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A Liaison is an advisor who is appointed by the NAAHP Board of Directors to work with one of its Advisory Council (AC) member associations. The liaison represents the NAAHP and its member to the respective association and facilitates an exchange of mutually beneficial information. The NAAHP Immediate Past President is appointed as the Liaison Coordinator and coordinates the activities of the Liaisons.
Duties of an NAAHP Liaison
Roles of an NAAHP Liaison
NAAHP appoints Liaisons to select professional associations. the NAAHP Board of Directors determines who will serve in these positions. A Nominating Committee prepares the slate of nominees for Liaison positions in April or May — immediately preceding an even-year Board meeting — except in the case of the ADA appointment. Upon appointment, the NAAHP Liaison Coordinator provides a letter of appointment to the Liaison, including the term of the appointment, and notifies the President or Executive Director of the appropriate organizational entity of the Liaison's appointment by formal letter.
The following Liaisons are appointed in odd years.
The following Liaisons are appointed in even years.
The ADA nomination is made in the odd year but takes effect in the even year.
It is possible that the professional association will cover the expenses of the Liaison's attendance at that association's annual or semi-annual meeting. Most associations are in a strong enough financial position and highly value the liaison connection and the feedback from the advisor Liaison that at present they seem very willing to cover expenses. However, if it is a problem for the professional association to cover Liaison meeting attendance expenses, the Liaison might request the NAAHP Executive Director for funding to attend events. It is our belief that the Liaison's attendance at these meetings is beneficial to the profession association as well as to NAAHP and our members.
Whenever the official Liaison cannot attend a meeting, he or she should notify the Liaison Coordinator and the Executive Director who will select a substitute when necessary. If at some future time, the Liaison ceases to function in an appropriate and collegial manner (as described above), then the Liaison Coordinator, with mutual consent of the Executive Director, appoint a new Liaison.