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Congratulations, Tammy Hettinger!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, InsideNGO, a global nonprofit organization located in Washington, DC, has appointed Tammy Hettinger Director, Global Member Development and Engagement. She assumed her role in May 2017. She oversees membership and member services around the world and is focused on creating opportunities for InsideNGO’s members to increase their involvement with the InsideNGO community; she is also responsible for expanding the organization’s reach in the international NGO community.

Before joining InsideNGO, Tammy worked at worked for two other member organizations: TechnoServe, where she was director of annual fund and development operations from 2013-2017; and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs where she served as development manager from 2004-2006. She also served on the steering committee of the Minnesota International NGO Network from 2007- 2010.

Tammy graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and she holds a M.S. in Public Policy from University College London.

InsideNGO is a membership association of 330 international non-governmental organizations and sector experts in the international development and relief community working together to achieve global impact. InsideNGO provides training and learning opportunities, peer-to-peer exchange, sector expertise, and links to industry partners to help its members build their operational and management capacity.



Congratulations, Dwayne Sattler!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) announced Dwayne G. Sattler as Executive Director of the Foundation effective April 3, 2017. Sattler comes to CEF from The Ohio State University (OSU) where he served as Managing Director of “SpotOn,” a national STEM education technology initiative within the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Prior to that, Sattler was Associate Vice President for Policy in OSU’s Office of Research. In that role, he directed corporate and public sector relationship efforts for the Ohio Technology Consortium, a membership-based organization of technology centers. His efforts resulted in securing $30M in external funding to run the consortium’s industrial research services and STEM education programs. In addition to STEM programs, Sattler has led public policy initiatives through his own consulting firm, Network Government Relations, with two offices, one in Washington, DC, and one in Columbus, OH, and as the full-time Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Prior to these positions, he worked for then-Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mike DeWine and subsequently as his Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC, after DeWine’s election to the U. S. Senate. Sattler also served as Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Training. In that role, he led legislative efforts to pass the Workforce Investment Act, which included the reauthorization of the Carl Perkins Vocational Education Act and the Adult Education Act. He was also instrumental in the reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, and National Science Foundation.



Congratulations, Francesca Dea!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team,  Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) announced the recent addition of Francesca Dea as Executive Director. An executive with more than 20 years of association experience, Dea previously served as the executive director of The Obesity Society (TOS), an organization dedicated to advancing the science-based understanding of the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of obesity. She is credited with facilitating and implementing a 5-year strategic plan, establishing strong advocacy networks, rebuilding the organization’s financial reserves, launching National Obesity Care Week and doubling the revenue of TOS’s annual meeting.  Prior to her tenure at TOS, she served as vice president and chief operating officer of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). While at NAIFA, Dea stabilized the organization by revamping and enhancing the value of NAIFA membership. She is also the founder of Gordian Solutions, LLC, a consulting company which provided support for non-profit organizations and small businesses. Dea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and a Master’s degree in business administration from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School in Baltimore, MD.

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Congratulations, Carmen Del Guercio!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Maryland Food Bank announced the recent addition of Carmen Del Guercio as President and CEO. Carmen accepted the position effective Dec. 12, 2016, and will lead the entire operation of the food bank, which has an annual budget of approximately $78 million and a 37-year history feeding the hungry in Maryland. A member of the Maryland Food Bank board of directors since last year, Carmen took a leave of absence from that duty to be considered for this role. The board chose him for this critical position based on his outstanding business management, team-building and networking capabilities, as well his strong record of volunteer leadership in the nonprofit sector. Carmen Del Guercio succeeds former president and CEO Beth Martino and interim president and CEO Matt Whelan, the food bank’s Chief Operations and Financial Officer. He has had a successful 29-year career in the banking industry. He comes to the Maryland Food Bank from M&T Bank, where he worked in a variety of leadership roles since 1990. Carmen has been recognized for his ability to build and lead large teams, and for his strategic execution of expansion into new markets from Buffalo, N.Y. to Florida. He also played critical roles in bank mergers and acquisitions and served as the Head of Private Banking for M&T Bank’s Wilmington Trust Wealth Advisory. In addition, he has lent his time and expertise to various organizations in the nonprofit sector. Since 2008, he has served as a board member of the Baltimore Urban Debate League, which aims to educate and mentor inner city middle school and high school students. For 10 years, he was a board member and chairman of Humanim, Inc., a nonprofit that provides workforce development services for adults with special needs. Carmen is also a former vice president and board member of the Baltimore Country Club and board member of Leadership Howard County.


Congratulations, Breanna McCormley!

The Chordoma Foundation announced the recent addition of Breanna McCormley as the Director of Development. Breanna joined the Foundation in August 2016 with seven years of experience in development in healthcare and social service organizations. Most recently Breanna was at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, where she served in a variety of capacities ranging from the annual fund to major gifts. As the Foundation’s Director of Development, she leads the Foundation’s fundraising efforts to provide sufficient dollars to fund its ambitious plans. She is passionate about working with the Foundation’s supporters to make a tangible impact in the lives of those affected by chordoma. Breanna has a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas, and is currently finishing the Executive MBA program at North Carolina State University. The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of chordoma patients by accelerating research to develop effective treatments for chordoma, and by helping patients to get the best care possible. To accelerate the search for a cure, they initiate and fund high-impact research, facilitate information exchange and collaborate with leading researchers, and provide scientific resources needed to study chordoma. Since their inception in 2007, The Chordoma Foundation has united the chordoma research community, attracting numerous new researchers to the field and creating the conditions needed for chordoma research to flourish. Their efforts have led to advances in chordoma research, which are being translated into improved treatments for patients.



Congratulations, Elizabeth Hale!

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently announced that Elizabeth (Liz) Hale will join their corporate team as the Development Director. Liz Hale is responsible for directing implementation of ACEEE’s resource development strategy.  She works with senior management and program experts to strengthen existing institutional funding relationships and to establish new ones, with the goal of diversifying ACEEE’s resource base.  Liz is also responsible for growing support from individuals through ACEEE’s scholarship and bequest programs.  She joined ACEEE in 2016. Liz has nearly 20 years of fundraising, program development and conference planning experience.  Most recently, she was the director of development for LISC, the nation’s leading community development organization.  Liz raised $92 million from corporations and foundations during her 15-year career with LISC.  Prior to joining LISC, she worked as assistant producer at, the companion website for NBC’s worldwide broadcast of the 2000 Summer Olympics.  Liz also planned conferences for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Liz earned a bachelor of arts in English from The George Washington University and a master in humanities and social thought from New York University.


Congratulations, Carolyn Schmidt!

