ASAE Announces 142 Professionals Earned Prominent CAE Credential

WASHINGTON—One hundred forty-two association executives recently received their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,000 industry leaders worldwide.

WASHINGTON—One hundred forty-two association executives recently received their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,000 industry leaders worldwide.

The Winter 2014 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide this winter. They will be honored, along with the Summer 2014 class of CAEs, during the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, TN, August 9-12. A listing by state of the Winter 2014 class of CAEs can be found at the end of the release.

“On behalf of the CAE Commission, it is with great pleasure that I recognize the achievements of the 142 newly-certified association executives who have attained the highest level of professional competency in the area of association management,” said Steven C. Echard, IOM, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission. “The addition of these professionals to the rank of CAE has catapulted our numbers to more than 4,000—the highest number of association executives to ever hold the designation at one time since the inception of the CAE Program in 1960. We take great pride in knowing that these competent leaders are helping to improve the global community through their commitment and understanding the areas of association management.”

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).

The next CAE examination will be administered on May 2, 2014. The application deadline is February 21. For more details about the CAE exam, contact Lori Furtado, CAE, senior director of credentialing, at 202-626-2759 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 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

CAEs By State
Winter 2014 Class

Katie Elsberry, CAE
Chandler, AZ

Flannery Helene O'Neil, MPH, CAE
Health Planner & Communications Specialist
San Juan Basin Health Department
Phoenix, AZ

Stephen Angelides, JD,MPA, CAE
Executive Director
Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc.
Sacramento, CA

Laura M. Campbell, MPA, CAE
Director of Operations
California State Association of Counties
Sacramento, CA

Causby Challacombe, CAE
Director of Membership
NAMM - The National Association of Music Merchants
Carlsbad, CA

Scott P. Leary, CAE
Executive Director
Bay Area Builders Exchange
San Leandro, CA

Mary Pendleton, CAE
Member Services
Epicenter Management
Porterville, CA

Beau Ballinger, CAE
Senior Program Specialist
AARP Foundation
Denver, CO

Heidi May Gordon, CAE
Director of Marketing & Communications
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
Aurora, CO

Betty Knecht, CAE
VP Events & Education
Apartment Association of Metro Denver
Greenwood Village, CO

Stephanie Lasser, CMP, CAE
Director of Conferences
Investment Management Consultants Association
Greenwood Village, CO

Lisa Michele Lawrie-Munro, CAE
Executive Director
American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
Englewood, CO

Stephanie Stephens, CAE
Executive Director
Colorado Parks and Recreation Association
Wheat Ridge, CO

District of Columbia
Vivian Abalama, CAE
Manager, Volunteer Relations
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Jonathan Bassford, JD, CAE
Operations Director
Application Developers Alliance
Washington, DC

Andrew Johnson Black, CAE
President & CEO
Association of Oil Pipe Lines
Washington, DC

Christopher M. Brown, CMP, CAE
Director of Meetings and Membership Services
National Association for Law Placement
Washington, DC

Susan A. Cantrell, CAE
Director, North America
Washington, DC

Aaron Castelo, IOM, CAE
Dir, State & Local Govt Rels
American Society of Civil Engineers - Washington DC Office
Washington, DC

John Y. Chen, CAE
Communications & Marketing Manager
National Association for Law Placement
Washington, DC

Audra Franks, MTA, CMP, CAE
Senior Director for Meetings
American Dental Education Association
Washington, DC

Rebecca C. Grounds, CAE
Director, Corporate Relations
The American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC

Robert N. Hay, MA, CAE
Associate Director, Public Policy
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Laura Horsley, CAE
Director of Communications and Editor
Building Owners and Managers Association International
Washington, DC

Sabrina Kidwai, APR, MPA, CAE
Senior Manager, Public Relations
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Karyn K. MacRae, IOM, CMP, CAE
Director, IOM
United States Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

