ASAE Announces 2022 NextGen Scholars

August 17, 2022

WASHINGTON— ASAE announced this week the selection of 23 NextGen scholars who will engage in meaningful conversations about the unique needs, perspectives and interests of young association professionals at ASAE’s NextGen Association Summit Sept. 21-24, 2022, in Columbus, OH.

The NextGen Association Summit is a unique opportunity for younger association professionals to cultivate new professional skills and creative confidence, while also acquiring the tools, visibility and network necessary to become leaders in the broad, diverse association community. Program participation for the 23 scholarship recipients – including air travel, lodging, meals and scheduled activities – is generously underwritten by ASAE Strategic Partner, Experience Columbus.

This year’s NextGen scholars include:

Craig Banister
Director of Marketing and Communications
Raybourn Group International, Inc.

Stephanie Bruno, CAE
Account Executive
Stringfellow Management Group

Aida Dedajic, CAE, MBA
Director of Engagement
The Appraisal Foundation

Jill Foley
Director of Member Engagement
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Inc

Michela Gaviorno-Taylor
Senior Manager, Member Engagement
American Staffing Association

Daniela Gomez
Foundation and Membership Facilitator
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

William Hixson, CAE
Senior Account Executive
Association Resource Center

Nell Koneczny
Accessibility and Meetings Manager
American Anthropological Association

Natalia Lara
Director of Membership & Business Development
Houston Building Owners and Managers Association

John Losh
Associate Membership Director
National Association of Counties

Maisha Maliha Hoque
Membership Specialist
National Quality Forum

Jacqueline Meracle, CAE, CMP, DES
Director, Chapter Engagement
Professional Convention Management Association

Tara Mohammed, CAE
Association Sr Associate

Michael Pereira
Instructional Design and Development Manager

Amanda Plummer, CAE
Associate Director, Legal and Human Resources
Society of Critical Care Medicine

Courtney Reyes
Director of Government Affairs and Workforce Development
Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

Kristine Rosa
Senior Manager of Communications & Member Services
National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

Julia Ruane
Associate Director, Regional Affairs
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Molly Shevlin
Associate Vice President
Hauck & Associates Inc

Mariel Solomon
Clinical Research Associate
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Kristen Truong
Director of Public Affairs
Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions

Brooke Wilson, CMP
Senior Experience Designer
360 Live Media

Kathryn Zagrobelny Guillen, CAPM, DASM
Marketing Manager

“NextGen scholars represent some of the brightest, most enterprising and creative association professionals under the age of 35,” said ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE. “Engaging the association community’s future leaders is a critical piece of ASAE’s strategic framework and we congratulate the 2022 NextGen scholars on being selected for this opportunity.”


MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Vest, CAE, 202-626-2798,


About ASAE

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 46,000 association executives and industry partners. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the 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