ASAE Installs New Officers and Directors for Fiscal Year 2021 to Begin September 1st

August 12, 2020

WASHINGTON— New officers and directors for the ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation Board of Directors were installed during ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition held August 10-12.

The ASAE Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2021 was selected by ASAE’s Leadership Committee in June and is carefully assembled to be representative of the organization’s membership profile and diversity – including geography, size, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, skill sets and areas of expertise.

ASAE’s officers for the fiscal year that begins Sept. 1 include Chair Stephen J. Caldeira, president and CEO, Household & Commercial Products Association; Chair-Elect/Chair of ASAE Research Foundation Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, IOM, CAE, president and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores; Secretary-Treasurer Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, president and CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences; and Immediate Past Chair Patricia V. Blake, FASAE, CAE, CEO, Heart Rhythm Society.

Caldeira addressed more than 13,000 members of the association community on the second day of the ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting, noting the challenges and opportunities facing ASAE in a year when in-person meetings have ground to a halt due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Chair and you have my steadfast commitment that ASAE will continue to stay focused on strengthening the value proposition for its members,” Caldeira said. “This is how ASAE will build upon its proud and rich, 100-year legacy—by helping its members to successfully navigate through an increasingly complex public health, political, economic, and social climate in the months and years ahead.”

ASAE priorities for the year ahead include completing and implementing a new strategic plan, creatively helping association leaders grow and connect via a multitude of learning programs and platforms, playing an active role in critical conversations around racial inequality and injustice and pursuing a vigorous advocacy agenda on behalf of the entire association community.

“ASAE has redoubled its advocacy efforts on behalf of associations,” Caldeira said. “We are asking Congress to expand eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program to (c)(6) associations and reauthorize PPP until at least December 31. We are also asking Congress to pass the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020. This bill would establish a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses and event cancellations resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies. As associations that depend upon in-person meetings and events we (and our members) need access to this kind of insurance. And we’re advocating for the Skills Renewal Act, which would provide Americans who have been laid-off or furloughed due to COVID-19 a $4,000 tax credit to pursue post-secondary skills training and career development. If amended, Americans could use the credit to pursue and obtain industry certifications and other professional credentials.”

The following individuals were also officially installed on the FY21 Boards during ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting this week. All “At Large” Directors are ASAE Board members and two of the four will also serve on the ASAE Research Foundation Board.

Directors “At Large” (three-year term)

Scott Beck, FOFD
President and CEO
Tourism Toronto
Toronto, ON
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

Jay Karen, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
National Golf Course Owners Association
Charleston, SC
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE
American College of Nurse-Midwives
Silver Spring, MD

Lynne Thomas Gordon, CAE
American Association of Orthodontists
St. Louis, MO

Irving Washington, FASAE, CAE
Executive Director/CEO
Online News Association
Washington, DC
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE,, 202-626-2735.

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