Four Association Leaders Named to 2024 ASAE Fellows Class

June 11, 2024

WASHINGTON— ASAE announced today that four association leaders have been selected for ASAE’s 2024 class of Fellows. The ASAE Fellows program annually confers honorary recognition upon exceptional association leaders making noteworthy and sustained contributions to their organizations and the association community.

“Congratulations to the 2024 class of Fellows. The Fellows program recognizes individuals whose expertise, achievements, values, and commitment to the profession elevates and inspires the association community,” said Janice R. Lachance, FASAE, interim executive director and CEO at the American Geophysical Union and chair of the ASAE Fellows Selection Committee. “These new Fellows will serve as important role models and leaders and help develop the trailblazers of tomorrow.”


The 2024 class of Fellows are:

Neal Couture, FASAE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

Rita Chen Fujisawa, MBA, FASAE, CAE
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
California Association of Health Facilities

Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, ICE-CCP, CNED, FASAE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Zack Wahlquist, MS, RCE, FASAE, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Chicago Association of REALTORS®


The 2024 ASAE Fellows join more than 300 association industry leaders who have received this designation since the program’s inception in 1986. The Fellows selection process includes an in-depth application describing the individual’s demonstrated leadership in diversity and inclusion, foresight and commitment to the association community; an interview with two members of the selection committee; and selection from among a group of highly qualified candidates.

The 2024 Fellows will be inducted at the annual ASAE Fellows Retreat June 12-14 in Palm Springs, CA. For more information, visit the ASAE Fellows page on ASAE’s website.


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