ASAE Announces 99 Professionals Earn Prominent CAE Credential

WASHINGTON — Affinity Center International (ACI) has joined ASAE’s group of Alliance Partners in the Corporate Partner category. This program provides the industry partner community with opportunities to align itself with ASAE and the association industry through customized marketing platforms.

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

The Winter 2012 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide on December 2, 2011, and will be honored along with the Summer 2012 class of CAEs during the 2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, August 11-14. A listing by state of the Winter 2012 class of CAEs can be found at the end of the release.

“Congratulations to all the new CAEs who have illustrated a high-level knowledge about the essential elements in association management,” said Sal Martino, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission. “The CAE certification raises the bar for association professionals, and their achievement will help raise awareness about the importance of this credential in the association and nonprofit community.”

The CAE program serves 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.

The next CAE examination will be administered on May 4, 2012. The application deadline is February 24. For more details about the CAE exam, contact Lori Frison, CAE, director of credentialing, at 202-626-2759 or [email protected].

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, [email protected], 202-326-9505.

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Winter 2012 Class of CAEs
Listing by State

James Edward Cross, IOM, CAE
Controller and Financial Officer
Insurance Brokers and Agents of the West
Pleasanton, CA

Richard Mockler, CAE
Executive Director
California Head Start Association
Sacramento, CA

Shiela Locatelli Wallace, CAE
Operations Officer/Manager
BTF Enterprises
Santa Cruz, CA

Annette Brokaw Rogers, CAE
Account Executive
Resource Center for Associations
Wheat Ridge, CO

Thomas A. Spiess, CAE
Finance Director & CFO
American Snowsports Education Association
Lakewood, CO

Carol M. Hanover, ARM, CAE
Independant Consultant
Mondani Hanover and Associates
Old Saybrook, CT

District of Columbia
Page Browning, CAE
Director for Academic Services
Home Builders Institute
Washington, DC

Connie Evashwick, CAE
Senior Director of Academic Programs
Association of Schools of Public Health
Washington, DC

Michael Forsythe, CAE
Vice President of Finance
American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Washington, DC

Monique C. Lynch, Ph.D., CAE
Vice President, Program Reviews
National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education
Washington, DC

Phil Simon, APR, CAE
Managing Director, Communications and Publishing
The American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC

Neil A. Snyder, MPA, CAE
Director Federal Advocacy
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Washington, DC

David Thorp, CAE
Director, Government Affairs
American Beverage Association
Washington, DC

Jayne Cevera Fifer, CAE
President and CEO
Volusia Manufacturers Association
Ormond Beach, FL

Alyson B. Abercrombie, CAE
Director of Communications and Marketing
Associated General Contractors - Georgia Branch
Atlanta, GA

Kerry M. Crockett, CMP, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
Augusta, GA

Todd Daniel, CAE
Executive Director
National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association
Fayetteville, GA

Paul J. Donnelly, CAE
Atlanta, GA

Patricia Dunwoody, CAE
Vice President, Education
Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia
Atlanta, GA

Kelly Jones McLendon, CAE
Director, Public Affairs
Georgia Pharmacy Association
Atlanta, GA

Sheri Lin Webb, CAE
Director of Operations
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association
Tucker, GA

Melissa Arthur, IOM, CAE
Senior Manager, Membership
Institute of Real Estate Management
Chicago, IL

Nicole C. Bradle, MA, CMP, CAE
Senior Society Manager
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Park Ridge, IL

Edwin P. Czopek, FHFMA, CPA, CAE
Senior Vice President
Healthcare Financial Management Association
Westchester, IL

Jean Drasgow, CAE
Associate Director
University of Illinois At Urbana Champaign, IL

Teri Jarvie, CAE
Vice President of Member Programs
Association Forum of Chicagoland
Chicago, IL

Shawn Taylor Kaminski, CAE
Director, Section of Science & Technology Law
American Bar Association
Chicago, IL

Jennifer Michalek, MS, CAE
Chief Communications Officer
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Oak Brook, IL

Michelle Mills, CAE
Manager, Shared Interest Groups & Programs
Association Forum of Chicagoland
Chicago, IL

Jacqualine Price Osafo, CAE
Director of Membership Services
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Oak Brook, IL

Samuel J. Reynolds III, MS, MBA, CAE
Asst Director, Business & Practice Development
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Oak Brook, IL

Paul Schuette, CAE
Regional Manager
Illinois Farm Bureau
Bloomington, IL

Leslie A. Whittet, CAE
Vice President, Chapter Operations
Association for Corporate Growth
Chicago, IL

Kenneth J. Widelka, CPA, CAE
American Association of Diabetes Educators
Chicago, IL

Evan Williams, IOM, CAE
Vice President of External Relations
Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago
Burr Ridge, IL

Linda A. Wardhammar, CAE
Indianapolis, IN

Dawn M. Carlson, CAE
President & CEO
Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa
Urbandale, IA

Lynn M. Harkin, CAE
Account Executive
Association Management Ltd (AML)
Ankeny, IA

Michelle Hurd, CAE
Vice President, Marketing and Membership
Iowa Grocery Industry Association
Des Moines, IA

Todd J. Fleischer, CAE
Public Relations Counsel
Kansas Optometric Association
Topeka, KS

Marci McNeal, CAE
Chapter Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
Leawood, KS

Trevor Scott Mitchell, CAE
Director of Member Services
Association of Records Managers and Administrators International
Overland Park, KS

DeLaine Bender, CAE
Deputy Director
AMR Management Services
Lexington, KY

Kerri Schelling, CAE
Director of Board Team Development
Kentucky School Boards Association
Frankfort, KY

