Secretary -- Tom Seifert

Tom is in charge of keeping track of PLTA information. He oversees membership, as well as Pack Trail and Challenge sanctioning and data management  Tom can be reached at secretary@packllama.org

Director at Large-- Susan Gawarecki,  News

Susan puts together wonderful articles for our news page. She is always anxious to hear from you. Susan has loved llamas forever having acquired her first llamas in 1995 with the intention of going packing without having to carry the load herself. Within two years her young llamas had matured enough that she was doing just that as well as participating in llama organizations at the local, state and regional levels. Susan has been a participant in PLTA Pack Trials since their inception, having more than seventeen to her name. Aside from packing she has shown her animals in halter and performance classes, trained llamas to the cart and spun a few miles of yarn. She owns ten llamas and three alpacas. Susan can be reached at news@packllama.org.

Director at Large -- John Fant,  Packer's Primer

John is currently working on updating and revising the Packer's Primer program for training beginning llama packers. John is an avid llama packer and PLTA Pack Trial Certifier. Every year he helps organize the Mt. Hope race in Colorado. He brings tremendous enthusians and support for new llama packers to the PLTA.

Director at Large -- Niki Kuklenski

Niki has recently joined the Board. She has many years of experience breeding and training llamas.

Director at Large -- Rob Williams

Roy has recently joined the Board. Roy is an enthusiastic packer and promoter of working llamas

PLTA President -- Vacant

The position of president is currently vacant. The following description of the office is from the organization's Standing Rules. If you are interesting in applying for the position please contact secretary@packllama.org

Position Description

The President of the Board of Directors is the leader of the Association. She or he works to inspire a common vision for the Association and its work, supervises and directs its business and affairs, and is the spokesperson and advocate for the Association with the public. The President is not a supervisor, but instead acts as a convener and leader for the Board, which as a group provides feedback and direction to the President.

Responsibilities

General:  Ensures the effective action of the Board of Directors in governing and supporting the Association, and oversees Board affairs. Acts as the representative of the Board.

External Relations:  Represents the Association to the public and acts as the Association’s main spokesperson. Speaks for the Board in formal written communications. Speaks to the media and the public on behalf of the organization. Publishes reports and articles in public venues including the PLTA website and the Backcountry Llama Newsletter.

Meetings:  Develops agendas for meetings. Presides at Board meetings. Calls special meetings as necessary.

CommitteesRecommends to the Board which committees are to be established. Appoints committee Chairs. Seeks volunteers for committees and coordinates individual Board member assignments. Makes sure each committee has a Chair, and stays in touch with Chairs to be sure that their work is carried out. Identifies committee recommendations that should be presented to the full Board. Determines whether executive committee meetings are necessary and convenes the committee accordingly. May attend any and all committee meetings as an ad hoc member.

Board Affairs:  Ensures that Board matters are handled properly, including preparation of pre-meeting materials, committee functioning, and recruitment and orientation of new Board members. Periodically consults with Board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance. Assigns tasks and responsibilities to members of the Board and follows up to see that the tasks are performed. Posts annual organization report to members.

Fiscal Management:  Reviews and approves all financial reports, reviews and approves annual budget, reviews all vouchers and invoices for those checks which require his or her signature. With the Board of Directors, reviews and approves all contracts for goods and services that will exceed $250 over the year.

Skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Certifier experience or thorough first-hand experience participating in pack trials and pack trial administration.

Recommended Qualifications

  • Thorough commitment to the Associations’ mission.
  • Proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience
  • Track record of effectively leading a performance- and outcomes-based organization; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and put in place strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach personnel, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships
  • Strong public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of constituents and the public

PLTA Vice President -- Vacant

The position of vice president is currently vacant. The following description of the office is from the organization's Standing Rules. If you are interesting in applying for the position please contact secretary@packllama.org

Position Description

The role of vice president is that of understudy and assistant to the president. She or he works to develop a thorough understanding of the Association’s organizational systems, and to build her or his own capacity to assume the responsibility of the presidency.

Responsibilities

  • General:   Prepares to assume the role of President in his or her absence by maintaining a working knowledge of all aspects of the Association and of the rules that govern non-profit organizations.
  •  Administrative:   Assists the president with specified duties as requested.  Maintains the moral authority to lead by setting an example of commitment. Supports and works with the President to ensure continuity of leadership and participates as a vital part of the Board leadership.
  • Programs:  Supports Program Coordinators by making sure they have the resources necessary to carry out their work and actively engages them to be sure that the work is carried out. Identifies program needs and recommendations that should be presented to the full Board. Ensures that program documentation is accurate and kept up to date.

