Association Forum and USAE Announces the 2017 Forty Under 40® Honorees

By Aiysha Johnson posted 09-07-2017 12:18


Association Forum and USAE Announces the 2017 Forty Under 40® Honorees


 Contact: Aiysha Johnson, Director, Brand Experience and Marketing


Chicago, IL – September 6, 2017

Association Forum and USAE News are proud to announce the 5th annual class of Forty Under 40® Honorees. The Forty Under 40® program recognizes accomplished association or non-profit professionals under the age of 40 for their achievements. "Association Forum is pleased to enter into the 5th year of recognizing 40 accomplished trailblazers in the association community who are fearlessly driving change in associations.  This elite class of leaders is a strong representation of our future." Michelle Mason, President and CEO, Association Forum.

The following eligibility requirements had to be met for all Forty Under 40® winners:

  • 3+ years of employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management organization.
  • Current employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management organization.
  • Plan to continue in roles that aid the future of the association and nonprofit community.
  • Exhibit characteristics that demonstrate continued success and leadership skills.
  • Under the age of 40 as of December 13, 2017.

"New this year, applicants submitted two letters of recommendation, which enhanced the rigorous judging process", says  Marilyn Jansen, Chair, Association Forum's Award and Scholarship Committee. The Forty Under 40® program was first launched in 2013 and continues to be a very prestigious achievement for the honorees.

Anne Daly Heller, Publisher, USAE states, "This year's class of Forty Under 40® Honorees is, like its four predecessors, filled with achievers. These individuals are leaders of the association community of today, but even more importantly, of the next 20-30 years. We at USAE salute them and are looking forward to formally honoring them later this year."

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Congratulations to the 2017 Forty Under 40® Class: (listed in alphabetical order by last name)


Nicole Augustyn Publisher & Senior Vice President, Publishing and Program Development American College of Chest Physician

Jonathan Bassford, CAE, JD, MBA Chief Operating Officer The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Tamela Blalock, MBA, CMP, DES Executive Director Section on Women's Health of the APTA

Andrew Bronson, CAE Account Executive Svinicki Association Management, Inc.

Kristi Bruno, MA Director, Communications, Media and Marketing American College of Chest Physicians

Jason Carroll, CMP Executive Director Friends of the Riverwalk

Dean Comber, MBA, PMP, CSM Chief Finance and Information Officer American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Sara Curtis, MBA, CAE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Director of Human Resources American Society of Anesthesiologists

Stephanie Doute, CAE Executive Director International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

Ashley Doyle, MBA Manager of Marketing and Chapter Relations American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

Kate Emshoff Director of International Affairs Radiological Society of North America

Stephanie Follett, MPA Senior Manager, Advocacy and Policy American Student Dental Association

Brandi Gerew, CAE Senior Account Executive Capitol Hill Management Services

Mari Greenberger, MPPA

Director, Informatics Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS)


Christina Hartle CAE, MA Director of Chapter Relations, Mid-Atlantic American Inns of Court

Lauren Hernandez Senior Manager, Marketing Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Sarah Herrmann Assistant Director, Member Outreach Illinois CPA Society

Matthew Hessler, CAE Association Manager SmithBucklin

Ashley Hodak Sullivan, MBA Account Executive (Kellen), Deputy Executive Director (GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators), Executive Director (GWA Foundation) Kellen

Kristen Kessinger Senior Manager of Communications ISACA

David Laszakovits, MBA Director of External Relations American Board of Radiology

Michelle Lui, MBA Executive Director Financial Management Association International

Melissa Marx Manager, Life Support Programs American Academy of Pediatrics

Christina McCoy, CAE Account Executive Association Managed Partners & Executive Directors (AMPED)

Conor McNulty, CAE Executive Director Oregon Dental Association

Madeja Metcalf, CMP Manager Meeting & Travel American Osteopathic Association

Christopher Migala, CPA Vice President, Finance Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

Leah Misbin, MA Director, International Programs Institute of Real Estate Management

Christine Nogal, MBA, CAE Director of Marketing and Member Services Arthroscopy Association of North America

Vivian Ross, MAFM Certification Director American Osteopathic Association

Chad Rummel Executive Director Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Sikha Singh, MHS, PMP Manager, Newborn Screening and Genetics Operations Association of Public Health Laboratories

Alicia Skulemowski, CAE Certification Programs Manager and Board/Executive Committee Operations Manager Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

Katie Stien National Sales Manager Catch Des Moines

Jessica Struve, CAE Associate Director of Membership & Innovation Radiology Business Management Association

Christopher Urena, MBA Director, ASHA Professional Development American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Donna Verga Marketing & Brand Manager American Association of Endodontists

Irving Washington, CAE Executive Director Online News Association

Bryan White Association Executive SmithBucklin

Luke Zimmer Manager, Sections and Member Engagement American Staffing Association


About Association Forum

Association Forum is the "association of associations" in Chicago, comprised of nearly 4,000 members that represent more than 44,000 association professionals from nearly 1,600 Chicago organizations. These organizations serve 27 million individual members, have 9 million donors and generate $10.3 billion annually in economic impact. Association Forum works to be the definitive resource for learning opportunities that address the varied needs of association professionals as they advance in their association management careers, to provide an environment that engages the association community and industry partners and be recognized as the preeminent resource for tools and best practices in the field of association management. For more information, visit

About USAE 

USAE is a print and "e" publication serving the association meetings community – a community of professional interest comprised of executives from associations, destination marketing organizations (CVBs) and hotels & resorts.

It is USAE's goal to provide its readers with in-depth association, CVB and hospitality news not available elsewhere in nationally circulated print or "e" media.