Congratulations to the 2020 Class of CAEs

Recognizing Illinois’s newest certified association executives

By the FORUM Magazine editors

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Association Forum congratulates the 2020 class of CAEs who successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide on Dec. 6, 2019. ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership administers the CAE program in order to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance and designate those who have acquired and demonstrated the knowledge essential to the practice of association management.

This year, 190 association professionals became CAEs. Association Forum recognizes the new CAEs in Illinois below.

Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Appraisal Institute
Chicago, IL

Nicole Basso, CAE
Membership Manager
Institute of Food Technologists
Chicago, IL

Amy Biedenharn, CAE
Director, DPG/MIG/Affiliate Relations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Chicago, IL

Scott Brody, CAE
Senior Manager, Professional Resources
Appraisal Institute
Chicago, IL

Nathan Chamberlain, CAE
Membership Operations Manager
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Park Ridge, IL

Alicia Davis-Wade, MA, CAE
Assistant Executive Director
Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
Springfield, IL

Amanda Decker, CAE
Deputy Account Executive
Oak Brook, IL

Rachel DePauw, CAE
Director of Programs
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Elizabeth DeWolfe, CAE
Membership Engagement Specialist
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Elk Grove Village, IL

Brenda Dreier, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening
Oak Brook, IL

Kathy Gilmore, CAE
Valley Industrial Association
Geneva, IL

Kristin Gover, CAE
Director, Communications
Academy of General Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Lori Granich, MBA, RDN, CAE
Director, Lifelong Learning and Engagement
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Chicago, IL

Deepa Gudipally, CAE
Application Development Manager
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Schaumburg, IL

Amanda E. Hortsman, CAE
Staff Attorney
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Mount Prospect, IL

Jesmarie Johnson, CAE
Executive Director
Planning Accreditation Board
Chicago, IL

Matthew Jones, CAE
Account Executive
Chicago, IL

Tim Moberly, CAE
Senior Director of Technology Services
Society of Actuaries
Schaumburg, IL

Christopher G. Mundschenk, CAE
Executive Director
Chicago, IL

Courtney K. Nashan, CAE
Senior Director, Member and Stakeholder Engagement
Society of Actuaries
Schaumburg, IL

Carrie O’Connor, CAE
Account Manager
Radiological Society of North America
Oak Brook, IL

Kristin Pekoll, CAE
Assistant Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom
American Library Association
Chicago, IL

Shannon Peterson, CAE
Director of Membership and Communities
Conference of Consulting Actuaries
Long Grove, IL

Diana Scott, CAE
Quality and Registries Coordinator
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Rosemont, IL

Angela B. Taylor, CAE
Director, Membership, Marketing & Communications
Society for Vascular Surgery
Des Plaines, IL

Kim Wiatr, CAE
Association Manager
Chicago, IL

Jamie Wigand, CAE
Executive Director
Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
Crystal Lake, IL

Want to Join the 2021 Class? The Association Forum CAE Study Group starts in September to prepare for the December 2020 exam. Check the online events calendar this summer at

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