Declaration of Candidacy 

At the 2022 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, August 28-31, AJA President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and several positions of the Board of Governors will need to be nominated, please note several Governors will be eligible for a re-election. AJA passed a bylaw change last year allowing seven members of each district.

Listed below are the open positions and the Governors who are eligible for re-election. Please remember that per the bylaws, governors now run for 2-year terms, and there is no limit on the number of terms. If you are interested running for an open position you MUST submit a Declaration of Candidacy Form and you will be interviewed by the Nominations Committee at the annual conference in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, August 28th. The Nominations Committee will reach out to you to schedule your interview at a later date.


Please fill out the form or online by Thursday, July 28th. Noted below are the open positions.


Executive Officers


President Elect currently held by Gayle Williams-Byers
Vice President currently held by Catherine Carlson
Secretary currently held by Vincent Johnson

District I (Canada)

On 2nd year of two-year term:
K. Mary Curtis
Vaughn H. Myers


Current and Open to nominations – five positions available

Marguerite (Meg) Shaw – eligible for re-election
Gerald Locas – eligible for re-election


District II (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT):

On 2nd year of two-year term:
Cheryl Austin
Glynnis Hill
Charles Hayden
Mark Cohen


Current and Open to Nominations – Three positions available



District III (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, PR, SC, VA, VI):

On 2nd year of two-year term:
Berryl Anderson
Brian Jeffcoat
Cathleen Vitale


Current and Open to Nominations – Four positions available


District IV (AL, AR, AZ, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX, Mexico):

On 2nd year of two-year term:
Rodney Adams
Roxanne K. Song Ong
Sheva Sims


Current and Open to Nominations – Four positions available

John C. Finley III - eligible for re-election
Sherry Jackson - eligible for re-election
D. Nicole Sheppard - eligible for re-election


District V (AK, CA, GU, HI, ID, Marshall Islands, MT, NMI, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, Military Overseas):

On 2nd year of two-year term:
Elizabeth J. Burns
Natalie L. Tyrell
Lidia Stiglich
Scott O. Pearson


Current and Open to Nominations – Three positions available

Benjamin Sison - eligible for re-election
Jennifer Klapper - eligible for re-election

District VI (CO, KS, MI, MO, MN, ND, NE, SD, WI).:

On 2nd year on two-year term
Elizabeth P. Hines
Michael Hendrickson
Susan A. Jonas


Current and Open to Nominations – Four positions available

Artie Bland – eligible for re-election
James F. Vano - eligible for re-election
J. Joseph Rossi - eligible for re-election

District VII (IA, IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, WV)

On 2nd year of two-year term
Betty Thomas Moore
David Dreye
Eugene Lucci


Current and Open to Nominations – Four positions available

Tom Alevizos - eligible for re-electio
Dean A. Colvin - eligible for re-election


At-Large Executive Committee:


One position, Tom Alevizos is incumbent. The term is for one year, and the nominee is elected by the General Assembly, not by the Board of Governors.

Court of Appeals:


Five positions available – Five-year term