ASAE Announces 127 Professionals Earned CAE Credential

February 2, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC — One hundred and twenty-seven association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,500 industry leaders around the globe.

The Winter 2023 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered worldwide December 1-14, 2023. They will be honored, along with the May 2024 class of CAEs, during the 2024 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Cleveland, OH, August 10-12. 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! You are now part of our CAE community of dedicated professionals who have demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills that are essential in association management. By earning your CAE credential, your expertise will make a significant impact in association management that will benefit individuals, communities, and industries at the national, state, and local levels”, said Juan Amador, FASAE, CAE, Chair of the CAE Commission and Executive Director of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

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 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. 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


CAEs By Country, State
Winter 2023 Class


Kylie Clarke, CAE
General Manager
Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine
Chatswood, NSW

Matthew Connor, CAE
GM, Marketing
Motor Traders’ Association of NSW
Burwood, NSW

Danielle Edwards, CAE
Manager Membership and Professional Services
Australian Dental Association
Sandgate, QLD

Neil Haynes, CAE
Australian College of Nursing
Annandale, NSW

Lauren Hunt, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Human Genetics Society of Australasia
Grange, QLD

Eithne Irving, CAE
Acting CEO
Australian Dental Association
St Leonards, NSW

George Jan Nicolas Pilavidis, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Institute of Credit Management
St Leonards, NSW



Shirena Vasan, CAE
Business Development Manager
Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand
Wellington, WGN



Corie Pel-Leifer, CAE
Association Manager
Status Plus




Thomas Azar, CAE
IT Director
Legal Associations Management
Brownsboro, AL


Desirae Barquin, CAE
Director of Operations
Flagstaff, AZ

Krysten Dobson, CAE
Director of Education & Grant Management
Arizona Health Care Association
Phoenix, AZ

Heidi Frei, CAE
Senior Director of Marketing & Membership
Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants
Scottsdale, AZ

Kelsie Lane, CAE
Arizona LeadingAge
Phoenix, AZ


Krystinne Mica, CAE
Executive Director
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Sacramento, CA

Matthew Wheeler, CAE
The Wheeler Company, LLC
Sacramento, CA


Julia Herz, CAE
Executive Director American Homebrewers Association
Brewers Association/ American Homebrewers Assoc
Lyons, CO

Michael Skinner, CAE
Director of Engineering
Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association
Englewood, CO

Marion Tuin, CAE
Membership Manager
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Littleton, CO

District of Columbia

Scott Breen, CAE
Vice President of Sustainability
Can Manufacturers Institute
Washington, DC

Jessica Cabrera, CAE
Managing Director, Member Engagement
American Farm Bureau Federation
Washington, DC

Lacy Compton, CAE
Director of Content and Learning
National Association for Gifted Children
Washington, DC

Allegra Formento, CAE
Director, Member Engagement & Marketing
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Washington, DC

Melissa Gobrecht, CAE
Manager, Experience + Education
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Washington, DC

James Palmieri, Ed.D., CAE
Executive Vice President
National Business Officers Association
Washington, DC

Stephanie Romanoff, CAE
Senior Digital Associate
National Council of State Housing Agencies
Washington, DC

Andrew Schall, CAE
Senior Manager, District Relations
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Washington, DC

Dianna Steinbach, CAE
Chief Operations Officer
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
Washington, DC


Eddy Fagundo, CAE
Senior Manager, Education Content
American Counseling Association
Miami, FL

Emily Jennings, CAE
Chapter Support and Development
Community Associations Institute
Crestview, FL

Russ Webb, CAE
Executive Director
Bay Area Apartment Association
Tampa, FL


Angela Hickman, CAE
Director of Research & Marketing
American School Counselor Association
Decatur, GA

Kanette Worlds, CAE
Program Manager
American Concrete Institute
Lawrenceville, GA


Christel Ballog, CAE
Executive Director
American Osteopathic Information Association
Wilmette, IL

Jessica Dangles, CAE
Executive Director, CBIC
APIC - Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Chicago, IL

Kathleen Fitzgerald, CAE
Senior Administrator, Association Management | Convention & Meetings
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, IL

Honna Eichler George, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
Society of Women Engineers
Chicago, IL

Rebecca Headrick, MBA, MOL, CAE
Chief Information Technology Officer
American Library Association
Chicago, IL

