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WCASA is Wisconsin's only state-wide coalition dedicated to ending sexual violence.

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        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault creates the social change necessary to end sexual violence. 


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        About WCASA

        WCASA Board of Directors

        Board Elections for the 2019-20 Term


        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) is beginning the process of soliciting new applicants for its Board of Directors. We are looking for board members who believe in our mission to create social change necessary to end sexual violence; who believe in the intersectionality of anti-oppression work and sexual violence; who hold feminist principals in all the work we do; and who are willing to be active in the governance role for WCASA. We believe that this work has never been more important than it is today.

        Members are in the process of voting during board elections. Ballots are due November 8, 2018. See bios of the candidates. 

        In the last year, WCASA has faced significant challenges in funding.  The Rape Prevention Education Grant, which has been a staple of WCASA prevention funding for over 10 years, was redistributed by the WI Department of Health Services to focus more on the work of Public Health in sexual violence prevention.  In 2017 the allocation was $531,106, in 2018 they received $50,000.  Other funding in 2018 remained stable.  This cut resulted in decreased staff and shifting of work. Nonetheless the work has continued in an extraordinary fashion, with continued technical assistance support as a priority.

        The primary work of those running for Board of Directors will focus on increased revenue, and increasing the visibility of WCASA as a statewide agency for sexual assault services and prevention.
         
        As you consider this opportunity, we ask that you review the board director position description and committee descriptions included.  As you will see, we have expectations for an active board director. A primary responsibility of a board director is to participate in the development of policy and major decision-making at board meetings held at six (6) times a year.  Another key responsibility is to actively participate and contribute to the priorities established by the WCASA staff and Board of Directors set at a working meeting in November 1, 2018.
         
        If you believe that you are someone whose experience and involvement in the community would be an asset to our organization, then we hope that you will consider becoming a nominee by submitting your online application to the WCASA Board. If you would like to discuss this opportunity prior to applying, please contact Pennie Meyers penniem@wcasa.org.

        Sincerely,
         
        Susan LaFlash, Vice President
        WCASA Board of Directors

         

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        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault is a non-profit agency guided by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the six service regions across the state.  It consists of a minimum number of 9 seats and a maximum number of 19 seats. 

        Currently the WCASA Bylaws require that a simple majority of seats shall be filled by representatives of Sexual Assault Service Providers (SASPs).  In 2010 the Board changed the Governing Policies to include a provision that half of the Board be from underserved populations.  Two Survivor seats have also been added in the last couple of years.  (See below for more information about the Survivor seats.)

        The WCASA Board of Directors is committed to developing a Board that is representative of its membership and the diversity of communities in Wisconsin. Board membership is open to any person regardless of race, color, religion or creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, or marital status.

         

        2018-19 Board of Directors

        Micah Henning (President)
        Self-employed

        Susan LaFlash (Vice President)
        Retired

        Katie Bement (Secretary)
        Embrace Services, Inc.

        Alena Taylor (Treasurer)
        Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

        Katie Gaynor

        Christie Hyland
        The Women's Center

        Blythe McConaughey
        Family Support Center

        Ana Price
        Deaf Unity

        Meg Robertson
        Planned Parenthood of WI, Inc.

          

        Board Meetings

        The WCASA Board of Directors meet bi-monthly - January, March, May, July, September - with the last Board Meeting to be held in November along with the Annual Meeting. 

        WCASA Members are welcome to attend Board Meetings. Please contact the WCASA Office if you are interested in attending a meeting. Agendas will be made available upon request. 

         

        Board Elections

        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault is a non-profit agency guided by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the six service regions across the state.  It consists of a minimum number of 9 seats and a maximum number of 19 seats.  

        Currently the WCASA Bylaws require that a simple majority of seats shall be filled by representatives of Sexual Assault Service Providers (SASPs).  In 2010 the Board changed the Governing Policies to include a provision that half of the Board be from systematically oppressed populations.  Two Board seats are also reserved as survivor seats, to be filled by primary survivors of sexual assault.  These seats are not elected positions and will be appointed by the Board of Directors for a term of two years. 

        The WCASA Board of Directors is committed to developing a Board that is representative of its membership and the diversity of communities in Wisconsin. Board membership is open to any person regardless of race, color, religion or creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, or marital status.

        WCASA recruits for Board Members and accepts applications in the fall of the year. Once the slate of nominations has been completed, elections are held with the WCASA Membership voting during September and October. The final decisions are announced at the November Annual Meeting.

        If there are openings throughout the year, Board Members may be appointed.  If you are interested in becoming a Board Member or have questions, please contact the Board President.