Food & Friends announced today that Carolyn Schmidt will join Food & Friends as Chief Development Officer on December 5th, 2016. Started in 1988, the nutrition services organization delivers free, medically-specialized meals and groceries to DC area residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other serious illnesses. “I am very pleased to welcome Carolyn to our organization. Her broad and deep experience in development will create enormous benefit to Food & Friends,” said Craig Shniderman, Executive Director of Food & Friends. “It is an honor to be joining Food & Friends in such an important leadership role,” said Ms. Schmidt. ”I’m coming from an organization that provides loving homes for children, so the mission of Food & Friends resonates. It’s about caring for people who are dealing with a life threatening illness, providing them with something as basic as nutritious meals, a personal connection, and maybe even a hug. I’m excited to be part of something so meaningful.” Ms. Schmidt has over 29 years of results-driven fundraising and non-profit management experience working for international, national and regional organizations in social services, higher education and literacy. She is joining Food & Friends from SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc., where she oversaw major and planned giving. Before SOS, she held leadership positions as Managing Director of Development for Prevent Cancer Foundation, Director of Development for Reading Is Fundamental, and was Director of Operations for Catholic Charities Foundation of the Archdiocese of Washington. Ms. Schmidt is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and an active member with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She believes in cultivating a culture of philanthropy throughout an organization and is committed to fostering relationships with donors who become long-time philanthropic partners. She and her husband live in Arlington, Virginia. She has two adult children – a recent graduate of James Madison University and a student at the University of Mary Washington.   ARA Logo

Congratulations, Tony Conant!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Board of Directors of the American Rental Association has named Tony Conant to the position of Executive Vice President/CEO, effective mid-November.

Conant will become the fourth executive vice president/CEO of the ARA since its founding in 1955. He most recently served as chief operating officer (COO) at the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) headquartered in Phoenix. In his COO position, Conant has been responsible for enabling operational excellence across the company and building capabilities for ISM’s future growth. ARA President Roger Vajgrt, owner of Home Rental Center & Sales Co., Marshalltown, Iowa, said, “The board of directors is pleased to have Tony join the ARA. We look forward to his leadership and contributions to advance the forward momentum of the association. His professional career experience and education is a definite asset to ARA as we look ahead to the future of the equipment rental industry.” As the leader of the certification, publications, membership, research, finance, IT and human resources functions, Conant helped to enable ISM’s vision by managing project prioritization, decision ownership, effective resource alignment, measurement and accountability across the company. Conant has spent more than 20 years developing advanced practices in operations and supply chain at world-class companies, including Intel, BASF, Whirlpool and Bank of America. Previously, he was the vice president of operations and share services at One Touch Direct, an innovative direct marketing company, where he oversaw 200 percent revenue and headcount growth in his five-year tenure.

“I welcome the opportunity to join such a dynamic organization and staff team,” said Conant. “Hallmarks of the organization are innovative and strategic thinking that represent the equipment rental industry very effectively. I look forward to building upon that ARA legacy with the volunteer leaders and staff members.” Conant is a native of Detroit. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in operations management from Madonna University, Livonia, Mich., and an MBA, finance and international economics, from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He also completed his Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the University of California at San Diego.   tsae-logo

Congratulations, Steven Stout!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Texas Society of Association Executives has announced the appointment of Steven Stout as the organization’s new Executive Director.  Please join us in welcoming Steven to his new role. Click here to watch the announcement.


Congratulations, Sylvester Giustino!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) President Robert Budway has announced the appointment of Sylvester (“Syl”) Giustino as director of government and technical affairs. Giustino will lead CMI’s scientific and regulatory programs. “Syl brings passion and energy, along with a wealth of experience in regulatory and legislative activities,” said Budway. “We are very excited he has joined the CMI staff and look forward to him working to protect and promote the can industry’s ability to operate competitively and efficiently.” In his position, Giustino will be responsible for federal and state regulatory and legislative issues for the industry with specific focus on food safety and packaging, technology, environmental, sustainability, health and safety affairs. Giustino brings more than 15 years of experience in a variety of government relation positions at various trade associations.  He most recently was senior advisor at the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN). In this role, he helped the Association to reorganize its Government Affairs Department and also helped to establish relationships with Members of Congress. Much of Guistino’s work at AUSN involved helping to ensure that meaningful legislation was passed and looking for ways to increase member engagement. He worked on a number of environmental issues to ensure that there was proper care for veterans who had been exposed to toxic chemicals. Giustino earned his B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in New Jersey and worked on various political campaigns early in his career. He also held positions with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the New York State Banking Department before being engaged by the Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York as Director of Legislative Affairs, followed by service as Director of the Building Division for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA).



Congratulations, Jodi Ann Ray!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Board of Directors of the Texas Society of CPAs selected Jodi Ann Ray, CCE, IOM as its Executive Director and CEO. She comes to TSCPA from Meeting Professionals International (MPI) where she was most recently the vice president of membership and volunteer experience. At MPI, Ray was responsible for governance as well as community development. MPI encompasses membership and more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. Prior to joining MPI, she served as the CEO for chambers of commerce in Connecticut, North Carolina and Texas, where she oversaw all operations including membership, government affairs, economic development and finance. She succeeds 17-year TSCPA veteran, John Sharbaugh. “I am looking forward to working with the members, volunteers, chapters, and staff at the Texas Society of CPAs and to bringing my experience in membership and volunteer development, strategic leadership, and organizational management to this time-honored association, said Ray.” Former TSCPA Chairman Mark Lee, CPA (Houston) led the task force that worked with Sterling Martin Associates on the nationwide search. He thanked the task force by saying this, “I can’t express enough thanks for the many hours contributed by the dedicated task force charged with selecting the next Executive Director and CEO for TSCPA. This was not an easy task, and it was one that we each put a great deal of thought and care into completing with the best interest of TSCPA in mind. We are confident that Jodi Ann is well-positioned to take our organization into our next 100 years.” Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University. She received the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) designation in 1998 and the Certified Chamber Executive designation (CCE) in 2007. She will assume her new role on January 1, 2017. In addition to Lee, Task Force members included Allyson Baumeister, CPA (Fort Worth), Larry Edgerton, CPA (Permian Basin), Willie Hornberger, CPA (Dallas), Kathy Kapka, CPA (East Texas), Jim Oliver, CPA (San Antonio), Stephen Parker, CPA (Houston), Jeannette Smith, CPA (Rio Grande Valley), and Donna Wesling, CPA (Austin).


Congratulations, Bill Yanek!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) Board of Directors has selected Bill Yanek, Executive Vice President of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) for the past nine years, to become PRSM’s new Chief Executive Officer.  Yanek will assume his new role September 19 and will attend PRSM’s Mid-Year Conference September 28 – 30 in Schaumberg, IL. “I am proud to announce Bill Yanek as PRSM’s new CEO,” stated Leigh Pearson, Chair of the PRSM Board of Directors. “The Board reviewed several highly qualified applicants provided by Sterling Martin, our executive search firm.  Bill was the unanimous choice of both the Board and the Task Force. His passion for the industry is palpable and his experience will be a valuable asset to our association,” Pearson concluded. When informed of being selected as PRSM’s new CEO, Yanek responded, “It is an honor to be selected as the new PRSM CEO and become part of the authoritative community on retail and multi-site facilities management.  I can’t wait to meet and get to work with the PRSM Team in Dallas.  Right out of the gate, we have our Mid-Year Conference and Canada East and Canada West events where I look forward to meeting PRSM members in person.  It was apparent during the selection process that great things are ahead for PRSM and I look forward to being part of those efforts.” Since 2007, Yanek has served as EVP of GANA, where he directed all business operations, including membership growth, marketing, staffing, budgeting and financial management. He supervised a staff of employees as well as volunteers while also serving as the association’s spokesperson and managing legal matters for the association. Bill is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the University of Kansas School of Law. Licensed to practice law in the State of Kansas, he is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He has also served as a member of the ASAE Association Management Company Section Council.