Skills

  • Understands strategies for effectively running an organization
  • Understands the responsibilities of the president and is able to perform these duties in the president's absence
  • Understands enough about the roles of the Secretary and Treasurer to effectively support them.
  • Understands and appreciates the existing Board culture and organizational cultural norms
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Certifier experience or thorough first-hand experience participating in pack trials and pack trial administration.
  • recommended Qualifications
  •  Thorough commitment to the PLTA’s mission.
  • Proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience
  • Has shown commitment to the Association by successfully serving as a committee member or on the Board of Directors
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach personnel, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships
  • Strong public relations experience

Recommended Qualifications

  • Thorough commitment to the PLTA’s mission.
  • Proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience
  • Has shown commitment to the Association by successfully serving as a committee member or on the Board of Directors
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach personnel, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships
  • Strong public relations experience 

PLTA Treasurer -- Vacant

 

The position of treasurer is currently vacant. If you are interesting in applying for the position please contact secretary@packllama.org

Director at Large -- One Vacancy

The PLTA Board of Directors is composed of five to nine menbers. One position for director at large are currently vacant. The following description of the office is from the organization's Standing Rules. If you are interesting in applying for the position please contact secretary@packllama.org 

Position Description

The principal role of a member of the Board of Directors is stewardship. The Board is ultimately responsible for the management of the affairs of the Association. This requires active participation. People who do not have the time to regularly participate should not agree to be on a Board. The Board must insure that the Association is operated for a charitable/public purpose as stated in the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Association; it may not be operated for private benefit. Proper stewardship requires that the Association's assets be held "in trust", to be applied to its mission.

One of the most important functions of the Board is keeping the resources and efforts focused on the PLTA's mission. This requires members of the Board to have an adequate understanding of the Association's programs, people and resources available to achieve the Association's goals. As a starting point, every Board member should be familiar with the PLTA's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Legal Duties

  • Duty of Due Care: Take care of the nonprofit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will; and provide oversight for all activities that advance the nonprofit’s effectiveness and sustainability.
    • Discharge duties with the care an ordinary prudent person would exercise under similar circumstances.
    • Be familiar with the Association’s finances and activities and participate in its governance
    • Attend all Board meetings, committee meetings, participate in decision-making and plicyb setting.
    • Read materials and minutes, make sure your voice is heard.
    • Participate in the process of approval of major obligations, fundraising, and compensation arrangements
    • Read Association literature.
    • Review financial accounts, review actual expenditure to budget comparison.
    • Participate in risk assessment and strategic planning.
    • Make sure organization has written policies and controls.
    • Encourage Board diversity.
  • Duty of Loyalty:  Make decisions in the best interest of the PLTA.
    • Be aware of conflict of interest policy.
    • Act always in the interest of the PLTA and not for personal gain.
    • Avoid transactions in which you or a family member benefits, or disclose such transactions fully to the Board.
    • Examine transactions involving Board members to ensure there is no conflict of interest.
  • Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and acts in accordance with ethical practices; that the nonprofit adheres to its stated corporate purposes, and that its activities advance its mission.
    • Ensure that the organization complies with all applicable laws and regulations and with its own internal documents and policies.
    • Make sure that the resources are dedicated to accomplishing the mission.
    • Comply with all reporting laws, making sure that employees receive compensation and appropriate taxes are paid.

Responsibilities

  • General Expectations
    • Support the PLTA’s mission, purposes, goals, policies, and programs while knowing its strengths and needs.
    • Suggest possible nominees to the Board who are men and women of achievement and who can make significant contributions to the work of the Board and the progress of the PLTA.
    • Interpret organization to community
    • Serve actively on committees of the Board as requested by the President.
    • Attend activities and events sponsored by the Board whenever possible.
  • Public Interface
    • Speaks for the Board of Directors as authorized by the President.
    • Speaks on behalf of the PLTA in a manner appropriate to the circumstances and individuals involved, while deferring to the President of the Association if there are uncertainties.
  • Meetings
    • Prepare for and participate in the PLTA’s Board meetings and scheduled committee meetings, including appropriate PLTA activities.
    • Ask timely and substantive questions at Board and committee meetings consistent with personal conscience, convictions, and ethics, while supporting the majority decision on issues decided by the Board.
    • Maintain confidentiality of the Board’s executive sessions, and speak for the Board or the PLTA only as authorized by the Board of Directors.
    • Suggest agenda items for Board and committee meetings to ensure that significant policy-related matters are addressed.
  • Conflict Avoidance
    • Serve the PLTA as a whole rather than any special interest group or constituency.
    • Avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might compromise the Board of the PLTA, and disclose any possible conflicts to the Board in a timely fashion.
    • Never accept or offer any favors or gifts from or to anyone who does business with the PLTA.
  • Fiduciary
    • Exercise prudence and sound fiscal practices with the Board in the control of and transfer of PLTA funds.
    • Faithfully read and understand the PLTA’s financial statements and otherwise help the Board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility.

Skills

  • Ability to effectively strategize and plan for the long term.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people while showing prudence, good judgment and discretion.
  • Positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

 Recommended Qualifications

  • Honesty, integrity, self confidence, and forthrightness.
  • Non-profit experience.
  • Ability to think broadly
  • Thorough commitment to the Associations’ mission.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs
  • Ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships
  • Strong public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of constituents and the public