The nominating process for the next ABA Board Term will open in the Fall of 2024.

The ABA Nominating Committee invites all members to submit nominations for the open positions the upcoming committee term. Self-nominations are accepted and a member can submit nominations for multiple other members. Nominees are screened on the qualifications listed below, such as membership in good standing, before being invited to submit additional documentation for committee review.

Open Positions

The President-elect ensures the orderly transition of Board leadership. The President-elect must be familiar with the Board’s various projects and the work of its committees in the event that he or she must take over the duties of the President unexpectedly. He or she becomes President in the event that the President resigns or the position of President otherwise becomes vacant. He or she then serves the former President’s unexpired term, as well as the full term he or she was elected to. The President-elect acts in the absence of the President as chairperson of the Board of Trustees, works closely with the President to ensure continuity of leadership, supports the efforts of the President and learns the duties of the President’s office.

The Secretary-Elect position is a one-year, non-voting role that prepares the incoming Secretary for the position detailed below. Ascend from Secretary-Elect to Secretary is automatic.

The Secretary ensures that the actions of the Board and Executive Committee are documented appropriately. They shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with applicable law, the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws; and shall provide oversight to ensure the Central Office is maintaining corporate records according to established policies.

The Board of Trustees includes six At-Large Board members. The Association’s governing body is the Board of Trustees, which shall have supervision, control and direction of the Association’s affairs, its committees and publications, shall determine its policies or changes therein, and shall adopt its annual fiscal program and budget. The Board shall actively prosecute the Association’s objectives and supervise the disbursement of its funds.

Qualifications

All Officers shall:

(a) be a professional in a burn-related field for no less than ten years; and

(b) have demonstrated leadership abilities; and

(c) have been and are currently active members of the Association for no less than ten years prior to their term of office.

(d) President-Elect must have served at least a two-year term on the Board of Trustees prior to assuming the role of President-Elect.

Full Position Description (President-Elect)

Full Position Description (President)

All Officers shall:

(a) be a professional in a burn-related field for no less than ten years; and

(b) have demonstrated leadership abilities; and

(c) have been and are currently active members of the Association for no less than ten years prior to their term of office.

Full Position Description

All Board Members shall:

(a) be a professional in a burn-related field for no less than five years; and

(b) have demonstrated leadership abilities; and

(c) have been and are currently active members of the Association for no less than five years prior to their term of office.

(d) At least two At Large Board members must be physicians and at least two must be non-physicians.

Full Position Description

2025-2026 ABA Board of Trustees—to be elected

President-Elect

To be elected to a one-year term (serves until 2026; automatically ascends to President)

Secretary-Elect

Will serve one year in training as a non-voting guest of the board and assumes the role of Secretary beginning in 2026, serving a three-year term until 2029

Members-at-Large (2)

To be elected to a three-year term, serving until 2028

2025-2026 ABA Board of Trustees

PRESIDENT

Jeffrey E. Carter, MD, FABA (2026, automatically ascends to Past President)
New Orleans, LA

OPEN – PRESIDENT-ELECT

(2026, automatically ascends to President)

SECRETARY

James Holmes, MD (2026)
Winston-Salem, NC

TREASURER

David Harrington, MD (2027)
Providence, RI

PROGRAM CHAIR

Angela Gibson, MD, PhD (2028)
Madison, WI

BOARD MEMBERS

Gretchen Carrougher, MN, RN, CBRN (2026)
Seattle, WA

Samuel Mandell, MD, MPH, FABA (2027)
Dallas, TX

Mikki Rothbauer, LICSW, MSW (2027)
Minneapolis, MN

Jeffrey Shupp, MD, FABA (2026)
Washington, DC

OPEN – BOARD MEMBER

(2028) 

OPEN – BOARD MEMBER

(2028)

OPEN – SECRETARY-Elect

(non-voting 2026, then automatically ascends to Secretary)

Past Presidents

Robert Cartotto, MD (2026)
Toronto, ON, Canada

Sharmila Dissanaike, MD (2027)
Lubbock, TX

 

Rolling Off 2025

Bernadette Nedelec, BSc OT(C), PhD, Erg., BT-C (2025)
Montréal, QC, Canada

Alisa Savetamal, MD, FABA (2025)
Bridgeport, CT

Steven A. Kahn, MD, FABA (Program Chair, 2025)
Charleston, SC

Ingrid Parry, MS, PT, BT-C (Past President, 2025)
Sacramento, CA

Candidates are evaluated on the following:

  • Quality of service work for ABA
  • Leadership in other professional organizations
  • Publication and grant history
  • Advocacy efforts
  • Community work, including education, prevention, and disaster planning
  • Involvement in peer support efforts
  • Qualifications based on position descriptions
  • Ability to work well with others