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A Guide to Avoiding Governance Pitfalls

Can we talk about your Board of Directors?

Like many organizations, your board is likely full of educated, insightful folks who are brimming with passion and dedication for the work you do. 

Yet even the most functional of boards is not immune to miscommunication, conflict or other snafus.

With this in mind, our President/CEO Jane Mack penned the article "Principles of Good Governance," a guide to the potential governance pitfalls that might occur−and how to avoid them. 

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Meet the Board: Dennis Russell

Meet the Board: Five Questions or Less
Dentistry, Surfing and Survival on a Deserted Island

Nonprofit consultant Dennis Russell has worked in healthcare management for more than 25 years, and currently serves on the FSA Board of Directors and Strategic Issues Committee. To learn a few new things about him, we sent him five random questions. Here's what he told us:

What are the book(s) you’ve given most as a gift and why? True North by Bill George. It is a book about discovering your Authentic Leadership Style vs. emulating or modeling someone else. It was very helpful for me and others seem to feel the same way.



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FSA New Board Members

FSA Appoints New Board Members, Board Chair

 

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Meet the FSA Board: Dianna Rienstra

Dianna Rienstra has been reflecting on her career. As she finds herself on the verge of retirement from her position as Chief Financial Officer with Friends Life Care, she can say with certainty that she feels satisfied with the path she has taken and the impact her work through the years has had on others.

She’s come a long way. Starting off as an Accounting graduate from Montclair State University, flexibility was key as she made her way through a male-dominated industry. In one of her first positions, Rienstra was one of just two females in her entire company. When it came time for her to go out on maternity leave, there was no policy set. “The head of Human Resources—who was the other female employee—said to me, ‘how long do you think your leave should be?’ We figured it out from there!”

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Meet the Board: Jeremy Vickers, CEO of Medford Leas

Through his career, Medford Leas CEO Jeremy Vickers has experienced the cultures of senior living organizations across the United States. In his travels, he has noted similarities among them: the way the organization is structured, the types of work they do. The most successful ones offer services that are reflective of their particular area’s standards and desires. “They have a local flavor that shines through,” he says.

He has also seen the differences. From simple contrasts like architecture—“in Los Angeles, everything is vertical”—to deeper distinctions such as an organization’s values and the philosophies that guide the way they go about their work. And how, despite seeing success in one region, a particular program or approach may fall flat somewhere else. 

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Meet the Board: Dan Murray, Board Chair

Meet the FSA Board

Dan Murray, FSA Board Chair
CEO, Pennswood Village

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