Final Report from the December 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
President Dawn Whitcher and Vice President Melvin Walker


The RID Board of Directors had the opportunity to meet December 15-20, 2015, on the campus of Gallaudet University.  We have been vlogging you all week with updates and report outs from varying members of the Board. We now want to take the opportunity to discuss some of the decisions from the week.

We want to thank our board consultant, Heather Harker, from TSNE, for her facilitation of the discussions this week as well as for NAD President, Chris Wagner, and NAD Chief Executive Officer, Howard Rosenblum, for joining us in person to provide us feedback from their constituency and engage in conversations about our shared vision. We appreciate the members of the Deaf Advisory Council, the Council of Elders, and the Certification Committee who provided comprehensive feedback to the Testing and Certification Risk Assessment as well as the state regulators who participated in our risk assessment survey and all the members who responded to the organization assessment in May. All of your feedback was front and center in our dialogue this week as the framework of our discussions were based on impact on members, impact on finances and impact on partners.

Our daily power and privilege trainings have really opened our hearts and minds even further to areas of improvement. One such area has been in the area of engaging communication with members. While you may receive a great deal of communication from the Board and HQ, we understand that the information may not be of the value you seek.  We apologize that we have not communicated with you in a way that alleviates your concerns or in a way that addresses how our global organizational decisions impact you individually. We recognize that and are looking at ways we can improve