Named the 2011 Parliamentarian of the Year by the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians, Kay has pursued the study of parliamentary procedure passionately for over a decade. Her national client base includes governmental entities, business organizations, homeowners associations, membership societies, labor unions, political parties, religious groups and charitable organizations.
Active professionally, Kay is President of the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians, the largest State Association in the country. She is active with the National Association of Parliamentarians as well, where she is a member of the Educational Resources Committee (2011-2013) and has served as Convention Technologist for each Convention since 2009, when she was the first to serve the national organization in that way.
Kay is the 2012-2013 Secretary of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. She is a member of two parliamentary study units in Dallas, and has conducted parliamentary workshops across the southwest.
Kay can assist you with the following:
- Serving as a parliamentarian for your convention or meeting
- Serving as a professional (neutral) presiding officer – whether for an entire convention or over a single motion
- Reviewing an existing set of bylaws
- Drafting a new set of bylaws and other governing documents
- Drafting scripts for the presiding officer
- Writing professional opinions about a parliamentary issue
- Providing training for Boards of Directors and Officers
- Teaching classes in parliamentary procedure
- Teaching classes on the intersection of parliamentary procedure and two specific areas of the law – the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Business Organizations Code (especially as it relates to requirements for nonprofit organizations)
- Writing articles about parliamentary procedure for a newsletter or magazine
- Serving as a teller for a ballot vote (or providing a crew of tellers, if needed)
- Serving members of an organization as a “floor parliamentarian”
Kay is an engaging and entertaining speaker and teacher. She is known for interactive presentations, and an open and likeable personality.
As a parliamentarian she is knowledgeable and professional, and works to ensure that meetings are conducted in an impartial manner. Her favorite saying is that “Members have a right to efficient meetings.” Her goal – whether serving as a parliamentarian, serving as a temporary presiding officer, drafting a script for a presiding officer, or teaching a workshop – is to ensure that meetings are both fair and efficient.