Understanding The Executive Committee And Board Of Directors

The APHA Board of Directors is comprised of individuals elected by the APHA membership. The Directors, in turn, then elect from their numbers a seven-member Executive Committee. The Board of Directors and Executive Committee work with the Executive Director of APHA and the professional staff of the Association to implement and enforce all rules and programs. Understanding the relationship between the home office staff, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors will help Regional Clubs achieve their goals more smoothly.
Executive Committee

The ultimate responsibility for the Association rests with the Executive Committee. This responsibility is recognized by state and local laws. Legally, the Executive Committee is responsible for the activities, employees and fiscal integrity of the Association. The responsibilities are performed by the Executive Committee as a whole, but the Executive Committee cannot accomplish them without the support and cooperation of the Executive Director. The Executive Committee consists of the president, president elect, vice-president, the immediate past president and three additional members. The appropriate role of the Executive Committee is to set policies that ensure it fulfills its legal and Association responsibilities. The relationship between the Executive Committee, the president and the Executive Director is critical to the Association. This relationship must be based on mutual respect and trust.

2014-2015 APHA Executive Committee members include, from left:

President Ron Shelly
President-Elect Susie Shaw
Vice President George Ready
Senior Committee Member Craig Wood
Fifth Committee Member Michael Short
Sixth Committee Member Casey West
Immediate Past President Mary Parrott

Specific Responsibilities
  1. Ensuring that the needs of the membership are met.
  2. Approving and evaluating programs and activities of the Association. 
  3. Planning the future direction of the Association. 
  4. Selecting and hiring the Executive Director and monitoring and evaluating the Executive Director’s performance. 
  5. Setting financial objectives and monitoring their progress.
  6. Handling questionable horse registration applications.
  7. Furnishing liaison members to all standing committees.
  8. Approving the annual budget.
  9. Approving the charters of Regional Clubs.
  10. Investigating complaints and protests.
  11. Dispensing disciplinary action.
  12. Reporting to the Board of Directors at its annual meeting. (Minutes of the year’s actions to be available to directors before annual meeting for ratification, and resumes of actions are distributed at the meeting.)
  13. Adhering to the APHA Code of Ethics.
  14. Regulating the fixing and collection of fees and dues.

Most Executive Committee actions are subject to ratification, revision or amendment by the APHA Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting of the board.  Disciplinary actions are not subject to ratification by the board.