Nomination Committee


Zhijia Shen <>, Chair
Jianye He <> (Northern CA)
Joy Wang <> (Southern CA)
Cathy Yang (Greater Mid-Atlantic)
Ning Zou <>  (Midwest)
Lina Ding <> (Northeast)
Min Tong <> (Southeast)
Irene Ke <> (Southwest)
Min Chou <> (ex-officio, CALA President)

IS THIS AN Interim or annual REPORT? ___ Interim _X_Annual


Committee Charge: “The chairperson, with the help of the Committee members, shall seek nominations from the membership and present a slate of nominees for elective positions in the Association in accordance with the provisions in Article VII of the Bylaws (

Positions for the 2011-12 Election:

  • One Incoming Vice President/President Elect 2012-2013 (Vice President/President Elect 2013-2014, President 2014-2015)
  • One treasurer for 2012-2014
  • Five Board members for 2012-2015


Final goal: Submit the President and Executive director by December 22, 2011:

1) a list of 5-10 nominees to fill the five board member positions

2) a list of up to 3 nominees for the incoming Vice President/President Elect
3) a list of up to 3 nominees for the treasurer position


Committee Activities:

  • Called for nominations and send out two reminders before deadline
  • Committee members contacted nominees to seek consent to run for the nominated positions; and collected biographical information and candidate statements from those agreed to run
  • Committee reviewed qualifications of all nominees and voted to select the top candidates
  • Committee members working with nominees to finalize their bio and statements
  • Chair of committee submitted the mid-year report with the slate of qualified candidates along with their biographical information and candidate statements to the Executive Director and President.
  • Chair of the Nomination Committee was unable to attend the mid-winter conference. Ms Irene Ke was asked to represent the committee to report at the mid-winter board meeting.
  • The Nomination Committee presented the recommended slate and committee report at the mid-winter Board meeting. Lacking a quorum, the Executive Committee ruled that one person could only run for one position and rejected the recommendation of the Nomination Committee.  The EC asked the Nomination Committee to revise its original slate dated January 3, 2012. 
  • Per the EC instruction, the following actions were taken by the Nomination Committee: 1) Chair of the Committee phoned Li FU, the nominee who were nominated for both the CALA Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors positions, asking her to give up one of the nominations, for which she had agreed to run.  Ms Li FU expressed her disagreement with the Executive Committee’s ruling, but graciously agreed to cooperate by giving up her nomination for the Treasurer’s position. 2) The recommended slate was revised accordingly. 3) All committee members were consulted for suggestions and inputs about the revised slate via email between Feb. 1, 2012 and Feb. 6, 2012.  4) In email communication with President Min Chou, the chair of Nomination Committee protested the ruling of the EC, referring that CALA has always allowed members to run for more than positions, although once elected one could only serve one position on the board, e.g. a board member can run for the president or treasurer or Executive Director position, but once elected, the person must resign from his/her position as a board member. Without receiving any hearing or response, however, the chair of the committee cooperated and followed the EX instruction.  
  • Revised slate was approved, and forwarded to the Election Committee.


Nomination Results and Recommended Slate

Four people were nominated for the Vice-President Elect position; 2 agreed to run. Five people were nominated for the Treasurer position; 3 agreed to run. Since the number of nominees who agree to run for both positions are fewer than three, we recommend to keep all on the slate. Thirty-nine people were nominated for the Board Member at Large position; 17 agreed to run. Committee selection was focused on the board positions to narrow down the candidates within 10.  After deliberation and voting, the follow is the Recommended Slate for the 2012 CALA Elections (Revised February 6, 2012 per EC instruction)

Vice-President Elect 

  • Haiwang Yuan
  • Carol Ka-chuen Gee


  • Maria Yuen-Hung Fung
  • FuWaye Bender

Members at Large of Board of Directors

  1. Xiaoyin Zhang
  2. Wen-Ling Liu
  3. Cecilia Poon
  4. Hanrong Wang
  5. Li Fu
  6. Guoying Liu
  7. Denise T. Kwan 
  8. Songqian Lu
  9. Bonnie Fong
  10. Qi Chen


Motion:  The committee suggest that the Constitution and Bylaw Committee and the CALA Organization Manual Committee clarify the rules and regulations regarding one nominee running for multiple positions and update CALA bylaws if needed.

The chair wishes to thank all the committee members for their hard work and dedication and excellent team work.  They worked through the holiday break and making special efforts to reach all nominated CALA members to encourage broad membership participation. Special thanks also go to Irene Ke, who represented our committee at the Mid-winter Board meeting.