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Nominations & Elections Process

for the GPSEG Board of Directors


The GPSEG Governance Committee has presented a slate of candidates for election to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning January, 2017 and ending December, 2019. Members will receive a personal electronic ballot to vote on this slate.  The election will begin at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, and end at midnight Friday, November 4.  The nominees are:


Sina Adibi



Sina is CEO and President of Adaptive Clinical Systems, a US-based eClinical Technology Solutions provider and “Problem-Solver” founded by the original development team for a major eClinical informatics provider.  He has been successful in translating market demands and specific company business strategy into a sound and actionable technology framework and to execute on same on time and within budget. 

Sina has been an active member of GPSEG for seven years serving in various roles within GPSEG including spearheading technology activities and soliciting speakers for the LifeSciences subgroup, participating in the GPSEG original website redesign committee, and serving as Co-Chair of the NJ subgroup. He has also served as President of the Temple University CST Alumni Association for five years.



Maria Baseggio



Maria Baseggio is the President of SAGE Insights, a management consulting firm that works with businesses to address their growth challenges by optimizing their business and/or marketing strategies.  Recognized as a results-oriented leader, Maria knows that growth requires a strong set of products & services that address market challenges, a clearly defined target market, a solid sales plan as well as strong alliance and channel partner programs. 

Maria has been an active member of GPSEG since 2010 and has most recently served on the Board of Directors for the past three years, including as vice chair for one year and as chair this past year.  Prior to beginning her Board service in 2014, she served as chair of the Marketing Committee. Additionally, Maria is chair of the governing body of AthenaPowerLink®, a regional business mentoring program that matches local women business owners with an advisory panel of experts focusing on business growth and job creation.  As a former member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Maria served on the board for the Philadelphia Chapter of NAWBO.  


Patricia Schaeffer


Patricia is the founding Principal of Talent Strategy Partners, LLC, bringing more than 25 years of HR experience, gained in both consulting and corporate roles, to her clients. She identifies the combination of cultural factors that will make an organization effective, clearly defines the positive leadership and employee behaviors needed to create and sustain the desired culture, and creates a business strategy for success because it takes advantage of cultural strengths and a talent management strategy that supports the business strategy. 

Pat has been an active member of GPSEG for eight years and has served as co-lead of the Guide Program and, now, the broader Onboarding team of the Membership Committee. She also chaired the Governance Committee, and is active on the ILF and Women’s Initiative working teams. 


Selection Criteria & Process


Our selection criteria are based on the criteria established in the bylawsGPSEG General Code of Conduct, and as guided by the Board of Directors. Those criteria include at least two years of active GPSEG membership with the organization, involvement in GPSEG subgroups and/or committee activities, demonstrated leadership within GPSEG or other nonprofit organizations, the perceived ability to work well with other members of the Board of Directors and demonstrated ability to meet the skill sets suggested by the GPSEG leadership.


The Governance Committee reviews applications, interviews candidates and determines the list of nominees presented to the membership for election. 


2016 Governance Committee

Greg Fegley, Chair

Larry Buchwalter

Eric David

Sandra Ford

Diane James, Ex-officio

Matthew Levy

Deborah Pierce

Rip Tilden


Election Process


Members of the Board are elected by the members of GPSEG by electronic ballot; the election will take place November 2-4, 2016; and results will be announced at the GPSEG Annual Meeting on November 14. Terms of the members of the GPSEG Board of Directors are staggered to provide both continuity and fresh perspectives with each new term. Following completion of one three-year term, members are eligible for nomination to a second three-year term. Once elected, the Board selects its officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary) for the year.    


Election Process Timeline

September 1

Call for Nominations Posted

September 30

Deadline for Applications & Nominations Submissions

October 13-28

Candidate Interviews

November 2-4

Election by Members

November 14

Election Results Announced


Board Roles and Responsibilities:

Members of the Board will:

  • Have the opportunity to work with peers and colleagues to establish the policies, vision and goals for GPSEG and help the association grow and thrive;
  • Provide insight and input to help GPSEG members find value and achieve their professional and personal goals;
  •  Monitor progress toward GPSEG’s strategic goals and contribute to establishing and revising strategies as appropriate; and
  • Contribute to ensuring that the Board fulfills its corporate duties of care, loyalty and obedience to the members and to GPSEG in accordance with governing documents and policies.
The Board of Directors in 2017 will hold approximately six in-person meetings, tentatively scheduled for the fourth Monday of January, February, April, June, September and November from 6:00 to 8:00 pm., and a December meeting immediately preceding the holiday social event. (A final schedule for Board meeting times and dates will be determined based on the best dates for the members selected as well as checking against holidays and other conflicts.) The Board may also meet by conference call when business decisions require such phone meetings.

In addition to the routine business meetings, Board members will have an orientation session to establish common understanding of key organizational matters and standards for operation and communication, as well as a meeting focused on the mission, vision and strategic plan goals to ratify/suggest changes as appropriate. On average, directors can expect to spend 8 to 10 hours monthly on Board activities and preparation. Between meetings, members of the Board will:

  • Receive, review and evaluate documents intended to keep the Board apprised of organizational performance, events and activities, and issues that may require Board attention or oversight;
  • Attend GPSEG major events and activities and meetings of committees and subgroups as appropriate (generally at least one per month) to remain informed, represent GPSEG, and carry out specific work as assigned;
  • Seek out opportunities to gather information from members, staff, allied groups, media, etc., so that the Board’s decisions are informed by available knowledge/data/environmental factors relevant to its decisions;
  • Volunteer/be willing to serve on committees, task forces or working groups, and/or as a member or Board liaison, to carry out the work of GPSEG;
  • Demonstrate the leadership qualities appropriate to Board membership by supporting decisions of the Board, being an enthusiastic representative of GPSEG to internal and external audiences, and engaging in principled and robust dialogue to help the Board reach good decisions that will serve the Association and its members.


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