ASAE Names 148 Professionals Received CAE Credential

WASHINGTON—One hundred forty eight association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,200 industry leaders worldwide.

The Winter 2017 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide in December 2016. They will be honored, along with the summer class of CAEs, during the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Toronto, Canada, August 12-15. A full list of the Winter 2017 class is at the end of the release.

“Congratulations to the 148 newly-certified association executives! By earning the CAE, they have achieved the highest level of professional competency in the area of association management,” said Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and Executive Director at the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia. “CAE’s utilize their knowledge and skills to advance their organization, enhance their career, and educate outside audiences about the important role associations play in our community.”

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 5. The application deadline is February 24. 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 28,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,500 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

William L. Peterson, MBA, CAE
Director of Finance and Administration
National Speakers Association
Tempe, AZ

Susan Stein Kregar, CAE
Desert Lotus Group LLC
Glendale, AZ

Devin Anna Bradford, CAE
Manager of Chapter and Meeting Services
Little Rock, AR

Lorrie Trogden, CAE
Associate (Executive) Director
Arkansas Bar Association
Little Rock, AR

Gary Vigil, CAE
Director, Membership
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Diamond Bar, CA

Gary Schmidt, CAE
Director of Operations
Competency and Credentialing Institute
Denver, CO

District of Columbia
Anne DeSeta DarConte, CAE
Beyond K Street, LLC
Washington, DC

Aida Dedajic, CAE
Standards Board Program Manager
The Appraisal Foundation
Washington, DC

Allison Ehrlich, IOM, CAE
Director of Operations
United States Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

Dorrissa D. Griffin, Esq., CAE
Chief of Staff & Staff Counsel
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
Washington, DC

Miriam Lasar, MBA, CAE
VP, Finance and Human Resources
340B Health
Washington, DC

Toni M. Lewis-Bennett, MBA, CAE
Associate Vice President of Membership
Mortgage Bankers Association
Washington, DC

Jonathan M. Paine, CAE
Senior Manager
Washington, DC

Shelby Parish, IOM, CMP, CAE
Senior Manager, Institute for Organization Managem
United States Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

Lindsay Patterson, CAE
Communications Manager - State Regulatory and Legi
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - DC Office
Washington, DC

Stephen Roberts, CAE
Executive Director
State Services Organization
Washington, DC

Liz Rumsey, CAE
Director, Information Strategy & Business Analysis
Society for Neuroscience
Washington, DC

Claire Donovan Rusk, CMP, CAE
Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC

Courtney Schoenborn, CAE
VP, Political Operations and Advocacy
Independent Community Bankers of America
Washington, DC

Paula Douglas Seidel, CAE
Executive Administrator
The Appraisal Foundation
Washington, DC

Jaime E Stephens, CMP, CAE
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Washington, DC

Miriam Surdin, CAE
Chapter Affairs & BOG Associate
American College of Cardiology National Headquarters
Washington, DC

Alexis Terry, CAE
Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Kailee M. Tkacz, CAE
Director, Food & Nutrition Policy
Corn Refiners Association Inc
Washington, DC

M. Scott Vinson, J.D., CAE
Vice President
National Retail Federation
Washington, DC

Patricia Yaya, SPHR, CAE
Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services
American Geophysical Union
Washington, DC

Richard Brown, CAE
Business Manager and Account Executive
Center for Fine Arts Education, Inc.
Tallahassee, FL

Jacqueline Kiviat, CAE
Cooper City, FL

Terry Izaguirre, CAE
Business Manager
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Decatur, GA

Janell Martin, CAE
Senior Specialist, Membership
American College of Rheumatology
Atlanta, GA

John Michael Roch, CAE
Communications & Projects Manager
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Decatur, GA

Jennifer Diane Sanford, CAE
Senior Association Manager
Meeting Expectations Inc
Atlanta, GA

Valerie L. Smith, CAE
Executive Director
Georgia Chiropractic Association Inc
Tucker, GA

Molly Whobrey, CAE
Association Manager
Meeting Expectations Inc
Atlanta, GA

Jacob Wilder, CAE
Director, Communications & Technology
Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia
Atlanta, GA

Susan Adams, CAE
Executive Director
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management
Chicago, IL

Colleen M. Bagnasco, CMP, CAE
Senior Director of Events
Society of Actuaries
Schaumburg, IL

Kevin Baliozian, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
Medical Library Association
Chicago, IL

Jennifer Bose, CAE
Digital Marketing Strategist
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Park Ridge, IL

Leah Cannon, CAE
National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists
Chicago, IL

Michael E. Cunningham Jr., CAE
VP, Publications and Director, HAP
American College of Healthcare Executives
Chicago, IL

Chris Davis, CAE
Vice President of Government Relations
Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois
Springfield, IL

Edwin L. Dellert, RN, MBA, CCMEP, CAE
Chief Learning Officer
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Downers Grove, IL

Megan Drumm, CAE
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
Association Management Center
Chicago, IL

Kristen D Erickson, CAE
Program Coordinator, Member Services
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Rosemont, IL

