ASAE Names the 2018-2020 DELP Class

June 4, 2018

WASHINGTON- ASAE has chosen the 12 scholars for the 2018–2020 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.

“Congratulations to the new class! Over the past 18 years, the DELP program has provided association professionals an opportunity to enrich their knowledge and leadership skills. It has also shaped many talented association executives, and this class will extend 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 supported and advocated this effort with ASAE since its inception. DELP has advanced more than 180 diverse + inclusive leaders throughout the association industry.” 

This year’s class includes:

Sharleene E. Cano Quiara, CAE
Director, Membership and Publications
American Thyroid Association
Falls Church, VA

Wesley Carr
Sr. Program Mgr., Chapter & Volunteer Relations
Regulatory Affairs Professional Society
Rockville, MD 

Telesia Davis, Ph.D.
Director, Education and Research
National Association for Campus Activities
Columbia, SC

Gwen Fortune-Blakely, MBA
Director, Enterprise-wide Marketing
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Renee Harris-Etheridge, MBA, CAE
Director, Membership and Business Development
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
Alexandria, VA

Kimberly Jones, JD
Vice President, Public Policy and Communications
Council for Opportunity in Education
Washington, DC

Richard Luna, HMCC
Director of Publishing
Meetings Professional Intl.
Dallas, TX

Heba Mahmoud, MBA
Director, Chapter Engagement
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Arlington, VA

Sharon Newport
Director of Operations
Door and Hardware Institute
Chantilly, VA

Jacqualine Price Osafo, CAE
Membership and Development Director
Water Quality Association
Lisle, IL 

LaShawn Sidbury, CMP
Director, Meetings & Special Interest Groups
Assn of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Rockville, MD 

Brenda Villarreal
Sr. Mgr. Professional Development and Executive Director, PRSM Foundation
PRSM Association
Dallas, TX

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

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership 
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