Candidate for President
Chris Trailer, LMFT
It has been an honor to serve the membership for two years as director-at-large,
and now as your Chief Financial Officer. During my three years of Board service
I learned how important it is to have continuity from one Board to the next
and for the President of the Board to be knowledgeable about governance issues,
and to have a collaborative working relationship with the staff.
During my tenure on the Board I have worked for greater equity and recognition
of LMFTs within the mental health profession. If elected, I will continue
work to increase our focus on more robust insurance reimbursement for our
members. This pursuit requires an effective and collaborative effort between
Board and Staff and a “think outside the box” approach. I will
work hard to bring real and meaningful change to this area.
In my time on the Board, I have worked with my fellow Board members to establish:
- The Public Outreach Committee designed to increase consumer awareness
of what LMFT are and do in California
- The Legislative Committee to more effectively promote and track
key legislation on both state and federal levels
- The Pre-Licensed Committee whose purpose is to represent and improve
conditions for our pre-licensed member
- The Grassroots Advocacy Team which is currently being formed to
address and respond more nimbly to our legislative agenda
As Director-at-Large, I took part in Board policy-making and helped respond
to such issues as S.O.C.E. and restoring CAMFT as the premier trade organization
representing LMFTs in California. I was also the Board-assigned representative
to the Crisis Response & Education & Resource Committee and was instrumental
in assisting the Redwood Empire Chapter at the onset of the “Valley Fire” disaster
which affected Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties in 2014.
As Chief Financial Officer, I work closely with the Director of Operations & Finance,
Ron Hynum, and oversee the Association’s treasury, including how our
dues are spent and invested. I also chair the Finance Committee; and sit
on the Executive Committee, and the Education Foundation Board. I am also
currently a member of the Pre-License Committee.
I am a proud member of the San Francisco Chapter of CAMFT.
These opportunities have helped me establish a broad base of knowledge and
understanding of the organizational resources within our Association available
to advance the interests and welfare of the membership.
In my first candidates statement, offered three years ago, I spoke of legacy
and my desire to leave to the next generation of LMFTs a politically effective,
robust and vital Association. Now I bring the knowledge and experience gained
over three years of service, to you, the CAMFT membership—my colleagues.
I would appreciate the opportunity to continue my service and I humbly ask
for your vote.