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OPA 5-Year Strategic Plan (2019)
A Brief History

The previous Task Force formed in 2012 to develop improved governance for OPA. Some of the existing concerns were some disconnection between the Executive Committee’s work (meeting monthly) and the work of the Board (meeting about 4-5 times/year); lack of diversity on the Board; difficulty engaging new leaders; and concerns about the ability of a large Board (up to 27 members) to hold true fiduciary responsibility and to be responsive and timely. That Task Force assessed problems and recommended a new model, but there was not enough consensus for voting on the new model. The Task Force then facilitated the development of principles for a new model of governance, and the Board approved these principles in Spring 2014.


The Board structure should:

  • Cultivate leadership at all stages, including ECPs and within committees
  • Increase communication and meaningful discussion among leadership, committees, staff, and members
  • Include shifting fiduciary responsibility from the full board to a smaller board (i.e., an expanded EC) and separate the role of committee chair from board member. Consider forming a separate “council-like” group of committee chairs/task force leaders
  • Support OPA’s strategic plan
  • Include increased use of technology to maximize inclusion of psychologists around the state, improve efficiency, and improve communication
  • Increase engagement at the leadership, committee and member levels
  • Support the maximum effectiveness of staff
  • Specifically attend to issues of diversity and inclusiveness
Governance Model Development Task Force Formed Fall 2014

Members: Katharine Hahn Oh, Mary Miller Lewis, Cathy Gaw, Kathy Ashton, Rich Ashbrook, Joyce Jadwin, Wanda McIntyre, with Michael Ranney

Charge: Develop a model for OPA governance that addresses or fulfills the principles for governance approved by the Board.

Fall & Winter 2014: Developed rough model ideas. Sought Board member and OPA member input on components of models. Sought input from OPA staff members. Further developed models and presented 3 possible models to the Board. Received the Board’s input.

Spring 2015: OPA member input was gathered through an online survey, tabling at OPA convention, and open online town hall meetings. With input from OPA members and from the Board, we further developed one model.

Summer 2015: At the Board meeting in June 2015, we shared a revised model and discussed significant components of Member Engagement and Diversity.

Fall & Winter 2015: Held discussions with Board to fine-tune the inclusion of diverse leaders, specific by-laws wording for inclusion of Regional Representatives, and the possibilities for Assembly and Board of Directors agendas with the new model.

Spring 2016: Shared by-laws wording with Board; Board approved by-laws changes.

If the membership approves the by-laws changes (2/3 vote): Implementation occurs over 12 months (bylaws are not in effect until Sept. 2017)



How long has this been in process?  Since 2012.  An initial task force led by Kathy Ashton started looking at the need to change and principles for change from 2012.  In 2014, they approved principles for change including a smaller board size.

How much input has membership had into the changes being made? Members were part of a broad survey in 2013 and participated in town hall meetings in 2013, 2014, and 2015.  No changes will be made without a membership vote in the bylaws.


Governance Model - 2016

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This is a collection of documents that explain the history, development and purpose of OPA's 2016 New Governance Model.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
OPA New Governance Model PowerPoint - detailed PDF (133.92 KB) Administration 8/8/2016
OPA New Governance Model PowerPoint - overview PDF (90.57 KB) Administration 8/8/2016
OPA Code of Regulations - Approved 04/09/2016 PDF (58.62 KB) Administration 8/8/2016
OPA Code of Regulations Proposed Changes Described PDF (173.93 KB) Administration 8/8/2016
2016 Annual Report Article on New Governance Model PDF (198.81 KB) Administration 8/8/2016