Atty General Demands Real Board at Angel Flight

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December 23, 2010; Source: Boston Globe | Following persistent governance issues, the nonprofit Angel Flight of New England, Inc. has been asked by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to reshuffle the decks at the control tower.

The group, which provides hospital flights for sick patients, will appoint an independent board under an agreement reached with the attorney general Thursday, according to the Boston Globe.

We first wrote about Angel Flight in April.

In January, founder Lawrence Camerlin decided to fire the entire board of directors after one board member confronted him about the fact that Camerlin employs his own daughter at the organization for $80,000 a year. Many of the board members were also large financial backers of the group, according to the Globe.

After review, the attorney general’s office decided that the nonprofit’s governance structure “did not assure an independent board that was free from management’s direction. Therefore, the governance structure did not comply with good governance standards for nonprofit charitable boards.”

As part of the agreement struck with Coakley, for five years, Angel Flight must give the attorney general’s office 60 days’ advance notice of any proposed changes to their bylaws that would diminish the authority of its board.—Aaron Lester