G-2: Directors are Leaders, Too. Using Education to Build a Better Board

NAB; HRCI; HCBS TRACT; HUD; – 1 Credit Hour | Thursday, June 6th. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Session Description:

Nonprofit board members can be passive boosters of their agency, or they can become true organizational leaders, providing vital support to help their agency achieve its mission. This presentation will highlight how to unlock the power of having an engaged board of directors committed to your mission, aligned with management and fully prepared to fulfill its separate and distinct role in the agency’s leadership hierarchy. The presentation will highlight the importance of continuous director education with a focus on four opportunities: setting early expectations in the recruitment process, offering a comprehensive onboarding process for new directors, maintaining a commitment to continuing education for all directors and assuring that as board members take on leadership responsibilities, they get additional training for their new roles. As they discuss these four important moments, the presenters will identify the specific information to be included in each educational component and the resources available to members to assist them in improving their board education efforts. The presentation will highlight how one LeadingAge NJ & DE member has incorporated continuous learning into its board processes and standards. Board education cant stop at orientation; the field is constantly changing, and directors must be prepared to respond to the evolution in how services are delivered, the changing regulatory environment, and ongoing financial challenges. Continuing board education can prepare directors to make wise decisions about their agency’s future.

Learning Objectives:

Describe opportunities boards have to improve their commitment to a better-informed board.

Consider where and how the different identities and perspectives on a board should influence board education.

Implement strategies to enhance boards knowledge and start transforming directors from supporters into leaders.


Gina Principato, Executive Director, The Senior Residence at St. Peter the Apostle

Gina is the proud Executive Director of The Senior Residence at St. Peter the Apostle, an independent senior facility in River Edge, NJ. Gina joined The Senior Residence in 2013 at its inception. Located on the campus of St. Peter the Apostle Church in River Edge, NJ, the residence opened in 2013 and is home to 23 seniors.

Keith Timko, Executive Director/CEO, Support Center

Keith Timko is Executive Director at Support Center and leads efforts to strengthen the leadership and management of organizations and advance Support Center’s vision for social change. develop and promote an integrated and collaborative approach to capacity building for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. Prior to joining Support Center, Keith was the Director & CEO with Build with Purpose, a nonprofit real estate development organization. Keith brings over twenty five years of experience in nonprofit leadership spanning nonprofit leadership and management, community development, education, and urban policy. Keith is past co-chair with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and former Treasurer with the NJ Center for Nonprofits and currently serves on the boards of Murray Grove, the National New Markets Fund (advisory), and the Senior Residence at St. Peter the Apostle in River Edge. Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian from Rutgers University and a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University and is currently a part-time lecturer in social  entrepreneurship at Rutgers Business School.

Robert Leamer, Principal Advisor and CEO, Northampton Advisors

Robert E. Leamer began his professional career as Counsel to the New York State Assembly Health Committee. He then served as General Counsel to United Health Services in Binghamton, New York, a major upstate New York hospital system. Most recently and for more than twenty years he was Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of MJHS (Metropolitan Jewish Health System), a prominent New York City-based health system that operates two large nursing homes, a home care and hospice agency, and Elderplan, an HMO.

In addition, Mr. Leamer has volunteered as a director on a wide variety of not-for-profit boards including the board of a regional opera company, the board of his church, and the board of a healthcare clinic for underserved adolescents. In 2008, he was certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Leamer is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, being an effective trustee, and other healthcare topics. Mr. Leamer is a graduate of Colgate University and Albany Law School. For many years, he was an adjunct instructor at Binghamton University and the New School for Social Research, teaching graduate courses in Health Law and Business Law.