ASAE Announces the 2017-2019 DELP Class

June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON- ASAE has selected 12 scholars for the 2017–2019 Diversity Executive 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.

“DELP is a fantastic program that provides professionals an opportunity to enrich their knowledge and leadership skills. Congratulations to the new class! The DELP program has generated many talented association executives, and this year’s class will 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, “For the past 17 years, the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has championed this effort with ASAE. It has developed more than 170 diverse + inclusive leaders throughout the association industry.” 

This year’s class includes: 

Joy Alafia, MBA
Western Propane Gas Association
Sacramento, CA 

Ray Arambula
IT Operations Manager
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Albuquerque, NM 

Deirdre L. Clemmons, CMP
Vice President, Meetings, Education and Partnerships
Airports Council International – North America
Washington, DC

Adonia Calhoun Coates, CMP
Director of Meetings and Program Services
American Thyroid Association
Falls Church, VA  

Saima K. Hedrick, MPH
Associate Director of Outreach
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Reston, VA

Gennith M. Johnson, MCD, CCC-SLP
Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Emilie G. Mendia
Volunteer and Community Manager
American Counseling Association
Alexandria, VA

Cecilia M. Plaza, Pharm. D., PhD
Senior Director of Academic Affairs
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Alexandria, VA

Chad Rummel, M.Ed.
Executive Director
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Washington, DC

Felicia K. Taylor, MBA
Director, Member Services and Engagement
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
New York, NY

Jamal Turner, MJ, MSA
Manager, Education and Diversity Initiatives
American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Chicago, IL

Gabriela Welch, CAE, MPA
Director of Certification
Chicago, IL

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

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