Call for Nominations: 2021 TDI Board of Directors

headshots of board members

TDI is seeking nominees for its board of directors to serve a four-year term (2021 – 2025) from the following regions:

Central – a representation from the following states: Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming.

Midwest – a representation from the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin.

The nomination deadline is May 14, 2021. Anyone can submit a nomination — both self-nomination and nomination of your colleagues are welcome.

To submit a nomination, please fill out the board nomination form.

TDI Board Responsibilities, Eligibility, and Qualifications

TDI prides itself on being an organization representing all people with a hearing loss in our public policy work within the information and technology communications arena. TDI is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the members. The Board of Directors defines the mission and develops the course of action for the organization to accomplish the mission.

Serving on the board gives you the opportunity to expand your professional network and be an accessibility advocate for deaf and hard of hearing. The board meets two to three times a year in person and virtually. The board consists of 9 members who share the responsibilities to:

  • Perform executive leadership and governance duties
  • Organize fundraising programs, scholarship opportunities, and the annual conference
  • Support the growth and diversification of membership
  • Collaborate with the organization’s management staff
  • Be passionate advocates for the profession

To be eligible, you must live within the region you represent and be an active TDI member.

Step 1: Identification and Vetting of Candidates

Upon receipt of a nomination, a member of the Elections Committee will contact the nominee to verify their interest in serving on the board and to answer any questions. If the nominee agrees to become a candidate, the Elections Committee will review elgibility and ask for a headshot photo, resume and a brief statement of their experience and goals.

Step 2: Election

Official TDI election ballots will be distributed to all TDI members within the candidates’ respective region by May 27, 2021. All ballots returned by the deadline will be tabulated by the Elections Committee. The elected candidate will be announced at the 24th TDI Biennial Conference during the President’s reception.

Step 3: Term Begins

Board members serve a four-year term beginning when appointed at the TDI Biennial Conference. For these newly elected board members, their term will be from 2021 – 2025.


About TDI

TDI is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that shapes the nation’s public policies in information and communication services advancing the interests of the 48 million people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf+. Established in 1968, initially to distribute Teletype writers (TTYs) to the deaf and hard of hearing community and publish an annual directory of TTY numbers. Once TTYs became mainstream, TDI shifted its focus to ensuring telecommunication, cable, and information lines remain accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people.