NESTTD Board Meeting Highlights

Date:  December 12, 2020

Zoom Meeting: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Present voting members: Debbie Hughes, Carolinda Sterczala, Jessica Reed, Garry Ratliff, Carol Lambert

Non-voting: Barbara Phillips, Meredith Branagan, Alex Wells, Kimberly Cherry, Roberta Fortgang

  • The Board voted to approval of the minutes from the 11/21/20 Board meeting
  • Continued Business
    • Solidarity Statement/ Final Review/Vote After considerable thoughtful discussion and making a few modifications, the Board approved NESTTD’s statement of Solidarity with Black lives. The statement will be issued to members via the ListServ and added to the website. The Racial Justice and Equity committee was congratulated on this substantive and passionate statement of support.
    • Updated Listserv Guidelines  Debbie announced that the Executive Committee reviewed, voted, and passed on the updated Listserv guidelines.
    • Membership will be putting together information from a variety of surveys and questions raised over the last few months on what our Board, chairs and members are looking for from NESTTD. All volunteers are also invited to offer feedback.
    • Mini assessments with Visions will start tomorrow.
    • ASSYST was helpful for a few Board members who participated in their service of self-care. A $300 donation of gratitude to TRN organization was voted/agreed upon.
  • New Business/Committee Concerns
    • Fundamentals Alex Wells
      • The Fundamentals Committee wants to work with Outreach Program to develop and implement their agreed-upon marketing strategy. OP agreed.
      • Please contact Alex if you are able to volunteer at Fundamentals on 3/13/21; many volunteers are needed.
    • Technology  Debbie Hughes is working with Jerry Mocciola to develop a contract for his work at our events this year. Contract will formalize responsibilities, compensation, and other details.
    • Nominations Carolinda will be developing a video blog to attract members to thein-need Program committee. Blog will be issued on the Listserv and website
    • Marketing/Advertising possibility:  Guy McPherson has an on-line podcast and recently started a newsletter to market conferences, trainings, etc. He’s willing to advertise our programs, etc. Member Alfonso Henderson will connect with Guy and collect more information about advertising options.
    • Program Committee:
      • Dr. Brandon Jones, a BIPOC speaker, will be presenting on 4/10/21. Board voted to offer Dr. Jones the standard speaker’s fee.
      • Program is developing a contract for speakers. This has been requested by speakers and will add legitimacy to the booking process.
      • For next year, Joyanna Silberg suggested an all-day workshop on movement interventions for traumatized children. Joyanna co-presented with her daughter who is a movement therapist, and would like to do the workshop with her daughter. The Board discussed whether both speakers should receive a full speaker’s fee, and recommended Alex try to negotiate a discounted rate for the second speaker.Garry suggested we market this program to other audiences, such as special education professionals, might benefit from this program.
    • Membership Amy Wells
      • Membership Committee is researching new venues for our live programs; any input/feedback on potential options is requested.
      • Membership will help with Fundamentals in March.
      • We are exploring new ways to use the Listerv proactively to generate discussion around racial and social justice issues.
      • Membership is analyzing data from past programs to assess which programs are most attractive to various segments of our membership in an effort to better align programs with member interest. Also considering using the Listserv to generate ideas for future programming such as asking: “Who is inspiring you?”
      • Amy commended by Debbie for the work they’re doing.
    • RJEC - Kimberly Cherry
      • Kimberly points out that our community is changing…what comes out of that might be different.
      • The RJEC discussed how to support BIPOC members. Roxanne Mascoll,LICSW and her husband, Keith are developing a virtual production that intersects trauma, gender, sexuality and race. The show will be virtual in March/April, with a future time to facilitate a discussion about dissociation.
      • Kimberly proposed that NESTTD partner with this couple by purchasing a block of tickets that members then purchase from us.  Proposal will be discussed in more detail at January Board meeting.Debbie Hughes encouraged all to listen to their podcast, Triggered Project, which is based on their relationship.

COMMITTEE REPORTS were provided in advance of the Board meeting and can be accessed at the link below:


Respectfully submitted,

Carol Lambert, LICSW


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