ASAE Announces 131 Professionals Earned CAE Credential

July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC—One hundred thirty-one association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,600 industry leaders worldwide who hold the distinction.

The Summer 2021 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide May 1-14, 2020. They will be honored, along with the Winter class of CAEs, during the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition on August 13-18, 2021. A full list of the Summer 2021 class can be found at the end of this release.

“Earning the CAE demonstrates deep commitment to the association profession and the communities we serve. The competencies measured and knowledge gained through the certification journey enhances careers, benefits organizations, and ultimately, serves the public at large through the work CAEs do every day,” said DJ Johnson, IOM, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and VP, Membership and Volunteer Engagement for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

The CAE Program elevates professional standards, enhances individual performance, and designates those who have acquired and have 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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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
Summer 2021 Class


Jon Bisset, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
Enmore, NSW

Lester Lambert, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Restaurant & Catering Industry Association of Australia
Greenwich, NSW



Brett Jeffery, CAE
General Manager New Zealand
Rotorua, BOP

Holly Morchat, CAE
General Manager
Association of Consulting Engineers of New Zealand
Queenstown, OTA

Hilary Beaton, CAE
Executive Director
Public Libraries of New Zealand
Wairarapa, WGN




Sean Murphy, CAE
Executive Director and General Counsel
Arizona Dental Association
Scottsdale, AZ

Abigail R. Norris, CAE
Ward Management Group
Phoenix, AZ


Joy Alafia, MBA, CAE
President & CEO
Western Propane Gas Association
Sacramento, CA

Christina Bauders, CAE
Senior Operations Executive
The Core Management Company
Lincoln, CA

Teresa Excinia, CAE
Executive Director
California Advocates Management Services
Sacramento, CA

Michelle L. LeBlanc, CAE
Free Speech Coalition
Simi Valley, CA

Eileen Schuster, CAE
Managing Director, Marketing
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
San Diego, CA


Gillian Harrison Cain, CAE
Director of Member Programs
American Theological Library Association
Centennial, CO

Katarina Cooke, CAE
Informational Services & Technology Director
American Group Psychotherapy Association
Colorado Springs, CO

Shelly Dee Fava, CAE
Executive Director
Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
Westminster, CO

Ronald Holder, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Castle Rock, CO


Karim S. Shaaban, CAE
Program Director - Levant Region
Center for International Private Enterprise
East Granby, CT

District of Columbia

Kaitlin Baumer, CAE
Director, Marketing & Communications
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
Washington, DC

Emily DeYoung, CMP, CAE
Interim Vice President, Education
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Washington, DC

Rob Gates, CAE
Business Analyst / Director of Operations
Washington, DC

Patricia Cooley Gorney, CAE
Director of Membership
American Association for Justice
Washington, DC

Robin Yvette Jenkins, CAE
Chief Client Engagement Officer
CGFNS International
Washington, DC

Colleen Phalen, CAE
American Association for Justice
Washington, DC

Darrell Smith, CAE
President and CEO
National Waste & Recycling Association
Washington, DC

Matthew Jackson Wales, CMP, CAE
Vice President, Member Services & Events
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Washington, DC


Kristyn Elizabeth McCauley, CAE
Program Manager/Meeting Planner
Partners in Association Management
Tallahassee, FL

Kristin Mirabal, CMP, CAE
WorkForce Software
Miami, FL

Francesca Radabaugh, CAE
VP of Operations and Director of Association Manag
Paragon Events
Boynton Beach, FL

Grace Brickett Smith, CAE
Vice President of Strategy & Engagement
Tampa, FL


Diane Alberson, CAE
Director of Educational Development
American Association of Clinical Endocrinology
Naperville, IL

Dawn M. Amaskane, CAE
Associate Vice President,  Administrative Affairs
American Osteopathic Association
Peotone, IL

Barbara Arango, CAE
Executive Director
Naylor Association Solutions
Palatine, IL

Sarah E. Braun, CAE
Director of Component & Intersociety Relations
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Kildeer, IL

Trina Refshauge Andresen Coe, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
American Association of Endodontists
Chicago, IL

Christopher Hurst, CAE
Project Manager, Membership
Prestressed Concrete Institute
Chicago, IL

Dana Karstensen, CAE
Data Governance Product Manager
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Beecher, IL

Amy Kephart, CAE
Senior Manager, Education
American Epilepsy Society
Fox River Grove, IL

Keri Kramer, CAE
Chief Operations Officer
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Chicago, IL

John McConvill, CAE
Prestressed Concrete Institute
Des Plaines, IL

Jennifer Maxine McNelly, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Safety Professionals
Des Plaines, IL