Congratulations, Howard Sherman!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, Good360, a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, has announced that Howard Sherman has been selected as Good360’s new Chief Executive Officer. Sherman was most recently Global CEO of Doremus & Co., the global marketing agency (and unit of Omnicom Group); he assumed the new role on July 11. Under Sherman’s stewardship, Good360 will continue to grow its impact, having moved over $9 billion in donated goods to people in need since the organization’s inception. Sherman’s proven track record as a visionary strategist for dozens of brands and businesses positions Good360 well for future expansion and amplification. Interim CEO, Shabab Gruberg, will assume the role of President and will partner with Sherman to guide the overall business strategy of both Good360’s core operations as well as its disaster recovery initiatives. Read more …


Congratulations, Karen Penafiel!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Board of Directors of the National Elevator Industry (NEII), Inc. named Karen Penafiel as Executive Director, effective July 1. Penafiel comes to NEII after 26 years with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International where, most recently, she served as Vice President, Advocacy, Codes, and Standards. Penafiel will coordinate and manage internal and external communications and operations, and her primary focus will be to implement a long-term strategic growth plan and to ensure that the organization’s Long Range Strategic Plan remains relevant. Penafiel will evaluate opportunities for NEII’s growth and effectively communicate the goals of the Association. Read more …

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Congratulations, Keith Shriver!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Board of Regents of Iowa City-based Delta Chi Fraternity have named Keith R. Shriver as the organization’s 9th Executive. Shriver assumed his new role on June 30. Shriver brings  a 25+ year career in Human Resources to the position, most recently serving as an independent contractor and consultant with Alameda, CA-based firm Emerson Human Capital Consulting, Inc. He earned his SHRM-SCP senior certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). A 1979 graduate of the University of Florida, Shriver’s volunteer service with Delta Chi includes 40 years, including terms as a Vice Regent, Regent, and “CC” Regent (International Secretary). Congratulations, Keith, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team! Read more …


Congratulations, Nick Herrin!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Board of Directors of the American Snowsports Education Association (d/b/a PSIA-AASI) selected Nicholas Herrin as its new Chief Executive Officer. Herrin assumed the new role on July 18. Herrin most recently served as the assistant general manager for Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. He also served three terms (2004-16) as a member of the PSIA Alpine Team. Herrin began his career in the industry in 1994, instructing at Ski Acres Ski Area (now Summit Central) in John Mohan’s Ski School in Snoqualmie, Washington. He attended Montana State University (MSU) and received a degree in history and a secondary teaching endorsement. While at MSU ­– and after graduation – he had the opportunity to instruct at Big Sky Resort, run the ski school training program, and work in the sales and marketing departments. In 2006, he began managing and leading educational departments as the assistant director at the Telluride Ski and Snowboard School in Colorado. Most recently, Herrin served seven years in executive management positions at Crested Butte, including working as the director of resort services and the ski and ride school in addition to his most current role. Read more …

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Congratulations, Anji Roe Wood!

The Phi Mu Foundation Board of Trustees has named Anji Roe Wood to the position of Executive Director. Sterling Martin Associates is pleased to have completed this successful search for the organization. Anji comes to the Foundation from Phi Mu Fraternity, where she served as Director of Alumnae Engagement. In this role, Anji successfully managed the alumnae department, including the ‘Forever Faithful’ campaign, which focuses on increasing alumnae support for critical Fraternity leadership programming. Anji also led the charge on increasing engagement opportunities for Phi Mu alumnae across the country with the successful launch of the ‘Cocktails and Conversations’ tour in 2015, focused on celebrating our sisterhood and the achievements of vibrant Phi Mu women. Prior to joining the Phi Mu National Headquarters team, Anji was Director of Marketing and Communications for the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) in Atlanta. During her time at SECF, she played a significant role in cultivating relationships between the council and hundreds of philanthropic organizations and leaders throughout the Southeast. As a member of Phi Mu and a current headquarters employee, Anji has a unique understanding and appreciation for the importance of a solid working relationship between Phi Mu Fraternity and Phi Mu Foundation. Her experience will be paramount in enhancing the collaborative efforts between the two entities. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in partnership with our leadership, staff, volunteers and donors to serve the Foundation and share the inspiring stories of its powerful impact,” says Wood. “With the strategic plan as our roadmap, and the mission as our guide, there is no limit to what Phi Mu Foundation can accomplish in support of our vibrant membership.” Congratulations, Anji, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Dominique Stumpf!

Following a nationwide search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Board of Directors announced it has hired Dominique Stumpf to the position of chief executive officer (CEO). Stumpf moves into this new role after serving as NPMA’s chief operating officer.

“Stumpf’s 19-year track record speaks for itself as a proven, results-oriented leader with a passion for our industry,” said NPMA President Russ Ives.  In reference to the Board of Directors’ decision to ratify Stumpf’s appointment, Ives said: “We unanimously agreed that there is no better or more qualified candidate to take the reins and work cohesively with NPMA staff and industry members alike.”

As the former chief operating officer, Stumpf’s role encompassed a variety of functions including meetings, communications, marketing, membership, education and human resources.  She also served as the executive director of the Canadian Pest Management Association and the Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario and staff liaison to NPMA’s Leadership Development Group and Professional Women in Pest Management.

In her new leadership role, Stumpf will be responsible for the financial health and growth of NPMA as well as continuing the strong, personal relationships of the association with members, state associations

“I’m extremely honored to have this opportunity to continue to serve the pest management industry in a broadened capacity,” said Stumpf. “I’m confident that the association’s growth, financial health and mission will continue as strong today as ever before under the guidance of our board and in the capable hands of the existing staff.”

Congratulations, Dominique, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!

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Congratulations, Jerusha Harvey!

We are delighted to announce that The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has hired Jerusha Harvey as the organization’s new Vice President, Education & Professional Development. The Sterling Martin Associates team conducted a nationwide search to find the best candidate for the job, and we are pleased to have connected Harvey with the DMA.

In her new role with the DMA, Harvey is responsible for overseeing existing educational programs as well as building new programs from the ground up. She is also charged with the task of overseeing the roll-out of a new program – Bridging the Digital Divide – which is in its early stages. The emphasis of this program is to provide a full calendar of in-person instructor-led seminars on a variety of topics.