Juliet M. Mason, CAE
Director, Marketing and Member Services
National Association of College and University Business Officers
Washington, DC

Leann M. Shepp, CAE
VP,  Membership Operations
American Bankers Association
Washington, DC

Kathleen Simpson, CAE
Director, Knowledge Communities
The American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC

Catie Slye, CAE
Director of Education
Building Owners and Managers Association International
Washington, DC

Tanyia Troutman, MSA, CAE
Grants Manager,  Open Technology Institute
New America Foundation
Washington, DC

Mary Warner, CAE
Assistant Director, Publications
American Geophysical Union
Washington, DC

Breana Blount Giblin, MBA, IOM, CPA, CAE
Florida Bankers Association
Tallahassee, FL

Carolyn Millar, MBA, CAE
Membership Services Manager
Florida Dental Association
Tallahassee, FL

Christina Tallman, CAE
Convention Manager
Florida Dental Association
Tallahassee, FL

Kristen Hartman, CAE
Director of Membership
Professional Photographers of America Inc
Atlanta, GA

Angela Holland, CAE
Vice President, Association Services
Georgia Association of Convenience Stores
Dallas, GA

Sharon Shuford, LEED GA, CTC, CITE, CAE
Director Events and Professional Development
Building Owners and Managers Association Georgia
Atlanta, GA

David F. Waldrep, CAE
CEO / Executive Director
Medical Association of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Martha M. Abel, CAE
Government Advocacy & Professional Development Coordinator
Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals
St. Charles, IL


Kerry Amato, CAE
Manager, Specialty Education
Chicago, IL

Patrick J. Andrus, MBA, CAE
Director of Business Development
American Hospital Association
Chicago, IL

Sharon D. Autrey, MPA, CAE
Director, Administration & Governance
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Chicago, IL

Holly Becker, CAE
Assistant Director of International Initiatives
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Downers Grove, IL

Michele Berg, CPLP, MBA, CAE
Chief Programs & Member Services Officer
Rotary International
Evanston, IL

Heather Case, DVM, MPH, CAE
Director, Scientic Activities Division
American Veterinary Medical Association
Schaumburg, IL

Tawana W. Collins, MBA, CAE
District Field Associate
Chicago, IL

Laurie Dougherty, CAE
Executive Director
Illinois Section American Water Works Association
Saint Charles, IL

James R. Flanigan, CAE
Director of Marketing
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Mount Prospect, IL

Ralph A. Gervasi, CAE
Executive Director
COMMON - A Users Group
Chicago, IL

Daniel E. Goldberg, CAE
Account Supervisor
David James Group
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Nicole M. Harris, CAE
Director, Member Relations and Outreach
CFA Society of Chicago
Chicago, IL


Mary K. Hartigan, Esq., CAE
The Thomas W. Dower Foundation
Chicago, IL

Julianna Kazragys, CAE
Manager, Certification
Chicago, IL

Debra Kennedy, CAE
Associate Executive Director
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
Rolling Meadows, IL


Wade Koehler, CAE
Exec Dir, FCSI Americas Div
Foodservice Consultants Society International - The Americas Division
Bloomington, IL

Michele Lengerman, MBA, CAE
Director of Development & Foundation
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Schaumburg, IL

Ann Londrigan, CAE
Director, Member & Association Engagement
Illinois Association of REALTORS
Springfield, IL

George A. Miller, CAE
Director, Knowledge & Learning Experiences
Institute of Food Technologists
Chicago, IL

John W. D. O'Loughlin, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Association for Corporate Growth
Chicago, IL

Virginia J. Petrancosta, CAE
Director, Communications and Development
CFA Society of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Marya Ryan, CAE
Director of Certification
International Society of Arboriculture
Champaign, IL

Christy Spahn, CAE
Director of Sales and Sponsorship
Association Forum of Chicagoland
Chicago, IL

Stephanie L. Spann, CAE
Office Manager
Illinois Community College Trustees Association
Springfield, IL

