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AATCC individual members will vote on President-elect and Interest Group Board of Directors representatives this fall. Ballots will be emailed in September and returned by November 1. Election results will be announced at the AATCC Annual Meeting, preceding the Technical Committee on Research (TCR) meeting November 13, 2024.

To verify or update your voting interest group, please log in and visit https://members.aatcc.org/person/Modify.html. You may join all four interest groups, but only select one for voting rights. This is also a good opportunity to update contact information and other profile details. Make all changes by August 1 to ensure you receive the correct ballot.

The AATCC nominating committee presents the slate below. Members may provide additional “write-in” nominations until August 1.

AATCC Constitution
Article VI, Section 2: Additional Nominations
Any additional nomination for President-Elect signed by at least fifty Individual members, or for Interest Group Chair  signed by at least twenty-five Individual Members of that Interest Group, may be filed with the chief staff executive not later than August first.

President-Elect

Christina Rapa

Christina Rapa has been an advocate for AATCC for over 23 years. Starting as a Textile Engineering student at both Jefferson University and NC State and continuing through the formation of the Northwest chapter in Portland/Seattle in the early 2000s, she now serves as the Delaware Valley chapter Chair. “Networking with both industry professionals and universities on a regional basis is one of the key reasons I joined AATCC. I utilize the expert knowledge base that AATCC members provide in my career and love the opportunity to learn about new material innovations”. As the Material Interest Group chair for the last 3.5 years, she has invited members via webinar to hear diverse speaker topics such as “Space Textiles”, “Biobased leather”, “Advances in regenerated cellulose” and “Seaweed fiber”.

As an engineer in the Fabrics division at W.L. Gore and Associates, she focuses on digital transformation, including 3D material creation and PLM software implementation.

“My favorite event of the year is the AATCC Textile Discovery Summit. A key organizational practice at Gore is to ‘build your lattice’. AATCC allows me to connect with other professionals in the textile, footwear and apparel industry and I look forward to building on this momentum as President-elect in the coming years”.

Interest Group Representatives

Chemical Applications: Chair

Sabyasachi Gaan

Sabyasachi Gaan received his PhD in chemistry from UC Davis in 2007. He has been working at Empa in Switzerland since 2007 and is currently head of the Additives and Chemistry group in the Laboratory of Advanced Fibers. His group specializes in the development of functional polymer and metal additives, synthesis and modification of sustainable thermoset and thermoplastic polymers, and recycling of polymers. His group has developed several phosphorus flame retardants that are in various stages of commercialization. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and 8 patents.

Gaan’s Group was awarded the Empa Innovation Prize in 2016 for the successful transfer of technology to industry. The innovation was the synthesis of a new, halogen-free flame-retardant EDA-DOPO and its use in polyurethane foams. He has been a member of AATCC since 2016, served on the AATCC Journal of Research Committee, and currently serves as the AATCC Chemical Applications Interest Group Chair.

Concept 2 Consumer: Chair

Chris Hipps

Chris Hipps is the Global Director of the Color Management business at Archroma. He has been with Archroma since 2014. Prior to this, from 1998 to 2014, he was with Datacolor, Oxco, and CAE Simuflite in various technical, sales, and marketing positions. Beginning his career as a process engineer and shift dyeing manager at Dixie Yarns’ Caroknit division, he graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Science and then earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Hipps has been a member of AATCC since 1992 and is currently the interim Chair for the Concept to Consumer Interest Group on the AATCC Board of Directors.

Materials: Chair

Apurba Banerjee

Apurba Banerjee is a Textile Research Scientist at Standard Textile Corporation (STC). As a key member of the Research and Development department, she plays a pivotal role in bringing sustainable, value-added products to life in the realms of Hospitality, Healthcare, and Interiors. Her journey is marked by a rich tapestry of experiences. Before joining STC, she navigated diverse career landscapes, leaving her mark on Sourcing, Product Development, and Polymer Research. Her expertise was instrumental in driving projects at renowned companies such as Glowforge, Milwaukee Tool, and brrr˚Inc.

Banerjee is a proud alumna of the University of Georgia, where she earned her Ph.D. in Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Science in 2017. Prior to that, she honed her craft at Colorado State University, graduating with a master’s degree in Apparel and Merchandising in 2013.

