ASAE Announces 108 Professionals Earned Prominent CAE Credential

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July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON—One hundred eight 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 2014 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide in May. They will be honored, along with the Winter 2014 class of CAEs, during the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, TN, August 9-12. A listing by state of the Summer 2014 class of CAEs can be found at the end of the release.

On behalf of the CAE Commission, congratulations to the 108 newly-certified association executives who have attained the highest level of professional competency in the area of association management,” said Steven C. Echard, IOM, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and CEO at the American Association for Study of Liver Diseases. “With the addition of this new class, we continue to make history with the highest number of association executives to hold the designation since the program started in 1960. These leaders are making a difference in their community, and their commitment and understanding in the areas of association management will help increase awareness about the profession.”  

The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and can demonstrate 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 5, 2014. The application deadline is September 26. For more details about the CAE exam, contact Lori Furtado, CAE, senior director of credentialing, at 202-626-2759 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, 202-326-9505

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 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
Summer 2014 Class


Robin Schaeffer, MSN, RN,CNE, CAE

Executive Director

Arizona Nurses Association

Tempe, AZ


Richard H. Hedgecock, CAE

Executive Vice President

Associated General Contractors - Arkansas Chapter

Little Rock, AR

Holly Heer, IOM, CAE

Director of Membership & Special Events

Arkansas Hospitality Association

Little Rock, AR


Greg Golik, CAE

Shareholder/Operations Director

MWH Management Services

Sacramento, CA

Michael Koonce, CAE

Executive Director

San Diego County Dental Society

San Diego, CA

Mike Lawrence, CAE

Executive Director

Computer-Using Educators, Inc.

Walnut Creek, CA

Kelvin Nanney, CMP, CAE

Member Manager

Meeting Possibilities LLC

San Ramon, CA

Michelle Loggia Tubb, CAE

Director of Marketing and Digital Media

Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineers

Covina, CA


Caitlyn Peel Pollihan, IOM, CAE

Executive Director

Council of Western State Foresters

Denver, CO

District of Columbia

Juan Amador, CAE

Director and GDI Program Leader

Association of American Medical Colleges

Washington, DC

Sybil Walker Barnes, CAE

Director of Social Media

The American Institute of Architects

Washington, DC

Daniel Bond, CAE

Communications Manager


Washington, DC

Kara D. Freeman, MBA, PMP, CAE

Vice President, Admin. & CIO

American Council on Education

Washington, DC

Mark E. Hernick, CAE

Chief Financial Officer

American Geophysical Union

Washington, DC

Kathryn F. Kuhn, CAE


KFK Consulting, LLC

Washington, DC

Nathan Perrine, CPA, MBA, CAE

CFO and Vice President of Administration

American Coatings Association

Washington, DC

Nicholas Serfass, CAE

Assistant Director, Internship & Education

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Washington, DC

Nathan A. Victoria, CAE

Director, Member Engagement & Student Initiatives

NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Washington, DC

Irving W. Washington III, CAE

Director of Operations

Online News Association

Washington, DC


Cora Baker, CAE

Association Executive

New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Adrienne O. Bryant, CAE

Member Information and Database Manager

Association of Florida Colleges

Tallahassee, FL

Linda A. Curtis, CAE

Foundation Executive Director

United States Tennis Association Florida Section, Inc

Daytona Beach, FL

Lynda M. Fernandez, CAE

SVP of Public Relations

Miami Association of Realtors

Miami, FL

Maunda Land, CMP, CAE

Manager, College and University Relations

The Institute of Internal Auditors

Altamonte Springs, FL

Rachel Karen Luoma, MS, CAE

Chief Staff Executive

Partners in Association Management

Tallahassee, FL

Rebecca Magdaleno, CAE

Director of Administration

American Institute of Architects Florida Chapter

Tallahassee, FL

Dawn M. Mages, CAE

Executive Director

American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay Chapter

Tampa, FL

Ryan James Tucholski, RCE, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

West Volusia Association of Realtors Inc

Orange City, FL


Cristina Bowerman, CAE

Vice President of Communication & Member Services

Construction Suppliers' Association

Tyrone, GA

Casey Coane, CAE


Hospitality Business Network Foundation

Marietta, GA


Marcia Joanne Jedry, CAE

Director of Finance

Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry

Boise, ID


Cheryl D. Cato, MBA, CAE

Senior Director, Marketing

American Health Information Management Association

Chicago, IL

JoAnn V. Coleman, CAE

Mgr, Vol. Leadership Dev.