Curtis Picard, IOM, CAE
Executive Director
Maine Merchants Association
Augusta, ME

Cheryl R. Caulfield, IOM, CAE
Group Leader, Non-profit Affinity Division
RCM&D / JZA Affinity
Bethesda, MD

Colleen Knight, MPA, CAE
Membership Director
ASFE/ The GeoProfessional Business Association (Associated Soil and Foundation Engineers)
Silver Spring, MD

Maureen C. Markey, MBA, CAE
Asst Dir, Mktg & Non-Dues Revenue
American Nurses Association
Silver Spring, MD

Lauren Maza, CAE
Director, Scientific Meetings & Education
The Obesity Society
Silver Spring, MD

Timothy Patrick McKenna, CAE
Account Executive
The Joseph E. Shaner Company
Baltimore, MD

Todd R. Philbrick, CAE
Executive Director
International Society of Advancement of Cytometry
Bethesda, MD

Pauline E. Rand, IOM, CAE
Director of Programs & Chapter Administration
NAIOP - Massachusetts
Needham Heights, MA

Karlene Ketola, CAE
Executive Director
Michigan Oral Health Coalition
Lansing, MI

F. George Olsen, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Photo Marketing Association International
Jackson, MI

Jennifer L. Rogers, CAE
Director, Communications & PR
Michigan Association of School Boards
Lansing, MI

Robert Thomas, CMP, IOM, CAE
Director of Operations
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Lansing, MI

Maren Louise Amdal, CAE
Executive Director
CFA Society of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Renee Molstad, CAE
Director of Operations
Minnesota Funeral Directors Association
Maple Grove, MN

Jeffrey Peltola, PE, CAE
Independent Consultant
Minneapolis, MN

Janice Neitzert, CAE
Executive Director
Missouri Park and Recreation Association
Jefferson City, MO

Katherine Jacobi, MS, CAE
President & CEO
Nevada Restaurant Association
Las Vegas, NV

New Jersey
Laura Rubinfeld, CIPS, RCE, CAE
Eastern Bergen County of Realtors
Hackensack, NJ

New York
Thomas Hutcherson, CAE
Managing Director, Finance & IT
USTA Eastern
White Plains, NY

Gail R. Kulp, M.Ed., CAE
Executive Director
Sea Tow Foundation
Southold, NY

Kelly Jones-Swenson, CAE
Director of Development
Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association
Columbus, OH

Yvonne A. Hersh, CAE
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
Harrisburg, PA

Steve Neidlinger, CAE
Membership and Marketing Coordinator
Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
Harrisburg, PA

Kathleen Woolever, CAE
Datalytics, Inc.
Palmyra, PA

Anita Hopkins, CAE
Executive Director
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching
Austin, TX

Robin Painovich, CAE
Executive Director
Career and Technology Association of Texas
Austin, TX

Craig Price, CAE
Director, Chapter and State Relations
American College of Emergency Physicians
Dallas, TX

Phil Thoden, CAE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Associated General Contractors - Austin Chapter
Austin, TX

Molly Barlow, CMP, CAE
Senior Manager, Meetings
Society of Interventional Radiology
Fairfax, VA

Miranda Barrett, CAE
VP of Membership Development
Entrepreneurs' Organization
Alexandria, VA

Kimberlee C. Berry, CAE
Senior Manager of Affiliate Relations
National Apartment Association
Arlington, VA

Courtney Bulger, CAE
Assistant Director, Member Services & Corporate Relations
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Fairfax, VA

Jessica Ann Chase, CAE
Manager of Membership and Administration
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
Herndon, VA

Hunter C. Clemens, CMP, CAE
Vice President
AMG, Inc. (Association Management Group)
McLean, VA

Angie DeKleine, CMP, CAE
Associate Director, Operations
National Defense Industrial Association
Arlington, VA

Lauren Edwards Hefner, CAE
Director, Membership, Marketing, and Communication
Laboratory Products Association
Fairfax, VA

Juli Finnell Jones, CAE
Vice President
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
McLean, VA

Kevin L. Kelly, CPA, CAE
Chief Finance and Operating Officer
Electronic Retailing Association
Arlington, VA

Jon Wesley Lindberg, MBA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine ( ACRM )
Leesburg, VA

Terry Monroe, CAE
Director, Membership and External Relations
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Fairfax, VA

Mariah Burton Nelson, MPH, CAE
Executive Director
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
Reston, VA

Trish Downey Phipps, CAE
Program Manager, Volunteers
CFA Institute
Charlottesville, VA

Michele Roberts-Bauer, CAE
Senior Field Manager
Associated Builders and Contractors
Arlington, VA

Laureen Rowland, CAE
Executive Director
American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA)
Fairfax, VA

Jessica Widing, CAE
Executive Director
Fernley & Fernley Inc
Alexandria, VA

Lori Wolking, CAE
Director of Meetings & Conventions
Associated Builders and Contractors
Arlington, VA

Janet Kane, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Washington Realtors
Olympia, WA

Brian K. Birch, CAE
Assistant Executive Director
Snow and Ice Management Association
Milwaukee, WI

Benjamin H. Butz, MPA, CAE
Associate Executive Director
Executive Director, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI

Adam DeMarie, CAE
Program Manager
Executive Director, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI

Audrey Long, CAE
Education Products Manager
Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Intl
Rockford, WI

Jennie Macaluso-Ruditys, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Wisconsin Association Management LLC
Milwaukee, WI

Brian Mondragon Jones, CAE
Membership Manager
Executive Director, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI

Daniel A. Nemec, MBA, CAE
Vice President, Finance
Executive Director, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI

Karen Rockwell, CAE
Executive Officer
Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association
Eau Claire, WI