WFA Elections

 
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Background

The WFA was established as a non-profit in 2007 with a self-appointed (interim) board of directors (or Council). However, the Council created the WFA as an organization with a voting membership (see the WFA Bylaws). Consequently, the WFA Council created an Election Committee and organized elections. We filled 5 Councilor positions during our first election in 2009, another 3 Councilor positions in 2010, and we filled the remaining interim positions this year (2012). Elected terms are 3 years, and Council members cannot serve more than 2 consecutive terms.

All WFA members who have paid yearly dues or are issued sponsored memberships are eligible to vote.

All members shall be entitled to hold office and may be eligible to officially represent the WFA when appointed to do so by the Council or the President in lieu of the Council.

The Bylaws state that the Board of Directors (or Council) governs the WFA and is composed of five officers: President, Vice President (North America), Vice President (other than North America), Secretary, and Treasurer; and six Council members, five elected by the membership of the Wild Felid Association. The sixth is typically the past President.

Interested in running for office
(or helping with future WFA elections)?

Candidates for Council positions are chosen by the Election Committee. Any WFA member can also nominate a candidate, though the nominator must verify that nominees are members and have agreed to run for office and serve if elected. WFA members who are interested in being part of Election Committee or running for office, or helping in some capacity with future elections should Contact Us for more information.

Election 2016 - For the first time, WFA voting was electronic and we also had our highest participation (~45% of eligible voters).

Election 2018 - Ballots were electonic and voting ended September 3, 2018. The membership voted for Vice President North America, Vice President Latin America, Secretary, and 2 General Council positions.

Election 2019. Members will vote for President, Treasurer, and 3 General Council positions.

If you have questions, Contact Us.

More information on the duties of each office are given in Article III of the WFA Bylaws. For more general descriptions of Councilor duties and responsibilities go here >

Election 2016 Results

The WFA membership elected 4 new members to the Council for the 2017-2019 term, including one Officer and 3 General Councilors.  Cheyenne Stewart was elected as Treasurer, and Brian Kertson, Mauro Lucherini, and Toni Ruth were elected as Councilors. You can read brief bios on each of these members here. Four Councilors stepped off Council. Marcella Kelly served as Councilor (2011-13) and as Treasurer (2014-16). Chris Papouchis served 2 terms as elected Councilor, after previously serving as Interim Councilor and our first Newsletter Editor. Both Stan Rullman and Rodrigo Nunez served as Councilors (2014-16). Congratulations to the newly elected Councilors, and a big thank you to our outgoing Councilors as well as the 2016 candidates.