American Health Information Management Association

Chicago, IL

Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom, MBA, CAE

Sr. Director, Volunteer Leadership Devel

American Health Information Management Association

Chicago, IL

Karen Kiell, CAE

Director, Membership Services

Academy of General Dentistry

Chicago, IL

Sharon Lilly, CAE

Educational Goods and Services Director

International Society of Arboriculture

Champaign, IL

Megan Markowski, CAE

Chicago, IL

Karen L. Plaus, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, CAE


National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists

Chicago, IL

Martha T. Ramirez, SPHR, CAE

Manager, SHRM North Central Region

Society for Human Resource Management

Chicago, IL

Donna Rebeck, MBA, CPA, CAE


Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation

Rosemont, IL

Betsi Roach, CAE

Executive Director

Legal Marketing Association

Chicago, IL

Margery Shinners, MSW, CAE

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mainstreet Organization of Realtors

Downers Grove, IL

Mark Swets, CAE

Association Manager

SmithBucklin Corporation

Chicago, IL

Rachel D. Tristano, CAE

Director of Volunteer Services

Council of Residential Specialists

Chicago, IL

Janice Walbert, CAE

Executive Director


Springfield, IL

Sally Weir, CAE

Executive Director, HMDCB

Association Management Center

Chicago, IL


Laurence A. Bolotin, CAE

Executive Director

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN

Amanda Cook, CAE

Director of Membership and Marketing

Raybourn Group International

Indianapolis, IN

Elizabeth Ellis, CFRE, CAE

Executive Director

Indiana 4-H Foundation

West Lafayette, IN

James Robert Paponetti, CAE

Executive Director

Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority

Indianapolis, IN

Emilie Perkins, CMP, CAE

Director of Training

LeadingAge Indiana

Indianapolis, IN

Katie Riggs, CMP, CAE

Director of Client & Conference Services

Raybourn Group International

Indianapolis, IN

Claude M. Warren III, CAE

Associate Director of Operations

Sigma Kappa National Housing Corporation

Indianapolis, IN


Nick Antista, CAE


Holy Rosary Catholic School

Bucyrus, KS


Pamela Sue Dillon, CAE

Education Director

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

Lexington, KY

Michelle T. Trent, SPHR, CAE

Field Services Director

Society for Human Resource Management

Louisville, KY


Paula J. Eichenbrenner, CAE

Vice President for Advancement

American Society for Nutrition

Bethesda, MD

Margaret S. Harrison, PNP, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Gaithersburg, MD

Daniela Iacona, CAE

Manager, International Relations


Baltimore, MD

Mary Lally, CAE

Deputy CEO

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

Ellicott City, MD

Vincent John Mayor, CAE

Director, Communications & Research

Sports &  Fitness Industry Association

Silver Spring, MD

Patricia McConkey, CAE

Senior Manager, Registrant Services

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Rockville, MD


Jennifer Dickie, CAE

Association Manager

Association Management Resources

Ann Arbor, MI

RoseAnn B. Nicolai, CAE


Nicolai Events & Communications

Berkley, MI


Beth Hansen, MS, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Mississippi Association of Realtors Inc

