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Four Association Leaders Named to ASAE’s 2024 Class of Fellows

submitted by Chris Vest, ASAE


WASHINGTON— ASAE announced today that four association leaders have been selected for ASAEs 2024 class of Fellows. The ASAE Fellows program annually confers honorary recognition upon exceptional association leaders making noteworthy and sustained contributions to their organizations and the association community.

Congratulations to the 2024 class of Fellows. The Fellows program recognizes individuals whose expertise, achievements, values, and commitment to the profession elevates and inspires the association community,” said Janice R. Lachance, FASAE, interim executive director and CEO at the American Geophysical Union and chair of the ASAE Fellows Selection Committee. “These new Fellows will serve as important role models and leaders and help develop the trailblazers of tomorrow.”


The 2024 class of Fellows are:

Neal Couture, FASAE, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)


Rita Chen Fujisawa, MBA, FASAE, CAE

Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

California Association of Health Facilities


Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, ICE-CCP, CNED, FASAE, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board


Zack Wahlquist, MS, RCE, FASAE, CAE

Chief Operating Officer

Chicago Association of REALTORS®


The 2024 ASAE Fellows join more than 300 association industry leaders who have received this designation since the programs inception in 1986. The Fellows selection process includes an in-depth application describing the individuals demonstrated leadership in diversity and inclusion, foresight and commitment to the association community; an interview with two members of the selection committee; and selection from among a group of highly qualified candidates.

The 2024 Fellows will be inducted at the annual ASAE Fellows Retreat June 12-14 in Palm Springs, CA. For more information, visit the ASAE Fellows page on ASAEs website.


About ASAE

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 50,000 association executives and industry partners. 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. Visit ASAE at Welcome to ASAE — American Society of Association Executives (asaecenter.org)

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