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ASAE 2021 Annual Meeting Goes Virtual & 189 Receive CAE Credentials

Virtual but with Regional In-Person Hubs

Due to continued concerns for the health and safety of all members, industry partners, volunteer leaders, staff and other stakeholders, the American Society of Association Executives/The Center for Association Leadership, has announced that the ASAE 2021 Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held virtually the week of August 16, alongside smaller, regional hub meetings that can safely take place in person around the country.

Throughout the last year, ASAE has relied on public health guidance, federal and state-by-state event restrictions and member surveys to gauge whether to move major meetings on its events calendar to virtual. Given the current pace of vaccine roll-out and member comfort in participating tied to whether they are vaccinated, ASAE concluded it’s not possible at this time to guarantee the success of an in-person, multi-day annual meeting and tradeshow in mid-August for the ASAE community.

Instead, Annual Meeting attendees can choose to participate virtually or at regional locations where smaller groups of ASAE attendees can meet face-to-face during the meeting. Hub locations have not yet been determined but ASAE anticipates that Dallas and other ASAE Alliance Partner destinations will serve as ASAE Annual Meeting hubs in August. Registration for the reconfigured 2021 Annual Meeting & Exposition will open May 3 with full details.

Susan-Robertson-ASAE“As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ASAE’s first priority in all meetings and events decisions is the safety and welfare of our participants,” says ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson (pictured left), CAE. “The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is the largest meeting on our calendar each year. Logistically, a lot of planning goes into every aspect of the meeting to ensure its success and, right now, there are too many variables outside our control that could impact our attendees’ meeting experience. While we’re all eager for a full-bore return to face-to-face meetings, we’re excited to create some options in August for our attendees to access top-level content virtually or reunite with their colleagues and partners in a safe, controllable environment.”

Craig Davis VisitDallas“VisitDallas and ASAE are of course mutually disappointed that we can’t convene a full, in-person Annual Meeting in Dallas and showcase the city for ASAE’s attendees, but we understand and support the decision,” says Craig Davis (pictured right), VisitDallas president and CEO. “We look forward to participating in this year’s virtual meeting and as a host for one of the regional hub meetings, and we hope to have the opportunity to host the ASAE Annual Meeting in-person again in the near future.”

The same external factors that contributed to the decision about the 2021 Annual Meeting & Exposition have led ASAE to move other major meetings on the events calendar to virtual through the beginning of June 2021. This includes the 2021 Marketing, Membership, & Communications (MM&C) Conference, which was scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., June 2-3. Currently, Washington D.C. is not allowing in-person gatherings larger than 10 people, so ASAE staff is re-configuring this meeting into a fully virtual event June 2-4. The new MMCC website and registration portal will launch at the end of April.

Consult ASAE’s online Events Calendar for information about other scheduled meetings moving to virtual before the beginning of June.

ASAE Announces 189 Professionals Earned CAE Credentials

The Winter 2021 class of 189 association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,700 industry leaders worldwide.

They successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide December 1-14, 2020. They will be honored, along with the Summer class of CAEs, during the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition the week of August 16.

DJ Johnson ASAE CAE Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurse“Congratulations to the dedicated new class of CAEs! Obtaining the CAE credential is no easy task, and this class had the additional difficulty of studying and taking the exam during a worldwide pandemic. These individuals should be extremely proud of the commitment they’ve made to their careers and the association management profession by pursuing and achieving this distinguished marker,” said DJ Johnson (pictured right), IOM, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and VP, Membership and Volunteer Engagement for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. “Welcome to the CAE Community, your journey to earn your CAE is one you will never forget.”

The CAE Program elevates professional standards, enhances individual performance and designates those who have acquired and have demonstrated the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

For more info about the CAE, visit asaecenter.org/cae.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more info, visit asaecenter.org.

Winter 2021 Class    CAEs By Country, State  


Toni Brearley, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Australasian Society of Association Executives

