Serving as a CHI Board Member

Board Service Interest Form: If you would like more information about serving and are interested in being considered for a seat on the CHI Board of Directors, click here to complete our Board Member Interest Form.

Board Service Application Form: If you are ready to explore joining our Board of Directors, click here to complete the Board Service Application.


  • We ask Board members to serve a minimum of one, three-year term coinciding with our fiscal year, July-June. The Board meetings are monthly from September through June on the fourth Tuesday of the month, typically 7 to 9:30 PM, including dinner.

  • We ask every board member to serve on at least one committee. Committees and sub-committees meet approximately one time monthly, often by conference call.

  • We also count on Board members to annually attend two to three organization-wide events to celebrate the people we support and our staff.

  • Monthly you can expect a time commitment of 5 to 7 hours. That’s an average of 60-85 hours annually where you know the work you are doing contributes to someone with a disability thriving independently.


We understand that serving on a nonprofit organization Board of Directors is a big commitment, and this may be a new experience for you. One way to get to know each other better and determine if we are a good fit is by serving on one of our committees.

  • Finance Committee: Approves the annual budget, helps ensure we are spending our resources in a fiscally sound manner and guides us in making strategic, long-term financial decisions.

  • Quality Assurance Committee: Ensures our programs operate in compliance with U.S. and Maryland standards and rules for supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, investigates incidents involving the people we support and staff, and makes recommendations for quality improvements.

  • Advocacy Committee: Brings attention and visibility to Maryland state and federal public policies that impact the people we support and the operations of our organization. Provides testimony to the legislature and workS with our partners to draft legislation that is in the best interests of the individuals we support.


As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the Board of Directors is responsible for:

  1. determining the mission and purposes of the organization

  2. selecting and evaluating the performance of the chief executive

  3. strategic and organizational planning

  4. ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management

  5. fundraising and resource development

  6. approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services

  7. enhancing the organization’s public image and visibility in the community

  8. assessing its performance as the governing body of the organization and developing an ongoing pipeline for future board members and board leaders.

Any Questions: Please email, and a member of our Nominating Committee will contact you