Jackson, MS


Stacey Robinson, CAE

Director of Communications

Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity

Independence, MO

New Jersey

Lawrence Leonard, CMP, CAE

Assistant Divisional Director

Talley Management Group Inc

Mount Royal, NJ

James H. Piechowski, MS, CAE

Director, International Operations

Institute of Management Accountants

Montvale, NJ

New York

Timothy Thate, CAE

Associate Director, Technical Services

LeadingAge New York

Latham, NY

North Carolina

Tammy Seldon, MBA, CMP, CAE

Executive Director

Giant Screen Cinema Association

Holly Springs, NC

Joseph S. Siragusa, CAE

Executive Director

North Carolina Chiropractic Association

Raleigh, NC

Heather Wrenn, CAE

Assistant Director

North Carolina Chiropractic Association

Raleigh, NC


Jeff Rundle, J.D., CAE

General Counsel & Director of Chapter Services

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity

Oxford, OH


Dan DeMellier, CAE

Associate Executive Director

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Tulsa, OK

Arnora Parish, MBA, CAE

Director of Finance and Accounting

Oklahoma State Medical Association

Oklahoma City, OK

Amy L. Welch, APR, CAE

Director of Communications

Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants

Oklahoma City, OK


Jade Deitrick, MPA, CAE

Account Manager

Update Management Inc

Portland, OR

Diana Zoren, CAE

Senior Program Manager

Western Energy Institute

Portland, OR


Wayne Bylsma, Ph.D., CAE

Chief Operating Officer

American College of Physicians

Philadelphia, PA

Kristin Dunn, CAE

Research Specialist

Project Management Institute

Newtown Square, PA

South Carolina

Hannah Hopkins Pittman, CAE

Director of Professional Development

South Carolina Association of School Administrators

Columbia, SC


Kasey Anderson, M.Ed., CAE

Executive Director

Nashville Academy of Medicine

Nashville, TN

Art Smith, SPHR, CCP, CAE

Executive Director

Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management

Brentwood, TN


JJ Colburn, CAE

Executive Director

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Austin, TX

Elizabeth M. Darling, CAE

President & Chief Executive Officer

OneStar Foundation

Austin, TX

Tiffany Wehner McGee, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Austin, TX

Alaina M. Yepez, CAE

Senior Member Services Coordinator

Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers

Austin, TX


Jaclyn Allmon, CAE

Director of Marketing and Communications

Assisted Living Federation of America

Alexandria, VA

Katie Bergmann, MBA, CAE

Vice President of Administration


Reston, VA

Joseph Carden, CAE

Vice President

Professional Services Council

Arlington, VA

Lisa Claydon, CAE

Communications and Association Specialist

Epic PR Group

Alexandria, VA

Thérèse Oetgen Clemens, CAE

Executive Director

AMG, Inc. (Association Management Group)

McLean, VA

Carrie Layfield Drake, CAE

Community Relations Manager

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

Herndon, VA

Yasmeen J. Fields, CAE

Executive Director

Society of Breast Imaging

Reston, VA

Heather Greenwell, CAE

Director of Operations

Catapult, Inc.

Richmond, VA

David M. Kaplan, Ph.D., CAE

Chief Professional Officer

American Counseling Association

Alexandria, VA

Laurie McIntosh, SPHR, CAE

Director, Member Engagement

Society for Human Resource Management

Alexandria, VA

Lacey R. Meckley, CAE

Director of Membership

Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Arlington, VA

Diana Tavares Mertz, CAE

Senior Manager, Sections

American Staffing Association

Alexandria, VA

Steve Miller, CAE

Director of Government and Public Affairs

Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Alexandria, VA

Julia Perry Rice, CAE

National Governence and Leadership Mgr

American Physical Therapy Association

Alexandria, VA

Noreen Rich, MBA, CAE

Sr Marketing Mgr & Foundation Director

Irrigation Association

Falls Church, VA

Oona Schmid, CAE

Director of Publishing

American Anthropological Association

Arlington, VA

Jessica S. Struve, CAE

Membership and Members' Services Manager

Radiology Business Management Association

Fairfax, VA

Adam Thocher, CAE

Director, Member Services

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

Falls Church, VA


Jennie L. Smazik, CAE

Executive Director

Executive Director, Inc

Milwaukee, WI

Anthony E. Snyder, IOM, CAE

New Business Development Strategist

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Appleton, WI

Greta Zeimetz, CAE

Director of Education and Research

National Association of Tax Professionals

Appleton, WI

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