ASAE Announces 10 Association Leaders to Class of Fellows

July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten association leaders have been selected for ASAE’s 2021 Class of Fellows. The Fellows program bestows an honorary recognition upon exceptional association leaders making noteworthy and sustained contributions of leadership to their organizations, ASAE and the association management profession. Those who are named ASAE Fellows are committed to contributing continued leadership and service to the association community. 

“Congratulations to the 2021 class of Fellows. ASAE Fellows serve to inspire and develop extraordinary future leaders. We champion associations’ impact and leadership on industries, disciplines and the professions. In collaboration with and in support of ASAE, we help to create solutions to the most critical issues affecting the association management profession. These 10 extraordinary professionals bring a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives that will help the Fellows continue their leadership contributions to ASAE and throughout the association community,” said Scott Wiley, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, Ohio Society of CPAs and Chair of the Fellows.

This year’s class of Fellows are:

Celia Besore, MBA, FASAE, CAE
Executive Director
The Monitoring Association

VP, Membership and Volunteer Engagement
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Sharon Kneebone, IOM, FASAE, CAE
Executive Director 
National Society for Histotechnology

Amy Lestition Burke, MA, FASAE, CAE
Senior Vice President, Engagement

Lemmietta McNeilly, PhD, FASAE, CAE, CCC-SLP, FNAP, ASHA Fellow
Chief Staff Officer for Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Artesha Moore, FASAE, CAE
Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement & Membership
American Geophysical Union

Mark Nelson, Ph.D., MBA, FASAE, CAE
Executive Director
MAC - Merchant Acquirers' Committee

Matthew Ott, MS, CMP, FASAE, CAE
President & CEO
Global Cold Chain Alliance

Lawrence Sloan, MBA, FASAE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer 
American Industrial Hygiene Association

Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, FASAE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine


The 2021 ASAE Fellows join 273 association industry professionals 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.

For more information about ASAE’s Fellows program, please visit

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