Sarah Hogan, CAE
Senior Director, Learning Products
California Society of CPAs & CalCPA Education Foundation
Downers Grove, IL

Sara Hynes, CAE
Executive Director, Senior Manager of Operations & Education
Association Management Center
Roselle, IL

Tammy Kwiatkoski, CAE
Senior Director Clinical Informatics
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Park Ridge, IL

Nancy MacRae, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Emergency Nurses Association
Schaumburg, IL

Andrea Maurey, CAE
Senior Manager, Marketing & Analytics
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, IL

Rebecca O'Brien, CAE
Associate Executive Director, IREM Foundation
Institute of Real Estate Management
Chicago, IL


Jessica Hall, CAE
Director of Membership and Marketing
National Association of Charitable Gift Planners
Indianapolis, IN

Deborah Rotman, CAE
Director of Operations
Brownsburg, IN


Haley DaVee, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Topeka, KS


John Matthew Grayson, CAE
Governance Coordinator
Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation
Lexington, KY

Melinda Wilk, CAE
Association Services Payable Receivable Manager
Baton Rouge, LA


Amy Downing, CAE
Retail Association of Maine
Augusta, ME

Kristin McCabe, CA
Senior Director, Communications and Marketing
Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation
Portland, ME


Teresa Anderson, CAE
VP, Content
ASIS International
Frederick, MD

Chad Appel, CAE
Director, Regulatory & Payment Policy
American Academy of Dermatology
Silver Spring, MD

Norman L. Fortenberry, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Great Minds in STEM
Silver Spring, MD

Amanda Fulk, CAE
Associate Director, Governance and Operations
American Society of Human Genetics
Rockville, MD

Brooke Hatfield, CAE
AD, Health Care Services
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Robert Evans Heacock Jr., CAE
Associate Director/Meeting Planner
Stringfellow Management Group
Bel Air, MD

Kathleen Lane, CAE
Managing Director, Sustainability & Resilience
American Institute of Architects
Towson, MD

Matthew Mullin, CAE
Vice President, Policy, Programs & Communications
Potomac, MD

Allison Mutschler, CAE
AVP, Marketing & Communications
Financial Services Institute Inc
Odenton, MD

Cari Price, CAE
Associate Executive Director
Degnon Associates Inc
Jefferson, MD

Eric Rossen, CAE
National Association of School Psychologists
Silver Spring, MD

Jenniffer Scherhaufer, CAE
Asst. Director, Communications & Digital Strategy
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Rockville, MD

Sandra Spadoni, CAE
Director of Society Governance & Leadership
American Physiological Society
Rockville, MD

Leisl Moriarty, CMP, CAE
Director of Affiliate Relations
American School Counselor Association
Lenox, MA

Adam Silva, CAE
Director of Administration
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Beverly, MA

Jami Burbidge, MAM, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians
Minneapolis, MN

Brianne Scott, CGA, CAE
Senior Client Manager
Elk River, MN


Elizabeth Ashley Cross, CAE
Senior Director of Education and Content
Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools
Ozark, MO

Christie Olden, CAE
American Association of Orthodontists
St Louis, MO

Benjamin Spirk, CAE
Electrical Apparatus Service Association
Saint Louis, MO

Christian A. Wiggins, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Lumen Leadership Strategies
Kansas City, MO

North Carolina
Courtney Ferrell, CAE
Huntersville, NC

Shannon Williams, CAE
Home Furnishings Association
Asheville, NC

New Jersey

Paula Frendel, CAE
Executive Director
Norwood, NJ

Sarah Mercer, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
National Limousine Association
Cherry Hill, NJ

John J. Mulholland Jr., CAE
Executive Director
Hamilton Square, NJ

Cynthia Reilly, CAE
Executive and Managing Director
American Society of Transplantation
Mt. Laurel, NJ

New Mexico

Melissa Pergola, CAE
CEO and ED
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Rio Rancho, NM


Angela Gibian, CAE
Deputy Chief Executive
The Forging Industry Association
Lakewood, OH

Natalie Nemanic, CAE
Executive Vice President
BOMA Greater Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Barry Schieferstein, CAE
Director, Events
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing
Columbus, OH


