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2018 Nominations for Directors-at-Large and Committee Chairs

Nominations are being sought for Directors-at-Large (6) and Committee Chairs for the standing committees. All individuals so elected will become voting members of the Board of Directors of MAGAL. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

The MAGAL Board of Directors meets 10 times per year, on the first Wednesday of the month, with the following exceptions: There is no January meeting. The June meeting takes place immediately following the Annual Membership meeting and dinner. For July and August there is one meeting on a date set by the board to best accommodate vacation schedules of the board members. All board members are expected to attend at least 7 of the 10 meetings each year.

The MAGAL Board of Directors is multi-disciplinary and diverse, and we seek to maintain diversity by encouraging nominations of individuals from varying geographic regions and with varying expertise and racial/ethnic backgrounds. All nominees must be MAGAL members in good standing. It is suggested that individuals serve as Director-at-Large or Committee Member before seeking election as an Officer or Committee Chair. Following is a brief description of the duties of these officers:

President Elect: The Past President or President-Elect shall exercise the power of the president in the President's absence or inability to serve, as well as to assist the Directors as needed.

Clerk/Secretary: The Secretary/Clerk is responsible for transmitting meeting notices, for recording attendance at meetings, for transmitting all correspondence and business to Directors at the meeting, and as parliamentarian for the Board. The Secretary will also be responsible for establishing nomination procedures, subject to Board approval, and to announce openings, collect nominations, and disseminate information on nominees to the general membership for election. In the absence or inability to serve of a President or President-Elect, the Secretary shall exercise the power of the President. 

Directors-at-Large: Six Directors-at-Large are elected each year for two-year-terms (resulting in a total of 12 Directors-at-Large). Directors-at-Large are responsible for attending regular monthly board meetings, and for assisting the President, Officers, and Committee Chairs. It is expected that the Directors-at-Large will each devote additional time to furthering the goals of MAGAL.

Chairpersons: Chairpersons are elected each year for the following standing committees: Education, Membership, Public Relations/Website, Judicial Liaison/Legislative Affairs.

If you are interesting in serving in any of these positions, please self-nominate. If you want to nominate someone else, please seek his or her agreement to be nominated. For further information or to discuss the possibility of self-nominating, please contact any member of the Nominations Committee:

Nicole Robinson, LICSW, Clerk (Chair) (Email:; Phone: 781.932-4282)

Elizabeth M. Frick, Psy.D., Director-at-Large (Email:

Thomas Ritter, J.D., Ph.D., Judicial Liaison Committee Chair (Email:

Judith Bowman, J.D., Director-at-Large (Email:

Julia Brice, B.S., Director-at-Large (Email:

Nominations will close on April 15, 2018 and must be received on or before that date. Nominees are asked to provide a brief (500 words or less) paragraph with biographical information accompanying their self-nomination.

Please send written nominations by April 15, 2018 to:

Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem, Inc.
P.O. Box 304
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 11 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham MA

    MAGAL Spring Conference

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    The Conference Center at Waltham Woods , Waltham, MA 

    Ethical and Legal Challenges for GALs and PCs

    Jennifer Yelen, Esq. and Nancy Puleo, Esq.  

    Our keynote speakers will discuss ethical challenges faced by GALs and PCsand preventative strategies for the most effective investigations,interventions, and staying out of trouble.Jennifer and Nancy have represented GALs and PCsbefore courts and disciplinary boards.  

    The presentation will be followed by:
    A panel of experienced GALs and PCs

    Tony Pelusi, Esq.
    John Baker, Ph.D.
    William Hudgins, Ph.D., Board of Registration of Psychologists
    Jane Appell, Ph.D., Moderator  

    This program has been approved for:
    MFTCE - 4 hours continuing education credit, MA and RI: # PC-034026
    MaMHCA - 4 hours, Category 1 credit: #18-0327
    Credit for Psychologists and Social Workers pending.

    Through April 27th:   $80  - MAGAL members/$100 - non-members

    After April 27th:  $100 - MAGAL members/$120 - non-members

    Refund policy: Full refund before April 20th, no refund thereafter

Past events

20 Jun 2017 Annual Meeting and Dinner

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