ASAE Announces 108 Professionals Earned Prominent CAE Credential

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

“On behalf of the CAE Commission, congratulations to the 108 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 and CEO at the American Association for Study of Liver Diseases. “With the addition of this new class, we continue to make history with the highest number of association executives to hold the designation since the program started in 1960. These leaders are making a difference in their community, and their commitment and understanding in the areas of association management will help increase awareness about the profession.”  

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 December 5, 2014. The application deadline is September 26. 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
Summer 2014 Class


Robin Schaeffer, MSN, RN,CNE, CAE
Executive Director
Arizona Nurses Association
Tempe, AZ


Richard H. Hedgecock, CAE
Executive Vice President
Associated General Contractors - Arkansas Chapter
Little Rock, AR

Holly Heer, IOM, CAE
Director of Membership & Special Events
Arkansas Hospitality Association
Little Rock, AR


Greg Golik, CAE
Shareholder/Operations Director
MWH Management Services
Sacramento, CA

Michael Koonce, CAE
Executive Director
San Diego County Dental Society
San Diego, CA

Mike Lawrence, CAE
Executive Director
Computer-Using Educators, Inc.
Walnut Creek, CA

Kelvin Nanney, CMP, CAE
Member Manager
Meeting Possibilities LLC
San Ramon, CA

Michelle Loggia Tubb, CAE
Director of Marketing and Digital Media
Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineers
Covina, CA


Caitlyn Peel Pollihan, IOM, CAE
Executive Director
Council of Western State Foresters
Denver, CO

District of Columbia

Juan Amador, CAE
Director and GDI Program Leader
Association of American Medical Colleges
Washington, DC

Sybil Walker Barnes, CAE
Director of Social Media
The American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC

Daniel Bond, CAE
Communications Manager
Washington, DC

Kara D. Freeman, MBA, PMP, CAE
Vice President, Admin. & CIO
American Council on Education
Washington, DC

Mark E. Hernick, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
American Geophysical Union
Washington, DC

Kathryn F. Kuhn, CAE
KFK Consulting, LLC
Washington, DC

Nathan Perrine, CPA, MBA, CAE
CFO and Vice President of Administration
American Coatings Association
Washington, DC

Nicholas Serfass, CAE
Assistant Director, Internship & Education
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Washington, DC

Nathan A. Victoria, CAE
Director, Member Engagement & Student Initiatives
NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Washington, DC

Irving W. Washington III, CAE
Director of Operations
Online News Association
Washington, DC


Cora Baker, CAE
Association Executive
New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Adrienne O. Bryant, CAE
Member Information and Database Manager
Association of Florida Colleges
Tallahassee, FL

Linda A. Curtis, CAE
Foundation Executive Director
United States Tennis Association Florida Section, Inc
Daytona Beach, FL

Lynda M. Fernandez, CAE
SVP of Public Relations
Miami Association of Realtors
Miami, FL

Maunda Land, CMP, CAE
Manager, College and University Relations
The Institute of Internal Auditors
Altamonte Springs, FL

Rachel Karen Luoma, MS, CAE
Chief Staff Executive
Partners in Association Management
Tallahassee, FL

Rebecca Magdaleno, CAE
Director of Administration
American Institute of Architects Florida Chapter
Tallahassee, FL

Dawn M. Mages, CAE
Executive Director
American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay Chapter
Tampa, FL

Ryan James Tucholski, RCE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
West Volusia Association of Realtors Inc
Orange City, FL


Cristina Bowerman, CAE
Vice President of Communication & Member Services
Construction Suppliers' Association
Tyrone, GA

Casey Coane, CAE
Hospitality Business Network Foundation
Marietta, GA


Marcia Joanne Jedry, CAE
Director of Finance
Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry
Boise, ID


Cheryl D. Cato, MBA, CAE
Senior Director, Marketing
American Health Information Management Association
Chicago, IL

JoAnn V. Coleman, CAE
Mgr, Vol. Leadership Dev.
American Health Information Management Association
Chicago, IL

Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom, MBA, CAE
Sr. Director, Volunteer Leadership Devel
American Health Information Management Association
Chicago, IL

Karen Kiell, CAE
Director, Membership Services
Academy of General Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Sharon Lilly, CAE
Educational Goods and Services Director
International Society of Arboriculture
Champaign, IL

Megan Markowski, CAE
Chicago, IL

Karen L. Plaus, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, CAE
National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists
Chicago, IL

Martha T. Ramirez, SPHR, CAE
Manager, SHRM North Central Region
Society for Human Resource Management
Chicago, IL

Donna Rebeck, MBA, CPA, CAE
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
Rosemont, IL

Betsi Roach, CAE
Executive Director
Legal Marketing Association
Chicago, IL

Margery Shinners, MSW, CAE
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Mainstreet Organization of Realtors
Downers Grove, IL

Mark Swets, CAE
Association Manager
SmithBucklin Corporation
Chicago, IL

Rachel D. Tristano, CAE
Director of Volunteer Services
Council of Residential Specialists
Chicago, IL

Janice Walbert, CAE
Executive Director
Springfield, IL

Sally Weir, CAE
Executive Director, HMDCB
Association Management Center
Chicago, IL


Laurence A. Bolotin, CAE
Executive Director
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Amanda Cook, CAE
Director of Membership and Marketing
Raybourn Group International
Indianapolis, IN

Elizabeth Ellis, CFRE, CAE
Executive Director
Indiana 4-H Foundation
West Lafayette, IN

James Robert Paponetti, CAE
Executive Director
Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority
Indianapolis, IN

Emilie Perkins, CMP, CAE
Director of Training
LeadingAge Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Katie Riggs, CMP, CAE
Director of Client & Conference Services
Raybourn Group International
Indianapolis, IN