Hendra, QLD


Damian Mitsch, CAE


Australian Dental Association

St Leonards, NSW





Brandy Richardson, CAE

Association & Conference Manager


Chandler, AZ


Dawn B. Thomas, CAE

Executive Director

National Association of Campus Card Users

Phoenix, AZ



Adam Francis, CAE

Director of Government Relations

California Academy of Family Physicians

San Francisco, CA


Evan Hawkins, CAE

Faculty Association of California Community Colleges

Sacramento, CA



Alexander Alavi CPA, CAE



Boulder, CO


Nancye D. Bailey, CAE

Executive Director

Financial Planning Association

Denver, CO


Matt Hemmendinger, CAE

Manager of Member Engagement

American Water Works Association Headquarters Office

Denver, CO


Todd Richard Ohlheiser, CAE

Executive Director

Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

Centennial, CO


District of Columbia

Karen Bernstein, CAE

Associate Director, Leadership & Governance Learning Programs

ASAE: The Center For Association Leadership

Washington, DC


Dean J. D’Ambrosi, CAE

Executive Vice President


Washington, DC


Peter Frank, CAE

Senior Director of Operations and Membership

Association of Proposal Management Professionals

Washington, DC


Sara Goodman-Stickler, CAE

Executive Director

Women’s Transportation Seminar International

Washington, DC


Melanie Gottlieb, CAE

Deputy Director

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

Washington, DC


Christina Sharp Herle, CAE

Senior Director, Member Relations

American Health Care Association

Washington, DC


Tim Hopkins, CAE

Senior Consultant

McKinley Advisors

Washington, DC


Kimberly Jones, CAE

Executive Vice President of COE

Council for Opportunity in Education

Washington, DC


Allyson Jones-Brimmer, CAE

Director of Operations

U.S. Beet Sugar Association

Washington, DC


Allison Klein, CAE

SVP, Strategic Engagement

American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Washington, DC


Kevin D. Korenthal, CAE

Chapter Executive

The ESOP Association

Washington, DC


Suzanne Le Menestrel, CAE

Senior Program Officer

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Washington, DC


Sarah Magee, CAE

Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives

American Psychological Association

Washington, DC


David H. Mann, CAE

Senior Director

American Chemistry Council

Washington, DC


Shannon McCracken, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

The Nonprofit Alliance

Washington, DC


Kelly McFarland Stratman, CAE

Chief of Staff

League of Women Voters of the United States

Washington, DC


Todd Reitzel, CAE

Director of Publications

American Bar Association

Washington, DC


Brian Riddleberger, CAE

Chief Operating Officer

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Washington, DC


Dana Ritchie, CAE

NFP and Constituent Services Senior Director

American Health Care Association

Washington, DC


Lisa Tillinghast, CAE

Managing Director


Washington, DC


Margaret Weigers Vitullo Ph.D., CAE

Deputy Director

American Sociological Association

Washington, DC


Erin Weeks, CAE

Chapter Relations Director


Washington, DC


Sonji Medders Wilkes, CAE

Vice President, Policy, Advocacy & Government Education

Hemophilia Federation of America

Washington, DC


Grace Elizabeth Woods, CAE

Chief Learning Officer

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Washington, DC


Christina J. Wurster, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Society for Maternal – Fetal Medicine