Professional development is available in 1, 2 and 3-day in-person course formats. The courses are designed to help marketers grow their skills and make a positive impact on their businesses. Talent development sessions are available in the areas of: direct marketing essentials, data integration and insights, data-driven multi-channel marketing, customer engagement and trust and more. For this high-profile initiative, Harvey will work with the DMA governing board, identify and develop on-going relationships with instructors and work with course designers.

Harvey received a dual Bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science from Rutgers University. As a leader, she works to inspire and enable her team, and she strives to lead by example. We are confident that she will be a valuable asset to the DMA.

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Congratulations, Vaneeda Bennett!

Following a nationwide search conducted by Sterling Martin Associates, The Epilepsy Foundation (Foundation) has announced that Vaneeda Bennett joined the organization as its new Chief Development Officer. Established in 1967, the Epilepsy Foundation is a national voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the more than two million people who live with epilepsy. The Foundation serves as an unwavering ally for individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The Foundation works to prevent, control, and cure epilepsy through community services, public education, federal and local advocacy, and by supporting research into new treatments and therapies. Most recently, Bennett was the Chief Revenue Officer for the American Diabetes Association “ADA”. In this role, she supervised a staff of 57 employees, through five direct reports and was focused on all centrally managed development and revenue generation functions including national direct mail programs, planned giving, major gifts, national corporate sponsorships, online fundraising and publications additionally serving as Executive Director for the American Diabetes Research Foundation.  She left the organization in 2014 to retire but has since remained active in her consulting business and serving on the boards of MedStar Health Research Institute and Adelphoi USA. In her new role at the Epilepsy Foundation, Bennett is a member of the senior leadership team and has overall responsibility for leading the development operation, staff, and volunteer team. She provides leadership to and directs the Development Office, which includes ten direct reports. Bennett is responsible for developing a bold development plan and the fundraising strategies to achieve the plan in close coordination with the CEO, Board of Directors, affiliate and chapter organizations, and the development staff. Congratulations, Vaneeda, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Brian Liebel!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has announced the appointment of Brian Liebel as the organization’s new Technical Director of Standards. In his new role, Liebel will primarily be responsible for overseeing the development and production of IES Standards, and he will also play a key role in developing plans and implementing programs to meet the objectives of the 2014-2020 IES Strategic Plan specific to Educational, Consensus, Research and Advocacy objectives. Liebel joined the IES as a student while attending the University of Kansas School of Architectural Engineering, then under the direction of Ron “Doc” Helms. Liebel attributes his dedication to lighting and the Society from his experience at KU, where he was a member of the first class of Besal Scholarship recipients in 1984. Throughout his 30-year career, Brian has been involved with the IES as an educator, committee chair, and for the last 2½ years, a member of the Board of Directors. His professional career path has always emphasized his belief in melding the art and science of lighting design and illuminating engineering; he has received awards for both innovative design and technical achievement, been a recognized advocate for quality lighting in energy codes, and provided design guidance in lighting research. He received the Presidential Award at this year’s Annual Conference for overseeing the IES Business Review that was conducted in 2015. “This is an exciting and pivotal time in our industry, with rapid advances in lighting technologies and our understanding of how light affects vision and health,” Liebel said. “It’s particularly important that we reflect and assess our strength of membership knowledge, while we modernize our methods for delivering that same knowledge to a younger and broader audience. It’s also more important than ever to engage with university programs, advocate for improved lighting education through all industry sectors, and to participate with other organizations and government agencies to communicate the importance of quality lighting.” Congratulations, Brian, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Karin Kirchoff!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the National PTA (NPTA) has announced the appointment of Karin Kirchoff as the organization’s new Deputy Executive Director for Membership. Kirchoff has more than twenty years of experience leading membership recruitment, renewals and database management.  She had led that effort in the corporate world (AOL), in agencies (such as Adams Hussey & Associates, and MINDset Direct) managing multiple membership accounts, and also within associations (such as her work  with Defenders of Wildlife where, as Vice President, she directed fundraising and membership development for their 1 million member/membership campaigns.) Her work has included directing on-site recruitment, telemarketing, email, and other digital strategies. She will also bring to National PTA a depth of experience in individual giving and donor development. Karin has a Master of Arts in Political Management from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and two Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Marymount University. She is a member of the board of the Direct Marketing Fundraising Association, and a member of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington. She has been a Girl Scout Leader for eight years and is a PTA member. A resident of Arlington, VA she and her husband have two children (almost 4 and almost 9) and a bevy of feathered, finned and furry critters. Congratulations, Karin, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!   NAEA

Congratulations,  Cedric Calhoun!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) has announced the appointment of A. Cedric Calhoun as NAEA’s Executive Vice President. A Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (FASAE), Calhoun brings over two decades of experience in executive leadership, membership development, market research and identification, marketing and communications plan development, as well as strategic planning, with both professional societies and trade associations. Calhoun comes to NAEA from the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), where he served as executive director for eight years. Previously, Calhoun was director of marketing and membership for The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, DC-based organization charged with mobilizing employer purchasing power to encourage safety, quality and consumer value in America’s health care industry. He also served as director of member and component relations for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), and director of marketing and membership for the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA). Calhoun graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of association membership and marketing. Congratulations, Cedric, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!

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Congratulations,  Tim Licitra!

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has announced that it hired Timothy (Tim) Licitra as Executive Vice President, effective October 19, 2015. Sterling Martin Associates was retained by IES to conduct this search, and we are very pleased that the organization has found a highly qualified leader such as Tim. In his new role, Licitra will be responsible for the overall management of IES, implementing organizational strategy, leading IES staff and volunteers, managing operational priorities and programs, and developing and implementing IES’s relevant plans and policies, all designed to meet the needs of the Society’s members. Licitra comes to IES from the Market Technicians Association, Inc. (MTA), where he served in a variety of capacities for a decade, most recently as Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer. MTA is a $2 million global association of professionals in the financial industry with over 4,500 members in 85 countries. As CEO, Tim’s responsibilities included staff leadership, board governance, and strategic planning; budget and financial management; and managing volunteer engagement and leadership development. Previous MTA positions included Managing Director, Development and Marketing Director. “I am excited to join the IES team and look forward to the tremendous things that our leaders, volunteers and staff will do to enhance the profession and serve our members in the months and years ahead. I look forward to engaging with our members, volunteer leaders, staff, and partners as IES enters its 110th year of serving the lighting industry. With our leadership team, we will work to ensure that IES remains an indispensable part of our members’ success,” Licitra said. Congratulations, Tim, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations,  Jim Flanagan!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, ISTE has announced that it hired Jim Flanagan as its new Chief Learning Services Officer. In his new role, Flanagan will be responsible for the delivery of programs and professional services to the field, and the advancement ISTE as a thought leader, all in support of the ISTE goal of continually elevating the global recognition and application of the ISTE Standards to serve as the definitive guide for the effective use of technology in learning. Division activities include both mission-oriented activities and revenue-oriented activities. Funding from the delivery of division programs and professional services is used to support division mission-oriented activities, such as refreshing the ISTE Standards and driving thought leadership in the field. Ideally, the division will become self-sustaining over time, delivering enough net revenues from its revenue-oriented activities to support its mission-oriented activities. Flanagan has more than 25 years of experience in public and private education. Before joining ISTE, he owned and operated Flanagan Education Services, a consulting firm that helped schools and education companies identify and implement best practices to enhance teaching, personalize learning and improve management practices. His educational technology experience includes expertise in instructional software, online courses, specialized programs, administrative software, analytics programs, hardware, network services, professional services and strategic consulting. Previously, Flanagan held roles as the CIO and director of research, assessment and evaluation for the St. Louis Public Schools and served on the Chicago Board of Education. This experience provided him with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges of today’s education ecosystem from a leadership perspective. Flanagan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and an MBA in finance and marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Congratulations, Jim, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!

