CARRA Elections Candidate Guide

Elections Committee Responsibilities

The CARRA Election Committee is responsible for overseeing CARRA’s election process. This includes, drafting the annual election timeline, helping recruit candidates for open positions, and review of election results. This committee meets by conference call 4-6 times per year.

Elections Committee Positions (4 positions available)
Open positions available include

  • 2 positions with 2 year terms (9/5/19 – 6/30/21)
  • 2 positions with 3 year terms (9/5/19 – 6/30/22).

Election Timeline

  • 8/15: Nominations Due
  • 8/21: Candidate Materials Due
  • 8/26: Elections Open
  • 9/4: Elections Close
  • 9/5: Candidates Notified

Elections Committee Member Candidates

Deborah Levy, MD
University of Toronto - The Hospital for Sick Children

I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve on the CARRA Elections Committee.  I have been an active CARRA member since 2003, and have watched CARRA grow from a small(ish) community of rheumatologists who “all knew each other” into a large organization of pediatric rheumatologists (and trainees and research staff), with many new faces joining each year.  The past ten years has seen a huge increase the number of trainees and graduates in our field, with the number of (ABP) board certified pediatric rheumatologists more than doubling since that first CARRA working meeting.

As a member of Elections committee over the past 2 years, our most important task has been to ensure a qualified slate of nominees for available positions at each election.  We often encouraged nominations representing a wide range of candidates, to guarantee that future CARRA leadership (at all levels) remains strong and innovative.   Although we were an “entirely new” Committee, I believe that as we represented different levels of experience and geographic diversity, we were able to ensure that both junior and senior CARRA members were encouraged to consider running for leadership positions. 

Through participation and leadership roles in disease subcommittees and CARRA projects over the years, I believe that I am familiar with how CARRA functions, and have the ability to continue to identify individuals with skill sets that would benefit the leadership.  I am familiar with the workings of the committee, and believe that we have matured quickly (with the help of CARRA leadership!) to create (and continually modify) a yearly election timeline that works for the membership.  We have employed “small cycle change” with each election cycle in order to maximize nominations and voting by all eligible CARRA members. Thank you for your consideration.

Kabita Nanda, MD
Seattle Children's Hospital

I have been currently serving on the CARRA Elections Committee for the past few years and would be honored to continue this work.  With my experience as fellowship program director, I am well suited for this committee as it requires organization to plan and implement elections and confidentiality.  This position requires the ability to identify candidates for CARRA committees.  I attend the ACR and CARRA meetings routinely, have also trained and worked at multiple institutions across the country, and participate in many collaborative research studies, so I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many of our pediatric rheumatology colleagues.  Additionally as a program director and an AMIGO mentor, I also have had the opportunity to meet many of our junior members.  I would take pride in helping to ensure we have a diversity of backgrounds on our committees to further the mission of CARRA. Thank you for your consideration.

Nancy Pan, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery

As a board-certified pediatric rheumatologist, I am eager to expand my involvement in the important work the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) to advance clinical and translational research in childhood rheumatic diseases. I have been a participating member of CARRA in the TMJ, SLE Dermatology and Uveitis Working Groups as well as the new interest group for Science Implementation as it relates to my interest in Quality Improvement.

This is my statement of intent-to-serve on the CARRA Elections Committee if elected. I will work closely with other committee members in overseeing the elections process. I will work enthusiastically and effectively in arranging election timelines, recruiting candidates for open positions and review of elections results. This committee has the crucial role in ensuring a smooth transition to new leadership which requires committee members who take initiative, are responsive, organized and meticulous. I have demonstrated the above qualities in my experience leading our division through an electronic medical records transition in 2016, the recent revamping of our divisional quality improvement efforts and spearheading our membership to the Pediatric Rheumatology Care Outcomes and Improvement Network (PR COIN) this year. I am committed to serve CARRA in any capacity to further its mission to improve our quality and quantity of meaningful research and, ultimately, the lives of our patients with rheumatic disease.

Sangeeta Sule, MD. PhD
Children’s National Health System

I am interested in serving on the CARRA Elections Committee because I want to be a part of CARRA’s exciting future as we continue to grow and thrive.

I have the skills necessary to serve on the Elections Committee. I am currently Division Director of pediatric rheumatology at Children’s National in Washington DC, and have been involved in mentorship, education, and research. I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues in CARRA. I have been a part of CARRA for years and currently serve on the Grants Review Committee.

During my time in CARRA, I have been impressed with the strength of our leaders. These role models have set the standard for our CARRA committees and outreach to patients and families.  If I am chosen to serve on the Elections Committee, I would like to continue this tradition of excellence by helping to choose the next generation of leaders.