ASAE Announces 121 Professionals Earned CAE Credential

January 31, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC — One hundred and twenty-one association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,600 industry leaders around the globe.

The Winter 2023 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered worldwide December 1-14, 2022. They will be honored, along with the 2022 classes of CAEs, during the 2023 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, GA, August 5-8. A full list of the Winter 2023 class, which includes a growing contingent of global association professionals, is at the end of the release.

“Congratulations to the new class of CAEs! We commend these dedicated professionals for earning this distinction and demonstrating their commitment to the profession. This achievement reflects not only significant experience and study, but also a return on investment in their pursuit of ongoing learning and career development. We welcome you into a growing community of fellow thought leaders and expert practitioners who are advancing the field of association management,” said Diana M.L. Tucker, CAE, Chair of the CAE Commission and Vice President of Membership and Chapter Relations at NAIOP.

The CAE Program elevates professional standards, enhances individual performance, and designates those who have acquired and demonstrated the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

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

About ASAE
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 47,000 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


Winter 2023 Class


Nikki Kelso, CAE
Director of Corporate Engagement
Australian Dental Industry Association
Ashfield, NSW

Lyndal Macpherson, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine
Chatswood, NSW

Kathy Nguyen, CAE
Associations Forum
Artarmon, NSW

Ariel Tate, CAE
Marketing & Communications Manager
Australian Dental Association NSW
Saint Leonards, NSW

Thomas Johnathan Dunsmore, CAE
General Manager
Australian Boarding Schools Association
Hendra, QLD

Michelle Rose, CAE
Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia Ltd
Keilor East, VIC

Lynne Umbers, CAE
Content & Convening Manager
Philanthropy Australia
Melbourne, VIC


Rowan Dixon, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Real Estate of New Zealand Incorporated




Wendy Knefelkamp, CAE
Director of Operations
Arizona Nurses Association
Tempe, AZ

Julie Anne Steffen, CAE
Chief Publishing Officer
American Astronomical Society
Tucson, AZ


Jessica Barker, CAE
Director, Governance, Leadership & Human Resources
California State PTA
Citrus Heights, CA

Stephanie Carter, CAE
Membership Manager
Midwest Political Science Association
Fresno, CA

Melanee Cottrill, CAE
Executive Director
California Association of School Psychologists
Elk Grove, CA

Penny Jo Cunha, CAE
Deputy Director
Receivables Management Association International
Rocklin, CA

Sarah Damotte, CAE
Program Manager
California Society of CPAs & CalCPA Education Foundation
Fresno, CA

Todd Galati, CAE
Senior Director, Credentialing and Practice Advancement
American Council on Exercise
Carlsbad, CA

Jade Meador, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
International Right of Way Association
Chino, CA

Jesse Payne, CAE
Executive Officer
Solano Association of REALTORS
Fairfield, CA

JW Sassaman, CAE
California Landscape Contractors Association
North Highlands, CA


Joshua Ewing, CAE
Vice President of Government Affairs
Colorado Hospital Association
Denver, CO

John M. Hoehn, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
International Association For The Study Of Lung Cancer
Denver, CO

Michelle Diane Kroeger, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration Inc
Englewood, CO

Cybil Lovas, CAE
Director of Operations
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado
Aurora, CO


Meredith Nichols, CAE
Senior Education Manager
Association Management Center
Southbury, CT

Russell Porter, CAE
CFO and Senior Vice President, Strategy, Technology and Analytics
Institute of Management Accountants
Ridgefield, CT

Joe Rominiecki, CAE
Senior Manager of Communications
Entomological Society of America
Southbury, CT

District of Columbia

Ona Alston Dosunmu, CAE
President and CEO
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Washington, DC

Lauren Dwyer, CAE
VP, Executive Education and CEO Programs
American Bankers Association
Washington, DC

Jonathan Gilad, CAE
Sr. Manager of Programming & Communications
Washington, DC

Chris Nussman, CAE
Communications Director
National Emergency Number Association
Washington, DC

Christine Trimmer, CAE
VP, Membership Marketing & Communications
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Washington, DC

Brian Wall, PharmD, CAE
Senior Director, APhA Executive Office, Governance & Foundation Programs
American Pharmacists Association
Washington, DC


