ASAE Announces 163 Professionals Earned Prominent CAE Credential

WASHINGTON—One hundred sixty-three 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 sixty-three 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 2015 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide in December. They will be honored, along with the summer class of CAEs, during the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit, MI, August 8-11. A listing by state of the Winter 2015 class of CAEs can be found at the end of the release.

“Congratulations to the 163 newly-certified association executives who have achieved the highest level of professional competency in the area of association management,” said Kimberly A. Knight, MBA, CMP, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and Assistant Corporate Secretary & Director Board Relations, AARP. “CAE's continually strive to make a difference in their community and raise awareness about the profession.”

The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and have demonstrated 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 1, 2015. The application deadline is February 20. 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 9,300 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 2015 Class


Mark W. Kuyper, CAE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Evangelical Christian Publishers Association
Phoenix, AZ

Rebecca Rudnyk, MBA/HCM, CAE
Executive Director
Scottsdale, AZ

Kristen Wilson, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Arizona Small Business Association
Phoenix, AZ


Tammy Anderson-Wise, CAE
Dairy Council of California
Sacramento, CA

Keith A. Darby, CMA, CFE, MBA, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
American College of Phlebology
San Leandro, CA

Michelle Lee Donohue, CAE
Account Operations Manager
California Hotel and Lodging Association
Sacramento, CA

Thomas H. Ingram, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
Diving Equipment and Marketing Association
San Diego, CA

David Lo, CAE
Strategic Relations Manager
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Glendale, CA

Clare Smith, J.D., CAE
Director of Operations & Member Services
Woodwork Institute
West Sacramento, CA

Rose Smoot, IOM, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Roseville, CA

Jan P. Stieger, CMP, CAE
Executive Director
DBA International
Sacramento, CA


Kimberly A. Gill, CAE
Executive Director
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Colorado
Denver, CO

Brian S. Green, CAE
Senior Manager, IT and Web Services
National Business Officers Association
Boulder, CO

Spenser Villwock, LEED AP, MNM, CAE
Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain
Denver, CO

District of Columbia

Dana Anaman, CAE
Marketing Manager
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Meredith Bower Holt, CAE
Senior Manager, Membership
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Margaret Collins, CAE
Director of Digital Communications
National Association of Manufacturers
Washington, DC

Kelley A. Cox, IOM, CAE
Executive Director, Business Development
United States Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

Meredith Ellison, MBA, MS, CAE
Director, Educational Events
Young Presidents' Organization
Washington, DC

Dresden Farrand, MPA, MPP, CAE
Sr. Dir. of Membership and State Chapters
Consortium for School Networking
Washington, DC

Patricia A. Fechter, MBA, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
ACPA - College Student Educators International
Washington, DC

Molly Apter Georgakis, CAE
Vice President, Member Services
Eye Bank Association of America
Washington, DC

Thomas F. Goodwin, CAE
Director, Public Policy and Advocacy
Washington, DC

William R. Grubb Jr., CPA, CAE
SVP - Finance & Administration
International Franchise Association
Washington, DC

Deborah F. Hanger, CAE
Director, Database Administration
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Amy Hissrich, CAE
VP Web Strategies and Communications
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Ian MacFarlane, IOM, CAE
Executive Director
Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters
Washington, DC

Scott Mallan, CAE
VP,  Finance and Chief Operating Officer
Environmental Working Group
Washington, DC

Scott A. Morris, MPA, CAE
Director, State and Local Affairs
Building Owners and Managers Association International
Washington, DC

Lauren B. Nilssen, CMM, CMP, CAE
Meetings and Communications Manager
Institute of Makers of Explosives
Washington, DC

Bradford S. Nixon, Esq., CAE
Associate General Counsel
Edison Electric Institute
Washington, DC

Glen O'Gilvie, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Washington, DC

Jeanette Panning, MBA, CAE
Manager Editor Coordination Publication
American Geophysical Union
Washington, DC

Laura Sawyer, MA, CAE
Executive Director
Joy of Motion Dance Center
Washington, DC

Sally H. Schwettmann, Esq., CAE
Awards Administrator
National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC

Julia M. Williams, CAE
Senior Manager, Government Relations
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Washington Office
Washington, DC

Brian L. Wolff, CAE
Executive Vice President
Edison Electric Institute
Washington, DC

Jarmila Zapata, CAE
Manager of Communications and Member Relations
National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones
Washington, DC