Linde Tesch, MS, RHIA, CAE
Senior Education Quality Officer
Chicago, IL

Jonathan Thatcher, MBA, CAE
Director Research
Chicago, IL

Nora Zei, MBA, CAE
Senior Director, Programs and Member Services
Rotary International
Evanston, IL


Holly Linnette Morris, CAE
Director of Operations
Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority
Indianapolis, IN

Jessica Wendorf, CNP, CAE
Chapter & Regional Operations Manager
Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, IN

Lauren Wiedt, CAE
Chapter Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
Leawood, KS

Brian Clark, CAE
Executive Director, KPMA
Associations International
Lexington, KY

Joseph McClary, MA, CAE
Kentucky Association of REALTORS
Lexington, KY

John E. Wyble, Ph.D., CAE
Executive Director
Louisiana CASA
Baton Rouge, LA

Charles Cochran, CAE
Chief Staff Officer for Operations
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Vickie Y. Fisher, CAE
Director of Finance
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association
Lanham, MD

Glynis V. Harvey, CAE
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Laurel, MD

Renee La Mura, CAE
Sr. Director, Programs & Administration
Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association
Bethesda, MD

Claire C. Louder, IOM, CAE
President & CEO
West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce
Odenton, MD

Michael K. J. Milligan, PhD, PE, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
Baltimore, MD

Martin J. Rome, CAE
Chief Staff Officer for Communications
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

James Vrac, CAE
Account Executive
PAI Management Corporation
Bethesda, MD

Linda Pastors Burghardt, CAE
Governmental Affairs Specialist
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Lansing, MI

Rebecca Cienki, MPH, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Michigan Primary Care Association
Lansing, MI

Dale Shugars, CAE
Kalamazoo, MI

Kelly Turner, CAE
Membership & Field Services Dept Manager
Michigan Farm Bureau
Lansing, MI

Colleen Ayers, CAE
Account Executive
The Harrington Company
Minneapolis, MN

Tracy King, MA, CAE
Associate Director, Education
American Academy of Neurology
Minneapolis, MN


David Renner, CAE
Director State and Federal Legislation
Minnesota Medical Association
Minneapolis, MN

Rebecca L. Rasmussen, CAE
Managing Editor/Communications
Missouri Athletic Club
St. Louis, MO

Donna Seawards, CAE
Executive Director
American College of Physicians - IL & IN Chapters
Thayer, MO


Fred Stemme, CAE
Vice President - Marketing
National Corn Growers Association
Chesterfield, MO

Teresa McKee, J.D., CAE
Chief Legal Counsel
Nevada Association of Realtors
Reno, NV

New Jersey
Nancy Furstenburg, CPA, CAE
Dir of Fin & Acctg Svcs
Professional Management Associates LLC
Hillsborough, NJ

Michael P. Kelly, CAE
Group Executive Director
Piscataway, NJ

Patrick McCarren, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
NAFA Fleet Management Association
Princeton, NJ

Rory E. McCorkle, CAE
Product Manager - Global Career Resource
Piscataway, NJ

Joseph Robert Sapp, CAE
Executive Director
Talley Management Group Inc
Mount Royal, NJ

Dennis Whitney, CAE
Vice President, ICMA
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ



New York
Denise Wagner, MBA, CAE
Manager, Board Operations
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Headquarters)
New York, NY

North Carolina
Catrice Jones, CAE
Educational Events Manager
North Carolina American Water Works Association Water Environment Association
Raleigh, NC

Denise R. Ison- Miller, CAE
Sr Mgr, Membership & Strategic Relations
Ohio Society of CPAs
Dublin, OH

Amy L. Johnson, CAE
Vice President, Communications
Ohio Society of CPAs
Dublin, OH

Kelly Trautner, J.D., CAE
Deputy Exec Officer
Ohio Nurses Association
Columbus, OH

Deborah Trzeciak, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Ohio Association of School Business Officials
Columbus, OH

