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ASAE Boards of Directors Nominees Announced & 131 Earned CAE Credential

ASAE’s Leadership Committee, composed of representatives of ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation, has selected six nominees to serve on the ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation Boards of Directors for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), with terms beginning Sept. 1.

Thirty-nine nominations for at-large board seats were received from highly qualified association professionals. The final nominees were selected based upon several criteria, including how they best characterize ASAE’s new strategy, represent their organizations’ membership bases and enhance diversity, which is inclusive of geography, association size, career level, gender identity, ethnicity, skill sets and areas of expertise.

patricia_blakeThis year’s Leadership Committee is chaired by immediate past chair of ASAE Patricia V. Blake (pictured left), FASAE, CAE, chief executive officer at the Heart Rhythm Society. Blake says, “We collectively and with purpose selected leaders who bring diversity of background and insight, as well as people who are proven thought leaders and champions of the association community.” She continues, “ASAE is in a period of strategic planning and, like the rest of the association community, is taking steps to help our members serve effectively into the future. With these nominees in place, as well as the continued leadership of all of the applicants, I am confident we can ensure that ASAE is on the right path to continued and sustained success.”

The full list of nominations is as follows:

Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE, IOM, President and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Arlington, VA, will become Chair of the ASAE Board.

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, President and CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC, will become Chair-Elect and Chair of the ASAE Research Foundation Board.

Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner, AMPED Association Management, Middleton, WI, will be the new Secretary-Treasurer.

The committee nominated the following individuals to serve three-year terms as “At Large” Directors (FY22), all for ASAE’s Board. Three will also serve on the ASAE Research Foundation Board.

Marc Anderson, president and CEO of Visit San Antonio, San Antonio, TX (ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

Nicole Araujo, CAE, client engagement director of Mighty Citizen, Austin, TX (ASAE)

Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, CAE, executive director of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, San Diego, CA (ASAE)

Matthew Gertzog, FASAE, CAE, deputy executive director of American Society of Hematology, Washington, DC (ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

Lemmietta McNeilly, PhD, CAE, FNAP, ASHA Fellow, chief staff officer, Speech-Language Pathology of ASHA, Rockville, MD (ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

The new board will be officially installed and join the current board members during the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 16-18.

ASAE Bylaws provide the opportunity for additional nominees to be proposed through a petition process. Should any member be proposed by petition, the petition should contain the signatures of at least 2.5% of the ASAE voting membership (1,191) and should be received at ASAE Headquarters no later than August 2, to the attention of Patricia V. Blake, FASAE, CAE, Chair of the Leadership Committee.

131 Earned CAE Credential

One hundred thirty-one association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,600 industry leaders worldwide who hold the distinction.

The Summer 2021 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide May 1-14, 2020. They will be honored, along with the Winter class of CAEs, during the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 13-18. A full list of the Summer 2021 class can be found at the end of this release.

“Earning the CAE demonstrates deep commitment to the association profession and the communities we serve. The competencies measured and knowledge gained through the certification journey enhances careers, benefits organizations, and ultimately, serves the public at large through the work CAEs do every day,” says 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.

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 (NCCA).

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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

CAEs By Country, State, Summer 2021 Class


Jon Bisset, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

Enmore, NSW


Lester Lambert, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Restaurant & Catering Industry Association of Australia

