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Organization of Regulatory and Clinical Associates
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Organization of Regulatory and Clinical Associates
P.O. Box 3490
Redmond, WA 98073
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The Organization of Regulatory and Clinical Associates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was incorporated in Washington State in 1995. ORCA is governed by its Board of Directors and working rules for its governance are contained in the ORCA Bylaws. If you are a member and would like to receive a copy of the ORCA Bylaws, please submit an email to  

The Board of Directors currentl/ consists of seven members elected by the members of ORCA. Directors typically serve for a term of two years and may/ serve for a maximum of six consecutive years. The Board of Directors is divided into two groups; Group A has three members and Group B has four members. Beginning with the 2012 annual meeting and thereafter, one group of directors will be elected by the members each year, generally at the ORCA annual meeting in September.

The officers of ORCA are elected by the Board of Directors and serve for a term of one year. Typically, there are four officers: President; Secretary and Treasurer. Each director who is not an officer generally has responsibility for a designated activity of importance to ORCA's operations. This may include development of the educational program calendar, supporting meeting preparations, and coordinating the support of volunteers to assist with a range of ORCA activities, to name a few.

The current members of the Board of Directors as well as officers, their terms of office and their positions are listed below.

Director     Term Expires    Officer Position
Elizabeth Cross Nichol 
09/2023 President
Albert Nakano 09/2023 Treasurer
Judy Buckham 09/2020
Mila Kipnis
09/2023 At Large
 Jelena Bergulund  09/2020    At Large 
Lynda Marie Emel   09/2020    At Large 
Elena Kuzmenko   09/2020    At Large 
Non-Board Leadership Positions

The following positions may be held by any member of ORCA who wish to assist the organization in fulfilling its mission.

 Program Committee Chair  
 Mila Kipnis 
Meeting Manager  OPEN 
Membership Committee Chair  OPEN 
 Outreach Committee Chair   Elizabeth Cross Nichol  
No member of the Board of Directors or any officer receives any compensation for her or his services, although a director or officer may be reimbursed for business expenses incurred on behalf of ORCA.


Volunteers are vital to ORCA’s success. Volunteers assist ORCA with its monthly programs, plan those programs and solicit speakers, develop and implement marketing efforts and membership drives, serve on its Board of Directors, and provide a wide range of volunteer services that help make ORCA a meaningful and useful resource for its members. If you are interested in volunteering, please email or any member of the ORCA Board of Directors.