GSMOL Committees


Standing Committees defined in the By-Laws are indicated by an asterisk (*). Of the other committees, those indicated by a plus sign function all the time.


*LAT (Legislative Action Team) Committee

  • Chair: Craig Hull. Co-Chair: Anne Anderson
  • Members: Anne Anderson, Mary Jo Baretich, Jean Crowder, Myra Cubos, Joe Diaz, Ray Downing, Ron Faas, Don Hart, Craig Hull, Diane McPherson, Martha O’Connell, Judy Pavlik, Kitty Wallace
  • Advisors: Esperanza Ross (Legislative Advocate), Bruce Stanton (Corporate Counsel)
  • Meetings: Weekly by teleconference

*Membership Committee

  • Purpose: to promote and coordinate the enrollment, retention, and support of members; to establish, reactivate and support GSMOL chapters; to produce and regularly review membership materials (in conjunction with the Publications Committee) and make them available to leaders and chapter officers. The Committee is intended to be made up of members from different zones and regions.
  • Chair: Anne Anderson
  • Members: Anne Anderson (B-1), Mary Jo Baretich (C), Jean Crowder (B), Craig Hull (B-1), Victor Roy (D), Karilee Shames (A-1), Melvin Weekley (D)
  • Meetings: Monthly by teleconference, usually the last week of the month.
  • Membership: by invitation. We are particularly seeking more committee members from Zone A, Zone B, and Zone C.

+Communications Committee

  • Purpose: The Committee is intended to tie together the committees that include among their functions some form of publication, outreach or other communication. Its members are representatives from those committees, as well as others with interest or expertise in communications. Our aim is to work together to review, collect, and develop materials to educate our members and the public on the issues facing MH owners; to develop training materials for our leaders; and to coordinate information we publish in various forms, e.g. The Californian, handouts, PowerPoints, booklets, email, teleconferences, webexes, YouTube videos, documentaries, and social media. Some of the projects include the following:
    • Information “Kit” for Legislators, Government officials and the Media
    • Training for GSMOL Leaders (in conjunction with Membership Committee)
    • Translation of Materials, especially into Spanish (in conjunction with Publications Committee)
    • Social Media Outreach (Facebook, etc.)
  • Co-Chairs: Anne Anderson and Mary Jo Baretich
  • Members: Anne Anderson, Mary Jo Baretich, Jean Crowder, Don Hart, Craig Hull, Sharon Rose, Karilee Shames, Tim Sheahan
  • Meetings: by teleconference, usually the first and third weeks of the month; we also collaborate by email and use a Google Drive to share and store the materials we are working with.
  • Membership: By invitation. We are particularly seeking people with an interest and expertise to participate in any of the projects listed above.

*Publications Committee

  • Purpose: To oversee the publication of any proposed new documents (handouts, brochures, manuals etc.) or changes to documents; The Californian; and material from the Access Database. Works in conjunction with the Editorial and Membership Committees. Policies and Practices
  • Chair: Mary Jo Baretich
  • Members: Mary Jo Baretich, Ray Downing, Martha Vazquez, Anne Anderson, Tom Lockhart (consultant)
  • Meetings: as needed

+Editorial Committee (a subcommittee of Publications)

  • Purpose: Editing and publishing The Californian.
  • Chair and Editor: Mary Jo Baretich
  • Members: Mary Jo Baretich, Karilee Shames, Carl Leivo, Patty Drewes, Gene Fontana, Linda Hays, Margie Richter
  • Meetings: as needed

+Website Committee

  • Purpose: To develop and review ideas for new and existing features, and generate policies for what should be made available and to whom. The committee is made up of members with web expertise and experience.
  • Chair and Webmaster: Anne Anderson
  • Members: Anne Anderson, Carl Leivo, Tom Lockhart, Michelle Smith
  • Meetings: We communicate by email as needed.

*Public Relations Committee

  • Chair: Jim Sullivan
  • Members: Jim Sullivan, Tim Sheahan
  • Meetings: to be determined

+Business Information and Financial Action Team (BIFAT)

  • Chair: Robert Markley
  • Members: Bob Markley, Shelley Parker, Linda Lewis Wright
  • Meetings: to be determined
  • Membership: We are seeking members with business or non-profit expertise. See ad in The Californian for contact information.

+Convention Committee

  • Purpose: To put on the biennial Convention (a.k.a. Statewide Conference) in the even-numbered years.
  • Chair: Anne Anderson
  • Members: Anne Anderson, Mary Jo Baretich, Jean Crowder, Ray Downing, Craig Hull
  • Advisor: Bruce Stanton, Corporate Counsel
  • Meetings: by teleconference, usually the second week of the month. We are already working on the 2018 Convention.
  • Membership: Seeking new committee members with experience in any aspect of putting on the Convention; particularly from Southern California

Elections Committee

  • Purpose: to develop policies and procedures for biennial elections of Statewide officers and Zone Vice Presidents by mail-in ballot; to coordinate the dissemination of election information to members; to vet proposed candidates for office and develop policy for use of members’ contact information by candidates.
  • Chair: Robert Markley
  • Members: TBA
  • Meetings: TBA

Bylaws Committee

  • Purpose: To develop procedures and timeline for submission of Bylaws changes and dissemination of information to members regarding these changes.
  • Chair: Ray Downing
  • Members: TBA
  • Meetings: TBA

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