Beyond the corporate realm, Banerjee is a part of international standard organization. Her passion for advancing industry benchmarks is evident through her voluntary leadership roles in organizations like AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) and ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials). When not immersed in the world of textiles, Banerjee thrives on outdoor adventures with her dog (hiking 43 miles of the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin), enjoys sharing her culinary escapades as a Yelp Elite and showcases local hidden gems as a host on a Wisconsin-based Travel TV Show, “Discover Wisconsin.”

Materials: Vice Chair

Yongxin Wang

Yongxin Wang is a Materials Manager at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. She has been with W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. since 2018. Prior to this, Wang worked at VF Corporation as a Materials Research Manager, where she worked as a project lead, and gaining extensive experience on raw materials and their properties, textile manufacturing/processing/structure, and their relation with apparel performance. Wang received her Masters in Textile Materials and Product Design from Donghua University, Shanghai China in 2010, and went on to receive her Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University in 2013. Her experience in textiles is demonstrated in her numerous publications throughout her career. Wang has been a member of AATCC 2021.

Rising Professionals: Chair

Jessica Brooks

Jessica Brooks is the Colorist for the Vertical Business Units for W. L. Gore & Associates. She has been with Gore since 2021. In addition, Brooks is adjunct faculty at Thomas Jefferson University and teaches the Color, Dyeing & Finishing course. Prior to this, she was the Dye Lab & Technical Manager for Darlington Fabrics. From 2010 to 2019 Brooks held various positions at Brookwood Companies and Brookwood Finishing, ranging from sales to managing the physical testing laboratory & dye laboratory. She graduated from URI with a MS in Textile Science and has a BS double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology with a minor in Legal Studies from the University of Delaware.

Brooks has been a member of AATCC since 2013 and is currently the Vice Chair of the AATCC Delaware Valley Section and the Chair of the RISE Interest Group. She is a member of the RA36 Color Measurement Test Methods committee and on the AATCC Board of Directors. She feels very strongly in helping push future generations into taking active roles within AATCC and promoting a mentorship space within the association.

Rising Professionals: Vice Chair

Monét Freeman

Monét Freeman serves as a Physical Testing Specialist at the Textile Technology Center at Gaston College, with six years of professional experience steering all facets of manufacturing, quality and testing, operations management, and coordinating industry training. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Freeman completed her studies in Textile Technology at North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles. Freeman is a strong believer that, no matter what, there is always room for improvement and perfecting your craft. In her free time, Freeman enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling and exploring different cultures. Her interest in the rising professionals interest group stems from her own personal experience of not feeling fully equipped with the tools for career development or networking right out of school. Finding a way into the world of textiles can be a little intimidating in the beginning, but being a part of a group like this takes away some of the intimidation of doing it alone while furthering your connections and career.

AATCC Board of Directors 2023 – 2024

The AATCC Board of Directors are elected and serve the Association based on the directives of AATCC’s Constitution and Bylaws.
CONSTITUTION BYLAWS

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President

Job Description
Typically, this individual will have already served two years as President-Elect and will automatically move into the role of President of the Association.

The President is an active, long-term senior member of the Association. S/he has a general knowledge and understanding of the mission and history of the Association, acquired from prior service on numerous administrative, publications or technical committees within his/her respective local section(s) and at the national level. This individual has also held office at the section or interest group levels.

The responsibilities of this office require the President to have the employment flexibility, as well as on-going support from his/her current employer, to be actively involved in duties required of the office, including  attendance at two national meetings during the year, the annual Budget Meeting, the AATCC International Conference, and meetings of numerous local sections and interest groups.

The President is well-known and respected in the textile and related chemical, dyes or machinery industries. S/he is a natural leader and an effective communicator (verbally and in writing), who has an aptitude for planning and directing and a desire to promote the mission and goals of the Association.

