ASAE Announces 110 Professionals Earned Prominent CAE Credential

June 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — One hundred ten association executives recently received their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,000 industry leaders worldwide.

The Summer 2016 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide in May. They will be honored, along with the winter class of CAEs, during the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 13-16. A full listing of the Summer 2016 class is at the end of the release.

“Congratulations to the 110 newly-certified association executives! They have attained the highest level of professional competency in the area of association management,” said James T. Penrod, CAE, FASLA, chair of the CAE Commission and Executive Director at the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. “CAE’s use their knowledge and skills to advance their organization and raise awareness about the profession.”

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

The next CAE examination will be administered on December 2. The application deadline is September 23. For more details about the CAE exam, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE,, 202-626-2735.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE 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. For more information about ASAE, visit


CAEs By State

Wyndi Austin, CAE
Director of Marketing Communications
Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors
Mesa, AZ

Scott Daniel Ferrin, MBA, SHRM-SCP, PMP, CAE
Field Service Director
Society for Human Resource Management
Mesa, AZ

David A. Murillo, CAE
Vice President & Director, Association Management
FSB Core Strategies
Sacramento, CA

Russell Snyder, CAE
Executive Director
California Asphalt Pavement Association
West Sacramento, CA

Allison Gault, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association
Lakewood, CO

Gregory Hill, CAE
Executive Director
Colorado Dental Association
Englewood, CO

Catherine Leslie, CAE
Executive Director
Engineers Without Borders - USA
Denver, CO

Karen DelVecchio, CAE
Executive Vice President
Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Bridgeport, CT

District of Columbia
Kellie Bove, IOM, CAE
Director of Marketing and Communications
American Dental Education Association
Washington, DC

Brian Flahaven, CAE
Senior Director for Advocacy
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Washington, DC

Dawn Haglund, CAE
Sr. Director, Professional Development
Society for Public Health Education
Washington, DC

Leslie Jones, CMP, CAE
Director of Education and Certification
National Parking Association
Washington, DC

Kevin Koonce, CAE
VP Government Affairs
The Vinyl Institute
Washington, DC

Cammie Kovalick, PMP, CAE
Director, IS/PMO
American Geophysical Union
Washington, DC

Christina Lewellen, MBA, CAE
VP, Business Development and Operations
Association of Proposal Management Professionals
Washington, DC

Kimberly Miles, CMP, CAE
Senior Vice President, Operations
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Washington, DC

JoAnn Yanez, CAE
Executive Director
Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges
Washington, DC

Katie Zimmerman, CAE
Marketing Manager
America's Essential Hospitals
Washington, DC

Sarah Rossio, CAE
Director of Membership
Visit Orlando
Orlando, FL

Elise Yacobellis, CAE
Business Development Strategist
Clearwater, FL

Ashley Rye Goodin, CAE
Technical Services Manager
Architectural Woodwork Institute
Americus, GA

Mike Levin, CAE
Executive Director
International Concrete Repair Institute
Alpharetta, GA

Carolyn J Aeby, CMP, CAE
Oak Park, IL

Leighton Rudy Anderson, CAE
Director of Development & Foundation Operations
American College of Chest Physicians
Northbrook, IL

Jeanne Heaton, CAE
Director of Continuing Legal Education
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago, IL

Jean M Heis, CAE
Director of Meetings & Exhibits
Institute of Food Technologists
Chicago, IL

Kim Kelly, CAE
Senior Manager, Publications
American Student Dental Association
Chicago, IL

Colleen Kucera, CAE
Executive Director
International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety
Glendale Heights, IL

Laura McGrady, CPA, CAE
Director of Finance
Million Dollar Round Table
Park Ridge, IL

Tracy Mulqueen, CAE
Lake Forest, IL

Sarah Murphy, CAE
Manager, Membership Operations
Academy of General Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Christine Nogal, CAE
Marketing Manager
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Schaumburg, IL

Scott Parker, CAE
Director, Membership and Career Services
Chicago, IL

Pamela N. Rosenberg, CAE
Manager of Education & Certification
American Society of Plumbing Engineers
Rosemont, IL

Elizabeth Sartore, CAE
Director, Education Center
Radiological Society of North America Inc
Oak Brook, IL

Suzanne Sletto, CAE
Manager, Memebrship Strategy and Development
Glenview, IL

Celeste R. Smith, CAE
Director of Education
American Association of Law Libraries
Chicago, IL

John Stults, CAE
Director of Conferences & Events
Chicago, IL

Lisa Weitzel, CAE
Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Springfield, IL

Patrick M. Dockins, QAS, CAE
Communities & External Relations Manager
Raybourn Group International
Indianapolis, IN

Patrick Jessee, JD, CAE
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity
Indianapolis, IN

Jason R. Pierce, CAE
Director of Education
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity
Indianapolis, IN

Kimberly A. Heck, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Sports Turf Managers Association
Lawrence, KS

Brad Parker, MBA, CAE
Director of Communications
Kansas Soybean Association
Topeka, KS

Melanie Bowzer, CAE
Executive Director
AMR Management Services
Lexington, KY

Sarah Razor, MPA, CAE
Director of External Relations
National Association of State Procurement Officials
Lexington, KY

Charles A. Vandersteen, CAE
Executive Director
Louisiana Forestry Association
Alexandria, LA

Linda Bernetich, CAE
Senior Member Services Manager
Management Solutions Plus Inc
Rockville, MD

Michelle Ferketic, CAE
Director, Special Interest Groups
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Lisa Hetherington, CAE
Account Executive
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Bethesda, MD

Rachel Miller-Bleich, CAE
Board & Committee Administrator
American Nurses Association
Silver Spring, MD

