ASAE Awards Highest Individual Honors for Exceptional Leadership

WASHINGTON — ASAE will honor Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, President and CEO of American College of Healthcare Executives with this year’s Key Award. The Key Award honors the association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association, and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole.

WASHINGTON — ASAE will honor Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, President and CEO of American College of Healthcare Executives with this year’s Key Award. The Key Award honors the association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association, and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole.

In addition, Christine Smith, MBA, FASAE, President and CEO of Boxwood Technology will be honored with the Academy of Leaders Award; and James Hieb, CAE, Vice President at the Marble Institute of America with the Professional Performance Award.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Thomas Dolan, Christine Smith and James Hieb on many occasions. Their individual and collective contributions are significant, noteworthy, and important to the ongoing growth and sustainability of the association community. I’m humbled to serve with them and honored to announce them as the recipients of these prestigious individual awards. ASAE and the association community are the fortunate recipients of their talents.” said Catherine A. Brown, FASAE, CAE, executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and chair of the 2012 Awards Committee.

Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE is the 163rd recipient of the Key Award, ASAE’s highest honor bestowed upon association chief staff executives. Dolan becomes one of the many leaders recognized since 1960. He has been a member of ASAE for 23 years and has been the President/CEO of ACHE since 1991. His many accomplishments include growing ACHE’s membership 118% during his tenure, establishing a Career Resource Center that serves more than 1,700 members annually and many other contributions in governance, membership, research and virtually every category of association management.

Christine Smith, MBA, FASAE, President and COO of Boxwood Technology is the 25th recipient of the Academy of Leaders Award, ASAE’s highest honor given to industry partners who have demonstrated exemplary support of ASAE and the entire association community. During her 11 year tenure with Boxwood, she has lead the growth from 50 association clients to over 1,000 increasing revenues nearly 20% every year and generating nearly $300 million in revenues for the association community.

James has been with the Marble Institute of America since 2003. Some of his many accomplishments and contributions to the association community include working with a volunteer committee to develop the industry’s first credentialing program, expanding safety resources, and developing a robust continuing education program.

The awards will be presented at the 2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 11-14 in Dallas, TX.

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

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Summer 2012 Class of CAEs
Listing by State


Justin Bailey, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
Alabama Association for Justice
Montgomery, AL

Katrina Gwaltney Magdon, CAE
Director, Professional Development and Regulatory Affairs
Alabama Nursing Home Association
Montgomery, AL


Leonard G. Pucker II, MS, CAE
The Wireless Innovation Forum
Phoenix, AZ

Nicole Waldron Stickler, MPA, CAE
Executive Director
Arizona Association of Counties
Phoenix, AZ


Ed Rigsbee, CSP, CAE
President & Executive Director
Cigar PEG Educational Institute
Thousand Oaks, CA


Timothy E. Blum, CAE
Executive Director
Energy Voice Institute
Aurora, CO

Mark P. Koepsell, CAE
Executive Director/CEO
Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values
Fort Collins, CO

Jill McClure, CMP, MA, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Colorado Oil and Gas Association
Denver, CO

Leslie D. Shivers, CAE
Association Pro to Go
Aurora, CO


Kendra Maigarie, MS, CAE
Director of Member Services
Connecticut Community Providers Association
Hartford, CT


Eboni Wall, IOM, CAE
Senior Director of Events
Produce Marketing Association
Newark, DE

District of Columbia

Karine S. Blaufuss, CAE
Manager, Business Intelligence
American Geophysical Union
Washington, DC

Stephen A. Ello, CAE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Independent Community Bankers Association Reinsurance Company
Washington, DC

Melissa D. Ferrari, CAE
Director, Member Communications & Creative Services
Society for Neuroscience
Washington, DC

Catherine Lux Fry, CAE
Interim Manager Continuing Education
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Washington, DC

Brian Green, CAE
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Building Owners and Managers Association International
Washington, DC

Aliyah N. Horton, CAE
Senior Director, External Affairs
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Washington, DC

Steven R. Jones, CAE
Executive Director
Association of Cable Communicators
Washington, DC