food-and-friendsCongratulations,  Deborah Peeples!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, Food & Friends has announced that it hired Deborah Peeples as its new Chief Development Officer. Founded in 1988, Food & Friends® provides freshly prepared meals, nutrition support, and friendship to people living with AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and other life challenging illnesses. Since its founding, Food & Friends has served more than 27,000 individuals in the Greater Washington, DC area. In 2014 alone, over 1.3 million meals were delivered to nearly 3,200 individuals residing in a 5,300 square mile radius. There is no charge or income qualification for Food & Friends’ services, which are rendered solely on the basis of medical need. In her new role, Deborah will have overall responsibility for leading and growing Food & Friends’ $9+ million fundraising program. She will supervise a team of nine fundraising, gift administration, government relations, and communications staff (including five direct reports) and will actively manage and solicit a portfolio of major donors. As Chief Development Officer, Deborah will also provide leadership and strategic vision to the organization’s communications activities. Deborah is a results-oriented, creative fundraiser with a proven record helping nonprofit organizations transform their fundraising programs and increase revenue. Deborah has helped national, regional and local nonprofit organizations with capital campaigns, development assessments, annual fund planning, and Board development. In 2008, Deborah was selected as the Outstanding Fund Raising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Metro DC chapter. Congratulations, Deborah, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations,  Monika Schulz!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) has announced that it hired Monika Schulz as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The American String Teachers Association, founded nearly 70 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA’s members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to a collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession. Schulz has more than 25 years of association management experience. She comes to ASTA from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) located in nearby Falls Church, Virginia. Schulz spent the past 18 years of her career at AHP, where she most recently served as its chief operating officer. Previous positions at AHP include vice president and director of conferences and exhibits. “ASTA is an incredible organization with a powerful mission,” said Schulz. “I am already listening, analyzing, and rethinking how ASTA can continue to serve its members and the profession. It is exciting to visualize our future to enhance and engage our member base ensuring ASTA’s future.” Congratulations, Monika, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Kevin Mayeux!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) has announced that it hired Kevin Mayeux as its new Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1890 as the National Association of Life Underwriters, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest associations representing the interests of insurance professionals and financial advisors from every Congressional district in the United States. NAIFA is the only organization that serves and represents insurance and financial advisors regardless of the products they sell or the focus of their practice. As CEO of NAIFA, Mayeux will oversee a staff of 58 in Falls Church. He will manage all external affairs of the Association, including relationships with life, health and financial service companies, other industry organizations, legislators and regulators. Internally, Mayeux will manage day-to-day headquarters operations, provide support and advice to NAIFA’s Board of Trustees and committees, coordinate Federation activities, and oversee NAIFA’s operating policies and procedures. Congratulations, Kevin, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Kimberly Kelemen!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the American Staffing Association (ASA) has announced that it hired Kimberly Kelemen as its new Director, Corporate Alliances. Founded in 1966 as the Institute of Temporary Services, ASA is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal, legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. ASA is a 501(c)(6) trade association with revenues of nearly $11 million, half derived from member dues. The Association is made up of nearly 1,800 members with more than 17,000 offices across the nation. The Association represents more than half of its industry in terms of both total revenue and offices. In her new role as Director, Corporate Alliances, Ms. Kelemen is responsible for maintaining and increasing about $3 million in non-dues revenue through sales of advertising (print and digital), exhibit space, sponsorships, corporate partners, ASA’s website, and the creation of new assets. Her duties include developing and executing marketing plans, promotions, setting rates, preparing the Association’s prospectus, contracts and forms, compiling marketing proposals, negotiating contracts, and fulfilling commitments. Ms. Kelemen will supervise the Senior Manager, Corporate Alliances, and Assistant Manager, Corporate Alliances. Ms. Kelemen has over 20 years of professional experience in advertising, exhibit and partnership sales, in both a non-profit association and an advertising agency focused on selling for non-profit organization’s publications, digital and events. She earned her Master of Business Administration in Marketing from George Mason University and her Bachelor of Arts in Arts History from the University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Kimberly, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!

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Congratulations, Ellen Hobby!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Epilepsy Foundation has announced that it hired Ellen Hobby as its new Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Established in 1968, the Epilepsy Foundation is the national voluntary health agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the more than two million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The Foundation works to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through community services, public education, federal and local advocacy, and supporting research into new treatments and therapies. The goal of the Foundation is to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. In addition to programs conducted at the national level, epilepsy clients throughout the U.S. are served by 48 Epilepsy Foundation affiliates around the country. As Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Hobby will be a member of the senior leadership team and has overall responsibility for the Foundation’s finances, data processing, purchasing, and central administrative support services. In addition to participating in a broad range of decisions affecting the Foundation’s administrative, financial, operations and program activities, Hobby will ensure compliance with financial laws, regulations and other requirements; will maintain relationships with the Foundation’s financial institutions; and will undertake special projects requested by the CEO and Executive Committees. Congratulations, Ellen, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!   PRI LOGO