Term Limit: The President serves for two years, and automatically becomes the Immediate Past President for a two-year term. (AATCC Constitution, Article V, Section 4)

Responsibilities
The President is a member of the Board of Directors, as detailed in Article V of the Constitution and Article III, Section 1 and 2 of the Bylaws.
The President shall preside over meetings of the Board of Directors (Bylaws, Article III, Section 2).
As an ex-officio member, the President attends and participates in meetings of all subcommittees of the Board of Directors and standing committees of the Board (see Bylaws, Article III, Section 2):
– C1 Board of Directors
– C-1-S8 Building and Grounds
– C1-S14 Employee Benefits Committee
– C1-S16 Awards Oversight Committee
– C2 Executive Committee on Research
– C3 Technical Committee on Research
– C5 Appropriations Committee
– C6 Membership Committee
– C7 Publications Committee
– C9 Constitution & Bylaws
– C11 Committee on Conferences
– C17 Education Advisory Board
– CS61 Harold C. Chapin Award Committee
– CS65 Olney Medal Award Committee
– CS70 Henry E. Millson Award for Invention Committee
– C2-S3 Colour Index Dyes Board

The President presides over the Awards Banquet or Luncheon at the International Conference.

The President attends and participates in several sectional meetings, interest group meetings, symposia, and other Association programs, as time permits.

The President of AATCC is automatically an ex officio honorary member of the Society of Dyers and Colourists. From time to time, s/he may be invited to participate in SDC programs, such as the Annual Meeting and Dinner held in York, England.

The President shall confer frequently with the Executive Vice President and discuss matters of importance to the Association. The Executive Vice President will take his direction from the President, as chair of the Board of Directors.

The President of AATCC is automatically a board member and chair of the Board of Directors of AATCC Foundation, Inc.

The President, in consultation with the Immediate Past President and/or Chair of the Executive Committee on Research, will review annually with the Executive Vice President progress made toward Association and staff goals.

Once the term of President is completed, s/he becomes past president for a two-year term and, as such, chairs the Appropriations Committee; s/he also may be asked to serve on other strategic committees during this period of time.

(revised 1/2007)

President-Elect

Job Description
The President-Elect is generally elected every two years in November from ballots cast from the senior membership of the Association.  (see AATCC Constitution, Article VI)

Typically, the President-Elect is an active, long-term senior member of the Association.  He/She has a general knowledge and understanding of the mission and history of the Association, acquired from prior service on numerous administrative, publications or technical committees within his/her respective local section(s) and at the national level.  This individual has also held office at the section or interest group level.

The responsibilities of this office require the President-Elect to have the employment flexibility, as well as on-going support from his/her current employer, to be actively involved in duties required of the office, including attendance at two national meetings during the year, the annual Budget Meeting, the AATCC International Conference, and meetings of numerous local sections and interest groups.

The President is well-known and respected in the textile or related chemical, dyes or machinery industries.  He/She is a natural leader and an effective communicator (verbally and in writing), who has an aptitude for planning and directing and a desire to promote the mission and goals of the Association.

Term Limit:  The President-Elect shall serve for two years, after which time he/she will automatically become President for a two year term.  (AATCC Constitution, Article V, Section 4)

Responsibilities

  1. The President-Elect is a member of the Board of Directors, as detailed in Article V of the Constitution and Article III, Sections 1 and 3 of the Bylaws.
  2. As an ex-officio member, the President Elect attends and participates in meetings of all subcommittees of the Board of Directors and standing committees of the Board (see Bylaws, Article III, Section 3):

C-1               Board of Directors
C-1-S8          Building and Grounds
C1-S14         Employee Benefits Committee
C1-S16         Awards Oversight Committee (Chair)
C2                Executive Committee on Research
C3                Technical Committee on Research
C5                Appropriations Committee
C6                Membership Committee
C7                Publications Committee (Non-voting)
C9                Constitution & Bylaws
C11              Committee on Conferences
C15              Textile Education Committee
C17              Education Advisory Board

  1. The President-Elect attends the Awards Banquet or Luncheon at the International Conference.
  2. The President-Elect attends and participates in several sectional meetings, the International Test Methods committee meetings, interest group meetings, symposia, and other Association programs, as time permits.
  3. If the President is absent or disabled, the President-Elect shall serve as President Pro Tem until the President shall resume the duties of office.
  4. The President-Elect is an At-Large member of the AATCC Foundation Board of Directors.

Treasurer

Job Description
Candidate is appointed by the Board of Directors (AATCC Constitution, Article V, Section 5).

The Treasurer will have been a Senior member of the Association for ten (10) years. The individual will have served on numerous administrative, publications or technical committees of the Association and have a good knowledge of the Association’s mission and history. The Treasurer will be a past member of the Board of Directors, would have prior experience in financial matters and have a good working knowledge of general ledgers, accounts receivables/payables, investments, balance sheets and other financial statements.

