MNG Fall 2019 Election
Two qualified candidates are running unopposed in the Fall 2019 MNG Election to fill the Executive Committee positions of Chair-Elect and Secretary. Please review the candidate statements below and CLICK HERE to review the responsibilities of each position. MNG members will receive a personal invitation via email to participate in the election survey. If you believe you are a member-in-good-standing of the ACRM Measurement Networking Group and do not receive an invitation to participate, please contact Cindy Robinson for assistance.
FOR MNG CHAIR-ELECT: Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN
Assistant Director, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Research Associate Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
I would be honored to serve as Chair-Elect of the ACRM Measurement Networking Group
Executive Committee. As a researcher and clinician, the Measurement Networking Group
mission represents what I love most about the field of rehabilitation.
I joined ACRM in 2008. I was introduced to the Measurement Networking Group by colleagues,
Trudy Mallinson and Allen Heinemann. In 2016, I started the Rehabilitation Measures Database
(RMD) Task Force and served as the chair from 8/2016-10/2017. I currently remain a member
of the RMD Task Force. I was elected to the position of Secretary of the MNG in 10/2017 and
am currently serving in that role. The productivity of the Task Forces is awesome. I so
appreciate hearing about the work that our Task Forces do.
My continued involvement in the MNG has provided me with opportunities to learn more about
the organization and its role in the ACRM. I have had great mentors in the MNG to assist with
my growth in measurement and this organization.
My training and experience as a nurse and as a researcher have well prepared me to serve in
the role of the Measurement Networking Group Chair-Elect. I have held several volunteer
leadership positions throughout my career including:
- President, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP)
- Annual Meeting Program Subcommittee Chair, ARHP
- Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Women’s Faculty Organization, Chair
- Vice President, Beta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
- Patient & Community Services Committee, Chair, for the Heartland Region of the Arthritis
I have led or collaborated on 18 federal or foundation funded research grants from the NIH,
NIDILRR, Department of Defense, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Education Foundation, and Retirement Research Foundation. I have presented my work locally,
domestically, and internationally. The leadership, management, and interpersonal skills I have
gained through these experiences will help me engage researchers and clinicians across
disciplines to work toward common goals.
We are entering an exciting time of moving towards ISIG status. The Measurement Networking
Group represents the current and future leaders of measurement. I am eager to move to the
position of Chair-Elect.
FOR MNG SECRETARY: Alex W.K. Wong, PhD, DPhil
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology & Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine
I would be very honored to serve as Secretary of the ACRM Measurement Network Group Executive Committee. As a health services researcher, occupational therapist, and rehabilitation counselor, the Measurement Networking Group mission represents the centrality of my rehabilitation career endeavors. I joined ACRM in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow, and the Measurement Networking Group Task Forces were what drew me to the ACRM community. In 2013, I joined the ACRM Membership Committee to represent the Measurement Networking Group to communicate with other special interest groups to support member recruitment and maintenance programs. Involvement in these groups has given me unprecedented opportunities to learn and expand my passion with other people sharing the same commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities.
My training and experience have well-prepared me to serve in the role of the Measurement Networking Group Secretary. I currently serve as an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. I have published over 50 manuscripts on rehabilitation outcomes for people with disabilities and have led or collaborated on 10 competitive research grants, including grants from the NIH, NIDILRR, and Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Additionally, I have been fortunate to be selected as a recipient of the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award supported by CARF International. I have worked actively with international collaborators in the Asia-Pacific region. The skills that I have gained through these experiences will help me engage different disciplines to work toward common goals through the Secretary position.
I believe that we are entering a time of tremendous opportunity for rehabilitation research, education, advocacy, and policy change. The Measurement Networking Group represents the current and future leaders of these efforts, and I am eager to join the Executive Committee as its Secretary.
- Chair-Elect holds office for two (2) years. At the end of the term, the Chair-elect will automatically assume the Chair position for two years at the conclusion of the annual business meeting
- The Chair-Elect shall act to obtain the greatest possible acquaintanceship with the affairs and membership of the MNG so as to effectively and efficiently fulfill the office of Chair upon succession.
- The Chair-Elect shall oversee that a MNG membership of 30 or more persons is maintained by the ACRM National Office and that an ongoing campaign is maintained to promote MNG membership in order to enhance its ability to fulfill its stated mission and vision. In support of these duties, the Chair-Elect will serve as MNG liaison and a member of the ACRM Membership Committee.
- The Chair-Elect shall preside at general or business meetings in the absence of the Chair and shall succeed to the office of the Chair in the event of removal of the Chair for reasons stated within the Rules of Governance.
- Secretary holds office for two (2) years and will assume the Secretary position at the conclusion of the annual business meeting.
- The Secretary shall maintain a correct and permanent record of the meetings and transactions of the MNG including minutes of all meetings, correspondence by MNG officers, budget, task force reports, membership records, historical list of MNG award winners, lists of persons attending mid-year and annual meetings.
- The Secretary will also assume responsibility for reviewing and preserving the MNG Rules of Governance with regard to legality, integrity, and consistency within itself and with the existing by-laws of the ACRM and preparing modifications in appropriate form for the membership’s input and approval.
- The Secretary will assist the Awards Chair in reviewing and selecting winning posters for the MNGs poster awards.
- The Secretary will serve as a MNG liaison and member on an ACRM standing committee as deemed necessary and negotiated with the Chair.
MNG Task Force Chair Receives Women in Science Award
Please join us in congratulating Sandra L. Kletzel, PhD, the recipient of the 2019 Women in Neurodegenerative Disease Rehabilitation Science Award. This award was established in 2018 to acknowledge world-class rehabilitation research conducted by a female scientist. Dr. Kletzel is an early career investigator at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital focused on developing neuroscience-based cognitive rehabilitation treatments for Parkinson’s disease. She also serves as Co-Chair of the MNG Applied Cognition Geriatrics Task Force. Read More >>
Executive Committee Update
Goals for 2019
- Successfully transition to new ISIG status within ACRM
- Have Measurement representation in all vertical track programming in 2019
- Develop a Standard Measurement Symposiums
Key Accomplishments of 2018