 Congratulations, Connie Conboy!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Warrendale, PA-based Performance Review Institute (PRI) has welcomed Connie Conboy as its new Director, Strategy & Business Development. Sterling Martin also recently helped PRI fill another key position – Randy Daugharthy as Director, Registrar Program – and we are confident both candidates will help to continue the successful operations of PRI. In her new role, Ms. Conboy will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing global strategy, as well as leveraging stakeholder relationships for business development including managing development teams for new industry-managed programs. Ms. Conboy will also develop overall strategy for PRI, working with business unit managers for existing PRI businesses and COO for new business opportunities including new industry managed programs. Ms. Conboy has more than 30 years of management experience in sales, marketing, and quality and process optimization for both Fortune 500 companies as well as startup organizations. Most recently, she was President of SherTrack, LLC, a startup software company that uses predictive analytics to improve manufacturing processes. In that role, Conboy was responsible for doubling the size of the organization and more than tripling its total sales. Ms. Conboy received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Chatham University, and she has served on a number of professional and philanthropic board of directors. Congratulations, Connie, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Randy Daugharthy!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Warrendale, PA-based Performance Review Institute (PRI) has welcomed Randy Daugharthy as its new Director, Registrar Program. We have enjoyed working with PRI recently to find the best candidates for two of the organization’s key positions, including this one. We are excited to have introduced Mr. Daugharthy to PRI, and we are confident that he will help to continue the successful operations of PRI. In his new role, Mr. Daugharthy will play a key role in shaping the strategic direction and leadership of PRI’s Registrar Program. As Director, he will be charged with ensuring that the third party Quality and Environmental Management, as well as sector-specific, system assessment needs of the industry are met. Mr. Daugharthy will also be responsible for building and maintaining a unified staff team to ensure continued aggressive growth of the PRI Registrar business. In previous roles, Mr. Daugharthy was the Business Development Manager at Bureau Veritas Certification, President at Performance Standards Consulting, Vice President of Account Management at Bureau Veritas Certification, and President/CEO at BVQI North America. He graduated from LaSalle University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Congratulations, Randy, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Jill Bennett!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the International Medical Corps (IMC) announced that it has hired Jill Bennett as Controller. Our team worked diligently with IMC to find the best candidate to fill this important role at the organization, and we are happy to have been an integral part of  introducing Ms. Bennett to IMC. IMC is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, IMC’s mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. In her new role as Controller, Ms. Bennett will be responsible for the management and oversight of all finance, accounting, and reporting activities, including financial and tax reporting, auditing, budgeting, and cash management. She will ensure that systems and procedures are in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. Ms. Bennett will also work closely with department leaders and their staffs to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures and also to explore how the finance function can support IMC’s operations and core mission. Prior to joining IMC, Ms. Bennett served as the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer for Ports America, where she managed contracts and financial strategies for the stevedoring operation. Other previous positions include serving as the Finance Director for Chemonics International, Finance Director for DynCorp International, and Accounting and Finance Manager, Government Services for Matson-Shipping, among others. Ms. Bennett is a CPA and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron.

Congratulations, Jill, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Danielle Coffey!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) has announced that it hired Danielle Coffey as Vice President of Public Policy. Our team worked diligently with NAA to find the best candidate to fill this important role at the organization, and we are happy to have been an integral part of partnering Ms. Coffey with NAA. Ms. Coffey will advocate on behalf of the industry on a wide range of issues, such as the need for strong copyright protection of original news media content and revisions to outdated regulations that have hindered investments in local journalism. “We are delighted to have Danielle join our public policy team,” said Paul Boyle, NAA senior vice president of public policy. “Her years of experience on technology issues in Washington will be a tremendous asset to our advocacy on digital and media policy as newspapers innovate to grow audience and revenue across all media platforms.” Danielle Coffey comes to NAA from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), where she led advocacy efforts for member companies on issues that affected the Internet ecosystem, content regulation and international trade. She was responsible for informing and educating government representatives about member companies’ technologies, and advocated for policies that facilitate innovation. “Newspapers play an important role in every community around the country, and a free and vibrant press is important to our democracy,” said Ms. Coffey. “This is an exciting time to be a part of the newspaper business as it develops new products and platforms for delivering news and advertising to its customers.  I look forward to applying my experience in the technology space to advocate for policies that will ensure that newspapers thrive for years to come.” Congratulations, Danielle, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Nathan Monell!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the National PTA (NPTA) announced that Nathan R. Monell, CAE has been named as the association’s new executive director. Monell brings more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofits and associations, having most recently served as the president and CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, the advocacy, technical assistance and training organization for the federal GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). Before this position, Monell was president and CEO of Foster Care Alumni of America, a national advocacy association of adults who were in the foster care system as children. Monell holds an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan with a focus on organizational communication and behavior. He earned his B.A. in Speech from Cornerstone University and is a 2002 graduate of the Georgetown University Center for Professional Development’s Nonprofit Management Certification Program. Monell received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 2009. “I am very pleased to be joining National PTA at this important moment in time,” said Monell. “National PTA’s leadership is needed more than ever to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education. I whole-heartedly embrace the association’s rich history and mission, and I look forward to working with the membership, local and state PTAs, Board of Directors and staff to build on the successes of the past and design a future that is relevant to the needs of all of our nation’s students and families.” Monell will join National PTA in May 2015, just prior to the association’s 2015 Annual Convention and Exhibition, which will be held June 25-29, 2015 at the Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Congratulations, Nathan, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!



Congratulations, Rick Smith!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has announced that Rick Smith will be the organization’s new Executive Director. Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., IDA is dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences.

Smith brings 35 years of nonprofit leadership experience with national and regional organizations to his new role at IDA. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of the America Liver Foundation, where he helped raise a $10 million annual budget and supervised a staff of 60 people.

Prior positions include serving as the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society’s southern Maryland chapter, the Regional Vice President and Executive Director (New Mexico) of the American Diabetes Association, and the President of the Maryland Chapter and Area Vice President (Western Region) of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

At IDA, Smith will work closely with the Board of Directors to continue the organization’s advocacy efforts, information and referral, parent support and outreach, and knowledge and practice standards for teachers of reading.

Congratulations, Rick, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Rebecca Caldwell!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the International Society for Technical Education (ISTE) has announced that Rebecca Caldwell will be its new Chief Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer. Prior to joining ISTE, Rebecca served as director of corporate relations at United Way Worldwide, headquarters for United Way. At United Way Worldwide, Rebecca focused on deepening relationships with Fortune 500 corporations through fundraising, corporate social responsibility impact work alignment, cause marketing and sponsorship opportunities. Prior to joining United Way Worldwide, Rebecca held key positions at Sprint’s headquarters for 15 years where she developed national initiatives for employee engagement, volunteerism, sponsorship and brand marketing. She advised on CSR programs, such as the Sprint Foundation’s education funding, and represented the company in many national forums on philanthropy. Rebecca has served in leadership positions for corporate and nonprofit organizations. She has supported K-12 programs and initiatives through funding throughout her corporate career. Her fundraising and engagement strategies drove increased participation and giving in corporate social responsibility, consumer marketing and sponsorships. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism focused on public relations and advertising and a minor in sociology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Congratulations, Rebecca, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!

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Congratulations, Aliyah Horton!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Maryland Pharmacists Association (MPhA) has announced that Aliyah N. Horton will be its new Executive Director.

Horton brings more than 20 years of work experience in public policy and the nonprofit sector and is a certified association executive (CAE). She previously served as the Associate Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives and Government Affairs at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Prior to her 14-year tenure at ITE, Horton was a legislative assistant to a member of the Maryland delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives. She also worked as a public policy specialist and lobbyist for InterAction in Washington, D.C. 

Horton graduated from the American Society of Association Executives’ Diversity Executive Leadership Program Class in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA and will begin her new position in January 2015.

Congratulations, Aliyah, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Pat Falotico!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership (Greenleaf) has announced that Patricia (Pat) Falotico will be its new CEO.

