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We are pleased to share the news about the composition of the Transition Team for RID.

First, citing personal reasons, CM Hall, has decided to step down in her role as Transition Team co-chair. She will continue to serve as Member at Large on the RID Board. Replacing her will be Connie Herndon, Region IV Representative, who will serve as co-chair with Lewis Merkin, Region I Representative.

As noted in our previous announcement, the RID Board sought – and received – recommendations of potential Transition Team members from the Diversity Council, Council of Elders, Deaf Advisory Council, and headquarters staff. The caliber of candidates recommended was outstanding. And the final list includes individuals who were recommended throughout the selection process.

In the selection process, the Board considered key factors such as diversity (e.g., geographic representation, racial/ethnic diversity, hearing status), specific skills to contribute to the transition process, availability to fully participate, and willingness to not be a candidate for the next executive leader of RID.

With that, we are pleased to announce the composition of the transition team:

  • Lewis Merkin, Region I Representative – Co Chair
  • Connie Herndon, Region IV Representative – Co-Chair
  • Carol-lee Aquiline
  • Ryan Butts
  • Angie Nielsen
  • Margaret Ransom Cobb
  • Jeremy Quiroga
  • Melvin Walker

We want to remind everyone that the primary role of the Transition Team is to serve RID as a whole – and not to represent any one constituency – and steward the transition process. This includes understanding the critical strengths and opportunities facing RID; imagining the future of RID but also having a solid understanding of our roots; crafting a leadership profile that reflects these qualities and then, conducting the search. All of these attributes will be informed by input from members, staff and leaders throughout RID. Finally, the Transition Team will recommend finalists to the board for its consideration.

The Transition Team will meet March 28 & 29 in New Orleans just prior to the Board’s next face-to-face meeting. Between now and then, the Transition Team will be crafting a process and timeline by which members and staff will be able to give input on the future direction of RID as well as on the qualities RID most needs in its next Executive Director. We look forward to being able to share more specifics with you in April, and in the meantime, if you have any questions please contact the co-chairs at: transitionteam@rid.org.