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Meet the candidates standing for election to the Board of Directors

Candidates for 2017 IFCO Board Elections Announced

Further to the 2017 call for nominations to stand for elections to the IFCO Board, 6 self-nominations and 1 nomination* have been received by the closing date of 6 October 2017.

The candidates for election to the 2017-19 Board of Directors are listed below:

A) Candidates seeking re-election as the existing members of the Board of Directors (in alphabetical order):

1. Lacy Dicharry (USA)
2. Britta Schölin (Sweden)
3. Donna Scott (Australia) 
4. Jill Worrall (New Zealand)

B) Candidates for whom a nomination/self-nomination for election to the Board of Directors has been received (in alphabetical order):

5. April Curtis (USA)
6. Jo Derrick (Scotland, UK)
7. Vasylyna Dybaylo (Ukraine)

As there are more nominations than there are vacancies, all 7 candidates are up for election to fill in the maximum of 4 available seats. 

The 2017 IFCO Board elections will be conducted at the Annual General Meeting that will be held at the IFCO 2017 World Conference (University of Malta, Valletta Campus, Room 6, Ground Floor, St Paul's Street, VLT 1216, Malta) on 2 November 2017, 17:30 CET. Those elected will serve a 2-year term immediately after the AGM once they sign the prescribed Companies House form. The new Board will select its own Officers at the first meeting following the elections.

According to IFCO Memorandum & Articles of Association, one-half of the current Board of Directors (those longest in office) must retire at each election. They may then seek re-election if their term does not exceed eight consecutive years. This year, the following candidates will be seeking re-election as the existing members of the Board of Directors: Lacy Dicharry (USA), Britta Schölin (Sweden), Donna Scott (Australia) and Jill Worrall (New Zealand). Seven of the existing Board members: Danielle Douglas (Ireland), Stela Grigoras (Moldova), Carrie Harrop (United Kingdom), Sarah Milan (United Kingdom),  Samantha Pothier (Canada), John Role (Malta), Vasundhra Sharma (India) will retain their seats and continue their current term on the Board for another two years as laid out in Memorandum & Articles of Association. The following Directors will be seeking retiring under the Memorandum and Articles of Association without further re-election : Volodymyr Kuzminskyi (Ukraine), Myrna McNitt (USA) and Ian Anand Forber-Pratt (India).

To vote for your candidate, you must either attend the Annual General Meeting in person or vote by proxy through nominated person to hold your proxy voting form at the elections. Voting by proxy is permitted on the prescribed form. Filled in and signed proxies must be received by 30 October 2017 to the official Company Secretary at Foster Care Organisation International Limited, haysmacintyre, 26 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4AG, UK or lodged electronically via cosec@haysmacintyre.com / fax +44 20 7969 5600

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PROFILES

Lacy Dicharry (USA)

Profile
Lacy (Kendrick Burk) Dicharry, MS, MBA is an internationally known expert in youth engagement, and has lead the US in several innovative youth-led programs and helped set standards for youth engagement practice. She holds a Master of Counseling Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration, combined help her in her organizational development and government systems consulting. She was a 2014 VOICE Award winner for her advocacy efforts to promote youth engagement in mental health. Lacy had to work to overcome many challenges, including abuse, mental health diagnoses, suicidal ideation, and trauma responses before finding recovery. Lacy also serves on the Board for the International Foster Care Organization (Secretary) since 2013, and Foster Care Alumni of America (Treasurer). She continues to advocate for positive changes for youth through sharing her story and consultation for state, national and international organizations. Through coaching and mentoring young people, she inspires them to do the same.

Statement
I would be honored to continue the opportunity to serve IFCO as a board member. I have been involved with the youth committee and have coordinated and lead the youth conferences for the past three years. I fully believe in the mission of IFCO to ensure that children and youth have their right to grow up in a healthy and loving family in their community of origin. I also understand how the organization works and what we need to be successful, having been intimately involved with IFCO for the past 4 years as a board member and officer. My primary goals as a board member would be to strengthen our infrastructure and internal processes and infrastructure to ensure efficiency, work toward developing and implementing a fundraising plan to ensure sustainability, help re-ignite the youth committee to ensure our youngest members feel empowered to make positive changes, and would like to explore a bid proposal to bring IFCO back to the US in the next few years.