Washington, DC



Evelyn Cardenas, CAE


Central Florida Auto Dealers Association

Sanford, FL


Reno Deschaine, CAE

Vice President, Global Education and Member Services

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

Orlando, FL


Jennifer Norman, CAE

Director of Customer Experience

Novi AMS

Orlando, FL


Julie Ramirez, CAE

Executive Director

Lee County Medical Society

Fort Myers, FL


Judith D. Tilton, CAE

Account Executive

Arden Solutions LLC

Largo, FL


Dana Varble, CAE

Chief Veterinary Officer

North American Veterinary Community

Orlando, FL


Peter Alexander Zimek, CAE

Founder & CEO

Novi AMS

Orlando, FL



Betsy Eddy, CAE

Associate Director

Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association

Decatur, GA


Debra Ann Finkler, CAE

AVP, Association Operations


Kennesaw, GA


Carly Sharec, CAE

Membership & Communications

Association Management Executives

Norcross, GA



Carol Bennett, CAE

County Farm Bureau Manager

Johnson County Farm Bureau

Vienna, IL


Emily Besser, CAE

Manager of Advocacy and Practice Affairs

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association

Rolling Meadows, IL


Yumeka Brown, CAE

Program Officer

American Library Association

Chicago, IL


Kathleen Burbidge, CAE

External Affairs Associate Director

Water Quality Association

Lisle, IL


Margaret Bussan, CAE

Simulation Education Coordinator

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Schaumburg, IL


Alexis Curtis MBA, CMP, CAE

Manager, Volunteers & Meetings

American Dental Association

Chicago, IL


Heather Duve, CAE

Membership & Development Director

Water Quality Association

Lisle, IL


Penelope Evans, CAE

Manager, Member Development

National Association of Realtors Conventions and Meetings Division

Chicago, IL


Kim FitzSimmons, CAE

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

American Association of Endodontists

Chicago, IL


Mary Davis Fournier, CAE

Deputy Director

American Library Association

Chicago, IL


James S. Goodman, CAE

Senior Vice President, Business Group

American Dental Association

Chicago, IL


Steven G. Houg, CAE

Simulation Education Manager

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Schaumburg, IL


Laura Jiggens, CAE

Market Research Manager

Emergency Nurses Association

Schaumburg, IL


Marcy Johnson, CAE


American Rental Association

Moline, IL


Barbara Kemmis, CAE

Executive Director

Cremation Association of North America

Wheeling, IL


Laura Kuhn, CAE

Membership Manager

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Chicago, IL


Nicole Larson, CAE

Associate Director, Volunteer Relations

Association of Legal Administrators

Chicago, IL


Robert Lendi, CAE

Chief Financial Officer

American Society for Clinical Pathology

Chicago, IL


Allison Lundberg, CAE

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Association Management Center

Chicago, IL


Eileen McCarthy, CAE

Executive Director

Strategic Management Society

Chicago, IL


Erin C. Menet MBA, CAE

Director of Governance and Leadership Programs

CCIM Institute

Chicago, IL


Tina Morton MBA, CAE

Director, Member Marketing and Engagement

American Academy of Pediatrics

Itasca, IL


Christine Murphy Peck, CAE

Senior Director, Education and Learning Services


Chicago, IL


Lise A. Puckorius CMP, CAE


OLC Education & Conference Center

Rosemont, IL


Florence Rivera, CAE

Director, Early Childhood Initiatives

American Academy of Pediatrics

Itasca, IL


Debra Schaller, CAE

Vice President Marketing

American Rental Association

Moline, IL


Mia Short, CAE

Senior Director, Education

Interventional Academy | Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics

Barrington, IL


Callan E.H. Stapleton, CAE

President, Illinois Bankers Education Services

Illinois Bankers Association – Springfield Office

Springfield, IL


Ellen J Sullivan, CAE

Chief Operating Officer

Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Chicago, IL


Amy Thomasson, CAE

VP, Marketing and Membership

Affinity Strategies

Geneva, IL


Oolagamani Ungapen, CAE

Executive Director

American Association of Law Libraries

Chicago, IL



Tonja Eagan MPA, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Kappa Delta Pi

Indianapolis, IN


Nick Estrada, CAE

Director of Membership

Raybourn Group International, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN


Katie Feltman, CAE

Chief Operating Officer

American College of Sports Medicine

Indianapolis, IN


Meegan Isenhour, CAE

Director of Administration

Midwest Political Science Association

Bloomington, IN


Cory Martin, CAE

Executive Director

The Corydon Group

Indianapolis, IN


Thomas Morrison, CAE

Account Associate


Indianapolis, IN



Kelly Allen, CAE

Senior Manager, Membership and Meetings

Bakery Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds

Overland Park, KS


Emily Bowers, CAE

Vice President, Education & Operations

Bakery Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds

Overland Park, KS


Elsie Kreidler, CAE

Association Executive

Lawrence, KS


Travis Lowe, CAE

Vice President

Braden Heidner Lowe & Associates

Topeka, KS



Kelly Ives, CAE

Executive Director

AIA Kentucky

Lexington, KY


Rachel Poarch, CAE

Program Manager

AMR Management Services

Lexington, KY


Lauren Santangelo, CAE

Executive Director

AMR Management Services

Lexington, KY


Cindy L. Stanley, CAE

Executive Director

Associations International

Lexington, KY



Cathryn Stratton, CAE

Executive Director of Medical Specialty Societies

Maine Medical Association

Manchester, ME



Susan D. Adams, CAE

Director, State Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Rockville, MD