Jessica Silwick, CAE
Baltimore, MD

Sam Walters, MBA, CAE
Managing Director
IMPAQ Strategy
Columbia, MD

Michael Kasparian, CAE
President & CEO
Falmouth Chamber Of Commerce
Falmouth, MA

Mary Anne LaMarre, CAE
Account Executive
Association Management Resources
Ann Arbor, MI

Jason Kopinski, CAE
Chief Membership, Comm and Tech
American Academy of Neurology
Minneapolis, MN

Karleen Kos, CAE
Executive Director
Portable Sanitation Association International
Bloomington, MN

Kimberly J. Nastasi, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Inc
Gulfport, MS

Cara Day, CAE
Director of Programs & Communications
VFW Auxiliary
Kansas City, MO

Kathleen A. Pabst, CAE
Executive Director
Missouri Academy of Family Physicians
Jefferson City, MO

Michael C. Russell, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
DeMolay International Service and Leadership Center
Kansas City, MO

Leann Storey, CAE
Director of Programs
Agriculture Future of America
Kansas City, MO

Matthew Walker, CAE
Director of Information Technology
Missouri State Teachers Association
Columbia, MO

Margaret Herriges, IOM, CAE
Communications Director
Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants
Helena, MT

New Jersey
Marybeth Denike, CAE
Director, Awards Activities
Piscataway, NJ

Marc Gerrone, CAE
Dir, Communications & Public Rels
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

Patricia A. Stefanczyk, CAE
Volunteer Committee Manager
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

Ella Suponitskiy, CAE
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

Elisabeth Surmont, CMP, CAE
Senior Manager, Strategic Programs
Piscataway, NJ

North Carolina
Nicole Banks, CAE
Membership and Communication Director
North Carolina American Water Works Association Water Environment Association
Raleigh, NC

Brandi Gerew, CAE
Senior Account Executive
Capitol Hill Management Services of North Carolina
Raleigh, NC

Patrick Gouhin, CAE
Executive Director
International Society of Automation
Research Triangle Park, NC

Lorrie Leonhardt, IOM, CAE
Director of Communications
North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
Morrisville, NC

Marlon Torres, MBA, PMP, CAE
Chapel Hill, NC

Christopher Kershner, CAE
Vice President Public Policy & Economic Developmen
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Dayton, OH

Elizabeth McLaughlin-Krile, CAE
Director, Member Services
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus, OH

Tracey Doebling Williams, CAE
Executive Director
Delta Gamma Fraternity
Columbus, OH

Alison Hart, CAE
Salem, OR

Mike Barth, CAE
Director of Association Services
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors
Lemoyne, PA

Thomas M. Southard, CAE
Director, Wolfington Center for Faith and Justice
Cabrini College
Radnor, PA

Charlene Miller Wandzilak, CAE
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association
Hummelstown, PA

Toyca Williams, CAE
Executive Director
Montgomery County Medical Society
King of Prussia, PA

Brent Williamson, MBA, CAE
Associate Director
Society of Clinical Research Associates
Chalfont, PA

Sherry Ballance, CAE
Director of Meetings and Industry Relations
Texas Optometric Association
Austin, TX

Jennifer Mitchell Canaday, CAE
Governmental Relations Director
Association of Texas Professional Educators
Austin, TX

Robert H. Chalker, MBA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
NACE International
Houston, TX

Emily Lubbers, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Home Builders Association of Greater Austin
Austin, TX

Genevieve Borello, CAE
Membership Manager
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Alexandria, VA

Cathy Crossfield, CAE
Executive Director
Organization Management Group Inc
Chesapeake, VA

Jessica M. Dominguez, CAE
Associate Director of Member Engagement
National Pest Management Association
Fairfax, VA

Abner Gonsalves, CAE
Partner Relations Manager
Alexandria, VA

Joanne Hodges, CAE
Senior Director of Publications
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Reston, VA

Myrna Jacobs, CAE
Director of Publishing and Product Development
TESOL International Association
Alexandria, VA

David Labuskes, CAE
Executive Director and CEO
InfoComm International
Fairfax, VA

Mina M. Larson, MS, MBA, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Alexandria, VA

Siobhan McMahon, CAE
Chief Operations Officer
Association of School Business Officials International
Reston, VA

Crystal P. Moore, CAE
Vice President, Prof Dev & Convention
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Alexandria, VA

Linda Newsom-McCurdy, CMP, CAE
Education Director
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
Glen Allen, VA

Kathleen M. Rakestraw, CAE
Director of Communications
American School Counselors Association
Alexandria, VA

Heidi L. Salkeld, CAE
Director of Membership Services
American College of Radiology
Reston, VA

Dawn Marie Shiley, CVEP, CAE
Communications and Marketing Director
Association & Society Management International
Falls Church, VA

Sabrina S. Soto, CAE
Chief Business and Leadership Officer
Association of School Business Officials International
Reston, VA

Scott Spurgeon, CAE
Membership Director
National Automobile Dealers Association
McLean, VA

Deborah Stadtler, CAE
Alexandria, VA

Carl Weaver, CAE
Website Content Manager
International Association of Movers
Alexandria, VA

Anna Brooks Whichard, CAE
Account Manager
Potomac Management Resources
Alexandria, VA

Dawn F. Worthington, PHR, CAE
Vice President of Human Resources
National Association of Chain Drug Stores Inc
Arlington, VA

Robin L. Cowper, CAE
Director of Operations
Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington
Seattle, WA

Sandy Carlson-Kaye, CAE
Account Coordinator
Svinicki Association Management Inc
Milwaukee, WI

Thomas Larson, CAE
Vice President of Legal and Public Affair
Wisconsin Realtors Association
Madison, WI