Nominees for the ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation Boards of Directors Announced

July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— ASAE’s Leadership Committee, comprised of representatives of ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation, has selected six nominees to serve on the ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation Boards of Directors for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), with terms beginning September 1, 2021.

Thirty-nine nominations for at-large board seats were received from highly qualified association professionals. The final nominees were selected based upon several criteria, including how they best characterize ASAE’s new strategy, represent their organizations’ membership bases, and enhance diversity – which is inclusive of geography, association size, career level, gender identity, ethnicity, skill sets, and areas of expertise.

This year’s Leadership Committee is chaired by Immediate Past Chair of ASAE Patricia V. Blake, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer at the Heart Rhythm Society. Ms. Blake said, “We collectively and with purpose selected leaders who bring diversity of background and insight, as well as people who are proven thought leaders and champions of the association community.” She continued, “ASAE is in a period of strategic planning and, like the rest of the association community, is taking steps to help our members serve effectively into the future. With these nominees in place, as well as the continued leadership of all of the applicants, I am confident we can ensure that ASAE is on the right path to continued and sustained success.”

The full list of nominations is as follows:

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

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, President and CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC, will become Chair-Elect and Chair of the ASAE Research Foundation Board.

Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner, AMPED Association Management, Middleton, WI, will be the new Secretary-Treasurer.

The committee nominated the following individuals to serve three-year terms as “At Large” Directors (FY22), all for ASAE’s Board. Three will also serve on the ASAE Research Foundation Board.


Marc Anderson
President and CEO
Visit San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

Nicole Araujo, CAE
Client Engagement Director
Mighty Citizen
Austin, TX

Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, CAE
Executive Director
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
San Diego, CA

Matthew Gertzog, FASAE, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
American Society of Hematology
Washington, DC
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation)

Lemmietta McNeilly, PhD, CAE, FNAP, ASHA Fellow
Chief Staff Officer, Speech-Language Pathology
Rockville, MD
(ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation) 

The new board will be officially installed and join the current board members during the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 16-18, 2021.

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 (1,191) and should be received at ASAE Headquarters no later than August 2, 2021, to the attention of Patricia V. Blake, FASAE, CAE, Chair of the Leadership Committee.

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ASAE is a membership organization of more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day. With support of the ASAE Research 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. Visit ASAE at