ASAE Announces 141 Professionals Earned Prominent CAE Credential

February 12, 2016

WASHINGTON—One hundred forty-one 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 2016 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 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 13-16. A full listing of the Winter 2016 class is at the end of the release.

“Congratulations to the 141 newly-certified association executives! They have achieved the highest level of professional competency in the area of association management,” said James T. Penrod, CAE, FASLA, chair of the CAE Commission and Executive Director at the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. “The knowledge and skills they have obtained will help advance their organizations.”

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 6, 2016. The application deadline is February 26. For more details about the CAE exam, visit

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 2016 Class



Eileen Denne, M.A., APR, CAE
Denne Consulting
Little Rock, AR


Elizabeth Fantetti, CAE
Director, Membership & Assn. Programs
Professional Beauty Association
Scottsdale, AZ


Ryan P. Adame, MPA, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
American College of Emergency Physicians California Chapter
Sacramento, CA

Jordon Moncrief, CAE
Former CEO
San Anselmo, CA


Dean Holzkamp, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Colorado Medical Society
Denver, CO


Del Baker-Robertson, CAE
Director, Membership & Marketing
Electronic Transactions Association
Washington, DC

Judi Buckalew, CAE
Sr. Mgr., Regulatory & Government Relations
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Washington Office
Washington, DC

Tara Conte, CAE
Development Specialist
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Washington, DC

Mark Falzone, MPA, CAE
Deputy Director
National Immigration Forum
Washington, DC

Oleathia M. Gadsden, CMP, CAE
Director, Association Affairs
National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Washington, DC

John R. Heberlein, MBA, CMA, CFM, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
American Dental Education Association
Washington, DC

Chelsea R. Killam, CAE
Director, Research Programs
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Megan Kuhman, CAE
Sr. Manager, Global Development
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Barbara Long, CAE
Sr. Director, Governance and Executive Affairs
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Washington, DC

Greg Maciog, CAE
SmithBucklin Corporation
Washington, DC
Ann McDermott, CAE
Director, Web Strategy and Operations
American Council on Education
Washington, DC

Maisha Miles, CAE
Managing Editor
American Society for Microbiology
Washington, DC

Lauren Precker, CAE
Manager, Social Communications and Strategy
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Kimberly Ann Reed, JD, CAE
International Food Information Council and Foundation
Washington, DC

Jamie Sadler, MA, CAE
Certified Instructional Designer
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Shonzia Thompson, CMP, CAE
Senior Director
National Association of Manufacturers
Washington, DC

John Torres, CAE
Director, Leadership Development
American Farm Bureau Federation
Washington, DC

Raffaele Vitelli, CAE
Director, Professional & Workforce Development
National Association of Social Workers Foundation
Washington, DC

Anjali Weber, CAE
Director of Accreditation Services
Institute for Credentialing Excellence
Washington, DC
Kimberly A. Yoho, CAE
Executive Assistant
The American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC


Adrian Amos Honderick, CAE
Marketing, Communications & Technology Manager
Florida Society of Association Executives
Tallahassee, FL

Peter Lucas, MBA, CAE
Training Programs Director
National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association
Tampa, FL

Lisa J. O'Donnell, CAE
Director of Membership & Marketing
Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects
Tallahassee, FL

Ronda V. Thomas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAE
Acting Director Credentialing/Director HR
Wesley Chapel, FL

Paul Frederick Weintraub, CAE
Director of Global Development & Support
Tampa, FL


Julia Boyd, CAE
Director, Certification
Professional Photographers of America Inc
Atlanta, GA

Kristina Hoffman, CAE
PFIFA Executive Director
National Association Management Group, LLC
Smyrna, GA

Damian Kavanagh, CAE
Vice President, Accreditation & Membership
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Atlanta, GA

Timothy Kline, CAE
Certification Manager
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc
Atlanta, GA

Tangela Monroe, CAE
Assistant Director
American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association
Atlanta, GA

Jennie Nesspor, CAE
Events and Administration Manager
Georgia Association of Convenience Stores
Acworth, GA


Robert L. Hartwig, CAE
Legal Counsel
Iowa Bankers Association
Johnston, IA


Kara Adams, M.Ed., CAE
Program Manager, Knowledge & Learning
Institute of Food Technologists
Chicago, IL

Brenda Bailey-Hainer, CAE
Executive Director
American Theological Library Association
Chicago, IL

Mona F. Buckley, MPA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Professional Insurance Marketing Association
Chicago, IL

Charles Cohon, MBA, CAE
CEO & President
Manufacturers Agents National Association
Morton Grove, IL

Bruce Hammond, CAE
Senior Manager, Corporate Mktg & Comms
Association Management Center
Aurora, IL

Daniel Harris, CAE
Executive Director/CEO
National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors
Chicago, IL

