President's Point – April 2018

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Mark D. Baldino

A successful, highly regarded non-profit organization starts with a board of directors that reflects the diversity of the community it serves and includes a multi-talented group of volunteer leaders. As the 2017 BoardSource report Leading with Intent states, ideal boards include members “who bring the critical skill sets, areas of expertise networks, work styles, and perspectives that the organization needs.” (

In addition to having a meaningful demographic, an effective board is driven by the organization’s mission, vision, and plan. Board members should strive to advance the organization’s purposes, goals, and objectives. As the 2017 report continues, they should “continually focus on strategy, asking important questions about what is working, what is not, and what is changing in the internal and external environment.”

Elder Care Services is fortunate to have diverse, highly skilled, and dedicated directors governing our mission and policies and setting our organizational values. These board members come from various walks of life and represent the Big Bend’s many constituencies. From the business and legal arena to the education profession, from health services to politics, Elder Care’s directors bring their genius to every decision we make.

Our directors can serve three three-year terms. As term limits arise, we work hard to recruit new board members that can add particular expertise and passion. One recent addition is Dr. John Mahoney, an exemplary anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathologist.

I am referencing John this month because of the recognition he received at Capital Medical Society’s 17th Annual Celebration Awards Dinner on March 29. John was awarded the Outstanding Physician Award that honors someone who demonstrates leadership in medicine through involvement in organized medicine and political activities, clinical excellence, and contributions to education.

Not only is he an acclaimed doctor, John is also a model board member for ECS. John has thoughtfully helped us in the area of financial oversight and investment. He has counseled us through procedural changes that streamlined board meeting minutes. His generous contributions of time, effort, and money have made a difference not only to our bottom line, but also in how we direct our fund-raising efforts. ECS is honored to have John Mahoney on our team.

Congratulations on your award, John, and thanks to all of our outstanding board members for all you do to help improve the quality of life for the seniors we serve.

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