Crystal Romanyszyn, IOM, CAE
President & CEO
Shawnee Forward
Norman, OK


Kristen Davies, CAE
Director of Operations
Multifamily NW
Portland, OR

Amanda Parsons, CAE
Oregon Recreation and Park Association
Portland, OR


Carrie Amann, CAE
Executive Director
PA Workforce Development Association
Harrisburg, PA

Kristen Gleason, CAE
Chapter Engagement Partner
Project Management Institute
Newtown Square, PA

Rhode Island

Ryan Bannister, CAE
American Physical Therapy Association
Johnston, RI

South Carolina

David Dameron, CAE
Director of Membership
South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
Cayce, SC


Cathy Denise Craig, CAE
The Church Network
Signal Mountain, TN

Lyle Irish, CAE
East Tennessee REALTORS
Knoxville, TN


Logan Beszterda, CAE
Vice President of Strategic Development
AMC - Association Management Consultants, LLC
Houston, TX

Kelsey Copeland, CAE
Associated Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Texas
Buda, TX

Andrea Elizondo, CAE
Events Director
Association of Texas Professional Educators
Hutto, TX

Nnamdi Ibegbu Sr., CAE
Membership and Communications Manager
American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Mesquite, TX

Noelle Parsons, CAE
Account Manager
Strategic Association Management
Austin, TX

Lisa Sedgwick, CAE
Membership Manager
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Austin, TX

Brian Sparks, CAE
Division Director, Communications and Marketing
Texas Pharmacy Association
Austin, TX

Kelea Youngblood, CAE
Austin Board of Realtors
Austin, TX


Elizabeth Alafoginis, CAE
Communications & Membership Manager
Population Association of America
Vienna, VA

Christi Beatty, CAE
Vice President, Chapter Support Services & Member Engagement
Associated General Contractors of America
Centreville, VA

Alan Bjerga, CAE
Executive Vice President, Communications and Industry Relations
National Milk Producers Federation
Arlington, VA

Stephen Brock, CAE
Assistant Director of Membership
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
Alexandria, VA

David Keith Dillon, CAE
Chief Engagement Officer, Executive Director of ASN Foundation
American Society for Nutrition
Ashburn, VA

Kelly Dooley, CAE
Executive Director/CEO
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
Reston, VA

Nancy Driver, CAE
Director of Publications
National Council for the Social Studies
Alexandria, VA

Timothy Edwin, CAE
McLean, VA

Wendy A. Fink, CAE
Executive Director, Academic Programs Section
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Alexandria, VA

Shelley Frost, CMP, CAE
Executive Director
Association of Old Crows
Woodbridge, VA

Margaret Kerr Gaddy, CAE
University Engagement Manager
Casualty Actuarial Society
Alexandria, VA

Anne Germain, CAE
COO, SR VP of Technical and Regulatory Affairs
National Waste & Recycling Association
Arlington, VA

Madeline Hay, CAE
Director of Credentialing Services, CAMICB
Community Associations Institute
Arlington, VA

Valerie Hutnan, CAE
Executive Director
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Annandale, VA

Kyle Jennings, CAE
Manager, Communications
Club Management Association of America
Alexandria, VA

Yaroslava Jordan, CAE
Finance Manager
Casualty Actuarial Society
Lorton, VA

Adam M Katz, CAE
Director of Advocacy and Training
Society for Neuroscience
Arlington, VA

Catherine Lyons, CMP, CAE
International Sleep Products Association
Alexandria, VA

Donna Martin, CAE
Senior Director of State Partnerships & Innovation
American Network of Community Options and Resources
Alexandria, VA

Mary Courtney Nazareno, CAE
Event Director
International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council of the Americas
Arlington, VA

Ian Rose-Glowacki, CAE
Director, Membership Operations and Analytics
American Bankers Association
Burke, VA

Cynthia Xan Slone, CAE
Director of Membership & Events
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Alexandria, VA

Carrie Stankiewicz, CAE
Executive Director
Association Headquarters Inc
Alexandria, VA

David Steinbach, CAE
Director of Finance and Administration
Falls Church, VA

James Tobin, CAE
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Home Builders
Falls Church, VA


Carissa Linnane, CAE
Executive Director
Association Management Inc
Gig Harbor, WA


Steven James Idzikowski, CAE
Component Relations Manager
American Society for Quality
Greendale, WI

Ann Marie Moss, CAE
Executive Director
Executive Director, Inc.
Milwaukee, W