Pat comes to Greenleaf from IBM, where she led sales, marketing, business development and operations teams at the local, national and global levels for 31 years. In her role as Senior Executive for Georgia, Falotico led IBM’s local employees, represented the company’s interest in the business and government arenas, and helped to support the nonprofit community with IBM’s resources.

Pat was also active in Atlanta’s nonprofit sector, serving on the boards of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, Girls Incorporated and the Ron Clark Academy. In 2013, she chaired the United Way’s workplace campaign and continues to be an active member of the Metro Atlanta Regional Education Partnership and the United Way’s Women of Tocqueville. Pat is a member of the seventh Education Policy Fellowship Program presented by the Georgia Partnership for Education Excellence.

“We were impressed with Pat’s corporate experience, her commitment to nonprofit organizations seeking to enhance the leadership capacity of individuals in Georgia, and her dedication to education,” said Greenleaf Center Trustees chair, Bob Thomas. “These experiences, coupled with her strong desire to ‘make a difference’ and her presence, convinced the search committee that Pat would make an ideal leader of Greenleaf.”

Excited about her new role at the Greenleaf Center, Pat stated that, “the role allows me to work at the intersection of my experience and my passion for developing leaders while continuing to serve society.”

Congratulations, Pat, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Derek Hodkey!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, Counterpart International has announced that Derek Hodkey has been selected as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer. Derek brings 27 years of professional experience in a range of different organizations including a global nonprofit, a private-public partnership focused on HIV and AIDS vaccination research, a small private consulting and scientific reports business, and a leading pharmaceutical company. Derek comes to Counterpart International from the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), where he served as Executive Director. In this role, Derek managed the R&D department budget of $50M and an overall staff of 100, through three direct reports and 12 indirect reports. His responsibilities ranged from managing the R&D budget and budgeting process and coordinating all HR functions, to coordinating all IT and leading the organization’s 5-year strategic plan. He was also responsible for managing the organization’s USAID relationship. Derek began his career as a chemist at Merck & Co., Inc., growing through the ranks for 11 years to become Director of Resource & Research Planning, Project Planning & Development for Merck Research Laboratories. Then, he accepted a position with Vertex Pharmaceuticals as Senior Director of Program Management & Strategic Planning. The role at Vertex gave him the opportunity to lead a unit in addition to taking on new responsibilities, duties and skills. After nearly six years, he left Vertex to join Cambridge Healthtech Associates (CHA), and then moved to IAVI to accept the position of Senior Director, Project Management Office. Four years later, he was promoted to Executive Director of R&D Global Operations. Derek holds an MBA with a concentration in pharmaceutical/chemistry studies from Farleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Akron. Congratulations, Derek, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Carol Anderson!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has announced that Carol Anderson has been selected as the organization’s new Vice President, Finance & Administration. Carol brings nearly 25 years of experience in her own bookkeeping consulting company as well as in the retail sector.

Currently, Carol and her husband own Bookkeeping Express Inc., a consulting accounting and bookkeeping firm that serves mostly nonprofit organizations. In this position, Carol works closely with the executive directors and boards of her nonprofit clients, often acting as the CFO for the organization. She enjoys helping to break down complicated financial terms for board members and also often helps out with strategic planning.

Carol has worked as a controller at several companies, including the Healthy Back Store, Sergeants Western Worldwide, Full-Tilt Marine and Mattress Discounters. A highlight from her tenure at Sergeants Western Worldwide is Carol’s successful implementation of financial management policies, which increased the efficiency and accuracy of the company’s financial reporting process.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting with a minor in quantitative business analysis from Robert Morris University.

Congratulations, Carol, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Chris Bavolack!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has announced that Chris Bavolack has been selected as the organization’s new Deputy Director. Chris brings more than 30 years of experience in a range of organizations including nonprofit membership associations, alumni associations for large state universities, and an executive leadership program.

Prior to joining IASP, Chris served as the Associate Director for American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program, a public sector program providing leadership training for mid-level executives. In this position, Chris was responsible for financial management, day-to-day operations, IT and business development. He also developed the individual and overall program budgets and worked closely with the faculty to develop programs for international clients in countries such as Columbia, Vietnam and Brazil.

Before this position, Chris worked as the Director of Membership Retention and Upgrading at the Nature Conservancy. He led a staff of seven and was charged with upgrading and retaining over 600,000 members for the organization.

At Independent Sector, an $11M grant and membership funded nonprofit, Chris served as the organization’s Chief Administrative Officer. He had 14 direct reports and oversaw all operations, finance and IT. He was responsible for the budget, overseeing the management of the 20,000 square foot office space, and working closely with an outsourced IT staff on improved security and performance.

Chris began his career working at alumni associations, first at his alma mater, UC Boulder, and then at the University of Iowa, where he eventually rose to be the Vice President and CFO, focusing heavily on finance, accounting and operations.

Chris holds an MBA from the University of Iowa, a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he is a graduate of Leadership Arlington’s Signature Program Class of 2013.

Congratulations, Chris, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, David Zepponi!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) has announced that David Zepponi has been selected as the organization’s new President & CEO. David (Dave) joined the CACM Board at the Strategic Visioning workshop on September 4-5 and will officially begin work on October 1.

Dave brings more than 21 years of experience in the executive management of regional associations and most recently served as President of the Northwest Food Processors Association in Portland, OR. Along with his executive management background, Dave has strong financial and entrepreneurial experience that includes owning his own marketing/distribution company and working at Deloitte & Touche. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration.

Additionally, Dave has extensive experience working with state legislatures and lobbyists and has been instrumental in the formation of a nonprofit foundation that focuses on outreach programs to build sustainable communities. Dave is a California native, having grown up in the Napa area, and has family in Sacramento.

Congratulations, David, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Frank Brown!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, Communities In Schools of Atlanta (CIS) has announced that Frank Brown has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Brown will be responsible for leading CIS in its mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Previously, Brown served as the first Executive Director of the Butler Street Community Development Corporation (formerly known as the historic Butler Street YMCA). In that position, he established year-round youth programming, launched the March on Washington Film Festival in Atlanta, reestablished the Hungry Club Forum, and secured partnerships with other nonprofits and governmental agencies that enhanced the organization’s healthy living and social awareness programming.

“Frank Brown’s passion for nurturing school children is infectious, and he is the right leader to take this legendary organization to the next level by bridging the gap between kids in need, their families, our schools and the community,” said Andy McDill, CIS of Atlanta’s Chairman of the Board and Cox Media Group Director of Communications.

Prior to working with Butler Street, Brown held nonprofit positions at Points of Light, Oasis Community Corporation, Boys and Girls Harbor, and he served as a Legislative Counsel for Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA). He received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and his B.A. in history with honors from Johnson C. Smith University.

