Committees

NACOLE committees further the mission of NACOLE by pursuing projects and initiatives within their subject matter. They are the operational core of NACOLE. NACOLE members are encouraged to become more involved with the organization by working on a committee and many members currently serve on one or more committees, or have done so in the past. Contact the Committee Chair for more information.

Each committee works to set the goals for the year and holds a monthly telephone conference call meeting which all committee members s are expected to attend. It is expected that Committee Chairs will set goals for their committees each year with the input of committee members who will also work to meet those goals.

The following applies to all committees: 

  • All committees and their members shall conduct committee business in accordance with the Association’s policies, procedures, and Bylaws. 
  • Committee members are recommended by the Board of Directors and appointed by the President for a term of up to one (1) year.
  • A member of the Board of Directors shall chair each committee.
  • The President shall chair the President’s Executive Advisory Committee.
  • The President is an ex-officio member of all committees.

Click HERE to view the full list of the 2016-2017 committee members.


Annual Conference Committee: Plans, coordinates, and oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive, informative, and inclusive Annual Conference program, assists with local, regional, and national planning efforts, which includes, but is not limited to, marketing, outreach, and fundraising initiatives, ensures a diversity of speakers and perspectives are represented in the annual conference program, and provides logistical support before, during, and after the annual conference.

Co-Chairs: Karen Williams and Dawn Reynolds

Elections and Bylaws Committee: In addition to its responsibilities and duties under Article VII, Section B of the Association’s Bylaws, the Committee receives inquires regarding changes in the Bylaws and prepares and distributes draft bylaws amendments to the Board of Directors and members.

Chair: Margo Frasier

Finance Committee: Prepares the draft budget for review by the Board of Directors, analyzes funding and budget issues that may surface during the year, reviews the association’s financial position monthly, drafts financial policies and procedures, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for resolving any financial issues.  The Treasurer shall be a member of the Finance Committee but shall not be the chair.

Chair:  Mark Smith

Membership Development and Engagement Committee: Supports the association’s current members, endeavors to increase membership, and receives and responds to inquiries regarding new memberships.  The Committee works with members to develop means for greater involvement and enhanced communication between the board and the membership throughout the year, and to increase the number and diversity of NACOLE members engaged in the work of the organization.  Oversees the Mentoring Program.

Chair: Susan Hutson

Newsletter Committee: Coordinates the publication of the NACOLE Review, the association’s newsletter.  In that capacity, the Committee solicits content, selects, drafts, and edits article submissions, gives final approval of the newsletter, oversees the day-to-day implementation of the contract between the association and the publisher, and coordinates/oversees the distribution of the newsletter.

Chair: Brian Buchner

President’s Executive Advisory Committee: Includes, but is not limited to, NACOLE Founders, Past Presidents, and civilian oversight executives and leaders in the field.  The Committee supports the President in his or her capacity as the presiding officer of the association, offers guidance on critical issues and sensitive matters affecting the Board of Directors, membership, or the association, and provides general support for the President in implementing their vision and goals.

Chair: Brian Corr

Scholarship Committee: Coordinates, develops, and raises funds for the NACOLE Annual Conference Scholarship Fund.  The Committee reviews scholarship applications and recommends scholarship recipients to the Board of Directors.  The Committee also supports the Training, Education, and Standards Committee and Annual Conference Committee’s marketing and outreach efforts related to scholarships and fundraising opportunities at the annual conference, as well as other training events held throughout the year.

Co-Chairs: Mark Smith and Dawn Reynolds

Strategic Planning Committee: Conducts ongoing strategic assessments of the association, within the context of the association’s mission and goals, so that it can be responsive to the needs of its membership and always advance the principles and practice of civilian oversight of law enforcement.  This includes identifying long-term goals for the association and potential strategic partnerships; identifying, developing, and coordinating the response to grant opportunities; and developing the association’s strategic plan and vision.

Chair: Anthony Finnell

Training, Education, and Standards Committee: Designs, coordinates, assists, and evaluates the association’s training and educational programming efforts, which includes regional training seminars, the academic conference series, and webinars but excludes the Annual Conference.  Develops training materials and conducts and facilitates orientations for new NACOLE members, Board members, both executive and at-large, and event volunteers.  Provides outreach to increase awareness about NACOLE services.  Promotes programs, including the CPO Program, to enhance the practice of civilian oversight; attempts to better understand existing and emerging models of oversight, external training opportunities for oversight practitioners, and good practices employed by agencies across the country; makes information available to association members; reviews and revises, as necessary, resources on the association’s website, including the Core Competencies for Civilian Oversight Practitioners, as well as the required reading material for the CPO Program; and oversees the Awards and CPO programs.  The Director of Training and Education shall support this Committee’s work.

Co-Chairs: Nicholas Mitchell and Walther Katz

Website and Digital Media Committee: Oversees day-to-day implementation of the association’s contract with the web master, coordinates with the Professional Standards Committee (as well as other committees) to revise and update website content and resources, as necessary, manages and administers the email Listserv and social media accounts, and receives and considers inquiries from association members, the public, or members of the Board of Directors related to the website.

Chair: Janna Lewis