GVF Committees & Taskforces

Current Strategic Committees/Taskforces

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Relevant GVF Strategic Plan Goals and Tactics

Goal 1: Governance & Operations

  • Tactic 2: Develop a plan for staff growth to match strategic plan
  • Tactic 4: Expand board to include more diversity of experience, such as individuals with vitiligo, fundraising expertise, and young MDs
  • Tactic 7: Update bylaws, policy and procedure, and other governance documents

Goal 2: Support

Tactic 3: Generate funds from stakeholders to support GVF.

Time Commitment (1-2 year term)

Estimated average time commitment per month- 3 hours

  • Four+ conference calls a year (~1-2 hours per call)
  • Regular email communication with committee and staff
  • Outreach and follow up with donors (phone calls and emails)
  • Review and drafting of documents

Decision-making authority

  • Draft recommendations to the board of directors

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish a fundraising plan, goals, and action plans, in concert with staff, to support the organization’s short and long-range goals and objectives.
  • Ensuring that the case for support is strong, current, and based on the organization’s mission and strategic plan; and distinguishes the organization from others in the field
  • Work with appropriate staff in their efforts to raise money.
  • Recommend fundraising goals to the Board for approval.
  • Take the lead in fundraising outreach efforts.
  • Assist in identifying and cultivating prospects, determining whether a potential donor’s interests and values match those of opportunities at GVF, and if so, asking them to contribute financially to accomplish mutual objectives by assisting with development efforts.
  • Help to evaluate potential prospects for increased contributions

Deliverables

  • Board fundraising goals for the year
  • Fundraising/Development SWOT Analysis
  • Current and prospective donor list
  • Sponsorship Packages
  • Write a draft of recommended policies, procedures, and guidelines for board review and approval
  • Gifts, grants, and sponsorships
  • Recommend policy to the Board on all matters relating to the fundraising program, including:
    • Donor confidentiality, gift acceptance, donor recognition, planned giving
    • Provide input to the Governance Taskforce to ensure the recruitment of Board members able and willing to secure financial and other resources for the organization.
  • Create specific, measurable, board-level goals for the year. Annually evaluate its work as a Committee and the objectives it has committed itself to, and report on the same to the full Board of Directors
  • Review grant opportunities list provided by staff.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the development plans

Chair

TBD

Relevant GVF Strategic Plan Goals and Tactics

Goal 1: Governance & Operations

  • Tactic 3: Restructure, define and support committees and task forces

Goal 2: Support

  • Tactic 2: Develop and utilize resources to increase public awareness of vitiligo
  • Tactic 5: Lobby governmental and regulatory agencies to increase vitiligo research funding, national awareness, and legislation.

Goal 3: Individuals with Vitiligo

  • Tactic 1: Dialog with support group communities regarding the best way for GVF to help them provide support to individuals with vitiligo.
  • Tactic 2: Create a framework/template for existing and new support communities.
  • Tactic 3: Promote positive interaction between individuals with vitiligo and the medical community.
  • Tactic 5: Improve support groups leadership skills.

Time Commitment (TBD year term)

  • TBD conference calls a year (~1-2 hours per call).
  • Regular email communication with patients/individuals with vitiligo, committee, and staff.
  • Outreach and follow up with support group leaders.
  • Review and drafting of documents.
  • Requested attendance at the GVF Annual Scientific Symposium.
  • Requested attendance at the World Vitiligo Day-USA.

Decision-making authority

  • Draft recommendations to the board of directors.

Duties and Responsibilities

TBD

Chair:
Richard H. Huggins, MD
Senior Staff Physician
Department of Dermatology
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, MI, USA

Relevant GVF Strategic Plan Goals and Tactics:

Goal 1: Governance & Operations

  • Tactic 3: Restructure, define and support committees and task forces
  • Tactic 5: Examine a process for establishing thoughtful and regular board turnover
  • Tactic 7: Update bylaws, policy and procedure, and other governance documents

Time Commitment (1-year term)

Estimated average time commitment per month – 3.5 hours

  • ~Four conference calls (~1-2 hours per call).
  • Regular email communication with the committee and staff.
  • Review and drafting of documents.
  • Internet Research.