The Treasurer will have good communication skills, both written and oral, and have the aptitude for financial analyses and financial planning.

Term Limit: The Treasurer shall serve for five years; however, the Board of Directors may extend an appointment beyond the limit specified (Bylaws, Article III, Section 1).

Responsibilities
(see Bylaws, Article III, Section 6)

The Treasurer is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and participates in all meetings of the Board (Constitution, Article V).

The Treasurer is an ex-officio member of the Appropriations Committee and participates in all meetings of the committee.

The Treasurer is an ex-officio member of the Employee Benefits Committee and participates in all meetings of the committee.

The Treasurer is an ex officio member (non-voting) of the Publications Committee, and stays in monthly contact with the Communications/Membership Director to discuss pending issues and to provide guidance on matters of concern.

The Treasurer serves on the Board of Directors for AATCC Foundation, Inc. and participates in all board meetings. The Treasurer also serves as Treasurer of AATCC Foundation, Inc.

The Treasurers is an ex officio member of the Committee on Conferences and Constitution & Bylaws Committee.

The Treasurer shall oversee the financial matters of the Association. The Treasurer reviews and will approve the monthly statements of all of the Association’s financial accounts. The Treasurer shall review the monthly Association financial statement, which is sent to the Appropriations Committee and Board of Directors.  Invoices in excess of $10,000 are faxed or emailed to the Treasurer at the direction of the Executive Vice President and signed by the Treasurer for approval.

The Treasurer stays in weekly contact with the Executive Vice President and reviews on a weekly basis monies received and deposited, as well as any unusual payments that are due.

The Treasurer also reviews the check register and bank statements, which are sent each month after they are balanced.

The Treasurer is sent a copy of the monthly investment portfolio for review.

Letters to the individual sections, along with section reimbursement checks, are mailed under the Treasurer’s signature in August each year.

The audited Annual Financial Statement, which includes the balance sheet and specific account activities, is reviewed by the Treasurer and sent out under the Treasurer’s
name in November to all members of the Board of Directors and to Chairpersons of Concerned Committees.

In addition to the regular meetings of the Board and standing committees, the Treasurer will attend the annual Textile Discovery Summit  and participate in any special meetings that are required and approved by the President.

Travel expenses of the Treasurer for required Association activities shall be submitted to the Executive Vice President for approval and reimbursement.

(revised 1/2007)

Executive Vice President

Job Description

Candidate should have demonstrated leadership skills and prior experience in managing a business with bottom-line accountability. Candidate should also be experienced in problem solving, strategic planning, technical understanding, attention to detail, organized, and professional. Prior textile wet processing experience desirable. Some experience in marketing would be advantageous. Candidate should be able to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing), possess a positive work ethic, have an aptitude for planning and implementing of directives, and be self-motivated. Candidate must have a working knowledge of accounting systems, and a working knowledge of Windows software, and social media.

Minimum Educational Requirement: A BS in Textile Chemistry, Chemistry or Textile Science. In addition to formal training in the physical sciences, an MBA with experience in managing a business is preferred. Also, prefer a person who is (or has been) a member of AATCC, and who has prior experience in serving as a member or chairing test methods, publications, or administrative committees of the Association.

Term Limit: The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of Directors, as described in Article III, Section 1, and reports to the Board as described in Article III, Section 5 of the Bylaws.

A. Staff Responsibilities
– Administrative head of AATCC personnel at AATCC Technical Center, subordinate to the Board of Directors, and responsible for the administration and management of the staff operations, and for the work of the employees of the Association.
– Hires and organizes the staff into a well functioning organization. Periodically reviews the organizational structure and implements needed changes.
– Reviews periodically the performance of employed personnel and takes appropriate action when indicated. Maintains a formalized plan for developing staff goals and objectives and measuring performance against those goals.
– Recommends to the Board of Directors an annual salary budget.
– Periodically reviews the Employee Handbook with the Association’s benefits consulting firm and the Employee Benefits Committee.
– Reviews and approves proposed travel itineraries and expense accounts of staff.
– Receives and reviews copies of important outgoing staff correspondence involving Association business.