2. Britta Schölin (Sweden)

Profile
Britta Schölin, born in Congo Brazzaville, got Master degree from the School of Social Studies 1969 and has worked in the social field since then with focus on child protection and alternative family-based care. 1995 she became a psychotherapist. After five years work in the local social government she continued to the primary school for children where she stayed fifteen years. Ten years work in the child psychiatry as a director and social worker followed. She was family care consultant for children in foster homes and their foster parents in assignment of the social welfare authorities during ten years. She continues as social welfare consultant supporting foster parents. Britta is active in two associations with focus on alternative care for children. Contacts with the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and other authorities in Sweden are important. Since 2000 Britta has worked within the international sphere as IFCO and Eurochild. 

Statement
My international engagement has always been important. The cooperation between people and countries can develop good possibilities for the children. I have partly grown up in institutions and in a foster home. Besides my work in different authorities and organizations in Sweden, I have carried out a twinning project with 17 different organizations during 8 years with focus on the situation for poor families in Russia. When I got in contact with IFCO 17 years ago, I realized that IFCO had the same values as me to strengthen the situation for children. I was elected as a trustee to the IFCO Board 2011, 2013, 2015. The work in the Board has been focused on IFCO’s advocacy and working relationship with UN, Eurochild and the Nordic part of Europe. As the Chairperson of the Committee for Advocacy, Membership and Policy (CAMP) of IFCO, I have lead and contributed to IFCOs visibility and work. I´m a member of the IFCO management committee implementing the Boards decisions of governance and strategy. I worked with and represent IFCO in the UN/Child Rights Connect network, participated in Eurochild CIAC-TWG group with focus on alternative care for children and de-institutionalization in Europe. The last two years I have represented IFCO in the Steering Committee of Eurochild OD-Campaign Phase two.

 

3. Donna Scott (Australia) 

Profile

Donna Scott has been a foster parent for 13 years. She has also been a Board Member to Connecting Foster Carers – SA for the past eight years and a Director on the IFCO Board since 2011. Ms Scott is an active foster carer and does all types of care. She believes that her passion is to see better outcomes for children in care and leaving care, and a better system for all parties involved.

Statement
My husband and I have been foster carers since 2003. Since then we have had over 100 children share our home – some for only a few days, others will be with us for a lifetime. Currently, I am Vice Chairperson of Connecting Foster Carers – SA, the peak body for all Alternative Carers in South Australia. Prior to this, I held the position of Treasurer for 4 years. I am also the key Events Manager and enjoy arranging events that enable Carers and Children/Young People to enjoy life-enriching experiences. These have included such varying things as National Conferences through to taking children camping amongst Africa animals. For the past 5 years, I have been involved in bringing together all parties of the care team to consider ways to benefit children in care. I am passionate about seeing best outcomes for young people and respect given to the people who love, nurture, heal and care for these children.

 

4. Jill Worrall (New Zealand)

Profile
I am self employed as a social work consultant. I have been a member of IFCO since 1984 and organiser of the two IFCO Conferences in New Zealand.  I have a PhD in Social work and Cultural Studies, and an MSW in Social Work.

I am a retired University Senior Lecturer at Massey University New Zealand and am a Director on two boards, one as Chair.  I have been a foster parent for 20 years and a foster care social worker and social work agency manager from 1980 until 1994 and Past CEO of SAFE. I was a founding member of the New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation and have held many roles in that organisation including Chairperson.

Statement
I have governance experience in the social services field and a long history in Foster and kinship care.  I was raised in kinship care.  I am well published academically. I have worked internationally, having worked over a period of 5years in Tajikistan on a de-institutionalisation project, lectured overseas and am experienced in project evaluation and strategic planning.

5. April Curtis (USA)

Profile
April Curtis is an alumna of the Illinois child welfare system and a graduate University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. April works to help youth in care solve problems, advocate for themselves, and improve their lives, and is a strong advocate for sibling rights and advocates so that other youth will be spared the pain of sibling separation that she endured while in foster care. She successfully advocated for a law preserving sibling relationships. She presents nationally to child welfare audiences on the importance of sibling bonds, life-long connections, and permanency for youth in care older youth.

Honors April has received include Hispanic Advisory Committee 2001 Youth Advocate of the Year, Chicago Area Project Exemplary Leadership 2001, and Child Welfare League of America’s 2002 National Service Award, and North American Council on Adoptable Children 2003 Youth Advocate of the Year. April currently sits on the IDCFS Latino Advisory Committee and is fluent in Spanish.