“On behalf of my entire family, I would like to personally thank the Communities In Schools of Atlanta Board of Directors for selecting me as the new Executive Director and for providing me with this amazing opportunity to lead a dynamic, well respected organization that is a known leader in the dropout prevention arena,” Brown said. “I look forward to working with the amazing staff, the members of the board, and our external partners and stakeholders to continue the legacy of programmatic excellence. CIS of Atlanta remains committed to making a substantive impact on the lives of the families we serve on a day-to-day basis.”

Congratulations, Frank, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!

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Congratulations, Ken Seiter!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has announced that Ken Seiter has been selected as the organization’s new Vice President, Strategic Communications. Seiter will be responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of TIA’s communications strategies, key messaging and brand integrity programs. Previously, Seiter served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Specialty Food Association (SFA), where he oversaw the creation of the Association’s new brand, as well as the execution of communications plans for SFA’s trade shows, educational programs, membership outreach and media engagement. “We are pleased to welcome Ken as the newest member of TIA’s senior management team,” said TIA President and CEO Carter Keithley. “With extensive experience in strategic communications, marketing, and member relations, Ken is perfectly poised to help us advance the brand identity of TIA and the toy industry as a whole, and broaden awareness of Association priorities, programs and resources that provide added value for our members.” Prior to joining SFA, Seiter worked at Kraft Foods, where he ran marketing communications services for the foodservice division, oversaw consumer promotions for multiple brands, and introduced integrated marketing communication. Seiter has 25 years of advertising experience and has worked for a number of agencies on high-profile foodservice accounts. Seiter holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of arts degree in marketing and English literature from Baruch College and the City College of New York. “I am thrilled to be joining the Toy Industry Association and look forward to elevating awareness of and interest in TIA’s important work among members, industry stakeholders, government officials, members of the media and other external audiences,” Seiter said. Congratulations, Ken, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Kate Schecter!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, World Neighbors has announced that Dr. Kate Schecter has been selected as the organization’s new President and CEO. Dr. Schecter will lead the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit’s national and global programs, which take a long-term holistic approach to strengthening impoverished communities to overcome hunger, poverty and disease. Dr. Schecter brings over 22 years of professional experience working for organizations like the World Bank, an international nonprofit organization focused on global health, a leading foundation, and several universities including Columbia and Harvard. “We have never been so poised for growth as we are right now and Dr. Schecter is the perfect fit in helping us reach our full potential as an organization,” said Mindy Roe Galoob, World Neighbors Board Chair and head of the search committee. “With her eagerness to continue the collaborative work with Feed the Children and her focus on increasing our support base, we are poised to deepen and widen our global impact so that more communities around the world can experience the power of our unique, grassroots and transformative work.” During her childhood, Dr. Schecter spent many years overseas with her family when her father worked as a journalist for Time Magazine. She currently lives in Washington, DC where her husband, Ari Roth, is the Artistic Director of Theater J. They have two daughters, Isabel and Sophie. “I look forward to spending time in OKC and to meeting the many people who have supported the organization over the last 62 years. I will be dividing my time between DC and Oklahoma and our field operations,” says Dr. Schecter. “Over the next two years, I intend to visit the 13 countries where World Neighbors is operating programs.  It is important for World Neighbors to have a physical presence again in Oklahoma City to remain in touch with our original vision.” Congratulations, Kate, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!


Congratulations, Debbie Gabelich!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the California YMCA Youth & Government has announced that Debbie Gabelich has been selected as the organization’s new President/CEO. Debbie comes to the organization with more than 20 years of nonprofit/community relations managerial experience.

Gabelich earned her B.S. in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University. Since then, she has had a successful career turning around businesses and nonprofits as well as developing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. After helping to pull the Clarion Hotel out of the red by developing an off-site catering program and a CSR program, Gabelich was recruited to CalWest Consulting, where she developed strategic and brand management plans that provided immediate improvement in revenue streams for nonprofits.

One of these nonprofits, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, offered Gabelich the position of Director of Development. In this role, she improved the organization’s presence in the community and led the chapter from an operating budget of $400K to over $3M in revenue. Due to her success, Gabelich was asked by the national Make-A-Wish team to do trainings with other chapters to improve their performance.

Once again, Gabelich’s hard work garnered attention and led to a new position. Impressed by her work with Make-A-Wish, two of the organization’s major contributors approached her to help them start Hope Productions. As CEO, Gabelich led the firm in providing training to 22 nonprofits in fundraising, fundraising, strategic planning, volunteer management, event planning, brand development, marketing, and board development.

Most recently, Gabelich has worked as the Director of Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility for the Sacramento Kings where she successfully fulfilled a number of roles in community outreach, corporate giving, brand management, and more.

Now she will use her considerable skills and experience to help the California YMCA Youth & Government further its mission. Congratulations, Debbie, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team! 



Congratulations, Kate Roche!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced that Katharine (Kate) Roche has been selected as the Chamber’s new President & CEO. Roche has been with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce since 2007 and most recently served as Vice President. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the Arlington Chamber of Commerce in this capacity,” said Roche. She added, “To me, working for the Chamber has always been much more than just a job. This is truly my community. The Chamber has an incredibly solid organizational foundation, and I look forward to building upon that. The business community continues to evolve and so do the needs of our members. As President and CEO, I will work to keep the Chamber progressing, growing and improving to become the essential partner for business success.” Roche earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from The George Washington University. Her nine years of nonprofit experience includes her work at both the Chamber and Women In Government, a national nonpartisan association of women state legislators based in Washington, DC. Roche brings considerable expertise to the President & CEO position in the areas of coalition- and partnership-building, business and membership development, and leadership and management. Roche is active in the Arlington community, where she resides, serving on several boards including her Condo Association Board of Directors. She is also an active volunteer with several groups including the Junior League of Washington and the Arlington Community Foundation Scholarship Review Committee. Congratulations, Kate, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!



Congratulations, Scott Lynch!

Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Board of Directors of the Reston, Virginia- based American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) yesterday announced that it has hired Scott R. Lynch as its new President and CEO. Sterling Martin Associates is pleased to have managed the executive search process and to have assisted in connecting Scott with the ABMA.

Scott brings 15 years of experience in association management with SmithBucklin, serving in leadership roles for a number of trade associations including the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), the U.S. Apple Export Council (USAEC), and the American Bearing Manufacturers Association.

Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by an executive certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.

Since 2012, Scott served as the Executive Director of the USAEC, representing members in a number of U.S. apple producing states. He built relationships with key staff at USDA and worked closely with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service regarding apple exports.

In his eight years with the American Bearing Manufacturers, Scott expanded the association’s membership to include suppliers and increased membership by more than 40%. He also initiated the creation of a domestic anti-counterfeiting program which seeks to partner with the U.S. customs and Boarder Protection to seize counterfeit bearing products.

Scott loves working with the manufacturing sector and admires the passion within this industry. He truly enjoys the relationships he has built within manufacturing and looks forward to continuing to develop relationships within the industry.

Scott will be present at the ABMA 2014 Summer Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL in June and officially takes office on Monday, June 16.

Congratulations, Scott, from the entire Sterling Martin Associates team!