B. Board of Directors responsibilities
– Member of the Board of Directors, without vote. Records and administers acts, motions and resolutions of the Board. Responsible for Board of Directors’ minutes. Maintains rosters of all Board committees and subcommittees.
– Member of the Appropriations Committee. Serves as secretary.
– Member of the Building and Grounds Committee. Serves as secretary.
– Member of the Employee Benefits Committee. Serves as secretary.
– Member of the Membership Committee.
– Member of the Publications Committee.
– Member of the Committee on Conferences.
– Secretary of the Olney Medal Award Committee, without vote.
– Secretary of the Harold C. Chapin Award Committee, without vote.
– Secretary of the Henry E. Millson Award Committee, without vote.
– Member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Serves as secretary.
– Secretary of the Nominating Committee, without vote. Processes nominations for national offices and publishes election results. Serves as teller.
– Member ex officio of all other committees of the Board. Assists chairs as appropriate.

C. Technical & Educational Responsibilities
– Member of the International Test Methods Committee.
– Represents AATCC at annual meetings of Society of Dyers and Colourists, and other organizations’ activities.
– Ensures that the staff develops a timely and informative technical education program and develops a budget for those programs.
– Works with Technical Director to determine international training representatives for developing training programs and expanding AATCC membership.
– Explores new areas of opportunities regarding test methods, technical training or education programs, quality control materials, or other programs of importance.

D. Communications & Membership Responsibilities
– Arranges for preparation of scrolls, certificates, medals and other awards and arranges for presentation.
– Receives reports of meetings from Section and Student Chapter secretaries.
– Communicates with the Section chairs and treasurers regarding general liability insurance and fidelity coverage for section treasurers. Maintains through the provider appropriate liability and property insurance for the Technical Center.
– Maintains through the Technical Center a continuing program to increase the corporate and individual membership.
– Attends and participates in several Section and Interest Group meetings throughout the year.
– Prepares statements of balances in Section treasuries at fiscal year end, as well a Section and Chapter reimbursements in order to complete IRS Form 990.
– Works with Communications/Membership[ Director to determine appropriate advertising rates for AATCC Review for approval by the Publications Committee.
– Guides the Publications staff in ensuring that the monthly magazine is printed on time, and looks for ways to reduce costs while maintaining a high-quality publication. Explores new publications opportunities, such as the social media and other avenues to ensure quality communications worldwide.
– Participates in and encourages staff involvement in the meetings of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society (CESSE) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and other appropriate organizations, to gain knowledge and enhance the Association’s technical, membership, education, and publication activities.

E. Administrative Responsibilities
– Renders to the Appropriations Committee and Board of Directors a monthly accounting of receipts and disbursements, a quarterly accounting, and audited financial statements to the Board at the end of the fiscal year.
– Prepares and approves all vouchers and expenditures from the Treasury of the Association (including Executive Committee on Research for research expenditures), and forwards to the Treasurer and President for approval.
– Serves as official liaison officer in dealing with tenancy authorities and with local community relations.
– Serves as the President/Secretary of AATCC Foundation, Inc.
– Ensures that the staff properly reports taxes, social security, and other state and federal documents required of a 501(C)(6) organization.
– Serves as trustee for the Association’s 401(k) supplementary savings plan.
– Plans and organizes through the staff the spring and fall committee meetings.
– Serves in liaison capacity with The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) and other related textile societies.
– Processes amendments to the Constitution and/or Bylaws.
– Serves as liaison with Association’s legal counsel and other professional services as directed by the Board of Directors.
– Supervises and/or cooperates in special AATCC projects as directed by the Board of Directors.
– Reviews all contracts and invoices from suppliers and has the Treasurer approve all invoices over $10,000 and Board of Directors approve all contracts over $20,000.
– Assists the Technical, Publications, Membership and Administration Departments in developing their individual department budgets and preparing the yearly operating and capital budgets for discussion and approval at the annual budget meeting.
– Liaises with the Association’s benefit consultants to properly report 401(k) contributions in order to file Form 5500 in March.
– Works with staff to organize the Textile Discovery Summit, including have awards, plaques, medals and pins prepared; holding staff meetings to coordinate publications, facilities and function requirements; prepare invitations for guests and dignitaries. Prepares speeches for the President and presenters of awards that takes place during the Summit.
– Annually reviews the investment portfolios of the Association with the bank and Appropriations Committee.
– Ensures that employee W2 forms are prepared in January, and that 1099 and 1096 forms are filed by March for contract workers.
– Works with administrative staff in preparing for annual audit and assists auditors in the preparation and review of the annual Association audit.
– Prepares Annual Report form for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
– Works to establish strong liaisons with other textile manufacturing and technical associations.
– Oversees the maintenance and upkeep of the Technical Center building and grounds.
– Maintains the records, files, archives and current literature, and such properties as the Association may hold for distribution to the membership or public.