Betsie Estes, CAE
Research Strategy Manager
Rolling Meadows, IL

Daniel D. Garrett, CAE
Executive Director
Sentergroup Inc
Chicago, IL

Kristy McGreal, MNM, CAE
Executive Director, Foundation
Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, IL

Kari Natale, CAE
Director, Planning & Governance
Illinois CPA Society
Chicago, IL

Heidi Schmalz, MA, MBA, CAE
Senior Manager, Member and Customer Relations
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Rosemont, IL

Laurie Silvey, CAE
President of Center for Business Management
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Springfield, IL

Beata Swacha, CAE
Appraisal Institute
Chicago, IL

Cynthia L. Tomei, CAE
Illinois Manufacturers Association Headquarters
Oak Brook, IL

Gabriela Agraz Welch, MPA, CAE
Director Credentialing Services
Chicago, IL

Amber Shaverdi Huston, CAE
Chief Operations Officer
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity
Indianapolis, IN

Courtney Kincaid, CAE
Director - Membership & Engagement
Indiana CPA Society
Indianapolis, IN

Allison Paul, CAE
Director - Diversity & Outreach
Indiana CPA Society
Indianapolis, IN

Jennifer Diane Sanford, CAE
Senior Association Manager
Meeting Expectations Inc
Indianapolis, IN

Sarah Schnettler, IOM, CAE
Project Manager, State & Policy Affairs
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Indianapolis, IN

Kirk Stelsel, CAE
Director of Communication & Marketing
National Precast Concrete Association
Carmel, IN

Zack O. Wahlquist, CAE
Director of Education
Association of College Unions International
Bloomington, IN

Cindy Baddeloo, CAE
Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer
Iowa Health Care Association
West Des Moines, IA

Joseph G. Hrdlicka, CAE
Executive Director
Iowa Biotechnology Association
Urbandale, IA

Grant Menke, CAE
Policy Director
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Johnston, IA

Margaret Schneider, CAE
Senior Vice President
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Des Moines, IA

Emily A. Lane, CAE
Program and Brand Manager
AMR Management Services
Lexington, KY

Stacey Lockwood, CAE
Director of Professional Oversight
Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
Kenner, LA

Lisa Williams, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
Kenner, LA

Melissa Castan, CAE
Account Manager
PAI Management Corporation
Bethesda, MD

Lancey B. Cowan, JD, CAE
Senior Director, Meetings & Awards and Grants
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Rockville, MD

Florence Freeman, MBA, CAE
Director, Member Services
American Urological Association
Linthicum, MD

Jason Spessard, CAE
Senior Director, Finance
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Rockville, MD

Heidi Weber, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity - Headquarters
Rockville, MD

Carolyn Woods, CAE
Member Engagement Manager
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Silver Spring, MD

Debra L. Murphy, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management
Sudbury, MA

Nancy Siopes, MBA, CAE
VP Operations
Massachusetts Hospital Association
Burlington, MA

Bonnifer Ballard, CAE
Executive Director
American Water Works Assn Michigan Section
Grand Rapids, MI

Kim Gools, CAE
Membership Director
Michigan Society of Association Executives
East Lansing, MI

Sarah Jennings, CAE
Maner Costerisan and Ellis PC
Lansing, MI

Michael Johnston, CAE
Vice President of Government Affairs
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Lansing, MI

Elyse Kopietz, CAE
Director of Communications, Marketing & Events
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Lansing, MI

Elena Palombo, CAE
Legislative and Government Affairs Manager
Michigan Association of Broadcasters
Lansing, MI

Amanda Becker, CAE
Senior Director, Policy and Practice Innovation
American Academy of Neurology
Minneapolis, MN

Christi Kokaisel, MBA, CAE
Director, Membership
American Academy of Neurology
Minneapolis, MN

Tyler Verry, CAE
Account Executive
The Harrington Company
Minneapolis, MN

Christy A. Aven, CAE
Director of Member and Information Services
Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
St. Louis, MO

Robert Uhler, CAE
Regional Manager
Western Equipment Dealers Association
Kansas City, MO

New Jersey
Heather Blush, CAE
Associate Executive Director
Association Headquarters Inc
Mount Laurel, NJ

Karyn Lockshine, CAE
Executive Director
Association Headquarters Inc
Mount Laurel, NJ

Eric Pawliczek, CAE
IT Business Analyst
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

Deborah Warner, CAE
Vice President, Professional Development
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

New York
Annette Homan, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
RIMS, The Risk Management Society
New York, NY

Jeff Keller, CAE
Director of Government Affairs
Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
Rensselaer, NY

Adam B. Schrom, CAE
Director, PreNeed Trust Services
New York State Funeral Directors Association
Albany, NY

North Carolina
Jalene Bowersmith, CAE
Account Manager
IMI Association Executives Inc
Durham, NC

Debra Michie, CAE
Executive Director: ACG Raleigh Durham
Association for Corporate Growth - Raleigh Durham
Youngsville, NC

Hugh Tilson, CAE
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
North Carolina Hospital Association
Cary, NC

Vance Lusanne Green, CAE
Executive Director
Ohio Community Corrections Association
Columbus, OH