Rachel M.Brooke, CMP, CAE
Maxim Management
Delray Beach, FL

Lisette Mariner, CAE
Executive Director
Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association
Tallahassee, FL

Peter R. Scott, APR, CAE
Vice President, Operations & Development
North American Veterinary Community
Gainesville, FL

Tonya Jo Wade, JD, CAE
Director Education Development, Accreditation & Compliance
American Association for Physician Leadership®
Tampa, FL


Amy Fore Kane, CAE
Director, Core Programs
Rheumatology Research Foundation
Atlanta, GA

Jennifer Poff, CAE
Director, Peer Review
Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
Atlanta, GA

Mary J. Wheatley, IOM, CAE
Executive Director, Foundation
American College of Rheumatology
Atlanta, GA


Gladys Quinto Marrone, JD, CAE
CEO / Chief Lobbyist
Building Industry Association of Hawaii
Waipahu, HI


Julie Elizabeth Cotton-Murphy, CAE
Chief Administrative Officer
Uniform Law Commission
Chicago, IL

Kristin Dee, MPS, CAE
Executive Director
SmithBucklin Corporation
Chicago, IL

Anna Desai, MHA, CAE
Manager, Profession Governance
Chicago, IL

Lorraine Jordan, Ph.D., CAE
Foundation Executive Director
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Park Ridge, IL

Cynthia L. Keillor, CAE
Account Executive
Chicago, IL

Jason J. Krohn, PE, SECB, FACI, CAE
Managing Director, Technical Activities
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
Chicago, IL

Bradley Neal, MBA, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Academy of General Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Lindsey K. Nelson, CAE
Executive Dir., Development/ Foundation
National Automatic Merchandising Association
Chicago, IL

Charmaine Osborne, MSM, CAE
Sr. Specialist, Member Programs
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Chicago, IL

Mollie Pillman, MS, MBA, CAE
Sr Director, Strategy & Transformation
American Health Information Management Association
Chicago, IL

James Puente, CAE
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Chicago, IL

Lisa Sallstrom, CAE
Director Certification
Chicago, IL

Lori Trusiak, MBA, CAE
Director, Member Services
Healthcare Financial Management Association
Westchester, IL


Beth H. Bauer, MBA, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana (ACEC Indiana)
Indianapolis, IN

Rachel Daeger, IOM, CAE
Associate Director
Raybourn Group International
Indianapolis, IN

Lindsey Knight, CAE
Director of Membership
Raybourn Group International
Indianapolis, IN

Shelly E. Pfenninger, CAE
Director of Communication
Vacation Rental Managers Association
Indianapolis, IN

Stacey L. Wilson, CAE
Senior Manager- Professional Development
Indiana CPA Society
Indianapolis, IN


Melissa L. Primus, CAE
Senior Account Executive
Diversified Management Services
West Des Moines, IA


Monica Evans-Lombe, CAE
Executive Director
AMP Management Services
Olathe, KS

Elizabeth Icenogle, CAE
Associate Director, Government Affairs
Association of Records Managers and Administrators International
Overland Park, KS

Heather Lehman, CAE
Manager of Member Services
Association of Records Managers and Administrators
Overland Park, KS

Crystal Roberts, MBA, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
International Association of Plastics Distribution
Overland Park, KS


Kim Goff, CAE
Education & Committee Manager
Agentis Management, Inc.
Lexington, KY


Kathleen A. DeMarco, CAE
Account Executive
Stringfellow Management Group
Bel Air, MD

Neil DiSarno, Ph.D., CAE
Chief Staff Officer, Audiology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Melissa T. Forburger, CAE
Director of Administration
American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Bethesda, MD

Cheryl L. Gendron, CMP, CAE
Meeting Manager
National Fenestration Rating Council
Greenbelt, MD

Diana R. Kaminsky, MBA, CAE
Vice President, Strategy and Market Development
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
Rockville, MD

Robert T. Price, CAE
Director of Finance and Administration
The American Physiological Society
Bethesda, MD

Silvia Quevedo, MS, CCC/SLP, CAE
Associate Director, Academic Affairs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Jennifer Jean Robinson, CAE
Director - InVEST
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America
Baltimore, MD

Joseph Oden Vallina III, CAE
Director, Publishing
American Nurses Association
Silver Spring, MD