Greenwich, NSW



Brett Jeffery, CAE

General Manager New Zealand


Rotorua, BOP


Holly Morchat, CAE

General Manager

Association of Consulting Engineers of New Zealand

Queenstown, OTA


Hilary Beaton, CAE

Executive Director

Public Libraries of New Zealand

Wairarapa, WGN




Sean Murphy, CAE

Executive Director and General Counsel

Arizona Dental Association

Scottsdale, AZ


Abigail R. Norris, CAE


Ward Management Group

Phoenix, AZ



Joy Alafia, MBA, CAE

President & CEO

Western Propane Gas Association

Fairfield, CA


Christina Bauders, CAE

Senior Operations Executive

The Core Management Company

Lincoln, CA


Teresa Excinia, CAE

Executive Director

California Advocates Management Services

Sacramento, CA


Michelle L. LeBlanc, CAE


Free Speech Coalition

Simi Valley, CA


Eileen Schuster, CAE

Managing Director, Marketing

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

San Diego, CA



Gillian Harrison Cain, CAE

Director of Member Programs

American Theological Library Association

Centennial, CO


Katarina Cooke, CAE

Informational Services & Technology Director

American Group Psychotherapy Association

Colorado Springs, CO


Shelly Dee Fava, CAE

Executive Director

Metropolitan Denver Dental Society

Westminster, CO


Ronald Holder, CAE

Chief Operating Officer


Castle Rock, CO



Karim S. Shaaban, CAE

Program Director – Levant Region

Center for International Private Enterprise

East Granby, CT


District of Columbia

Kaitlin Baumer, CAE

Director, Marketing & Communications

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

Washington, DC


Emily DeYoung, CMP, CAE

Interim Vice President, Education

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Washington, DC


Rob Gates, CAE

Business Analyst / Director of Operations


Washington, DC


Patricia Cooley Gorney, CAE

Director of Membership

American Association for Justice

Washington, DC


Robin Yvette Jenkins, CAE

Chief Client Engagement Officer

CGFNS International

Washington, DC


Colleen Phalen, CAE


American Association for Justice

Washington, DC


Darrell Smith, CAE

President and CEO

National Waste & Recycling Association

Washington, DC


Matthew Jackson Wales, CMP, CAE

Vice President, Member Services & Events

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Washington, DC



Kristyn Elizabeth McCauley, CAE

Program Manager/Meeting Planner

Partners in Association Management

Tallahassee, FL


Kristin Mirabal, CMP, CAE


WorkForce Software

Miami, FL


Francesca Radabaugh, CAE

VP of Operations and Director of Association Manag

Paragon Events

Boynton Beach, FL


Grace Brickett Smith, CAE

Vice President of Strategy & Engagement


Tampa, FL



Diane Alberson, CAE

Director of Educational Development

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology

Naperville, IL


Dawn M. Amaskane, CAE

Associate Vice President,  Administrative Affairs

American Osteopathic Association

Peotone, IL


Barbara Arango, CAE

Executive Director

Naylor Association Solutions

Palatine, IL


Sarah E. Braun, CAE

Director of Component & Intersociety Relations

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Kildeer, IL


Trina Refshauge Andresen Coe, CAE

Deputy Executive Director

American Association of Endodontists

Chicago, IL


Christopher Hurst, CAE

Project Manager, Membership

Prestressed Concrete Institute

Chicago, IL


Dana Karstensen, CAE

Data Governance Product Manager

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Beecher, IL


Amy Kephart, CAE

Senior Manager, Education

American Epilepsy Society

Fox River Grove, IL


Keri Kramer, CAE

Chief Operations Officer

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Chicago, IL


John McConvill, CAE


Prestressed Concrete Institute

Des Plaines, IL


Jennifer Maxine McNelly, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

American Society of Safety Professionals

Des Plaines, IL


Jacqueline Meracle, CAE

Professional Convention Management Association

Chicago, IL


Barbara O’Connor, CAE

Managing Director

Million Dollar Round Table

Chicago, IL


JenaShay G. Russell, CAE

Director of Regions


Mokena, IL


Shawn Sanford, CAE

Manager, Member Engagement

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Chicago, IL


Karen M. Williams, CAE

International Prof. Dev. Administrator

Society of Actuaries

Pingree Grove, IL


Joseph Larry Wurzburger, CAE

Sr. Director, Product Development & Innovation

Society of Actuaries

Mount Prospect, IL



Randi Jean Alter, CAE

Executive Director

American School Health Association

Bloomington, IN


Sarah Eller, CAE

Director of Alumnae Engagement

Sigma Kappa Sorority

Indianapolis, IN


Diane Enos, CAE

Chief Learning Officer

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Floyds Knobs, IN


Mark C. Lewis, CAE

Director of Membership and Projects

Raybourn Group International, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN


