and write up of events occur and are posted on the website in a timely manner
  • Conducting agency outreach, in coordination with the Executive Leadership team, to ensure that FDAAA is meeting its mission to support FDA
  • Organizing annual panel for Commissioner's Fellows
  • Managing the scholarship function for the FDAAA

Chair: To be recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Activities Committee Members

Deborah Henderson
Co-chair

Jayne Ware
Co-chair

Dotty Foellmer

Dotty Foellmer

Pam Pisner

Pam Pisner

International Network Committee

The International Network Committee, which includes associate members, is responsible for:

  • Engaging in regulatory capacity building of developing and emerging regulatory agencies;
  • Collaborating with FDA's Office of International Programs to assist in training activities for international regulatory agencies;
  • Developing and conducting training materials and activities in regulatory science targeted for regulatory agencies
  • Receiving and disseminating international solicitations for FDAAA consultations, lectures, and training to FDAAA members interested in international activiities and to the braoder FDAAA membership;

Chair: To be recommended by the FDAAAIN Planning Group to the Activities Chairs for confirmation.

International Network Committee Members

Jinjie Hu Ph.D.
Co-Chair
Potomac, MD

Funmilayo O. Ajayi, PhD, FCP
Springboro, Ohio

Walter Batts
Mitchellville, MD

Chi-wan Chen, Ph.D.
Hyattsville, MD

Zili Li, MD, MPH
Holmdel, NJ

Maritza Colon-Pullano
Potomac, MD

Les Weinstein, JD, MPA
Bethesda, MD

Communications Committee: The Communications Committee is a Supporting Committee of the FDA Alumni Association. Its membership includes FDAAA members, Directors and Associate Members. The Communications Committee is responsible for:

  • Creating and maintaining a visually-appealing interactive website with appropriate hyperlinks;
  • Serving as the FDAAA webmaster;
  • Preparing graphics and printing FDAAA materials;
  • Distributing FDAAA "Updates" and other electronic communications to the membership;
  • Preparing the FDAAA Annual Report and other reports as directed by the Board of Directors;
  • Coordinating with the Member Services Committee on the planning and execution of promotional campaigns;
  • Serving as support to and management of social and professional networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn and the content posted on these sites.

Chair: To be recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Communications Committee Members

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Wayne Pines
Chairman

Member Services Committee: The Member Services Committee is a Supporting Committee of the FDA Alumni Association. Its membership includes FDAAA members, Directors and Associate Members. The Member Services Committee is responsible for:

  • Managing the process of all initial and renewal member applications;
  • Maintaining a roster of membership status;
  • Maintaining the Association Membership Directory updating as necessary;
  • Providing advice to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors on the establishment of member dues and dues categories;
  • Submitting names of potential volunteers to appropriate Committee Chairs;
  • Insuring that current and new members receive their member benefits packages;
  • Answering member questions;
  • Maintaining a system for rapidly identifying alumni expertise that FDA can recruit to enhance its response to public health emergencies and other health issues.

Chair: To be recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Member Services Committee Members

Karen Carson
Chair
Washington, DC

Associate Liaison Committee: The Associate Liaison Committee performs the following functions:

The Associate Liaison Committee shall be established as a subcommittee under the Member Services Committee supporting the efforts of this committee in the Associate Liaison population within the FDA. In addition to supporting the Member Services Committee, the Associate Liaison Committee will perform the following functions as stated in Section 4.02(c) of the bylaws:

Associate Members shall have the right to select from among the Associate Members one or more liaisons to the board of directors of the Association, who shall have the right to attend meetings of the board of directors?and to participate in such meetings on a non-voting basis and provide such other advice and assistance to the board of directors as it may from time to time request?the board of directors shall establish a term of service for these members?(term limits have been established by the Board as three-years)

Additional functions of this Committee are:

  • Promoting awareness within FDA of FDAAA membership opportunities, educational and other special association events, and cooperative activities among FDA headquarters and field employees;
  • Identifying specific needs within FDA so that FDAAA members with technical, scientific, institutional and other specialized knowledge and experience can be leveraged by the Agency.
  • Acting as information conduit between the FDA and FDAAA;
  • Participating in FDAAA's Board of Director Meetings to ensure the views and interests of all Associate Members are adequately represented.

Chair: To be recommended by the Nominating Committee through this Committee's members and approved by the Board.

Associate Liaison Committee Members

James Simpson
Gaithersburg, MD

Member Recruitment Committee: The Member Recruitment Committee is a Supporting Committee of the FDA Alumni Association. Its membership includes FDAAA members, Directors and Associate Members. The Member Recruitment Committee is responsible for:

  • Developing the content of all literature and other materials intended to promote the Association and its mission;
  • Coordinating with the Communications Committee on the planning and execution of promotional campaigns;
  • Promoting recruitment of current FDA employees and FDA alumni;

Chair: To be recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Member Recruitment Committee Members

Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee is a Supporting Committee of the FDA Alumni Association. Its membership includes FDAAA members, Directors and Associate Members.

Recommended changes in the functions of the Nominating Committee, including the recommendation on Committee Chairs will be addended to the by-laws as a policy statement rather than revising the by-laws to include this point.

Chair: To be recommended by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Nominating Committee Members

Steve Sundlof

Stephen F. Sundlof
Silver Spring, MD

James Benson
MD, part time CA

Ballard Graham
Conyers, GA

Janice F. Oliver
Laurel, MD

Deborah D. Ralston (Debbie)
Brookeville, MD

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee is a Supporting Committee of the FDA Alumni Association. Its membership includes FDAAA members and Directors. The Finance Committee is responsible for:

  • Advising and assisting the Treasurer in the management of the Association's fiscal affairs including revenue and expenditures;
  • Establishing member dues with input from the Member Services Committee;
  • Preparing annual budgets and required federal and state tax filings;
  • Acquisition and oversight of an external auditor;
  • Maintenance of all regular bank accounts and investment accounts;
  • Requisite directors and officers insurance;
  • Development and administration of Board-approved policies relating to the financial integrity, soundness and non-profit status of the organization.

Chair: To be recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors

Finance Committee Members

Mike Olson

Joseph Levitt
Potomac, MD

James Morrison
Leesburg, VA

Awards Committee: The Awards Committee is a Supporting Committee of the FDA Alumni Association. Its membership includes FDAAA members and Directors. The Awards Committee is responsible for:

  • Managing the FDAAA awards program coordinating as necessary with other committees and with the FDA;
  • Facilitating the identification of potential honorees and the acquisition of the Wiley Lecture Award following Board approval;
  • Review and submission of the FDA Distinguished Alumni Award following Board approval;
  • Ensuring that FDAAA awards are current and timely;
  • Periodically reviews award descriptions and submits recommendations for changes to existing awards or new awards to the Board for approval and implementation.

Chair: To be recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Awards Committee Members

Marie Urban
Chair
Ocean View, DE

Fredda Shere-Valenti
Rockville, MD