Danielle Clermont, CAE
Chief of Broward and Palm Beach Operations
Miami Association of REALTORS
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Andrew Floyd, CAE
Director of Membership & Meetings
Tallahassee, FL

Amy Schoppman, CAE
Director of Government Relations
National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association
Tampa, FL


Paul Amundsen, CAE
Vice President, Program Development and Charitable Programs
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Rahul Bhala, CAE
Public Affairs and Health Strategy Officer
American Society of Neuroradiology
Naperville, IL

William Chandler, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Chicago, IL

Malia Cook-Artis, CAE
Manager, Membership Outreach
Illinois CPA Society
Homewood, IL

Stephanie Dylkiewicz, CAE
Director, Strategic Event Management
Association Management Center
Chicago, IL

  1. John Folks, CAE

Minding Your Business, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Kevin Hinton, CAE
Executive Vice President, Strategy
Minding Your Business, Inc.
Evanston, IL

Rebecca Lintow, CAE
Director of Professional Development
Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
Park Ridge, IL

Andrea Mitchell, CAE
Director, Marketing and Membership
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Rosemont, IL

Farzin Parang, CAE
Executive Director
Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Christina Tomaso, CAE
Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Chicago, IL

Steven Van Hout, CAE
Executive Director
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Elmhurst, IL


Holly Marie Davis, CAE
Vice President External Relations
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Indianapolis, IN

Jayme T Little, CAE
Assistant Dean for Alumni Engagement
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indianapolis, IN

Elizabeth A. Madigan, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, IN

Alex Morales, CAE
Regional Executive Director - PLA University
Phalen Leadership Academies
Fishers, IN

Ashley Shank, CAE
Senior Education & Membership Coordinator
Raybourn Group International, Inc.
Greenwood, IN

Kristen L. Spriggs, CAE
Executive Director / CEO
American Society of Baking
Carmel, IN


Debra Persinger, CAE
Executive Director
Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
Overland Park, KS

Shelley Wales, CAE
Chapter Relations Manager
Grant Professionals Association
Overland Park, KS


Richard Michael Anderson, CAE
Director of Research and Laboratory Services
Asphalt Institute
Lexington, KY

Sarah Franklin, CAE
Director of Communications and CE
Associations International
Versailles, KY

Bradley Wilder, CAE
Director, Standards
AMPP: Association for Material Protection and Performance
Lexington, KY


Wesley Carr, CAE
Director of Chapter Relations
American Inns of Court Foundation
Silver Spring, MD

Michelle Crispino, CAE
Director of Knowledge Initiatives
American Society for Nutrition
Germantown, MD

Diana Luz Dabdub, CAE
Director for Admissions & Recruitment Affairs
American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges
Bethesda, MD

Cameron Jacobs, CAE
Sr. Director, Domestic Promotion
USA Rice Federation
Silver Spring, MD

Brian Kirkland, CAE
Meeting Priorities LLC
Baltimore, MD

Ericka Ochoa, CAE
Manager of Educational and Career Development Programs
American Association of Immunologists
Clarksburg, MD

Kanika Pulliam, PhD, CAE
Business Consultant
McKinley Advisors
Derwood, MD

Russell J. Stoner, CAE
Executive Director
Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards
Germantown, MD

Dyane Tower, CAE
Senior Medical Director and Director of Clinical Affairs
American Podiatric Medical Association
Middletown, MD


Krystal Fitzgerald, CAE
Exam Content Development Manager
Institute of Management Accountants
Amherst, MA


Abby Cypher, CAE
MAASE Executive Director
MI Association of Administrators of Special Education
Lansing, MI

Nichole Dennis, CAE
Senior Association Director
Ngage Management LLC
Holt, MI

Kathryn Gadulka, CAE
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Rochester Hills, MI

Christopher John Gray, CAE
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
Dewitt, MI

David Johnson, CAE
Director of Membership
NAFA Fleet Management Association
Rochester, MI

Ronald Shepard, CAE
Executive Director
American Snowsports Education Association Central
Frankfort, MI


Sandra Christensen, CAE
Sr. Vice President Finance & Administration
Meet Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN

Andrew Imholte, CAE
Director, Creative Services
American Academy of Neurology
Shakopee, MN

Nicole Mattson, CAE
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Care Providers of Minnesota
Newport, MN


Tracy Rochow Byerly, CAE
Chief Programs Officer
Amigos Library Services
Saint Louis, MO