Glenda Lembicz, CAE
Manager of Learning Experiences
National Association of College Stores
Oberlin, OH

Allen Lloyd II, CAE
Manager of Member Services
The Ohio Society of CPAs
Columbus, OH

Danielle Smith, MSW, MA, LSW, CAE
Executive Director
National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter
Worthington, OH

Jeff Smith, CAE
Director of Government Affairs and General Counsel
Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc.
Gahanna, OH

Wes Glinsmann, CAE
Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications
Oklahoma State Medical Association
Oklahoma City, OK

Brian Bliss, CAE
General Manager - Programs & Publications
The Association for Iron and Steel Technology
Warrendale, PA

Tami Brehm, CAE
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Harrisburg, PA

Lynn L. Bubb, M.S., CAE
Member Engagement Coordinator
Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
Harrisburg, PA

Johanna Byrd, CAE
Executive Director
National Association of Social Workers Inc Pennsylvania Chapter
Mechanicsburg, PA

Peter Conners, CAE
Executive Director
CFA Society of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Elizabeth Franks, CAE
Executive Director
Fernley & Fernley Inc
Philadelphia, PA

Michelle P Gloviak, CAE
Senior Director, Finance, Accounting, and IT
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
Wayne, PA

Jennifer Keeler, CAE
Association Executive and Director of Administration
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Harrisburg, PA

Jennifer L. Shockley, CAE
Political and Community Services Manager
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors
Lemoyne, PA

Stacy L. Varmecky, CAE
General Manager – Membership and Marketing
The Association for Iron and Steel Technology
Warrendale, PA

Daniel Smith, CAE
Director of Communications
Insurors of Tennessee
Nashville, TN

Judge Mark D. Atkinson, CAE
Judge CEO
Texas Center for the Judiciary
Austin, TX

Melinda Bentley, CAE
Marketing Manager
Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
Dallas, TX

Gary W. Hines, PE, CAE
Vice President
Southern Gas Association
Dallas, TX

Lisa Krabbenhoft, CAE
Director of Certification
Texas Association of School Business Officials
Austin, TX

Stacey Mather, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
Texas Physical Therapy Association
Austin, TX

Richard May, CAE
Director of Public Affairs
Association of Progressive Rental Organizations
Austin, TX

Craig Nauta, CTA, CAE
Director, Peer Assistance
Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
Dallas, TX

Tracy Tomson, CAE
Executive Director
Restaurant Facility Management Association
Plano, TX

Arden Treviño, CAE
Principal and Owner
Common Cents Bookkeeping, LLC
Georgetown, TX

Eva E. Aldrich, M.A., CFRE, CAE
President & CEO
CFRE International
Alexandria, VA

Apryl Alexander-Savino, CMP, CAE
Director of Event Strategy
Life Sciences Conference Group
Alexandria, VA

Alicia Auerswald, CAE
VP, Marketing, Membership, Communication
International Sign Association
Alexandria, VA

Emily M. Bardach, CAE
Executive Director
AMG, Inc. (Association Management Group)
McLean, VA

Kasey Connors, CAE
Associate Executive Director
Talley Management Group Inc
Alexandria, VA

Joy Davis, CAE
Director of Knowledge Management
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Arlington, VA

Jennifer Gregg, CAE
Associate Executive Director
United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section
Reston, VA

William B. Haithcock, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
New River Valley Association of Realtors
Christiansburg, VA

Amy Hewett, CAE
Vice President of Strategy and Communications
Virginia Health Care Association
Richmond, VA

April-Marie Irwin, CAE
Director of Member Services
NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
Arlington, VA

Lauren Kramer, MTA, CMP, CAE
Founder & Principal
Meeting Priorities LLC
Alexandria, VA

Lindsay Larkin, CAE
Government Affairs & Political Advocacy Manager
Medical Society of Virginia
Richmond, VA

Carter Lyons, CAE
Director of Education and Professional Development
Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia Inc
Richmond, VA

Steven Mandurano, CAE
Senior Director, Media & Marketing
GAMA International
Falls Church, VA

Erin Pressley, CAE
Vice President, Publishing
National Association of Convenience Stores
Alexandria, VA

Jan Price, CAE
Director, Education and Credentialing
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
Arlington, VA

Emily Reineke, CAE
Senior Associate
McLean, VA

Terrie Suit, CAE
Virginia Association of Realtors
Glen Allen, VA

Anne Tully, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
International Society for Technology in Education
Arlington, VA

Michele White, CAE
Executive Assistant & Special Projects Manager
National Recreation and Park Association
Ashburn, VA

Christopher Young, CAE
Director, High School Division
Distributive Education Clubs of America
Reston, VA

West Virginia
Julie K. Hewett, CMP, CAE
JulNet Solutions LLC
Huntington, WV

John L. Augustyniak Jr., CAE
Association Executive
Executive Director, Inc
Milwaukee, WI

Ginger Czajkowski, CAE
Senior Membership Manager
Executive Director, Inc
Milwaukee, WI

Matthew C. Hauser, CAE
Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association
Madison, WI

Mona C. Johnson, CAE
Strategic Initiatives Manager
The Rees Group Inc
Madison, WI