Decision-making authority

  • Draft recommendations to the board of directors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Make recommendations to the board on governance documents: bylaws, policies, practices and procedures, and board turnover.
  • Monitor compliance with nonprofit governance regulations and, accordingly, provide prudent and timely guidance to the board.
  • Review and make recommendations to the board to changes recommended by staff, including issues regarding disclosures, policies, and ethical considerations.

Deliverables

  • Review bylaws. Research, edit, and send the final draft to the board for review and approval.
  • Establish a recommended list of policies and procedures to the board for consideration.
  • Draft policies and procedures from the approved board list for final board review and approval.
  • Determine current board skill sets, determine the needed skills of future board members. Draft a shortlist of potential candidates for the board review.
  • Develop a timetable for current board member turnover.

Chair

Henry W. Lim, MD
Chairman and C.S. Livingood Chair
Department of Dermatology
Henry Ford Hospital

Ad Hoc Committees

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Purpose:
The goal of the GVF Advocacy Committee is to:

  1. Help educate, advocate and promote education and awareness of vitiligo to local, state and federal government entities, insurance companies, third party payers, and special interest groups

  2. Increase awareness of vitiligo as a disease, its treatment, and patient related issues to policymakers through efforts of advocacy and by combining the efforts of vitiligo clinicians, researchers, patients, support groups.

  3. To identify challenges and opportunities with reimbursement for the treatment of vitiligo.

  4. Have a continual and ultimate goal of finding a cure for this devastating disease.

Chair:
Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD
Founder & Medical Director
Innovative Dermatology, PA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Dermatology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX, USA

Purpose:

  1. Act as a liaison between the GVF and individual researchers who study vitiligo in order to identify needs of scientists and determine how best to fulfill those needs through the resources of the GVF

  2. Organize meetings of these scientists, identify agenda topics for discussion, and communicate ideas back to the larger GVF

  3. Interface with other subcommittees to help them on their items when needed. For example, the advocacy subcommittee needed biomarker data on patients following treatment to help the advocacy committee work to have insurance plans to cover phototherapy for vitiligo. This is an ongoing project for us.

Chair:

John E. Harris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Dermatology
Director, Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center
UMass Medical School

Purpose:
To advance research in vitiligo using various imaging modalities such as confocal microscopy, 3-D photography, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in order to:

  1. Assess disease activity
  2. Evaluate response to therapy
  3. Make advances in diagnostic and therapeutic applications of imaging in vitiligo

Chair:

Indermeet Kohli, PhD
Cutaneous Research Physicist
Department of Dermatology
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

Purpose:

  1. To carry out the mission of the GVF through dissemination of information on a local, regional, national, and global level
  2. To utilize social media platforms to increase awareness for vitiligo and increase research funding for vitiligo
  3. To develop and maintain a web and social media presence for the work generated by the GVF committees
  4. To develop digital and printed media as needed for physician and patient education

Purpose:

  1. Use the best scientific evidence available to develop international standards of care in the treatment of vitiligo with phototherapy
  2. Identify gaps in care and areas requiring further research
  3. Improve the quality of life of patients by creating integrated phototherapy protocols that are broadly applicable.

Chair:
Samia Esmat, MD
Professor of Dermatology
Cairo University

Phototherapy Consensus Panel Members:
Iltefat H. Hamzavi, MD
Amit G. Pandya, MD
Giovanni Leone, MD
Raúl Cabrera, MD
Mohammed Aljamal, MD

Purpose:

  1. To review and promote best practices in the surgical treatment of vitiligo
  2. Identify and share updated research and techniques with the vitiligo community