ASAE Names 2016-2018 DELP Class

May 31, 2016

WASHINGTON—Twelve scholars have been selected for the 2016–2018 Diversity Education Leadership Program (DELP) class. DELP is a two-year program that supports individuals from under-represented identity groups to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community.

“Congratulations to the new DELP Class. DELP is a wonderful program that gives professionals an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and leadership skills. Past DELP scholars have created an ongoing stream of talented association executives with proven leadership skills. I’m sure this year’s class will continue to add to that legacy,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

DELP is exclusively sponsored by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB).

Graham added, “The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has been supporting this program for 16 years, and we have developed more than 150 diverse + inclusive leaders throughout the association industry.”

This year’s class includes:

Danielle Duran Baron, MA
Senior Director, Global Communications and Marketing
ABET- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Baltimore, MD

Tamela Blalock, MTA, CMP
Senior Director, Membership Services
National Association Wholesalers-Distributors
Washington, DC

Rick Burt, MA
Training and Development Manager
Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity
Indianapolis, IN

Thomas J. Coté, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
New York State Psychological Association
Albany, NY

Tammy Dillard-Steels, MPH, MBA, CAE
Regional Director, Regional Services
American College of Healthcare Executives
Chicago, IL

Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director, APAGS
American Psychological Association
Washington, DC

Carmen Elliott, MS
Vice President, Payment and Practice Management
American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

Marcia D. Howard, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Washington, DC

David “DJ” Johnson, IOM, CAE
Vice-President, Membership
American Society of Interior Designers
Washington, DC

Stephanie Jones, CMP
Director, Conference Services
Water Environment Federation
Alexandria, VA

Desirée A. Knight, CMP
Director of Conferences & Seminars
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
Lanham, MD 

Michelle Lui, MBA
Executive Director
Financial Management Association
Tampa, FL 

Media Contact: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-557-1066.

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