Job Description

All AATCC Interest Group officers are to be senior members of the Association. In the AATCC Constitution: Article III Membership, Section III: Right to Vote, it states: —Senior Members only shall have the right to vote, hold office and make motions in the Association.

In the AATCC Bylaws, Article XI, Interest Groups, Section 5: Representation, it states — Each Interest Group shall be represented on the Board of Directors of the Association by the Chair elected for a two-year term by the Group to take office on the next January 1st, following his or her election.

Term of office for all interest group officers is two years. An individual may not serve more than two consecutive terms as Chair of any interest group.

If a representative of an Interest Group is unable to attend a Board of Directors’ meeting, the Chair of that Group may appoint a Senior Member of the Group to represent it in that meeting; but in no case shall the appointment apply to more than one meeting, and no individual may cast more than one vote on any motion or issue in a Board of Directors meeting. (Bylaws, Article XI, Section 5: Substitute Interest Group Board Members).

Chair Responsibilities

In accordance with Article IV Section 5 of the Bylaws, each Interest Group Chair is an ex officio member of the Membership Committee. The Interest Group Chairs are also ex officio members of the Executive Committee on Research, Technical Committee on Research, Committee on Conferences, Publications Committee (non-voting), and Education Advisory Board.

The role of the Interest Group Chair is to manage the operation of the Interest Group . This involves planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling the Interest Group’s activities.

Specific duties of the Interest Group Chair include:
– Being familiar with the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws
– Presiding at all meetings of the interest group
– Coordinating the officers into a team, keeping all well informed of current and anticipated issues or events
– Submitting an itemized annual budget request to the Board of Directors at the annual budget meeting, if there is a project to fund.
– Presiding over the election of officers at the Interest Group committee meeting in the Fall, in order to have the officers confirmed at the Fall meeting of the AATCC Board of Directors.
– Appointment of sub-committees or task groups
– Requesting reports from Interest Group subcommittees or task groups, if applicable
– Notifying the Vice-chair of the need to assume responsibilities of the Chair in the event of absence or inability to perform his/her duties
– Appointing and assigning as many active members as possible to committees or other jobs, including Technical program, Publicity, Nominating, Membership.

Appointments

The IG Chair is responsible for appointing all subcommittees or task groups when needed, as specified by the Association’s bylaws.

Qualifications

Committee chairs should have the following qualifications:
– Senior membership in the Association
– Commitment to the goals of the IG and the Association
– Understanding of, and willingness to assume, the duties of the position

Recruiting Guidelines

– Be positive when offering a volunteer job to a member. Be prepared to describe the job and the time required, and to promote the rewards.
– Recruit new members and younger members to committee, as well as long-time members
who have demonstrated leadership skills and interest.
– Develop broad-based skills among Interest Group members by rotating jobs.

Conduct of Meetings

Interest Group Meetings

The Interest Group Chair presides at all regular and special meetings of the Interest Group

Every meeting should follow a planned agenda. The Interest Group Chair, with the Secretary, prepares the agenda. 

Suggested Agenda

– Call to order – this simple step formally opens the meeting and makes members aware that their discussion and decisions will become a part of the formal record.
– Approval of previous minutes – the minutes are the official record of the members’ interactions. Accuracy is very important, and approval is mandatory. This is the appropriate time for members to offer amendments, changes, or corrections. Ideally, the minutes are circulated prior to the meeting for careful review. Once a set of minutes has been approved, it should not be changed.
– Committee reports – Interest Group committee Chairs should be surveyed. If there is “no report,” a note to that effect should be made in the minutes.
– Unfinished business – these are agenda items that have been tabled previously or are continuing. A review of previous minutes should provide a list of these agenda items.
– New business – these are topics that are to be discussed for the first time at the current meeting.
– Date, time, and place of next meeting – to be announced and recorded in the minutes.
– Adjournment – this closes the formal part of the meeting. Any discussion, decisions, or agreements that may occur afterwards are not part of the formal record.