Claude M. Warren III, CAE
Associate Director of Operations
Sigma Kappa National Housing Corporation
Indianapolis, IN


Nick Antista, CAE
Holy Rosary Catholic School
Bucyrus, KS


Pamela Sue Dillon, CAE
Education Director
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
Lexington, KY

Michelle T. Trent, SPHR, CAE
Field Services Director
Society for Human Resource Management
Louisville, KY


Paula J. Eichenbrenner, CAE
Vice President for Advancement
American Society for Nutrition
Bethesda, MD

Margaret S. Harrison, PNP, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Gaithersburg, MD

Daniela Iacona, CAE
Manager, International Relations
Baltimore, MD

Mary Lally, CAE
Deputy CEO
Intersocietal Accreditation Commission
Ellicott City, MD

Vincent John Mayor, CAE
Director, Communications & Research
Sports &  Fitness Industry Association
Silver Spring, MD

Patricia McConkey, CAE
Senior Manager, Registrant Services
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Rockville, MD


Jennifer Dickie, CAE
Association Manager
Association Management Resources
Ann Arbor, MI

RoseAnn B. Nicolai, CAE
Nicolai Events & Communications
Berkley, MI


Beth Hansen, MS, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Mississippi Association of Realtors Inc
Jackson, MS


Stacey Robinson, CAE
Director of Communications
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
Independence, MO

New Jersey

Lawrence Leonard, CMP, CAE
Assistant Divisional Director
Talley Management Group Inc
Mount Royal, NJ

James H. Piechowski, MS, CAE
Director, International Operations
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

New York

Timothy Thate, CAE
Associate Director, Technical Services
LeadingAge New York
Latham, NY

North Carolina

Tammy Seldon, MBA, CMP, CAE
Executive Director
Giant Screen Cinema Association
Holly Springs, NC

Joseph S. Siragusa, CAE
Executive Director
North Carolina Chiropractic Association
Raleigh, NC

Heather Wrenn, CAE
Assistant Director
North Carolina Chiropractic Association
Raleigh, NC


Jeff Rundle, J.D., CAE
General Counsel & Director of Chapter Services
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
Oxford, OH


Dan DeMellier, CAE
Associate Executive Director
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Tulsa, OK

Arnora Parish, MBA, CAE
Director of Finance and Accounting
Oklahoma State Medical Association
Oklahoma City, OK

Amy L. Welch, APR, CAE
Director of Communications
Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants
Oklahoma City, OK


Jade Deitrick, MPA, CAE
Account Manager
Update Management Inc
Portland, OR

Diana Zoren, CAE
Senior Program Manager
Western Energy Institute
Portland, OR


Wayne Bylsma, Ph.D., CAE
Chief Operating Officer
American College of Physicians
Philadelphia, PA

Kristin Dunn, CAE
Research Specialist
Project Management Institute
Newtown Square, PA

South Carolina

Hannah Hopkins Pittman, CAE
Director of Professional Development
South Carolina Association of School Administrators
Columbia, SC


Kasey Anderson, M.Ed., CAE
Executive Director
Nashville Academy of Medicine
Nashville, TN

Art Smith, SPHR, CCP, CAE
Executive Director
Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management
Brentwood, TN


JJ Colburn, CAE
Executive Director
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
Austin, TX

Elizabeth M. Darling, CAE
President & Chief Executive Officer
OneStar Foundation
Austin, TX

Tiffany Wehner McGee, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Austin, TX

Alaina M. Yepez, CAE
Senior Member Services Coordinator
Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers
Austin, TX


Jaclyn Allmon, CAE
Director of Marketing and Communications
Assisted Living Federation of America
Alexandria, VA

Katie Bergmann, MBA, CAE
Vice President of Administration
Reston, VA

Joseph Carden, CAE
Vice President
Professional Services Council
Arlington, VA

Lisa Claydon, CAE
Communications and Association Specialist
Epic PR Group
Alexandria, VA

Thérèse Oetgen Clemens, CAE
Executive Director
AMG, Inc. (Association Management Group)
McLean, VA

Carrie Layfield Drake, CAE
Community Relations Manager
United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Herndon, VA

Yasmeen J. Fields, CAE
Executive Director
Society of Breast Imaging
Reston, VA

Heather Greenwell, CAE
Director of Operations
Catapult, Inc.
Richmond, VA

David M. Kaplan, Ph.D., CAE
Chief Professional Officer
American Counseling Association
Alexandria, VA

Laurie McIntosh, SPHR, CAE
Director, Member Engagement
Society for Human Resource Management
Alexandria, VA

Lacey R. Meckley, CAE
Director of Membership
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Arlington, VA

Diana Tavares Mertz, CAE
Senior Manager, Sections
American Staffing Association
Alexandria, VA

Steve Miller, CAE
Director of Government and Public Affairs
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
Alexandria, VA

Julia Perry Rice, CAE
National Governence and Leadership Mgr
American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

Noreen Rich, MBA, CAE
Sr Marketing Mgr & Foundation Director
Irrigation Association
Falls Church, VA

Oona Schmid, CAE
Director of Publishing
American Anthropological Association
Arlington, VA

Jessica S. Struve, CAE
Membership and Members' Services Manager
Radiology Business Management Association
Fairfax, VA

Adam Thocher, CAE
Director, Member Services
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Falls Church, VA


Jennie L. Smazik, CAE
Executive Director
Executive Director, Inc
Milwaukee, WI

Anthony E. Snyder, IOM, CAE
New Business Development Strategist
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Appleton, WI

Greta Zeimetz, CAE
Director of Education and Research
National Association of Tax Professionals
Appleton, WI