Sarah Karle, CAE
Membership Manager
U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC

Thad M. Lurie, MS, MSEd., CAE
American Wind Energy Association
Washington, DC

Lexie Miller, CAE
Managing Director
Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate
Washington, DC

Kevin Morse, CAE
Director of Online Services
American Dental Education Association
Washington, DC

Natasha L. Rankin, CAE
Executive Director
Employers Council on Flexible Compensation
Washington, DC

Jayne Somes-Schloesser, PHR, CAE
Vice President of Administration
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
Washington, DC

Heather Talbert, MPA, CAE
Coalitions Director
Washington, DC


Lesley Jordan, IOM, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Florida Bankers Association
Tallahassee, FL


Todd J. Hawkins, CAE
Training Director
Independent Electrical Contractors of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Mike Pennington, CAE
Georgia Economic Developers Association
Atlanta, GA


Catherine Carruth, CAE
Senior Specialist, Membership & Chapter Relations
Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management
Chicago, IL

Kathleen Caswell, CAE
Society Director
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Rosemont, IL

Elizabeth Chitnis, CAE
Association Director
Meeting Expectations Inc
Oak Brook, IL

April Kates Ellison, CAE
Manager Membership Outreach
American Dental Association
Chicago, IL

Michael A. Jacoby, CAE
Executive Director
Illinois Association of School Business Officials
De Kalb, IL

Emily Lee, CAE
Senior Specialist, Membership & Marketing Communications
Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development
Chicago, IL

Stacy D. R. Lin, CAE
Deputy Executive Director & CFO
Society of Actuaries
Schaumburg, IL

Larry C. Smith, JD, CAE
Executive Director
Association of Legal Administrators
Chicago, IL

Susan Spear, CAE
Manager, Education
Healthcare Financial Management Association
Westchester, IL

Susan Y. Swart, MS, RN, CAE
Executive Director
Illinois Nurses Association
Chicago, IL

Lynne Thomas Gordon, CAE
American Health Information Management Association
Chicago, IL

Jennifer Wolff Jones, CAE
Director, Society Relations
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Rosemont, IL


Aimee Ash, CAE
Executive Director
Gamma Sigma Alpha
Indianapolis, IN


Tessa Hultz, RCE, CAE
Wichita Area Association of Realtors Inc
Wichita, KS


Laura Singler, CAE
Account Executive
AMR Management Services
Lexington, KY


Dianna D. Braud, CAE
Director of National Programs
Alliance Safety Council
Baton Rouge, LA


Lowell M. Aplebaum, CAE
Director, Membership & Councils
International Facility Management Association
Gaithersburg, MD

Vicki Deal-Williams, MA, CAE
Chief Staff Officer for Multicultural Affairs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Bonnie Buell Fedchock, CAE
Executive Director
NACE National Association of Catering Executives
Columbia, MD

Jennifer Pesanelli, CAE
Deputy Director for Business Development & Director of Publications
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Bethesda, MD

Shawna Webster, CAE
Associate Director
National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems
Silver Spring, MD


Robert E. Boose, Ed.D., CAE
Executive Director
Massachusetts Dental Society
Southborough, MA


Lori J. Birman, CAE
Director of Membership and Planned Gifts
The Engineering Society of Detroit
Southfield, MI

Angela Kemppainen, CAE
Association Executive
PSI Association Management
East Lansing, MI


Kelly M. Johnson Andrews, CAE
Assistant Director
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association
South Saint Paul, MN

Corinna Hastings, CAE
Account Executive
The Harrington Company
Minneapolis, MN


Annette L. Belitz Peters, CFM,CFM, CAE
AB Management and Office Services LLC
Lincoln, NE

Alissa Johnson, CAE
Account Manager
McBride and Associates
Lincoln, NE

New Hampshire

Mark E. Garvin, CAE
Tree Care Industry Association
Londonderry, NH

New Jersey

Theresa Field-Bobroski, CAE
Executive Director
Association Headquarters
Mount Laurel, NJ

James Gurowka, CAE
Vice President, Int'l Development & Operations
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

Jessica L. Levin, CAE
President & Chief Connector
Seven Degrees Communications
Edison, NJ