Brian Edwards, CAE
Vice President, Membership
American Academy of Family Physicians
Lees Summit, MO

Amy Farmer, CAE
Director of License Mobility
American Association of Veterinary State Boards
Lees Summit, MO


Gregory Payne, CAE
Director of Strategic Initiatives
American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists
Lincoln, NE

New Jersey

Rachael Bell, CAE
Content & Communications Director
New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
Roseland, NJ

Kevin Monaco, CAE
Executive Director
New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association
Trenton, NJ

Phylicia Ross, CAE
Member Engagement and Chapter Support Manager
American Guild of Organists
Jersey City, NJ

North Carolina

Melissa L. Klingberg, CAE
Account Executive
Charlotte, NC

Jennifer Luettinger, CAE
Senior Director of Education and Meetings
Society of Breast Imaging
Surf City, NC


Jeanne Hoffman, CAE
Director Member Relations and Programming
Ohio Society of Association Professionals
Columbus, OH

Brandie Thacker, AAP, CAE
Vice President, Communications & Member Support
Grove City, OH


Johnna Yoder, CAE
Director of Operations
Ressa Foundation
Mounds, OK


Barry Taylor, CAE
Executive Director
Oregon Dental Association
Wilsonville, OR


Molly Holt, CAE
Associate Director, Meeting Operations
Heart Rhythm Society
Lancaster, PA

South Carolina

Andy Huston, CAE
Executive Director
Sigma Alpha Mu
Irmo, SC


Elisa Barnes, CAE
Vice President of Operations
Houston Building Owners & Managers Association
Houston, TX

Lindsey Green, CAE
Communications Manager
Texas Physical Therapy Association
Pflugerville, TX

Nathaniel Mark Lavigne, CAE
Director, Technology and Analytics
AMPP: Association for Material Protection and Performance
Tomball, TX

Pamela Nicoletti, CAE
Senior Director, Global Operations
Association for Materials Protection and Performance
Houston, TX

Kaira C Tanwar, CAE
Pflugerville, TX


Jason Altmire, CAE
Career Education Colleges and Universities
Arlington, VA

Maricela Arias-Cantu, CAE
Associate Director, Content & Engagement
National Council on Aging
Woodbridge, VA

Rachel Barth, CAE
Creative and Magazine Director
Military Officers Association of America
Alexandria, VA

Charles Bowen, CAE
Vice President, Communications and Member Relations
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute/ Equip Expo
Alexandria, VA

Debra Lee Chedester, CAE
Executive Director
American Floral Endowment
Colonial Beach, VA

Dana Monzi Compton, CAE
Managing Director and Publisher
American Society of Civil Engineers
Fairfax Station, VA

David Cutler, CAE
Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs
National Association for Gifted Children
Alexandria, VA

Michelle Zaman Ewing, CAE
Director, Member and Volunteer Engagement
Associated General Contractors of America
Fairfax Station, VA

Catherine Gahres, CAE
Executive Director
Arlington, VA

Charles Hollis, CAE
Senior Director, Credentials and Administration
National Society of Professional Engineers
Annandale, VA

Eileen LaGreca, CAE
Board Administrator
American College of Radiology
Fairfax, VA

Stephen Martin, CAE
Managing Director, Professional Development & Resources
American Institute of Architects
Bristow, VA

Mel (Melissa) Nelson, CAE
Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA, Inc.)
Alexandria, VA

Scott Pearl, CAE
Executive Director
International Positive Psychology Association
Moseley, VA

Abigail Remy, CAE
Manager, Corporate Membership
Air Force Association
Arlington, VA

Madalyn Sistak, CAE
Constituent Engagement Senior Specialist
Association of American Medical Colleges
Fairfax, VA

Alexandra Zapple, CAE
Director for Meetings and Member Experience
American Society of Nephrology
Arlington, VA


Bracken Killpack, CAE
Executive Director
Washington State Dental Association
Seattle, WA

Emily Lovell, CAE
Director of Government Affairs
Washington State Dental Association
Seattle, WA


Kyle Edward Geissler, CAE
Operations Manager/Public Affairs
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
Madison, WI

Madeleine Hanan, CAE
Executive Director
Executive Director, Inc.
Waukesha, WI

Sarah Sorum, CAE
Executive Vice President & CEO
Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Brandon Wimmer, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Premier Choice Association Management
Thiensville, WI