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FAMIA Leadership and Governance

2023 Open Positions

The FAMIA Interim Executive Committee is requesting all Fellows of AMIA to consider self-nominating to the following positions.

The FAMIA Chair-elect assists the Chair in his/her duties. The Chair-elect will perform the duties of the Chair during absence or disability of the Chair. In cases where the vacancy is permanent, the Chair-elect will succeed to the office of Chair.

The Chair-elect’s term as Chair-elect is one year. The Chair-elect succeeds to Chair immediately following the Chair-elect term.  If a vacancy occurs for any reason, the Secretary / Treasurer will succeed to the office of Chair-elect.

The FAMIA Secretary/Treasurer is expected to record notes of the Executive Committee and fellowship meetings. If the Secretary/Treasurer is not able to perform his/her duties during a meeting, an Acting Secretary will be appointed by the Chair to fulfill the Secretary’s duties during that meeting.

The FAMIA Secretary/Treasurer will maintain a partnership with AMIA staff to develop an annual budget for FAMIA to be approved by the EC before being reviewed and approved by the AMIA Board of Directors.

The Secretary/Treasurer is elected for a two-year term by FAMIA’s voting members.  The Secretary’s term is two years and is limited to two consecutive terms. The Secretary takes office on the first day of the calendar year following his/her election.

Two additional At-Large Fellows serve on the FAMIA Executive Committee. At-Large Fellows serve a two-year term and may be elected to serve two consecutive terms. One At-Large fellow is elected each year. The At-Large Fellows take office on the first day of the calendar year following his/her election.

The At-Large Fellows are to take on tasks specifically designated by the Executive Committee to support  FAMIA Membership, such as responsibilities related to the FAMIA application process and building and maintaining the community through online tools such as “AMIA Connect.”  The Chair may delegate other tasks to the Members-At-Large as agreed upon.

It is expected the At-Large Fellows will participate in Executive Committee calls, meetings, and emails.  At-Large Fellows will also participate in planned FAMIA activities whenever possible.  


The inaugural nominations and elections cycle is now open. Please consider nominating yourself to help form the direction of FAMIA.

Deadline: July 15, 2022

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FAMIA Executive Committee

FAMIA is currently overseen by the interim FAMIA Executive Committee. The interim committee is composed of former members of the FAMIA Task Force. The task force was formed in 2019 to officially create a standing committee through the formation of FAMIA's Governing Documents. The FAMIA Executive Committee will report to the AMIA Board of Directors.

Committee Members

Laura Heermann Langford, PhD, RN, FAMIA
Albert Lai, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA
Andy Gettinger, MD, FAMIA
Tara Borlawsky-Payne, MA, FAMIA


Roles and Responsibilities of the FAMIA Executive Committee

The FAMIA Executive Committee has general oversight of FAMIA and is the governing body of FAMIA subject to limitations as determined by the AMIA Board of Directors. The primary roles and responsibilities of the committee are to:

  • Develop policies and objectives for FAMIA that are consistent with the mission as defined by AMIA and approved by the AMIA Board of Directors  
  • Govern FAMIA according to the FAMIA  policies and objectives in conjunction with AMIA Board of Directors and AMIA staff
  • Provide oversight of the annual FAMIA application process and adjudicate issues and appeals.
  • Review and create slate of candidates for annual FAMIA elections
  • Establish committees as needed to ensure a Fellowship-driven volunteer community  
  • Ensure effective program planning and priority setting
  • Enhance the community of FAMIA and AMIA’s public image

Composition of the Governing Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) consists of four (4) elected officers, two at-Large elected fellows and a non-voting liaison appointed by the AMIA Board.  Elections are held every year in conjunction with the regular AMIA election cycle.  The AMIA office coordinates the EC election process. 

The term for the Executive Committee Chair is a four-year commitment: one year as Chair-Elect, two years as Chair, and the last year as Past-Chair. Elections are held every other year for Chair-Elect. 

The official term for any elected or appointed Fellow taking office is January 1.

The elected positions are:

  • Chair (2 years)
  • Chair-elect (1 year, even years)
  • Immediate Past Chair (1 year, odd years)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (2 years, even years)
  • Two At-Large Elected Fellows (2-year terms, 1 elected each (odd and even) year)