Libby McDannell, CAE
Executive Director
Association Headquarters
Mount Laurel, NJ

Doreen Remmen, CMA, CAE
Vice President Operations & Chief Financial Officer
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

New York

Valerie J. Cammiso, CAE
Executive Director, Foundation
International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation
New York, NY

Thomas Coté, MBA, CAE
Assistant Director
New York State Association for Affordable Housing
Albany, NY

Randi Glass, CMP, CAE
Director, Membership & Volunteer Development
International Council of Shopping Centers
New York, NY

North Carolina

Jerome F. Baker, Ph.D., CAE
Executive Director
Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society
Research Triangle Park, NC

Kristen L. Feneley, MPA, CAE
Director, Volunteer Relations & Hallmarks Development
North Carolina Nurses Association
Raleigh, NC

Daniel Lane Wilson, CAE
Executive Director
North Carolina Rural Water Association Incorporated
Welcome, NC


Carlos Fulcher, MBA, CAE
Worldwide Deputy Executive Director
Horsham, PA

Sarah Hagy, CAE
Executive Director
Fernley & Fernley Inc
Philadelphia, PA

Rhode Island

Jack Hutson, CAE
Association Systems Inc
Warwick, RI


Rebecca A. Bunte, CAE
CFO/Director of Professional Development
Texas Association of School Business Officials
Austin, TX

Tim R. Knettler, MBA, CAE
VTRC Group
Southlake, TX

Jenny Mathis, CPA, CAE
Director of Finance
American College of Osteopathic Ob Gyns
Fort Worth, TX

Carolyn Price, CAE
CMP Management, Inc.
Austin, TX

Tony Radoszewski, CAE
Executive Director
Plastics Pipe Institute Inc
Irving, TX


L. Paul Smith, CAE
Executive Director
Utah Apartment Association
Sandy, UT


Rob Batarla, CPA, MBA, CAE
Vice Pres, Finance and Business Development/CFO
American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

Jerome E. Bruce, CEM, CMP, CAE
Director of Meetings & Expositions
Association of Government Accountants
Alexandria, VA

Marjorie Christina Bynum, CAE
VP, Education & Communications
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals International
Alexandria, VA

Neal J. Couture, CPCM, CAE
Independent Consultant
Reston, VA

James M. Cudahy, CAE
Executive Director & CEO
National Court Reporters Association
Vienna, VA

Jeremy M. Figoten, CAE
Vice President of Meetings & Expositions
National Apartment Association
Arlington, VA

Dianna Gould, SPHR, CAE
Field Services Director, Pacific West Region
Society for Human Resource Management
Alexandria, VA

Tammy L. Hofmann, CAE
Director of Web Operations
National Defense Industrial Association
Arlington, VA

Eve G. Humphreys, CAE
Senior Director, Membership
American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
Alexandria, VA

Dena Kilgore, CAE
Director, Component Governance and Leadership
American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

Thomas M. Leary, CAE
Senior Director, Federal Affairs
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (Washington Office)
Arlington, VA

Kevin A. Lynch, CAE
President & Chief Executive Officer
National Industries for the Blind
Alexandria, VA

Michael C. McGough, CAE
Vice President, Marketing & Membership
National Investor Relations Institute
Alexandria, VA

Angela McMillen, CAE
Experienced Non-Profit Executive
Arlington, VA

Veronique Nagle, CAE
Program/HR Manager
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Fairfax, VA

Shelley O'Brien, CAE
Senior Manager, Fundraising
National Recreation and Park Association
Ashburn, VA

Matthew Ott, MS, CAE
Director, Membership & IT
National Grocers Association
Arlington, VA

Shane Robinson, MA, CAE
Senior Associate
Coulter Nonprofit Management
McLean, VA

Corey Rosenbusch, CAE
Vice President
International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses
Alexandria, VA

Cambria Tidwell, CAE
Director of Operations & Corporate Secretary
National Contract Management Association
Ashburn, VA


Kelly Tourdot, IOM, CAE
Director of Apprenticeship
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Inc
Madison, WI