ASAE Fellows


The ASAE Fellows program annually 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.  



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.   

As leaders in the association community, Fellows strongly embrace  ASAE's Diversity + Inclusion Statement. 



To be eligible for Fellows consideration, a candidate must be an ASAE member for the past five consecutive years. Successful candidates are accomplished professionals who have demonstrated their ability to contribute to the achievement of the Fellows’ goals. Each selected candidate must show:  

  • Evidence of leadership and contribution in the advancement of ASAE and the association community. Some examples include serving on an ASAE volunteer group, obtaining the CAE or other relevant credentials, and serving in different leadership positions in the association profession.
  • Commitment to being an inclusive leader by demonstrating activities that drive diversity, inclusion, and equity in their respective organizations or professions/industries.
  • Evidence of strategic and future-focused thinking and a commitment to innovation, life-long learning, and visionary leadership. Demonstrates evidence-based strategies and a data-driven mindset.

ASAE Fellows:   

  • Are accomplished professionals who have been identified for their demonstrated leadership in the association community.   
  • Have committed to advancing the work of associations and the body of knowledge that underpins a dynamic and still-evolving association management profession.
  • Believe that associations are at their best when inclusive and accessible. Fellows are committed to continuous learning while leveraging their influence to achieve measurable outcomes that increase accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strengthen the association management profession through their active engagement and contributions to ASAE and its initiatives.  


Please note: Fellows applications are now closed. Applications for the Class of 2022 will open in late 2021 or early 2022.

2021 Fellows Retreat
Please note that the 2021 Fellows Retreat has been postponed from June 2021 to a later date; final dates and location are TBD, but the group plans to convene sometime between December 2021 and March 2022.   



Congratulations to the association leaders who are new   Fellows in 2021:   

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

Vice President, 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



Congratulations to the association leaders who are new   Fellows in 2020 :  

Steven Anderson, FASAE, IOM, CAE  
President and Chief Executive Officer  
National Association of Chain Drug Stores  

Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, CPF  
CEO & Strategy Catalyst  
Vista Cova  

Patricia Montague, FASAE, CAE  
Chief Executive Officer  
School Nutrition Association  

Stefanie Reeves, FASAE, CAE  
Executive Director  
Maryland Psychological Association  

Donte Shannon, FASAE, CAE  
Account Executive  
AMPED Association Management  


Get all the details. Read the Fellows FAQs. Interested in learning more about the application process? Check back soon for updates on application criteria and instructions.  

Who’s  involved?  Meet the current ASAE Fellows  or see a list of  Fellows by class year .