Ted Bakamjian, CAE
Director, Publications
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Tulsa, OK

Carlo Thomas Simpao, CAE
Member Services Manager
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Tulsa, OK

Shannon Bubel, CAE
Interim CEO
Austin Board of Realtors
Austin, TX

Christopher J. Copeland, Esq., CAE
Executive Director
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Austin, TX

Lisa Goerlitz, CAE
Education and Communications
Texas Pharmacy Association
Austin, TX

John R. Gormley, CAE
Vice Pres Communications & Mktg
Texas Association of Realtors
Austin, TX

Adam Myers Griswold, CAE
Executive Director
Academy of Gp Orthodontics
Rockwall, TX

Sherry Johnson, SPHR, CAE
Field Services Director SW Central Region
Society for Human Resource Management
Round Rock, TX

Tim Niedecken, CAE
Executive Director, Assn. Services
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Fort Worth, TX

Silvia Pendleton, CAE
Director of Operations, Mkting & Mtgs.
Texas Self Storage Association
Round Rock, TX

Sara Regalado, CAE
Director of Conference Management
Texas Medical Association
Austin, TX

Mariama S. Boney, MS,MSW, CAE
Communications & Marketing Professional
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Janet Boutilier, CAE
Senior Account Manager
Potomac Management Resources
Alexandria, VA

Caitlin Marie Couture, CAE
Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement and Development
Society of Interventional Radiology
Fairfax, VA

Al Garver, CAE
Executive Director - CEO
Enlisted Association of the National Guard in the United States
Alexandria, VA

Elizabeth L. Grotos, CAE
Senior Specialist, Component Governance
American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

Christina Hartle, CAE
Chapter Services Coordinator
American Inns of Court Foundation
Alexandria, VA

Rhonda Lees, Esq., CAE
Vice President, Legal Affairs
American Diabetes Association
Alexandria, VA

Rebecca Moden, CAE
Member and Stakeholder Experience Manager
Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
Reston, VA

Laura Niel, CAE
VP of Finance and Administration
National Tank Truck Carriers Inc
Arlington, VA

Catherine Ort-Mabry, MA, CAE
Founder/Chief Strategist
COM Solutions
Arlington, VA

Annette M. Ott-Barnett, CMP, CMM, CAE
Centreville, VA

Sarah Patterson, CAE
Account Executive
Drohan Management Group
Reston, VA

Melissa C. Prelewicz, CAE
Associate Executive Director of AAES
American Society of Civil Engineers
Reston, VA

Heather L. Rhoderick, CMP, CAE
Vice President, Events & Education
American Composites Manufacturers Association
Arlington, VA

Sherrie Schulte, CAE
Certification and Operations Director
Irrigation Association
Falls Church, VA

Melaine L. Sprigler, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CAE
VP, Finance & Administration
Construction Management Association of America
McLean, VA

Sherri Stone, CAE
Vice President
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
Arlington, VA

M. Craig Toalson, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Home Building Association of Richmond
Richmond, VA


Charles L. White, CAE
Director, Government & Military Relations
International Association of Movers
Alexandria, VA

Scott M. Lindsay, CAE
Dir. of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Northwest Public Power Association
Vancouver, WA

Andrew James Bronson, CAE
Account Executive
Svinicki Association Management Inc
Milwaukee, WI

Kate Filipiak, CAE
Executive Director
Executive Director Inc
Milwaukee, WI

Lisa Fitch, CAE
Director, Charitable Foundation
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Madison, WI

Peter J. Hanson, CAE
Vice President of Public Affairs
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Madison, WI

Jennifer Lynn Kilpatrick, CAE
Account Executive
Svinicki Association Management Inc
Milwaukee, WI

Cynthia Lemek, CAE
Account Executive/Executive Director
Association Acumen
Milwaukee, WI

Lori Rathje, CAE
Executive Director
Association Acumen
Milwaukee, WI