Nominees for ASAE and ASAE Foundation Board of Directors Announced by Leadership Committee

June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Leadership Committee of ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation has selected the following nominees to serve on the ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation Boards of Directors for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), which begins September 1, 2020.

The Leadership Committee reviewed 26 nominations for at-large board seats and selected a pool of candidates that best exemplifies ASAE’s membership profile and is representative of the organization’s diversity—including geography, size, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, skill sets and areas of experience. This year’s committee is chaired by Immediate Past Chair of ASAE Sal Martino, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

“The ASAE Leadership Committee selected a group of association leaders representing diverse backgrounds and organizations who are proven thought leaders and champions of the association community,” said ASAE Chair Patricia V. Blake, FASAE, CAE, CEO of the Heart Rhythm Society. “ASAE is in a critical period of strategic planning for the future and, like the rest of the association community, is undertaking a close review of its operations and programming as we seek to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and play an active role in addressing racial inequality and injustice. I am confident we have the right volunteer leadership team assembled to ensure ASAE is supported in its path to continued and sustained growth and success.”

The list of nominees are:

Stephen J. Caldeira, President and CEO,Household & Commercial Products Association, Washington, DC, will become Chair of the ASAE Board.

Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, IOM, CAE, President and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Arlington, VA, will become Chair-Elect and Chair of the ASAE Research Foundation Board.

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, President and CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC, will be the new Secretary-Treasurer.

The committee nominated the following individuals for the FY21 Boards. 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)

The new board will be officially installed and join the remaining board members during the 2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 10-12.

ASAE Bylaws provide the opportunity for additional nominees to be proposed through a petition process. Should any member be proposed by petition, the petition should contain the signatures of at least 2.5% of the ASAE voting membership (1160) and should be received at ASAE Headquarters no later than July 15, 2020, to the attention of Sal Martino, FASAE, CAE, Chair of the Leadership Committee.

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

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