Jacqueline Meracle, CAE
Professional Convention Management Association
Chicago, IL

Barbara O'Connor, CAE
Managing Director
Million Dollar Round Table
Chicago, IL

JenaShay G. Russell, CAE
Director of Regions
Mokena, IL

Shawn Sanford, CAE
Manager, Member Engagement
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Chicago, IL

Karen M. Williams, CAE
International Prof. Dev. Administrator
Society of Actuaries
Pingree Grove, IL

Joseph Larry Wurzburger, CAE
Sr. Director, Product Development & Innovation
Society of Actuaries
Mount Prospect, IL


Randi Jean Alter, CAE
Executive Director
American School Health Association
Bloomington, IN

Sarah Eller, CAE
Director of Alumnae Engagement
Sigma Kappa Sorority
Indianapolis, IN

Diane Enos, CAE
Chief Learning Officer
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Floyds Knobs, IN

Mark C. Lewis, CAE
Director of Membership and Projects
Raybourn Group International, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Lisa Ann Perius, CAE
Executive Director
Indiana Veterinary Medical Association
Indianapolis, IN

Michelle J. Smith, CAE
Senior Director of Meetings
University Risk Management and Insurance Association
Bloomington, IN

Amy M. Stark, CAE
Director of Administration
Foodservice Consultants Society International
Bloomington, IN


Melissa Murer Corrigan, CAE
Adjunct Faculty, FAPhA, FASHP
University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Iowa City, IA


Chelsea Earhart, CAE
Director of Credentialing / Account Executive
Metacred Inc
Shawnee, KS

Jeffrey C. Johnston, CAE
Managing Director, Financial Regulatory Affairs
National Association of Insurance Commissioners (Central Office)
Fairway, KS

Deanne St. George, CAE
Mgr AAFP Grad MED ED & AFMRD Exec Dir
Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
Leawood, KS


Lucas M. Davis, CAE
Vice President, ICF Coach Training
Associations International
Lexington, KY

Susan S. Tanner, CAE
Program & Development Manager
Asphalt Institute
Versailles, KY


Alex Bardakh, CAE
Director, Public Policy and Advocacy
AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
Severn, MD

Robert Charles Bartel, CAE
VP Education, Publications and Quality
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Silver Spring, MD

Nicole Beidler, CAE
Director, Ecommerce and Marketing Technology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Frederick, MD

Natasha Rae Bethea, CAE
Director, Marketing and Membership
Information Technology Industry Council
Capitol Heights, MD

Susan Carioti, CAE
VP, Certification, Standards & Guidelines
ASIS International
Huntingtown, MD

Mary Connor, CAE
VP of Client Relations | Senior Account Executive
Stringfellow Management Group
Annapolis, MD

Kimberly Fernandez, CAE
Director of Publications
International Parking & Mobility Institute
Bethesda, MD

Zerihun Haile-Selassie, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
Gaithersburg, MD

Laura Henning, CAE
Marketing Manager
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Gaithersburg, MD

Shameka Jennings, CAE
Principal and Chief Events Officer
Upper Marlboro, MD

Lawrence Paska, CAE
Executive Director
National Council for the Social Studies
Boyds, MD

Patricia N. Ramallo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C & Homes, CPHD, CAE
Senior Manager, Experience + Education
Silver Springs, MD


Angela Mitchell-Richardson, CAE
Executive Director
Association Management Resources
Canton, MI

Kathleen Pojeta, CAE
Director, Meetings and Technology
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
St Clair Shores, MI

Lacey Stachel, CAE
Marketing Manager
Slag Cement Association
Sterling Heights, MI

Jacquelen Timm, CAE
Executive Director of the Michigan Council of Nurs
Ngage Management LLC
Bath, MI


Arzo Alimohd, CAE
Ewald Consulting Inc
Shoreview, MN

Amber Allardyce, CAE
Deputy Executive Director
AIA Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Shelby Couch, CAE
Account Executive
The Harrington Company
Minneapolis, MN

Maranda DeSanto, CAE
Lake Superior Area Realtors, Inc.
Duluth, MN

Mary Rehm, CAE
Director of Learning and Development
Professional Risk Managers International Association
North Branch, MN

Michelle Uher, CAE
Director, Communications & Public Relations
American Academy of Neurology
St. Louis Park, MN

Katie Wallstein, CAE
Account Executive
Ewald Consulting Inc
Hopkins, MN


Dena Hull, CAE
Vice President, Planning & Communications
Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
Ellisville, MO

