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Centennial Bank Matching Program Raises over $4,000 for the Foundation in 2019 and is continuing the Power Luncheon Match for 2020!

Thank you Centennial Bank!

2019 Foundation Annual Report

The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual Report

Learn more about how your contributions impact the association industry through education and professional development for all FSAE members.

Thank you U.S. Press for sponsoring this report!

Click here to view the report online.


About the FSAE Foundation

Foundation Mission: Support education, research, professional development, publications, and public relations efforts for the association management professional.

The FSAE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in December 1984 with the purpose of enhancing the Society’s programs and services through education, grants, research and certification initiatives. The FSAE Foundation continues to be supported entirely by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions and grants from corporate donors.

Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded 319 grants totaling $190,590 for members to attend educational conferences or earn their CAE/CMP designations. Over $282,700 has been used to underwrite speakers and education at the FSAE Annual Conference and over $319,000 has been used to implement Foundation initiatives including industry reports and surveys. Giving back to your profession guarantees that association professionals will continue to have the best education and resources available to excel in their career, and in the industry.

The FSAE Foundation is directly responsible for providing the following to FSAE members:

  • Scholarships/Grants for professional development education and certifications
  • Executive Series Luncheons on current issues/events - free for all association staff members
  • Think Tank symposium of association leaders to solve industry issues & generate new, practical ideas as well as publish white papers to educate others on findings
  • Research surveys/reports such as the Compensation Survey and Economic Impact Survey
  • Underwriting speaker fees for Annual Conference

Our Vision

Through being a bellwether in the field of nurturing leaders in association management, the FSAE Foundation will develop engaged and qualified professionals whose use of best practices and standards of excellence benefit all in association management and its supporting industries.

Our Values

We intend to move the FSAE Foundation from an "A" organization to an "A+" organization by strengthening the leadership position of the FSAE Foundation as a "thought leader" among key constituents - donors, FSAE members, and other leaders in the association management arena.

Our efforts will be guided by the following values:

  • Leadership in professional development and certification of association management professionals
  • Excellence in scholarship, research, education, training, and collaboration
  • Integrity in everything we do
  • Accountability and service to each other, our state, and our industry
  • Respect for the intrinsic worth of individuals and their ideas, including staff, boards, members, suppliers, volunteers, and donors
  • Commitment to racial, cultural, demographic, and gender diversity in our policies, personnel, and programs
  • Prudent application of knowledge and resources
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2019 Investors

As of December 31, 2019

Visionary: $1,001 +

Centennial Bank
Samantha Hobbs 
Donna H. Ross, CAE Retired

Benefactor: $751 - $1,000 

Steward: $501 - $750

Steven Louchheim, CAE
Frank H. Rudd, CMP, CAE

Champion: $251 - $500

Jim Ayotte, MBA, CAE
Keyna Cory
William Glenn East, CAE, RCE
Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Al Pasini, CAE
Lonny T. Powell

Altruist: $101 - $250

Erin Ballas
Barney Bishop, III, DPL
Janegale M. Boyd
Jack Cory
Larry Darnell, MBA, CAE
Debra DeSmidt, QAS, FL Notary, NAAEI Faculty, LCAM
Jan Dobson, CAE, APR
Beth Dye
Carolyn R. Fazio, ECAM
Mark P. Fontaine, CAE
David Garrison CPA, RCE, CAE
Frances M. Gilbert, CAE
Dawn Jimenez
Deidra Kring, CMP, CAE
Cathi C. Lundgren, CAE, CMP
Bennett E. Napier, II, CAE
Mary Lou Rajchel
Julie L. Ryczak
Gail S. Siminovsky, CAE
Mia Thomas, CPA, CGMA
Cindy Vallely
Jessica Walters
Jim Zaniello, FASAE
Pete Zimek

Investor: up to $100

Jennifer K. Abdelnour
Rosa Albert
Adrian Amos - Honderick, CAE
Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP
Liz Aperauch
Gabriela Arisso
Holly Banks, CMP
Stan Barnes, CFP, CLU, AIF
Paula Baumgardner
Ruth Bedell
Timothy A. Bell
Mandy Bianchi
Ian (Better Than Terrific) Black
Robert Stephen Blake
Katie Jane Bohnett
Erick Brice
Jennifer Brown, MBA, CAE
Christopher Brown, CAE
Kenlee Bruggemann
Beth P. Brunner, MBA, CAE
Adrienne Bryant, CAE
Melissa Burce
Dominic M. Calabro
Jaime Caldwell
Veronica Catoe
Lisa B. Chamberlain, CMP
Mary Chance
Jimmy Cooper
Ian Cordes, MBA, NHA
Maggie Goller-Cornelison, MBA, CHRM
Lisa Reilly-Covington
Steve Crist
Thomas Deison
James Dexheimer
Jeff G. Doran
Dana Edwards, MLIS
Angela Emerson, MBA, RCE
J. Ted Esler, PhD
Angel Estep
Karen Fast
Krystal Ferm
Connie Galietti, JD
Bree Geers
Patricia Giannini Henry, CAE, CMP, CEM
Elena Gladstone
Letreze Taylor, CMP
Christie Grant
Lee Ann Griffin
Allison J. Harrell, CPA
Ginger Harris Ducher, ABA, QAS
Jeri-Ann Hart
Shaddrick A. Haston, Esq.
David Higgins, CAE
Jacqueline D. Hightower
Carolyn Hinson
Michael Holland
John E Hunt, Jr.
Lynn Hupp
Wendy E. Johnson
Shelly Joines
Shannon Keil
John Keillor, CPA
Mary Pat King, MS
Debby Knorowski
Jeff Kottkamp, P.A.
Maunda Land, MBA, CMP, CAE
Danny Langfield
Sarah Langley
Lance Lozano, CAE
Charla Lucas
Christy Manderson
Lisette Mariner, CAE
Kristin Marshall, CMP
Rodney McCammon
Kristyn McCauley, CMP
Elizabeth McGill
Jordan Merrill
Sandy Merrill
Scott Merritt
Jennifer Milam
Cecily Millan
Lynn Mortilla-Rocap, CAE, CMP
Amanda Motes
Amanda Myers
Barb Nappy
Hester C. Ndoja, CAE
Niccole Haschak Neebling
Joe Nullet
Lisa O'Donnell, CAE
Elizabeth Pardillo, CMP
Donald Peaks
Barbara Peck
Mary Petrandis
Cherie Pinsky
Melody Pleasant
P. Christine Poole, CMP
Kimberlie Prior, CPPT
Anneessa D. Reid
Jackie Rhody
Noelle Ricciardi
Sharon G Rigsby, CAE
Kayla Ritten
Julie Roberts
Ricki Romig
Ann Russo
Lois Schoenbrun, CAE, FAAO
Adrienne Segundo, IOM, Credentialing Specialist
Alexis Simoneau, CAE
Nicole Smith
Jessica Smithson
Robert J. Sniffen
Donna M. Son, IOM
Christy Stacey, CMP
Lana Steele
Susan Stowell Corder, CAE
Kim Streit
Holly Strout
Chip Tatum, NALP, CAM
Renee Thompson
Karen Thurston-Chavez
Susan Tobin
Jane Toombs
Stephen Trickey
Tammi Wathen
Marta Weinstein
Christina Welty
Kim Wetzel
Kirk Whalen
Nikki L. Wiktorsson, CMP
Kelli Williams
Kathleen Wilson, CAE

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