Annual Meeting Oct 22, 2017 BALLOT ITEMS

The following members are on the ballot as Board Officers:

President – Ron Boyd
Vice President – Sally Sutterfield
Secretary – Cassandra Shaw
Treasurer – Patricia Bertsch

The following individuals are on the ballot as new Board members:

Carrie Weigley
Jeffrey Keirn
Lisa Miller

Following are resumes of each new Officer and Board member: 

Ron Boyd – President

Ron is currently Vice President of the Board, after being appointed in 2017. He is very active in Merging Hearts and contributes with his wonderful presentations at Enlightened Beings, film classes, mediumship workshops and his exciting rock-climbing field trips. Ron has also served on the Board of the local Unitarian Universalist church for over ten years in various positions, including President. As an avid spiritual seeker, he wants to give back to the community, guide younger generations in their spiritual growth and work to build bridges with other spiritual groups. Ron has one daughter and currently works as a Network Engineer for a technology company in the area.

Cassandra Shaw – Secretary

Cassie takes an active part in the success of Merging Hearts. She is the head of the Grounds Committee and has led many fund raisers, such as Premier Jewelry, garage sales and the Gypsy Market. She considers herself a Wiccan and loves being out in nature. She is currently retired after working over 20 years at Lowe’s. Cassie has four children, five grandchildren with one more due in October! She looks forward to serving on the Board as Secretary where she can contribute her wisdom, plus use her fast typing skills to record the minutes.

Carrie Weigley – Board Member

Carrie brings her enthusiasm and skills to help Merging Hearts continue to grow. She has been involved with the Spiritual Bazaar, global drum circles, non-violent communication groups, Family Fridays, Sister Circles and Meditation/Campfire/Jam Circles. In her professional life, she has been the Program Director and Grant Writer for YMCA Camp Tippecanoe and other organizations, has organized fund-raisers and special events for kids and their families and supervised volunteers and staff at various organizations. She will continue to bring her great ideas to our community and has offered her technical skills to help with our website, social media, marketing efforts and event planning. Carrie is married to Scott and has two beautiful daughters.

Jeffrey Keirn – Board Member

We welcome Jeff to the Merging Hearts Board of Directors. He brings fresh ideas from the Canton community and will add his creative flair to our marketing strategies. Jeff is currently a Graphic Designer for a local manufacturing company and volunteers his time with Arts in Stark and the Canton Museum of Art. His outstanding chalk drawings can be found throughout Canton and other communities, such as Wooster and Columbus. Jeff created the Merging Hearts logo back in 2007 and has assisted us with various graphic design projects.

Lisa Miller – Board Member

Lisa Miller brings years of administrative and management experience from the corporate and non-profit worlds.  She was the Executive Director of the Alliance of Churches in Alliance, OH for 13 years, worked with the Good Samaritan Medical Care Clinic, the Alliance Neighborhood Center and Project PEACE.  She is a confident public speaker, a Reiki Master and has worked with single moms and at-risk youth.  We welcome Lisa to the Merging Hearts Board.

By Law Change Objectives: 

  1. Ensure continuity and smooth transitions from one Board term to another.
  2. By restricting President AND Vice President nominations from the floor, the nomination committee is better able to nominate candidates who can work well together and back one another up.

Proposed By Law Change Details:

ARTICLE IV.   Officers:  Duties and Election 

Section II.  Election of Officers

A.  Election of the Officers and members of the Board of Directors shall take place at an October or November general membership meeting. Additional nominations from the floor for any position, except President, shall be accepted.

Change to read:

A.  Election of the Officers and members of the Board of Directors shall take place at an October or November general membership meeting. Additional nominations from the floor for any position, except President and Vice President, shall be accepted.

ARTICLE VI.  Board of Directors 

Section II. Election and Term of Office

A.  Election of the Officers and members of the Board of Directors shall take place at an October or November general membership meeting. Additional nominations from the floor for any position, except President, shall be accepted. 

Change to read:

A.  Election of the Officers and members of the Board of Directors shall take place at an October or November general membership meeting. Additional nominations from the floor for any position, except President and Vice President, shall be accepted.