55 Earn ASAE’s Prestigious CAE Credential

Fifty-five association executives have recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 3,900 industry leaders worldwide.

WASHINGTON—Fifty-five association executives have recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 3,900 industry leaders worldwide.

A listing by state of the Summer 2011 class of CAEs can be found below.

The Summer 2011 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide on May 6, 2011, and will be honored along with the Winter 2011 class of CAEs during ASAE’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition in St. Louis, August 6-9.

The CAE program has served to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and can demonstrate knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

To earn the CAE credential, candidates must first submit an application satisfying professional experience and education requirements. Successful applicants must next pass a challenging examination on all aspects of association management. Candidates undertake rigorous study sessions in preparation for the exam, and only those who are able to achieve the passing score earn the CAE credential. Once earned, the certification must be renewed every three years through additional studies and leadership activities.

“Congratulations to the new CAEs who have demonstrated mastery of the knowledge essential to association management,” said Sara Blair Lake, JD, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission. “The CAE certification not only sets the standard of knowledge for association professionals to achieve, but also defines the profession of association management itself.”

The next CAE examination will be administered on December 2, 2011. The application deadline is September 9. For more details about the CAE exam, contact Lori Frison, CAE, director of credentialing, at 202-626-2759 or [email protected].
MEDIA CONTACT: Jakub M. Konysz, 202-626-2831, [email protected]

About ASAE
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE 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 information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.


Summer 2011 Class of CAEs
Listing by State


Vicki Farmer, IOM, CAE
Executive Director
Arkansas Optometric Association
Little Rock, AR

Karen Klinkovsky Hutchins, CAE
Executive Director
Arkansas Bar Association
Little Rock, AR


Angelina Whitaker, CAE
Executive Director
National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
Scottsdale, AZ


Dennis Meyers, CAE
Assistant Executive Director
California Association of School Business Officials
Sacramento, CA

Caryl Garais Tynan, CAE
Director of Membership Services
American College of Phlebology
San Leandro, CA


Ann Marie Mehan Crosse, CMP, CAE
Association Executive/Meeting Manager
Resource Center for Associations
Wheat Ridge, CO

District of Columbia

M. Stephanie Patrick, CAE
Consultant, Global Government and Corporate Affairs
Bunge Limited
Washington, DC

Mary F. Shaffran, MPA, CAE
Vice Pres - Health Info Technology
National Quality Forum
Washington, DC

Carol J. Strickland, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Washington, DC

Amy M. Swann, MA, CAE
Vice President of Operations
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Washington, DC

Lori S. Traweek, IOM, CAE
Senior Vice President & COO
American Gas Association
Washington, DC

Michele M. Warholic, Esq., CAE
Managing Director
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
Washington, DC

James Wilkinson, MA, CAE
Executive Director
Washington International Trade Association
Washington, DC


Rich Robleto, CAE
Executive Director
Florida Healthy Kids Corporation
Tallahassee, FL


Helen Anne Richards, CAE
Director of Membership
American College of Rheumatology
Atlanta, GA


Paul D. Bishop, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Boards of Certification
Ankeny, IA


Danielle Bauer, CAE
Chapter Relations Manager
American Student Dental Association
Chicago, IL

Mark Bluhm, CAE
Director of Finance and Operations
International Society of Arboriculture
Champaign, IL

Cynthia Day, CAE
Education Products Manager
Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Intl
Rockford, IL

Daniel C. Day, CAE
Vice President of Education
Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago
Burr Ridge, IL

Matthew B. Hornberger, MBA, CAE
Manager Member Services
American Hospital Association
Chicago, IL

Peggy Neuzil, MBA, CAE
Director of Marketing
American Health Information Management Association
Chicago, IL

Cookie Walner, CMM, CMP, MM, CAE
Manager, Events
American Hardware Manufacturers Association
Schaumburg, IL


Kimberly Sue Paugh, CAE
Director of Meetings and Membership
Raybourn Group International Inc
Indianapolis, IN


Jodi Belshe, CAE
Executive Assistant
American Academy of Family Physicians
Leawood, KS

Karen Mathes, CAE
Director of Marketing
American Academy of Family Physicians
Leawood, KS

Gay Ann Poteet, CAE
Operations Manager
BEMA - The Baking Industry Suppliers Association
Overland Park, KS


Keith M. Howard, CAE
Director of Business Development
Associations International
Lexington, KY

Nick Ruffin, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
AMR Management Services
Lexington, KY


Frank P. Fortin, CAE
Chief Digital Strategist & Comm. Dir
Massachusetts Medical Society
Waltham, MA


Paul Hartgen, CAE
Crownsville, MD


Linda Ross Aldy, CAE
Executive Director
Mississippi Optometric Association
Madison, MS

New Jersey

William F. Cordes, CMA, CFM, CAE
Director, Exam Administration
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

New Mexico

Pamala M. Silas, CAE
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Albuquerque, NM

Barbara Whitefield, CAE
Director of Continuing Education
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Albuquerque, NM

New York

Mark R. Nelson, MBA, Ph.D., CAE
National Association of College Stores
Albany, NY


Gwen Berlekamp, CAE
Executive Director
American Institute of Architects Columbus Chapter
Columbus, OH

Sandra Spieker, CAE
Ohio Society of CPAs
Dublin, OH


Abigail Young, IOM, CAE
Meetings/Membership Director
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Hamburg, PA

Anne M. Cunic, CAE
Program Director
Keep Texas Beautiful
Austin, TX

Angela R. Davis, CAE
Director, Association Management
International Meeting Managers Inc
Houston, TX

Glenn Ray Fontenot, CAE
Vice President Operations- Baytown
Industrial Safety Training Council
Nederland, TX

Andrea Hopkins Holovach, CAE
Region & Sections Manager
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Richardson, TX

Cynthia L. Quy, CAE
Manager of Volunteer Services
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
Austin, TX

Linda G. Timmons, CAE
Director of Communications
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas
Austin, TX


DoriAnn Gedris, MBA, CAE
Director of Marketing Services
InfoComm International
Fairfax, VA

Allison M. Gilmore, CAE
Dir Communications & Public Rels
Northern Virginia Technology Council
Herndon, VA

Sima Hassassian, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
International Public Management Association for Human Resources
Burke, VA

Jessica Howard, CAE
Director of Marketing
Professional Landcare Network - Herndon Office
Herndon, VA

Stacy King, CAE
Associate Executive Director
Federal Bar Association
Arlington, VA

Diane W. McMahon, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Aspel Group
Arlington, VA

Veronica L. Meadows, CAE
Director of Communications
Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
Fairfax, VA

Heather S. Sieber, MA, CAE
VP of Communications
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
Springfield, VA


Robert D. Hill, RCE, CAE
Executive Vice President
Vermont Association of Realtors Inc
Montpelier, VT


Sherrif Karamat, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Professional Convention Management Association
Pickering, ON