Charles H. Willmarth, CAE
Director, Health Policy and State Affairs
American Occupational Therapy Association Inc
Bethesda, MD

Jennifer Arigo Wilson, MBA, CAE
Director, Client Membership
(c) Management Inc
Rockville, MD


Louis R. Kornet, CAE
Vice President
The Markens Group Inc
Springfield, MA

Iseult Morgan, CAE
Member and Meetings Manager
New England Water Works Association
Holliston, MA


Jean Jernigan, IOM,CMP, CAE
VP, External Affairs & Community Outreach
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Troy, MI

Kimberly R. Pontius, CAE
Executive Vice President
Traverse Area Association of Realtors
Traverse City, MI

Emily N. Rodrigues, MA, CAE
Executive Director
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Jenison, MI

Daniel S. Todd, CAE
Chief Technology Strategist
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Troy, MI


Roger Larson, CAE
Executive Director
Child Neurology Society
Saint Paul, MN

Karen E. Wesloh, CMP, MBA, CAE
Parner & Senior Acct Exec
The Harrington Company
Minneapolis, MN

Mary-Margaret Zindren, CAE
Executive Director
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minneapolis, MN


Jeffrey L. Weaver, OD, MBA, MS, CAE
CEO / Executive Director
American Board of Optometry
Saint Louis, MO

New Jersey

Michele Biordi, CAE
Account Executive
Association Headquarters, Inc
Mount Laurel, NJ

Linda Devonish-Mills, CMA, CPA, MBA, CAE
Director, Technical Accounting Activities
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

Michele Mount, CAE
Managing Partner
The Mount Group, LLC
Old Bridge, NJ

Heather O'Steen, CAE
Director of Client Services/ Executive Director
Professional Management Associates LLC
Hillsborough, NJ

Leslie McGeoch Teris, JD, CAE
Account Executive
Talley Management Group Inc
Mount Royal, NJ

Lisa R. Trofe, CAE
Assistant Vice President
Association Headquarters, Inc
Mount Laurel, NJ

Rachel O. Warnick, CAE
Program Specialist
Piscataway, NJ

New Mexico

Dana L. Aragon, CAE
Director, Governance and Affiliate Rel.
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Albuquerque, NM

John M Padilla, MBA, C.P.M., CAE
Director of Purchasing/Shipping and Receiving
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Albuquerque, NM

Liana Watson, PMP, CAE
Chief Governance and Development Officer
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Albuquerque, NM

New York

Michelle Carter, CAE
Manager of Member Education & Services at AGRiP
Northeast Association Management Inc
Latham, NY

Nancy C. Hooks, MPA, CAE
Vice President, Member Relations
Cohoes, NY

Jennifer A. Ian, MBA, CAE
Dir, Member Services & Chapter Relations
American Thoracic Society
New York, NY

North Carolina

Ed R. Paat, CAE
Director of Development
Carolinas AGC Inc
Charlotte, NC

North Dakota

Brandy Jo K. Frei, CAE
Executive Director
North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians
Hazen, ND


Jason Elliott, CAE
Vice President, Finance & Operations
Ohio Society of CPAs
Dublin, OH

David Evener, MBA/MIS, CAE
Marketing Director
National Ground Water Association
Westerville, OH

Joshua R. Goldman, CAE
Director of Professional Development
Ohio Society of CPAs
Dublin, OH

Rebecca Hixen, CAE
Manager, Member Engagement
Ohio Society of CPAs
Dublin, OH

Kimberly McConville, CAE
Executive Director
Ohio Soft Drink Association
Columbus, OH

Jennifer Rieman, CAE
Manager of Public Relations
Ohio Society of CPAs
Dublin, OH


Jennifer Cobb, IOM, CAE
Senior Manager, Journals and Books
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Tulsa, OK


Lance C. Clark, CAE
Executive Officer
Oregon Real Estate Forms LLC
Portland, OR

Pam Watts, CAE
Executive Director
NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation
Corvallis, OR


Leah M. Krnjaic, CAE
Director, Leader and Member Services
PA Association of Realtors
Lemoyne, PA

Kimberly A. Nicholl-Keane, CMP, CAE
Meeting Minds
West Chester, PA


Justin A. Buck, MBA, CAE
Executive Vice President & CEO
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Memphis, TN

Kara Nicolle Fitzgerald, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants
Brentwood, TN