Lisa Ann Perius, CAE

Executive Director

Indiana Veterinary Medical Association

Indianapolis, IN


Michelle J. Smith, CAE

Senior Director of Meetings

University Risk Management and Insurance Association

Bloomington, IN


Amy M. Stark, CAE

Director of Administration

Foodservice Consultants Society International

Bloomington, IN



Melissa Murer Corrigan, CAE

Adjunct Faculty, FAPhA, FASHP

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Iowa City, IA



Chelsea Earhart, CAE

Director of Credentialing / Account Executive

Metacred Inc

Shawnee, KS


Jeffrey C. Johnston, CAE

Managing Director, Financial Regulatory Affairs

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (Central Office)

Fairway, KS


Deanne St. George, CAE

Mgr AAFP Grad MED ED & AFMRD Exec Dir

Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

Leawood, KS



Lucas M. Davis, CAE

Vice President, ICF Coach Training

Associations International

Lexington, KY


Susan S. Tanner, CAE

Program & Development Manager

Asphalt Institute

Versailles, KY



Alex Bardakh, CAE

Director, Public Policy and Advocacy

AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

Severn, MD


Robert Charles Bartel, CAE

VP Education, Publications and Quality

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

Silver Spring, MD


Nicole Beidler, CAE

Director, Ecommerce and Marketing Technology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Frederick, MD


Natasha Rae Bethea, CAE

Director, Marketing and Membership

Information Technology Industry Council

Capitol Heights, MD


Susan Carioti, CAE

VP, Certification, Standards & Guidelines

ASIS International

Huntingtown, MD


Mary Connor, CAE

VP of Client Relations | Senior Account Executive

Stringfellow Management Group

Annapolis, MD


Kimberly Fernandez, CAE

Director of Publications

International Parking & Mobility Institute

Bethesda, MD


Zerihun Haile-Selassie, CAE

Chief Financial Officer


Gaithersburg, MD


Laura Henning, CAE

Marketing Manager

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Gaithersburg, MD


Shameka Jennings, CAE

Principal and Chief Events Officer


Upper Marlboro, MD


Lawrence Paska, CAE

Executive Director

National Council for the Social Studies

Boyds, MD


Patricia N. Ramallo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C & Homes, CPHD, CAE

Senior Manager, Experience + Education


Silver Springs, MD



Angela Mitchell-Richardson, CAE

Executive Director

Association Management Resources

Canton, MI


Kathleen Pojeta, CAE

Director, Meetings and Technology

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

St Clair Shores, MI


Lacey Stachel, CAE

Marketing Manager

Slag Cement Association

Sterling Heights, MI


Jacquelen Timm, CAE

Executive Director of the Michigan Council of Nurs

Ngage Management LLC

Bath, MI



Arzo Alimohd, CAE

Ewald Consulting Inc

Shoreview, MN


Amber Allardyce, CAE

Deputy Executive Director

AIA Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN


Shelby Couch, CAE

Account Executive

The Harrington Company

Minneapolis, MN


Maranda DeSanto, CAE


Lake Superior Area Realtors, Inc.