Meeting Guidelines

– Allow one speaker at a time. A particularly lively group may need a firm reminder.
– Make sure each member has a turn to contribute. This may involve a polite but firm stifling of a member who seems to be dominating the discussion.
– Carry out most of the business in executive meetings and make announcements at general meetings. When an action is decided upon, make sure the record names the individual who is responsible for carrying it out.
– Keep them short and meet regularly. Use parliamentary procedures.
– Plan meetings requiring a mix of Interest Group business and speakers or panel discussions carefully, so that speakers and panelists have adequate time to present their topics.

Resources

– A roster of the Board of Directors for the Association (http://aatcc.org/about/bod/)
– Contact Membership Services to ask for an updated list of current and lapsed Interest Group Members.
– Publications and testing materials (https://members.aatcc.org/store/)
– Educational programs, workshops, and conferences (http://aatcc.org/events/)

Annual Meeting

The agenda is the Interest Group Chair’s responsibility and should always include:
– Chair’s annual report—summarizes the year just completed
– Minutes of the last annual meeting—remind the members about the Interest Group’s status at the same time the previous year and about any decisions and recommendations
that were made at the time
– Introduction of incoming officers—ensures that everyone knows who their executive leaders will be for the coming year
– Other reports—for example: corporate and individual membership, Future Leaders Award, etc.

Transfer of Responsibilities and Information

– Ideally, the Interest Group will have a formal, structured transitional meeting where each officer transfers all material to his/her successor and explains the duties and methods used to implement them.
– If the transition is informal and unstructured, it is important that you meet with your successor to transfer all documentation and to brief him/her on the routines and duties that he/she will be expected to carry out.
– No matter how successful a year your program produced, the full benefit cannot be realized unless your successor carries on your work. Good communication is a key factor in your success.
– Be sure that only pertinent documentation is transferred. Discard all obsolete papers and materials.

Installation of New Officers

– By formally installing new officers, the objectives and dignity of the Association are preserved. The extent of formality depends upon the viewpoint of the Interest Group members and on the size of the Interest Group. The installation should be designed to enhance the honor of holding office in the Interest Group. Here are some suggestions:
– The outgoing Chair makes a brief speech outlining the major duties of the Chair, and his/her particular goals for the past year. He/she wishes the incoming Chair and officers success for the coming year
– Each outgoing officer explains the major duties of his/her office and extends best wishes to his/her successor
– A past officer thanks and congratulations the outgoing officers
– Keep the ceremony brief, dignified and to the point. No matter what form is used, be sure that someone is appointed to thank the outgoing officers and wish success to the incoming group. It is appropriate to present some memento or a certificate of appreciation at this time

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ECR

Job Description

Candidate should have demonstrated excellent leadership skills. Prior textile wet processing experience or practical experience in textile testing is preferred. Candidate should have strong oral and written skills and have the ability to conduct meetings of diverse technical, political and social agendas.

Term Limit: The Chair of the Executive Committee on Research is confirmed by the Board of Directors as described in Article V, Section 5 of the AATCC Constitution. The individual typically will have served as Chair of the Technical Committee on Research for three years and Vice Chair of Technical Committee on Research for three years, successively.