Nikki Haton, CAE
Manager, Membership Engagement
American Academy of Periodontology
Romeoville, IL

Carolina Hernandez, CAE
Director, Membership & Credentialing
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Marie N. Hollein, CTP, CAE
President & CEO
Oakwood Enterprises
Barrington, IL

Karen A. Hurley, MA, CAE
Associate Executive Director, Administration
Society of Surgical Oncology
Chicago, IL

Mary Katherine Krause, CAE
Vice President Communications
College of American Pathologists
Northfield, IL

Elaine M Leighton, MPH, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Rosemont, IL

Lilliane E. Smothers, CAE
Senior Manager, Membership and Diversity
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Chicago, IL

Aimee Strittmatter, CAE
Executive Director
Association for Library Service to Children
Chicago, IL

Kelly Thompson, CAE
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central IL
Springfield, IL

Sheryl Traficano, MBA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
Dundee, IL

Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, IOM, CAE
Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Champaign, IL

Christy Uden, CAE
Program Development Director
Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Champaign, IL

Laura Undesser, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
Water Quality Association
Lisle, IL


Jack Kreman, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
Fishers, IN

Brian C. Lewis, CAE
Association Executive
Raybourn Group International
Indianapolis, IN

Michelle Morrison, CAE
Global Education Manager
Kiwanis International
Indianapolis, IN

Brenda Pike, CAE
Executive Director
Indiana State Teachers Association
Indianapolis, IN


Tamara J. Wellbrock, CAE
Executive Director
Hays Area Chamber of Commerce
Hays, KS


Ericka Harney, CFRE, GPC, CVA, CAE
Executive Director, AFWA
Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance
Lexington, KY


Mitchell-Ann Droge, CMP, CAE
Member Services Director
Louisiana Press Association
Baton Rouge, LA

Julie Fuselier, CAE
Vice President
Phyllis Perron and Associates Inc
Baton Rouge, LA


Holly Batts, PMP, CAE
Exam Program Manager
Rockville, MD

Amy Beckrich, CAE
Project Manager
Renal Physicians Association
Greenbelt, MD

Salvador D. Chairez, CAE
Director of Membership and Marketing
American College of Nurse-Midwives
Silver Spring, MD

Gayle Claman, CAE
Senior Director of Scientific Education
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Rockville, MD

Robin Yvette Clayton, CAE
Director of Finance and Administration
National Fenestration Rating Council
Bowie, MD

Brad Conway, CAE
VP, Public Policy
American College of Gastroenterology
Bethesda, MD

Leah Jones, CMP, CAE
Director of Meetings & Events
Auto Care Association
Silver Spring, MD

Donna Mazyck, CAE
Executive Director
National Association of School Nurses
Fulton, MD

Ellen Thorp, CAE
Associate Executive Director
EPDM Roofing Association
Bethesda, MD

Will Whitman, CAE
Director, Communications & Training
National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems
Silver Spring, MD


Scott A. Herceg, CAE
Executive Officer
Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan
Indian River, MI

Kevin Mlutkowski, LEED AP BD+C, CAE
Director, Marketing and Sustainability
American Concrete Institute
Farmington Hills, MI


Angela Babb, APR, CAE
Sr. Director, Membership& Communications
American Academy of Neurology
Andover, MN

James Louis, CAE
Best Meetings Inc
Minneapolis, MN


Pamela A. Hamilton, CAE
Brookline, MO


Meredith Houston, CAE
Communications Assistant
American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina
Raleigh, NC

Whitney C. Thweatt, CAE
Account Manager
IMI Association Executives Inc
Morrisville, NC


Daniel W Bennett, REM, IOM, CAE
Vice President, Government Relations
New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association Inc
Concord, NH

Kimberly MacNeill, MPA, CAE
Mbrshp & Customer Rels Dir
International Association of Privacy Professionals
Portsmouth, NH

Peter J. McNamara, JD, IOM, CAE
New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association Inc
Concord, NH


Donald Kevin Dresely, CAE
Business Planning and Analysis Director
Piscataway, NJ

Deb Dupnik, CAE
Assistant Executive Director
Mount Laurel, NJ

Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW, CAE
Executive Director
National Association of Social Workers New Jersey Chapter
North Brunswick, NJ

Gordon MacPherson, CAE
Director, Conference Quality
Piscataway, NJ

Kelly Neal Mariotti, Esq., CAE
Executive Director
Ponte Vedra Beach, NJ

Melissa Swartz, CAE
Awards Program & Budget Manager
Piscataway, NJ

Johnnie White, MBA, CMP, CAE
Executive Director
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Burke, NJ


Tanya J. Krochta, CAE
SVP, Chief Administration Officer
Haworth, NY

Jennifer MacKay, CAE
Member Services Director
International Foodservice Editorial Council
Pleasant Valley, NY

