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.
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Election 2019 Results
The WFA membership elected a new president (Mark Lotz), 1 new officer (Treasurer Jennifer Timmer), and 1 new Councilor (Veronica Yovovich). Three Councilors were re-elected for second terms: Brian Kertson, Mauro Lucherini, and Toni Ruth. Because Mark Lotz was 1 year into his second term as VP, North America when elected president, Council selected Veronica Yovovich to serve out the remainder of his VP term (2019-2021). All other newly elected or re-elected board members will serve 3-year terms starting January 1, 2020. You can read brief bios on each of these members here>. Cheyenne Stewart (Treasurer 2017-19) and Linda Sweanor (past president 2016-19) will be stepping off Council December 31.