ASAE Announces Winter 2022 Class of CAEs

One hundred thirty professionals received the certified association executive (CAE) credential this winter, 14 were from Illinois.

By Association Forum

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Earlier this month, ASAE announced that 130 association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE. They join more than 4,700 industry leaders worldwide who hold the distinction.

The Winter 2022 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered worldwide December 1-14, 2021. They will be honored, along with the Summer class of CAEs, during the 2022 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, August 20-23. A full list of the Winter 2022 class is at the end of the release.

“We are excited to welcome this new cohort of CAEs. Earning and maintaining the CAE shows their commitment to the profession and to continuing their learning journey as association professionals. As they continue to expand their knowledge and advance in their careers, we will be proud to have them as a part of the CAE Community,” said Elizabeth Santana, MBA, CAE, ICE-CCP, Chair of the CAE Commission and Director of Conceptual Research & Design at Inteleos.

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).

The CAE exam is administered twice each year. You can find more about requirements to sit for the exam here. Association Forum has collected answers to frequently asked questions about the exam and also hosts a popular study course. Learn more about becoming a CAE on our website.

Association Forum congratulates all the professionals who earned the CAE credential this winter. Specifically, we’d like to call out the Illinois recipients and Association Forum members.

Congratulations to Illinois’ new CAEs!

Association Forum membership designated with a *

Nicole Bowen, CAE    Association Management Solutions, RSM US LLP, Chicago, IL 

Deborah Brisson, CAE *  Exhibits Manager, American Association of Endodontists, Chicago, IL 

Carlos Cardenas, CAE*   Director of Information Technology, National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, Chicago, IL 

Janet S. Cheney, CAE   Director of Membership, American Oil Chemists Society, Urbana, IL  

Tania Cotter, CAE    CEO, Physical Education New Zealand, Carpentersville, IL 

Kimberly Arlene Kirchherr, CAE  President, K2 Outcomes, LLC, Arlington Heights, IL 

Stephen Legault, CAE *  Director of Knowledge, Learning & Assessment, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Arlington Heights, IL 

Melissa McMillian, CNP, CAE * Director, Foundation and Business Development, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Des Plaines, IL 

Kelly McNamara, CAE*  Membership Director, American Association of Endodontists, Chicago, IL 

Tara Mohammed, CAE  Association Sr Associate, SmithBucklin, Chicago, IL 

Julia Peterson, CAE * Manager, Association Management, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL 

Aaron Scheiwe, CAE    CFO, American Supply Association, Itasca, IL 

Travis Skodack, CAE *  Manager, Membership Development, Academy of General Dentistry, Chicago, IL 

Chris Welber, MA, MBA, CAE *  Account Executive, Association Management Center, Chicago, IL 

Congratulations to AF members in other states!

Ania P. Drechsler, CAE * Illinois Chapter Staff, Community Associations Institute, Falls Church, VA 

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