Justin Barch, CAE


Association for Financial Professionals

Bethesda, MD


Andrea Bauerfeind, CAE

Director, Office of Scientific Meetings and Conferences

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Rockville, MD


Gretchen Ehret Hoshaw, CAE

Associate Director of Clinical Certification

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Rockville, MD


Valerie M. Evans, CAE

Vice President, Governance & Membership

American Society of Addiction Medicine

Rockville, MD


Melissa A. Howerton, CAE

Senior Vice President, Member Services

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Silver Spring, MD


Julene Joy, CAE

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Rockville, MD


Tiffany Knowlton JD, MBA, CAE

Executive Director

Association of Academic Physiatrists

Owings Mills, MD


Ester Magorka, CAE

Vice President for Marketing

National Asphalt Pavement Association

Greenbelt, MD


Parul Divya Parikh, CAE

Vice President of Research & Education

Medical Professional Liability Association

Rockville, MD


Michael Providence, CAE

Volunteer Operations Mgr

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Rockville, MD


Hedy Ross, CAE

Director, Membership & Communications

American College of Nurse-Midwives

Silver Spring, MD


Pamela Ruiz, CAE

Chief Business Development Officer


Rockville, MD


Steven B. Shivak, CAE

Director of Membership

National Asphalt Pavement Association

Greenbelt, MD


Rebecca Stinner, CAE

Account Executive

Clemons & Associates, Inc.

Baltimore, MD


Daniel Tadesse, CAE

Customer Service Manager

American Urological Association

Linthicum, MD


Melanie J Wells, CAE

Chief Operations Officer

American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics

Bethesda, MD



Susan Barber, CAE

Executive Director

McKenna Management Inc

Westford, MA


Kara A. Kieran, CAE

Senior Director of Member Engagement

Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Inc

Boston, MA



Monica L. Ackerson, CAE

Executive Director

Michigan Road Preservation Association

Dewitt, MI


Melissa Aldrich, CAE

Director of Events & Learning

National Association of College and University Food Services

East Lansing, MI


Andrew Burns, CAE

Executive Director

Slag Cement Association

Farmington, MI


Brian T. Lepacek, CAE

Glenn, MI


Tobi Lyon Moore, CAE


Ngage Management LLC

Okemos, MI


Cornelius Sheridan, CAE

Executive Director

Michigan Townships Association

Lansing, MI



Jennifer Carlson, CAE

Membership & Event Specialist

Synergos AMC

Saint Paul, MN


Eric Fletty, CAE

Eagan, MN


Amy Kaloides, CAE

Senior Director, Advocacy

American Academy of Neurology

Minneapolis, MN



Anne Hamilton Fehr, CAE

Executive Director

Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Association

Jefferson City, MO


Theresa Fleck, CAE

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Logan University

Chesterfield, MO


Bradley Patterson, CAE

Chapter Membership Manager

American Public Works Association – MO Office

Kansas City, MO


Kristy Stephens, CAE

Executive Director

Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri Inc

Saint Louis, MO


Newlyn Wing, CAE

Association Manager

Junior Chamber International

Chesterfield, MO


New Jersey

Donna-Jean Plante, CAE

Executive Director


Woodcliff Lake, NJ


New York

Jonathan Riegel, CAE

Executive Director

Hewlett, NY


North Carolina

Rachael McGuffin, CAE

Membership and Community Manager

International Society of Automation, ISA

Research Triangle Park, NC


Michele Pore, CAE

Executive Director, Administrative Affairs

American Board of Anesthesiology

Raleigh, NC


Kathleen Shelton, CAE

Executive Director

AIA Charlotte

Charlotte, NC


Cynthia Walsh, CAE


Brunswick County Association of REALTORS

Shallotte, NC



Margaret Bohen Barlow, CAE

Association Management Professional

Management Excellence Inc

Dayton, OH


Amanda Marie Hohler, CAE

Senior Manager, Learning Engagement

The Ohio Society of CPAs

Columbus, OH


Suzanne McCann, CAE

Director, Strategic Communication and Marketing

The Ohio Society of CPAs

Columbus, OH


Roxzelle West, CAE

Management Associate

Management Excellence Inc

Dayton, OH



Vanessa Finley, CAE


National Association of Legal Assistants Inc

Tulsa, OK


Alisha Loper, CAE

Vice President, Marketing

Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants

Oklahoma City, OK


Julie Odom, CAE

Chapter Management Professional

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association

Broken Arrow, OK



Shaina Weinstein, CAE

Special Projects

Green Building Initiative

Portland, OR



David Falchek, CAE

Executive Director

American Wine Society

Scranton, PA


Jerome Ozog, CAE

Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute

Harrisburg, PA


Rhode Island

Suzanne Silva, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Greater Providence Board of REALTORS®