Duluth, MN


Mary Rehm, CAE

Director of Learning and Development

Professional Risk Managers International Association

North Branch, MN


Michelle Uher, CAE

Director, Communications & Public Relations

American Academy of Neurology

St. Louis Park, MN


Katie Wallstein, CAE

Account Executive

Ewald Consulting Inc

Hopkins, MN



Dena Hull, CAE

Vice President, Planning & Communications

Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants

Ellisville, MO


Dan Koontz, CAE

Senior Director of Professional Development


Saint Louis, MO


Dawn M. Seabaugh, CAE

St. Louis Realtors

Saint Louis, MO


Tiffany Swanigan, CAE

Saint Louis, MO


New Hampshire

Mark Reedenauer, CAE

President & Executive Director

National Marine Electronics Association

Concord, NH


New Jersey

Susan Dyer, CAE

Member Development Director

New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants

Denville, NJ


Amy Boright Porchetta, CAE

Executive Director

Association of New Jersey Chiropractors

Scotch Plains, NJ


Ni Zhang, CAE

Director of Member Engagement Retention

Institute of Management Accountants

Ridgewood, NJ


North Carolina

Anne Bostwick Richard, CAE

Executive Director

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

Raleigh, NC



Lakisha Barclay, CAE

Executive Director

Rubber Division, ACS

Akron, OH


James Rowan, CAE

Executive Director

Ohio Association of School Business Officials

Oxford, OH


Deborah S. Segor, CAE

Marketing & Communications Manager

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing

Columbus, OH



Krista Jill Brands, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

American Trauma Society, PA Division

Hamburg, PA


Christina Buker, CAE

Executive Director

Pennsylvania Library Association

Mechanicsburg, PA


Nicholas Marzano, CAE

Chief of Strategy

Society of Hospital Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


Chad Reilly, CAE

Senior Vice President

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Imperial, PA


Jacqueline Rychnovsky, CAE

Executive Director

Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service

Lansdale, PA


Lisa Schaefer, CAE

Executive Director

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA



Amy Black, CAE

Project Manager

Parthenon Management Group

Nashville, TN


Roberto Cruz, CAE


Comprehensive Management and Consulting, Inc.

Loudon, TN


Dawn Keglor, CAE

Director of Association Management

Parthenon Management Group

Hendersonville, TN



Marvin E. Harris, CAE

Executive Director

National Guard Association of Texas

Austin, TX


Kenneth Earle Hogan, CAE

Association Executive

Abilene Association of REALTORS

Abilene, TX


Elizabeth Muth, CAE

Grants Manager

American College of Emergency Physicians

Farmers Branch, TX


Jana Schey, CAE

Chief Operating Officer

Energistics Consortium Inc

Houston, TX


Sarah Vlcek, CAE

Account Manager

Strategic Association Management

Austin, TX



Michael J. Smith, CAE


KJM Consulting

Sandy, UT



Robert Clayborne, CAE

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive

The American Institute of Architects (Virginia component)

Charlottesville, VA


Jessica Ann Morin Cocuzza, CAE

Membership Manager, Database Administrator

Falls Church, VA


Natalie Dippenaar, CAE

Director, Membership & Technology

National Court Reporters Association

Ashburn, VA


Cheryl Goldsby, CAE


Leesburg, VA


Francine Jetton, CAE

Director of Communications & Publication

Society of General Internal Medicine

Springfield, VA


Molly Jin, CAE

Director of Education and Knowledge Management

International Security Management Association

Leesburg, VA


Elizabeth E. Maddox, MPA, CMP, CAE

Director, Conference & Event Services

American Society of Civil Engineers

Falls Church, VA


Kelly Mancusi, CAE

Assistant Executive Director/Director of Events &

New York State Society of Anesthesiologists Inc

Chesterfield, VA


Susan Marchese Greco, CAE

Managing Director, Marketing and Communications

American Industrial Hygiene Association

Sterling, VA


Sarah Mattes Marshall, CAE

Executive Director

Virginia College of Emergency Physicians

Richmond, VA


Julia Merrill, CAE

Director, Grant Programs & Research Awards

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

Manassas, VA


Helen Mosher, CAE

VP Marketing, Communications and Membership

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Annandale, VA


Jolie Patterson, CAE

Chief Operating Officer

Health Care Without Harm

Reston, VA


Michelle Runge, CAE

Director of Chapter Relations, Mid-Atlantic Region

American Inns of Court Foundation

Alexandria, VA


Kathryn Godburn Schubert, CAE

President and CEO

Society for Women’s Health Research

Alexandria, VA


Samantha Slater, CAE

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

Springfield, VA


Damita Snow, CAE

Sr. Manager, Publishing Technologies

American Society of Civil Engineers

Reston, VA


Nicholas Soto, CAE

VP, Professional Development

Construction Management Association of America

Leesburg, VA


Sara Jayn Stehle, CAE

Senior Manager of Meetings

Society of American Military Engineers

Fairfax, VA



Jennifer Brydges, CAE

Account Executive

AMPED Association Management

Middleton, WI


Emily Viles-Monari, CAE

Meetings Technology

AMPED Association Management

Madison, WI


Samantha Jan Walker, CAE

Director of Administration

Executive Director, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI

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