Marianne Schrom, CAE
Assistant Director of Government Affairs
New York State Funeral Directors Association
Albany, NY


Heather Cowles, CAE
Senior Manager, Member Relations & Servi
American Society for Nondestructive Testing
Delaware, OH

Chris Henney, CAE
President and CEO
Ohio AgriBusiness Association
Columbus, OH

Andrea Reichman, CAE
Assistant Director
Ohio Manufactured Homes Association
Dublin, OH

Greg Saul, CAE
Director of Tax Policy
Ohio Society of CPAs
Columbus, OH


Heatherlyn Burton, CAE
Director of Operations
Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians
Oklahoma City, OK


Denise Calabrese, CAE
Calabrese Management
Harrisburg, PA

Darryl A. Jackson, MBA, IOM, CAE
Chapter Development
Project Management Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Jason Terrell, CAE
Vice President
The Institutes
Malvern, PA

Jonathan Jason Uitto, CAE
Executive Director
Fernley & Fernley Inc
Philadelphia, PA


Hedy Bower, J.D., CAE
Director of Program Planning
State Bar of Texas
Austin, TX

Christy Davis, MS, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Plano, TX

Crystal L. Healey, CAE
Membership Development Coordinator
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
Austin, TX

Aaron P. Hernandez, CAE
Education Director
Texas Society of Association Executives
Austin, TX

Mark L Jones, CAE
enSync Corporation
Fort Worth, TX

Kim Maka, CAE
Program Coordinator
State Bar of Texas
Round Rock, TX

Erin O'Sullivan, CAE
Section and Student Chapter Manager
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Richardson, TX


Paula A. Aviles, CAE
Membership Director
Special Libraries Association
Springfield, VA

John H. Baker, CAE
Vice President of Business Development
Metacred Inc
Alexandria, VA

Katrina M. Behbahani, CAE
Director, Chapter & Member Engagement
American College of Radiology
Reston, VA

Julie Boland, CAE
Director of Membership
National Recreation and Park Association
Ashburn, VA

Laura Cobb, CAE
Member Engagement Manager
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
Richmond, VA

Jonathan Danforth, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
NOAH powered by JL Systems
Annandale, VA

Michael P Fischetti, BA, MA, MS, JD, CPCM, CAE
Executive Director
National Contract Management Association
Ashburn, VA

Mariam Ghaussy, CMP, CAE
Director, Meetings & Conference Services
Construction Management Association of America
McLean, VA

Brett Hansen, CAE
Senior Managing Editor
American College of Radiology
Reston, VA

Renee Harris-Etheridge, MBA, MS, CAE
Assistant Director, Membership
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
Alexandria, VA

James R. Hirt, MBA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Appraisers
Alexandria, VA

Eileen Morgan Johnson, Esq., CAE
Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP
Falls Church, VA

William J. Johnson, Esq., CAE
Executive Director and General Counsel
National Association of Police Organizations
Arlington, VA

Patricia A. Jones, CAE
Director, Executive and Board Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers
Reston, VA

Mary Ellen Kleiman, CAE
VP, Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel
National Association of Chain Drug Stores Inc
Arlington, VA

Scott Lynch, CAE
President & CEO
American Boiler Manufacturers Association
Burke, VA

Marcus D. Miller, CAE
Member Services Administrator
Arlington, VA

Leslie Nolen, CAE
Director, Educational Activities
American Society of Civil Engineers
Reston, VA

Kate O'Donnell, CAE
Vice President, Brand Strategy
Falls Church, VA

Ellen Quinn, CMP, CAE
Associate CEO
Society of Research Administrators International
Arlington, VA

Holly E. Roseski, CAE
Exam Director
Metacred Inc
Palm Harbor, VA

Ruth Christine Sapsara, CAE
Project Administrator, Editorial Service
CFA Institute
Charlottesville, VA

Ellen Savage, CAE
Senior Director, Membership
Consumer Technology Association
Falls Church, VA

Andy Schwarz, CAE
McLean, VA


Elizabeth Evans, CAE
Northern District Manager
Associated General Contractors of Washington
Bellingham, WA

David Kearby, CAE
District Manager
Associated General Contractors of Washington
Yakima, WA


Emily DeVillers, CAE
CME and Education Mananger
Executive Director, Inc.
Kewaskum, WI

Mike DiFrisco, CAE
Chief Marketing Officer
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Madison, WI

William Elliott, CAE
Executive Director
Association Acumen
West Milwaukee, WI

Megan M. Hille, CMP, CAE
Executive Director
Executive Director, Inc
Milwaukee, WI

Tracy S Holmes, MNM, CAE
Director, Individual Membership
American Society for Quality
Milwaukee, WI