As a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, Merrick, Inc., is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees (BOT). Each member of the BOT is accountable to govern the corporation in compliance with Minnesota Chapter 317A and any regulations applicable to services Merrick, Inc., provides. The BOT has a particular job to do in order to carry out that accountability. For Merrick, Inc., the BOT defines the mission, strategic direction, and future programming; establishes policies and procedures; monitors the effective and efficient use of fiscal resources; and evaluates overall performance.
The BOT conducts its business in a manner consistent with a self-defined governance policy that clearly distinguishes its accountability and role from that of the Executive Director. The BOT as a whole exercises governance of Merrick, Inc., through the Executive Director and commits itself to focus its delegation and accountability concerns on the Executive Director alone, avoiding either interfering with the Executive Director's management of the operations or "saving" the Executive Director from the challenge of managing. This policy helps the BOT govern Merrick, Inc., so that long-term values are achieved in a manner consistent with humane and productive use of people and resources, with orderliness, with deliberation of thought, and with care in the use of people's time.
Something we believe makes our organization unique is the purposeful constituencies represented on the BOT. The bylaws state that "There shall be at least twelve (12) Trustees on the BOT representing the following constituencies:
- Approximately one-third (1/3) will be advocates of clients receiving Day Training & Habilitation (DT&H) services;
- Approximately one-third (1/3) will be professionals working in long-term care and/or social service programs; and
- Approximately one-third (1/3) will be from the community-at-large."
All Trustees are entitled to vote and have equal rights and preferences. The BOT shall take action by the affirmative vote of a majority of Trustees with voting rights present and entitled to vote at a duly held meeting, unless Chapter 317A, the Articles of Incorporation, or the bylaws require the affirmative vote of a larger proportion or number. Each Trustee is elected to a three (3) year term and may serve a maximum of four consecutive terms. Terms are staggered so that approximately one-third (1/3) of the Trustee positions are open for elections at each annual meeting. Trustees and Officers of the BOT are not compensated in any manner.
A regular meeting is one scheduled at uniform intervals, as determined by the BOT, and communicated to its Trustees. Currently the BOT meets on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December. Annual meetings shall be held on the date and at the time and place fixed by the BOT. Presently, the annual meeting is held in December of each year at the 3210 location. In addition to the usual order of business, the annual meeting includes an election of qualified persons as Trustees and Officers for the BOT. Any other business appropriate for action by the Trustees may be transacted at an annual meeting. All meetings are presided over by the President of the BOT, or designated alternate Officer, and governed by Robert's Rules of Order. The Secretary of the BOT, or designee, will take minutes of all official meetings to be kept on file. Copies of the minutes may be distributed to interested parties upon written request at a charge of $1.00 for the first page and 15 cents for each additional page.
The Officers of this Corporation must be Trustees of the BOT and shall include a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Past President. The BOT may elect or appoint such other Officers as it deems necessary for the operation and management of the Corporation, each of whom shall have the powers, rights, duties, responsibilities, and terms of office determined by the BOT. None of the offices or functions of the aforementioned Officers may be filled or exercised by the same person. Officers shall be elected by the BOT at the annual meeting and shall hold office for a one (1) year term. An Officer may be re-elected for a second consecutive term in the same office. If an Officer position becomes vacant, the Officers then serving, although less than a quorum, by majority vote, may choose a successor from the BOD who shall hold said office for the un-expired term. In the absence of an election or appointment of Officers by the BOT, the person exercising the principal functions of Executive Director is deemed to have been elected to those offices, except for the purpose of determining the location of the principal executive office, which shall be the registered office of the Corporation.
By resolution of the BOT, the following Standing Committees have the authority of the BOT in the management of the business of the Corporation to the extent specified in a written charter approved by the BOT: Charitable Gambling, Development, Finance and Governance. The Corporation also has the following staff committees that focus on topics specified in a written charter approved by the BOT: Advocacy; Human Resources; Human Rights; Safety; and Work Procurement.
2016 Board of Trustees Roster
Tanmay Barman Roy
Len de Llano
John Marzitelli - Treasurer
Jackie O'Connell – Past President
Donika Pentcheva – Vice President
Diogo Reis - President
Crystal Saric Fashant
Chris Schneeman – Secretary
If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, or on a standing committee, please contact Jo Ann Lizakowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (651) 789-6207.