Kristy Breaux, CAE
Associate Director
Texas Computer Education Association
Austin, TX

Nancy Calaway, CAE
Director, Member Communications & Marketing
American College of Emergency Physicians
Irving, TX

Samuel Cheng, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
American College of Emergency Physicians
Irving, TX

Lori Gracey, CAE
Executive Director
Texas Computer Education Association
Austin, TX

Thomas Greer, CAE
Director of Communications
Texas Association of School Business Officials
Austin, TX

Bill Keese, CAE
Executive Director
Association of Progressive Rental Organizations
Austin, TX

Jennifer Lee, CAE
Director of Marketing
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals
Austin, TX

Ginger Meyners, MBA, CAE
Deputy Director
Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education
Austin, TX

Shirley Rose Robinson, CAE
Senior Director, Education & Programs
Texas Healthcare Trustees
Austin, TX

Darrin Scheid, CAE
Communications Manager
American College of Emergency Physicians
Irving, TX

Marcellette Sherman, CFRE, CAE
Senior Vice President
North Texas Commission
Irving, TX

Amy White, CAE
Director of Special Programs & Foundation
Texas Pediatric Society
Austin, TX


Alex J. Adams, Pharm.D., CAE
VP, Pharmacy Programs
National Association of Chain Drug Stores Inc
Arlington, VA

William R. Allder III, CAE
Membership Development Manager
United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Herndon, VA

Ryan Bingham, CAE
Director, IT Systems
HR Certification Institute
Alexandria, VA

Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro, CAE
Executive Director
United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section
Reston, VA

Sherri Halloran, CAE
Vice President, Membership and Programs
Virginia Biotechnology Association
Richmond, VA

Brian W. Hefner, CAE
Director of Development – Richmond Heart Walk
American Heart Association
Richmond, VA

Erik C. Johnston, CAE
Director of Government Affairs
VA Association of Counties
Richmond, VA

Mary C. Kidd, CMP, CAE
Director of Partner Services
Catapult Meetings Inc
Richmond, VA

Diane E. Kovats, CMP, CAE
Executive Director
International Society for Computational Biology
Fairfax, VA

Hyewon Kraemer, CAE
Donor Relations Manager
National Military Family Association
Alexandria, VA

Jeffrey Lavine, MBA, CAE
Senior Director of Administration and Management
Intelligence and National Security Alliance
Arlington, VA

Jessica Dauer Lowrance, CAE
Executive Vice President
Association for Postal Commerce
Alexandria, VA

Connie Mackay, CAE
Executive Director
Academic Pediatric Association
McLean, VA

Matthew W. Mantione, CAE
Director, Membership & Regional VP Relations
ASIS International
Alexandria, VA

Lisa Deffenbaugh Nguyen, CAE
Director of Operations
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Falls Church, VA

Elisa Brewer Pratt, MA, CAE
Executive Director, Chapter Support Services
Associated General Contractors of America
Arlington, VA

Brandon K. Robinson, CAE
Vice President of Association Management
Eisenman and Associates Inc.
Richmond, VA

Chanté R. Sedwick, MBA, CAE
Dir, Marketing & Creative Services
American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

Donte Paul Shannon, CAE
Manager, Volunteer Services
Society of General Internal Medicine
Alexandria, VA

Christina Snowden Thomas, CAE
Manager of Member Relations
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals International
Alexandria, VA

Kimberly Starks, CAE
Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Arlington, VA

Dominique M. Stumpf, CMP, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
National Pest Management Association
Fairfax, VA

Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE
Executive Director
National Center for Homeopathy
McLean, VA

Emily P. Walker, CAE
Government Affairs Director
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
Richmond, VA

Tina Marie Wehmeir, CMP, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
AMC Institute
Alexandria, VA

Beth Wickline, CAE
Senior Director of Professional Development
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators
Reston, VA

Cynthia Young Woodruff, CAE
Executive Director
American Art Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

Jane Zaretskie, CAE
Manager, Chapters & Circuits
Federal Bar Association
Arlington, VA


Mike Oechsner, MBA, CAE
Director of Association Management
TRI Leadership Resources LLC
Lacey, WA


Sandra M. Koehler, CAE
Compliance Director
Association Acumen
Menomonee Falls, WI


Joana Visa, PhD, CMAR (ICPM), CAE
Quality and Animal Facility Director
Institut d'Investigació Biomédica de Bellvitge
Barcelona, Spain