Dan Koontz, CAE
Senior Director of Professional Development
Saint Louis, MO

Dawn M. Seabaugh, CAE
St. Louis Realtors
Saint Louis, MO

Tiffany Swanigan, CAE
Saint Louis, MO

New Hampshire

Mark Reedenauer, CAE
President & Executive Director
National Marine Electronics Association
Concord, NH

New Jersey

Susan Dyer, CAE
Member Development Director
New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
Denville, NJ

Amy Boright Porchetta, CAE
Executive Director
Association of New Jersey Chiropractors
Scotch Plains, NJ

Ni Zhang, CAE
Director of Member Engagement Retention
Institute of Management Accountants
Ridgewood, NJ

North Carolina

Anne Bostwick Richard, CAE
Executive Director
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
Raleigh, NC


Lakisha Barclay, CAE
Executive Director
Rubber Division, ACS
Akron, OH

James Rowan, CAE
Executive Director
Ohio Association of School Business Officials
Oxford, OH

Deborah S. Segor, CAE
Marketing & Communications Manager
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing
Columbus, OH


Krista Jill Brands, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Trauma Society, PA Division
Hamburg, PA

Christina Buker, CAE
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association
Mechanicsburg, PA

Nicholas Marzano, CAE
Chief of Strategy
Society of Hospital Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Chad Reilly, CAE
Senior Vice President
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Imperial, PA

Jacqueline Rychnovsky, CAE
Executive Director
Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service
Lansdale, PA

Lisa Schaefer, CAE
Executive Director
County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA


Amy Black, CAE
Project Manager
Parthenon Management Group
Nashville, TN

Roberto Cruz, CAE
Comprehensive Management and Consulting, Inc.
Loudon, TN

Dawn Keglor, CAE
Director of Association Management
Parthenon Management Group
Hendersonville, TN


Marvin E. Harris, CAE
Executive Director
National Guard Association of Texas
Austin, TX

Kenneth Earle Hogan, CAE
Association Executive
Abilene Association of REALTORS
Abilene, TX

Elizabeth Muth, CAE
Grants Manager
American College of Emergency Physicians
Farmers Branch, TX

Jana Schey, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Energistics Consortium Inc
Houston, TX

Sarah Vlcek, CAE
Account Manager
Strategic Association Management
Austin, TX


Michael J. Smith, CAE
KJM Consulting
Sandy, UT


Robert Clayborne, CAE
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive
The American Institute of Architects (Virginia component)
Charlottesville, VA

Jessica Ann Morin Cocuzza, CAE
Membership Manager, Database Administrator
Falls Church, VA

Natalie Dippenaar, CAE
Director, Membership & Technology
National Court Reporters Association
Ashburn, VA

Cheryl Goldsby, CAE
Leesburg, VA

Francine Jetton, CAE
Director of Communications & Publication
Society of General Internal Medicine
Springfield, VA

Molly Jin, CAE
Director of Education and Knowledge Management
International Security Management Association
Leesburg, VA

Elizabeth E. Maddox, MPA, CMP, CAE
Director, Conference & Event Services
American Society of Civil Engineers
Falls Church, VA

Kelly Mancusi, CAE
Assistant Executive Director/Director of Events &
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists Inc
Chesterfield, VA

Susan Marchese Greco, CAE
Managing Director, Marketing and Communications
American Industrial Hygiene Association
Sterling, VA

Sarah Mattes Marshall, CAE
Executive Director
Virginia College of Emergency Physicians
Richmond, VA

Julia Merrill, CAE
Director, Grant Programs & Research Awards
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Manassas, VA

Helen Mosher, CAE
VP Marketing, Communications and Membership
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
Annandale, VA

Jolie Patterson, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Health Care Without Harm
Reston, VA

Michelle Runge, CAE
Director of Chapter Relations, Mid-Atlantic Region
American Inns of Court Foundation
Alexandria, VA

Kathryn Godburn Schubert, CAE
President and CEO
Society for Women’s Health Research
Alexandria, VA

Samantha Slater, CAE
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Springfield, VA

Damita Snow, CAE
Sr. Manager, Publishing Technologies
American Society of Civil Engineers
Reston, VA

Nicholas Soto, CAE
VP, Professional Development
Construction Management Association of America
Leesburg, VA

Sara Jayn Stehle, CAE
Senior Manager of Meetings
Society of American Military Engineers
Fairfax, VA


Jennifer Brydges, CAE
Account Executive
AMPED Association Management
Middleton, WI

Emily Viles-Monari, CAE
Meetings Technology
AMPED Association Management
Madison, WI

Samantha Jan Walker, CAE
Director of Administration
Executive Director, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI