MAFA Operations

MAFA is governed by the Representatives Assembly which meets two or three times a year, and by its Board of Directors, which conducts the day-to-day operations of the Association.

The Board of Directors consists of four elected officers, and several additional directors who are appointed by the Board.

2021 – 2023 MAFA Board

President: Margaret O’Reilly Briggs
Vice President: Open
Secretary: Patty Chrisman
Treasurer: Marla Campbell
Conference Chair: Open – Conference Advisory Committee
Membership Chair: Sara Robbins
Grants Chair: Angela Fishman
Communications Chair: Nancy Everham
Webmaster: David Banks
Past President: Helena Valentine

The governing document of the association is the Bylaws, last amended in November 2022 by the Representatives Assembly.

Board position duties are spelled out here. If you are interested in getting involved in a leadership position on the MAFA Conference Committee or Board, please email

The MAFA Operations Manual includes further detail on qualifications for and duties of the Board members and the representatives.

The Board has defined several policies for the Association.

The Board also maintains a set of Standing Rules, used to document board policy and provide incoming board members with some insight into past operations. The Standing Rules may be changed at any time by a majority of the Board of Directors.