Statement
April first attended IFCO in 2016 and offered her expertise and leadership to the youth track. She is an asset in the US for many organizations, including As CWLA National Foster Youth Advisory Council, founding board member of Foster Care Alumni Network of America, and youngest Board of Directors member for CWLA 2002. Being a careleaver and a former foster parent herself, as well as a consultant, April knows first hand what the experience of foster care is like from multiple lived-experiences and as a professional. April has 10 years of conference organizing experience, as well as governance experience on several national boards, and understands the commitment necessary to run an organization. Her dedication to youth and families is longstanding and steadfast, and I fully believe that she would be an asset to the future of IFCO, and we would be very lucky to have her talent and expertise on our board.

6. Jo Derrick (Scotland, UK)

Profile
I have 15 years of experience working within a fostering agency in Scotland. I started in the placements service where I managed the team that took referrals for children/young people that the Local Authority required a foster placement for. Since then I have progressed within the agency in leadership roles and am the current Managing Director and Registered Manager with regulatory responsibility for the service.

In 2011 I became a registered foster carer with my local authority. During this time I have worked with a number of families providing respite for Looked After children to support their placement with foster carers. I have also provided ‘edge of care’ support where the children have returned to the care of the parent/s or where they have been at risk of being accommodated if early interventions were not implemented.  I am passionate about the work that I do in both areas of my life.

Statement
I fully support the vision, mission and values that inform the work of IFCO and would ensure these underpinned my leadership practice in a Board Director capacity.

I am an executive committee member for Social Work Scotland, sit on the Children and Families standing committee and vice chair of the Corporate Parenting sub- group, and therefore bring experience and skill in working within a diverse group of people working towards a common goal.

As a Managing Director for my organisation I now have more than 4 years of experience of reporting to Board and demonstrating and supporting good governance of the agency, and am confident I can undertake the duties required of a Board Director.

In particular I understand the need to ensure the organisation delivers on its long-term vision, mission, goals and objectives. To achieve this Directors must give firm strategic and policy direction to the organisation, define goals, set targets and evaluate performance against agreed indicators. This resonates with me as these are skills I have developed in my role and as a Managing Director I am responsible for both the strategic and operational direction of my agency, achieving our goals and evaluating performance against the agency objectives.

My post-graduate qualification, Masters in Business Administration with a Specialism in Leadership Studies (due for completion next year), has given me evidence based learning to enhance my leadership practice. My organisation is part of a global group of companies and I have had the good fortune to engage with colleagues from agencies across the world all committed in their belief that every child has the right to achieve their full potential. I’d like to bring this experience to IFCO supporting the mission to share global experience to achieve excellence in alternative care.

7. Vasylyna Dybaylo (Ukraine)

Profile
Vasylyna Dybaylo is Director of Partnership for Every Child Ukraine and an experienced senior consultant with over 15 years’ experience working to strengthen civil society actors and influencing social policy development in Ukraine and CEE/CIS countries. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Law Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine), graduated from the MS Programme on Social Development Practice at London Metropolitan University (London, UK) and holds a BS Degree in Political Science.

Vasylyna is highly experienced in strategic planning, social policy monitoring and evaluation, development and implementation of large scale projects focusing on child care reform, and monitoring of child rights implementation. She has been a member of key working groups established by the Government of Ukraine to develop strategic documents and policy papers, including Deinstitutionalization Strategy (2016-2017), the Strategy for Social Services Development (2012), Strategy for Child Rights (2012) and others. Vasylyna has in-depth knowledge of existing international instruments and indices relevant to child care and social protection in Ukraine, in-depth knowledge of the domestic NGO sector, and experience in facilitation of research and technical assistance teams. She also has experience of leading child care transformation projects in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan funded by EU, World Bank, UNICEF and other international organisations and private foundations.

Statement
I have been a member of IFCO since 2007 and have participated in a number of IFCO conferences. I do believe that IFCO is a unique organisation which serve as a platform for exchange of experience between professionals and people providing services. Since 2012 Partnership for Every Child is providing Secretariat services for IFCO and I have good internal knowledge about the systems and operations currently functioning. I can bring my knowledge in fundraising and international consulting and be more involved in this direction of work.

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