SECTION 1. There shall be a Board of Directors composed of eight officials elected from the general (voting and non-voting) membership of the organization, in addition to the President, the Executive Vice President and the current Executive Director. The Board of Directors should, if candidates are available, consist of a minimum of one (1) member of each Service (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard).
SECTION 2. Members of the Board of Directors are elected from a slate of candidates nominated by a Nominating Committee appointed by the President and chaired by the Executive Vice-President. The Nominating Committee shall consist of the Executive Vice president and members appointed by the President as follows: two regional directors, two chapter presidents, and two members-at-large. The Nominating Committee is responsible for: soliciting nominations from the general membership to serve on the Board of Directors; ensuring that nominated individuals will serve if elected; compiling biographical sketches of candidates; and publishing a notice of election, including biographical data, in Defense Communities and/or on the PHMA Web site at least 60 days prior to the election. The Nominating Committee should strive to have candidates from each of the Services (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard). Voting will be by electronic ballot on the PHMA Web site.
SECTION 3. The President, who shall also serve as Chairman of the Board, is nominated and elected by the Executive Council for a two-year term and may be elected from the general membership, the Board of Directors, or may be recruited from outside the organization, in order to ensure rotation in Service background, expertise in housing, and the ability to oversee this large and diverse Association.
SECTION 4. The Executive Vice President is nominated and elected by the Executive Council for a two-year term and may be elected from the general membership or from the Board of Directors.
SECTION 5. Each elected member of the Board of Directors, except for the President and Executive Vice President, will serve a four-year term. Every two years, four members will be elected to 4-year terms. The President shall serve a two-year term and is eligible to run twice more for reelection. There is no term limit for the Executive Vice President. No other elected director may serve more than 12 consecutive years on the Board of Directors.
SECTION 6. Every two years, following the election of Board Members, the Directors will elect, by a simple majority vote from within their ranks, the following principal officers: Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of Chapter and Regional Operations. These principal officers join the President, Executive Vice President and Executive Director as members of the Executive Council. Elected members of the Board of Directors not elected to a principal office will be referred to as "Members at Large."
SECTION 7. Any principal officer or member at large position is automatically opened when an incumbent is elected to a higher position (President or Executive Vice President), not re-elected, or resigns from the Board. The President may fill the vacancy of Members at Large by selecting a previous non-elected Board candidate, subject to the restrictions of Article IX. The President may fill the vacancy of a Principal Officer by appointment of any elected Director to serve out the term of office.
ARTICLE VI - GOVERNING BODIES
SECTION 1. The Vision, Mission and Objectives are the primary focus of the Board of Directors and are reviewed for effectiveness during the conduct of the Annual Board and General Membership Meeting based on (1) the provision of written materials such as the Board Reports (2) information they request; and (3) feedback obtained from the general membership. The Board will, as considered appropriate, provide guidance to the Executive Council for Central Office action(s).
SECTION 2. The Executive Council is the governing body of the Association and its two essential functions are to provide such leadership and guidance to the Executive Director as deemed appropriate and to support the operation of the PHMA Central Office, under the Control of the Executive Director in executing the Vision, Mission and Objectives of the Association. They specifically approve annual operating budgets for the Association and operating procedures and policies as required. Any four members constitute a quorum.
SECTION 3. The President, with the concurrence of the Executive Council, appoints a Senior Service Advisor from each of the Military Services (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy) to serve two year terms, coincident with the election of officers.
SECTION 4. The Senior Advisors are not voting members, but rather provide input to the Executive Council on current issues, policies and programs of interest to their Service. They attend all Executive Council meetings. They additionally offer timely advice on current or proposed programs of the PHMA and the Central Office. Further duties include: recommending and assisting with PHMA organizational work within their Service; serving as a contact between their Service leadership, membership, and the Executive Council; advising and assisting in matters of policies and procedures affecting their Service; ensuring senior military and civilian personnel within their respective Services are familiar with the vision, mission and objectives of PHMA; and informing PHMA of respective Service events at which the Association should be represented to familiarize Service personnel with Association objectives.
SECTION 5. The Executive Council is empowered to acquire, by contract or direct hire, an Executive Director to carry out the policies of the Association. The duties, tenure, and compensation for that position are discussed in Article X and may be modified by the Executive Council.