T.A.P.E.D.

Texas Association of Parents and Educators of the Deaf

Nominees for the 2016-2018 T.A.P.E.D. Executive Board

TAPED members elect a new slate of officers at each Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Listed are the current slate of nominees:


Presidential Nominee....................Kelley Watt (Region 4)

Vice Presidential Nominee............Debbie Martin (Plano RDSPD)

Secretarial Nominee......................Elaine Young (Region 13)

Treasurer (Appointed Position)..Dan Diffee (Fort Worth)

Director of Educators Nominee....Angela Belding (Brazos River RDSPD)

Director of Parents Nominee........Isabel Montez (El Paso)

Director At Large Nominee............Dora Trekell (Lufkin RDSPD)

See Descriptions of Responsibilities Below.

Send additional nominations to sandychancedeafed@gmail.com

How Does this Work?

The officers of the Association shall form the TAPED Executive Board. Nominations for elected officers shall be made by the Nominations Committee or any member at the biennial statewide convention of the members. All elections of officers shall be held at the biennial statewide convention of the members. The vote of a majority of all members of the Association present at the biennial statewide convention of the members shall be required for the election of an officer. All officers shall hold their offices for such terms of two years and shall have such authority and exercise such powers and perform such duties as shall be determined from time to time by resolutions not inconsistent with these Bylaw

What are the Qualifications?

Each officer shall be an Active Member of the Association and shall be an Officer of the Association.The term of office for all officers shall be for two (2) years, commencing with the date immediately following the biennial Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, during which the General Business meeting of the Association is conducted, in the year during which such officers are elected and expiring immediately following the biennial statewide convention in the year during which their term is to expire.

How Do I Nominate Myself or Someone Else?

Send all nominations to sandychancedeafed@gmail.com.

Presidential Nominee, Kelley Watt

The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, shall have general and active management of the business of the Association and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Executive Board and the members are carried into effect. The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and the Executive Board. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees. The President shall appoint Committee Chairs for SWCED, TAPED Website, Scholarships, Special Awards, Fundraising, Legislative, and may establish other committees deemed necessary for the work of the Association. The President is responsible to monitor committee work and will obtain timely reports from each Chairperson. In the event a Chairperson is unable to complete his/her term, the President shall locate a replacement.

Debbie Martin, Vice Presidential Nominee

The Vice President shall, in the absence or disability of the President, perform the duties and have the authority and exercise the powers of the President. He or she shall perform such other duties and have such other authority and powers as the Executive Board may from time to time prescribe or as the President may from time to time delegate. The Vice President shall also oversee membership, benefits, and serve as the chairperson of the By-Laws Committee. The Vice President will oversee the membership internet database and ensure new members are accurately entered in conjunction with the webmaster. The Vice President will actively seek out benefits for the membership from a variety of sources, which may include, but is not limited to, discount tickets to amusement parks and other services and publish these benefits to the members through the TAPED website. The Vice President will prepare for the Biennial Conference General Business meeting by handling motions for revisions to the By-Laws. All revisions passed at the General Business meeting shall be edited into the By-Laws and placed on the TAPED website

Elaine Young, Secretarial Nominee

The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Executive Board and all meetings of members and record all of the proceedings of the meetings of the Executive Board and of the members in a minute book to be kept for that purpose and shall perform like duties for the standing committees when required. The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the members, special meetings of the Executive Board, and (if notice is required) regular meetings of the Executive Board, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Executive Board or the President under whose supervision the Secretary shall be. The Secretary shall keep in safe custody the seal of the Association (if any) and, when authorized by the Executive Board, shall affix the same (or state that the Association has none) to any instrument requiring it and, when so affixed (or so stated), it shall be attested by his or her signature or by the signature of an Assistant Secretary or of the Treasurer. The Secretary shall be custodian of all official papers, electronic transmissions, and records of the Association. The Secretary shall keep a membership roster of members as furnished by the Vice President. He or she shall prepare a summary of the proceedings of the statewide convention for publication and distribution in a reasonable time following the convention. He or she shall keep an inventory of all properties owned by the Association. He or she shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Executive Board. The Secretary shall also post minutes of the meeting and Biennial Conference General Business Meeting on the TAPED Website. The Secretary will maintain the Policy & Procedures for the Association and its committees developed and amended by the TAPED Executive Board or appointees.

Dan Diffee, Treasurer (Appointed Position)

The Treasurer is the only Officer of the Association that shall be appointed and may serve consecutive terms without limit. The Treasurer shall have custody of the corporate funds and securities and shall keep full and accurate accounts and records of receipts, disbursements and other transactions in the records of the Corporation and shall deposit all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall keep a financial statement up-to-date to be published in each issue of the Corporation's publication and submit a report on the state of the Corporation's finances at the statewide conference general business meeting and when called upon to do so by the Executive Board of Directors. He or she shall turn over to the Auditing Committee all such books, receipts and records following the end of each fiscal period for auditing purposes. He or she shall make no expenditures of over $500.00 unless authorized by the Executive Board. He or she shall co-sign checks signed by the President. Corporation Funds shall be used for the payment of bills, disbursement of scholarship monies, reimbursement for Executive Board travel on official business, parent events, and/or other business expenses.

Angela Belding, Director of Educators Nominee

Director of Educators shall be a professional educator (active or retired). His/her duty is to focus on the needs of AI educators and professionals in the state of Texas and carry out goals of the organization to improve educational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children. The Director will obtain and submit events to the website calendar. These events shall include, but are not limited to, workshops, training, conferences and special events in Texas. He/she shall also work to increase membership of educators in the organization. The term educator applies to all paraprofessionals, interpreters, teachers, administrators, support staff, assessment staff, audiologists, speech therapists and others employed by public schools. The Director of Educators will be responsible for the oversight of the Education section of the TAPED Website (www.taped.org). The Director will monitor the blog sections with full editing power to ensure compliance with the website rules for posting. The Director may train and appoint a small committee to assist in monitoring for compliance the posts made to the blog site.

Isabel Montez, Director of Parents

Director of Parents shall be a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child. His/her duty is to focus on the needs of parents, increasing the membership of parents, establish a strong network for advocating, educating and strengthening educational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children in Texas. The Director will obtain and submit events to the website calendar. These events shall include, but are not limited to, workshops, training, conferences and special events of interest to parents in Texas. The Director of Parents will be responsible for the oversight of the Parent section of the TAPED Website (www.taped.org). The Director will monitor the blog sections with full editing power to ensure compliance with the website rules for posting. The Director may train and appoint a small committee to assist in monitoring for compliance the posts made to the blog site.

Dora Trekell, Director At Large Nominee

At Large Director may be an educator or parent and shall be to be a liaison between the Educators and Parents section of the Corporation to ensure the specific goals of each compliment the overall operations of the organization. He/she shall also work to establish relationships with other agencies and organizations serving educators and parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. The Director at Large shall provide continuity and progress with the organization’s goals and services. The At Large Director is responsible for the public relations of the Association. The Director will promote the Association to the public, ensure effective communications with the membership, oversee the Calendar of Events on the TAPED Website (www.taped.org) and post bulletins and/or news articles on the website. The At Large Director may also serve as the SWCED Publicity Chairman and/or coordinate with the Chairman.