Cumberland, RI


South Carolina

Jameson Root, CAE

Interim Executive Director

National Association for Campus Activities

Columbia, SC


South Dakota

Angela Lammers, CAE

Owner, Managing Partner/CEO

Cetera Services

Sioux Falls, SD



Kelly Braniff, CAE

Executive Director

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Franklin, TN


Daniel Ryan, CAE

Chief Learning Officer

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

Memphis, TN



Melissa Danielle Ball, CAE

Professional Development Manager

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Carrollton, TX


Eric Boehm, CAE

Executive Director

El Paso Veterinary Medical Association

El Paso, TX


Mary Ellen Fletcher, CAE

Governance Operations Manager

American College of Emergency Physicians

Irving, TX


Riane Gay, CAE

Director, Corporate Development

American College of Emergency Physicians

Irving, TX


Jennifer George, CAE

Executive Director

Institute of Real Estate Management Austin Chapter

Austin, TX


Katherine Johanns, CAE

Marketing and Communications Director

Association of Texas Professional Educators

Austin, TX


Holly McCauley, CAE

Manager, Governance and Executive Operations

Texas Society of CPAs

Dallas, TX


Jennifer Wray Peters, CAE

American Society of Civil Engineers Texas Section

Austin, TX


Tracy Vecchio, CAE

Director, Membership & Marketing

USFN America’s Mortgage Banking Attorneys

North Richland Hills, TX



Meghan Architect, CAE

Marketing and Communications Director

Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International – Executive and Foundation Offic

Alexandria, VA


Michael F Bober, CAE

President and CEO

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

Alexandria, VA


Ryan Carroll, CAE

Vice President, Government Affairs

Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association

Arlington, VA


Brian Cleary, CAE


National Automobile Dealers Association

Tysons, VA


Sean Currigan, CAE

Patient Safety & Quality Officer

Centreville, VA


Gwyn Donohue, CAE

Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

Alexandria, VA


Rhea George, CAE

Managing Director

American Institute of Architects Virginia

Richmond, VA


Michelle Gross, CAE

Director of Credentialing / Account Executive

Metacred Inc

Mc Lean, VA


Kelly Ann Gull, CAE

Sr. Manager, Governance & Executive Office

National Society of Professional Engineers

Alexandria, VA


Samantha Kenny, CAE

Government Affairs Director

Organization Management Group Inc

Chesapeake, VA


Sara R. Kilkenny, CAE

Director of Meetings

School Nutrition Association

Arlington, VA


Carolyn Lagermasini, CAE


Association and Conference Group LLC

Leesburg, VA


John David Lingerfelt, CAE

Senior Manager, Engagement & Outreach

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

Alexandria, VA


Heather L. Maurer, CAE


Vienna, VA


Eileen McKeown, CAE

Vice President of Marketing and Sales

International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration

Alexandria, VA


Lisabeth McLaughlin, CAE

Executive Director, Student Assembly & PTA Caucus

American Physical Therapy Association

Alexandria, VA


Daniel Nappi, CAE

Director of Workforce Development

Vienna, VA


Kathy Rabalais MPA, CAE

Executive Director

Virginia Water Environment Association

Glen Allen, VA


Meagan Roloff, CAE

Director of Member Engagement & Partnerships

Association of Child Life Professionals

Arlington, VA


Ronald Rosenbaum, CAE

Chief Global Marketing & Business Development Officer

Alexandria, VA


Jennifer Schlueter IOM, CAE

Director, Association Resources

National Apartment Association

Arlington, VA


Rachael Swetnam Smith-Cohn, CAE

Senior Director of Operations

National Grants Management Association

Sterling, VA


Amy Freed Stalzer, CAE

Self Employed

Arlington, VA


Joseph P. Stangl CPA, CAE

Chief Financial Officer

Air Force Association

Arlington, VA


Marie Stravlo IOM, CAE


Association Development Services

Alexandria, VA


Ellena Talbott, CAE

Director of Operations & Member Engagement

Association for Postal Commerce

Alexandria, VA


Jennifer Watson, CAE

Director of Membership Engagement

FBI National Academy Associates Inc

Quantico, VA


Steven A. Williams, CAE


Hardiman-Williams LLC

Charlottesville, VA


Jason Yusko, CAE

Director of Information Technology

American Traffic Safety Services Association

Fredericksburg, VA



Vanessa Dennison, CAE


Dennison & Associates

Seattle, WA


Felicia Denise Kenan, CAE

Association Executive

SBI Association Management

Seattle, WA


Liz Truong, CAE

Association Management Inc

Gig Harbor, WA



Brenda J. Barnhardt, CAE

Executive Vice President

REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin

Eau Claire, WI


Jodi Fisher, CAE

Founder and CEO

Impact Association Management

Madison, WI


Rosanne Stelpflug, CAE

Director of Administration

Executive Director, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI




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