Responsibilities

– The Chairperson of the Executive Committee on Research (ECR) is a member of the Board of Directors (Constitution, Article V, Section 2) and is expected to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
– The primary duty of the Chair of ECR is in leading that committee, which shall be responsible for establishing policy for and programming of all technical activities
of the Association.
– The Chair of ECR reports to the Board of Directors on the activities of ECR and TCR.
– The individual chairs the meetings of ECR, which meets during each series of research committee meetings with policy sessions, normally held in May and November.
– The President, in consultation with the Immediate Past President and/or Chairperson of the Executive Committee on Research, will review annually with the Executive Vice President progress made toward Association and staff goals.
– Frequently, issues arise that require a called meeting of members of the ECR, TCR, or other committees. The Chair makes certain that these special meetings are held and leads these meetings.
– Judgments on policy interpretation concerning technical issues relating to ECR responsibilities, such as the International Conference technical program or letter ballot negatives, are rendered in consultation with the Technical Director by telephone, mail, fax or called meeting.
– The ECR Chair confers with the Technical Center staff pertaining to the numerous technical activities of the Association.
– The ECR Chair reports to ECR all activities of the Technical Center laboratories, including deciding which projects are undertaken, equipment needs, budgeting and staffing.
– The ECR Chair reviews and approves with ECR the budgets for the Research and Technology committees, which are submitted through TCR.
– It is the responsibility of the Chairperson of ECR to ensure that the subcommittees of that committee are appropriately populated and also appoint subcommittee chairpersons. At present there are two standing subcommittees of ECR: C2-S1 International Test Methods Committee and C3 Technical Committee on Research
– It is the responsibility of the Chair of ECR to ensure that the committee appoints the new member of the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention Committee.
– The Chair of ECR is an ex officio member of the Education Advisory Board.
– The Chair of ECR is a member of the Board of Directors for AATCC Foundation, Inc. and is expected to attend and participate in all Foundation Board meetings.

(revised 1/2007)

Publications

Job Description

Chair of the C7 Publications Committee should have demonstrated leadership skills. Prior textile wet processing experience preferred; however, candidate may come from a background in academia, sales, or business management. Candidate should have strong oral and written skills and have the ability to evaluate written papers submitted for publication.

Term Limit: The Chair of the Publications Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors as described in Article IV, Section 6 of the Bylaws and may serve up to five years consecutively. The Board may extend an appointment beyond five years (Article IV, Section 13 of the Bylaws).

Responsibilities

– The Chair of the Publications Committee is a member of the Board of Directors and is expected to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
– It is the responsibility of the Chair of the Publications Committee to ensure that any subcommittees of that committee are appropriately populated and also appoint subcommittee chairpersons. He or she is an ex officio member of all Publications’ subcommittees. At present, there are no standing subcommittees of the Publications Committee.
– The Chair of the Publications Committee is expected to participate in the activities of the subcommittees and plan and conduct meetings of the Publications Committee during the Fall and Spring series of AATCC committee meetings.
– The individual is responsible for developing a vision for all of the Association’s publication activities.
– The individual is expected to communicate frequently with the AATCC staff on matters relating to publications and will work with the staff and through the subcommittees on issues regarding the peer review process, style and format, budgeting, pricing and other matters of committee concern.
– The Chair of the Publications Committee is a member of the Board of Directors of AATCC Foundation, Inc. and is expected to attend and participate in all Board meetings.

(revised 8/2008)

AATCC Officer Nomination

  • Nominations due March 31

    The nominating committee will consider all nominations and announce the slate by June of even-numbered years. Additional write-in nominations may be added at that time. Elections will occur by email ballot in the Fall. Results will be announced at the AATCC Annual Meeting in November. Elected officers will serve two years, beginning the January after election.
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  • Describe the candidate's qualifications for office. Visit https://aatcc.org/bod/#officers for responsibilities of each office. (Upload additional documentation if applicable.)
  • Please contact nominee and share role responsibilities BEFORE submitting a nomination form.
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John Crocker

President

Harrie Schoots

Immediate Past President

Andrew Fraser

President-Elect

Barry Brady

Treasurer

Diana Wyman

Executive Vice President

Sabyasachi Gaan

Chair, Chemical Applications Interest Group

Chris Hipps

Chair, Concept 2 Consumer Interest Group

Christina Rapa

Chair, Materials Interest Group

Jessica Brooks

Chair, Rising Professionals Interest Group

Kerry King

Chair, Education Advisory Board

Carla MacClamrock

Chair, Executive Committee on Research

Jiping Wang

Chair, Publications Committee

Kanti Jasani

Chair, Membership Committee

Robert K. Lattie

Chair, Committee on Constitution and ByLaws

Barry Brady

Chair, Committee on Conference

John A. Darsey

Chair, Building and Grounds Committee

Kerry King

Chair, Employee Benefits Committee

Andrew Fraser

Chair, Awards Oversight Committee

Interest Group Representatives Responsibilities

Functional Committee Representatives Responsibilities

Additional Standing Committees of the Board of Directors

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