2017-2018 Committee Members

Membership Committee

Goals: Re-evaluate member value proposition and design new talking points to recruit members. Explore new dues description and structure

Chair: Gina Potfora ,CMP, Director of Meetings & Programs, American Council of Engineering Companies
Gina@aceny.org

Stephanie Bugos, Section Liaison, The NYS Bar Association
Michele Endries, Senior Sales Manager, Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Angela Kelly, Sales Manager, The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
Liz Mancini, Manager of Information Technology, Member Relations and Retention, Business Council of NYS
Melanie Seiden, Membership Services Associate, NYS Council of School Superintendents
Sam Toscano, Sales Manager, 1000 Island Harbor Hotel
Melissa Thompson, Executive Assistant and Corporate Secretary, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)


Program Committee

Goals: Create a vibrant, relevant learning community, develop cutting edge, timely content & strategy. Investigate webinar based programs and executive roundtable discussions.

Chair: Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, New York School Nutrition Association
jennifer@nyschoolnutrition.org

Jennifer Bruce, CMP, Association & Meeting Management Consultant, CCi Consulting
Aubrey Francis, Associations Sales Manager, Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Kathy Gormley, CMP, Director of Conference Management, LeadingAge New York
Angie McGrath, Account Executive, Capitol Hill Management Services,Inc.
Lindsay Miller, MPHExecutive Director, New York Association on Independent Living
Terri Murphy, CMP, Director, Events & Training, New York Credit Union Association
John Nicoletta, Senior Application Consultant, (c) Systems Global


Trade Show Committee

Goals: Monitor & Evaluate 2017 program and begin planning for 2018 program

Chair: Adam Jacobson, Director of Sales, Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center
ajavobson@villaroma.com

Susan Baker, Saratoga City Center
Tracy Burkey, VP of Sales & Services, Visit Syracuse
Gina Calisi, Manager of Convention Sales, Greater Binghamton CVB
Linda D’Agostino, Director of Sales & Government Relations, Visit Buffalo Niagara
Sylvia Daigle, President, Lane Press
Rose DiLiello, Sales Manager, Long Island CVB
Jennifer Gregory, MBA, Sales Manager, Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
Kim Hodge, Assistant Director of Hotel Operations and Sales, Saratoga Casino & Hotel
Steve Preston, Conference Direct
Patty Weist, DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton
Cindy Sullivan, CMP, Sales Manager, Saratoga Hilton
Addy Waldie, CMP, Experient 
Christine Weiss, Director of Sales and Associations, Holiday Inn Binghamton


Strategic Partnerships Committee

Goals: Expand partnership opportunities and sponsor network. Design sponsorship packages around special programs and events. Explore new avenues for securing advertising revenue.

Chair: Jennifer Van Ort, Executive Director, NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
jlvanort@nysacdl.org

Carol Bartlett, Senior Sales Manager, Visit Rochester
Christine Frank, Association Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency Rochester
Todd Garofano, President, Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau
Debbie Trulli-Cassale, Vice President, Park Strategies LLC


Government Affairs Committee

Goals: Monitor legislation and inform members of pertinent issues affecting industry.

Chair: Brian Buff, Vice President, Association Management Division, Capitol Hill Management
brian@caphill.com

Ashley Ennis, Manager of Government Affairs, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
Johnny Evers, Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of NYS, Inc.
Kathy Febraio, CAE, Executive Director, Pharmacists Society of the State of NY
Kelly Garceau, Executive Director, NY Physical Therapy Association
Randy McCullough, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, NYS Funeral Directors Association
Megan Osika, Vice President, Park Strategies, LLC
Timothy Thate, CAE, Senior Director Information Technology, LeadingAge New York
Johnny Evers, PhD, Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of NYS
Todd Vandervort, The Vandervort Group


Association Leadership Academy (ALA)

Goals: Design and implement ALA program for 2017

Chair: Rita Lashway, CAE
Rita.Lashway@gmail.com

Co-Chair: Barbara Bradley, CAE
Tom Cote, CAE, MBA
, Executive Director, NYS Psychological Association
Kathy Van De Loo, President, Association Development Group, Inc.


CAE Committee

Goals: Reach out to current and new CAEs to secure study group leaders and develop a comprehensive 2017 or 2018 Program – to be determined by Committee Chair.

Chair: Georgi Ann Bailey, CAE, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects New York State
gabailey@aianys.org

Nancy Hooks, CAE, Vice President- Member Relations, LeadingAge New York
Marianne Schrom, CAE, Director of External & Member Relations, NYS Funeral Directors Association
Timothy Thate, CAE, Senior Director Information Technology, LeadingAge New York


Marketing, Communications & PR Committee

Goals: Enhance the visibility of ESSAE through branding & marketing. Expand resources and access to resources for members. Expand use of social media tools.

Chair: Kathy Van De Loo, President, Association Development Group, Inc
kathy@adgcommunications.com

Carla Schlist, Director of Business Development, American Institute of Architects New York State 


Rita Lashway Scholarship Fund

Goals: Launch the inaugural fundraising campaign and review scholarship applicants.

Chair: James Page, Director of Information Technology and Project Planning, NYS School Boards Association
james.page@nyssaba.org

Rita Lashway, CAE
Kathy Febraio, CAE, Executive Director, Pharmacists Society of the State of NY
Kathy Gormley, Director of Conference Management, LeadingAge New York
Chip LaCure, Business Development, CMI Communications
Gina Mintzer, CMP, MHA, Director of Sales, Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.


Awards Task Force

Goals: Review current awards structure and provide improvements

Chair: Christine M. Nagelsmith, CMP, Events Coordinator, NYS Association of School Business Officials
chris@nysabo.org

Jennifer Bruce, CMP, Association & Meeting Management Consultant, CCi Consulting
Amber Carpenter, NYS Association of Professional Land Surveyors
Aurelia Lazzari, The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
Deidre Hungerford, NYSCOSS
Tim McCullough, Radisson Hotel Albany
Carla Rosebaum, NY Physical Therapy Association
Patricia Wood, CAE, NYS Bar Association


IT Task Force

Goal: Review the Association Management software proposals and provide recommendations.

Chair: James Page, Director of Information Technology & Project Planning, NYS School boards Association
james.page@nyssba.org


Audit Committee

Chair: Donna Denley, Director of Finance, NYS Academy of Family Physicians
donna@nysafp.org

Rebecca Flach, Executive Director, Hope Full life Center, Inc.
James Page, Director of Information Technology and Project Planning, NYS School Boards Association


Finance Committee

Chair: Rebecca Flach, Executive Director, Hope Full Life Center, Inc.
HopeFullLifeCenter@gmail.com

Jim Calvin, President, NY Association of Convenience Stores
Donna Denley, Director of Finance, NYS Academy of Family Physicians
Kathy Febraio, CAE Executive Director, Pharmacists Society of the State of NY
Kelly Garceau, Executive Director, NY Physical Therapy Association
Maura Ryan, Executive Director, NYS Government Finance Officers’ Association, Inc.
Bob Schneider, CAE, CPA, Associate Executive Director & COO, NYS School Boards Association


Nominating Committee

Chair: Debbie Trulli-Cassale, Vice President, Park Strategies LLC


By-Laws Committee

Chair: Thomas J. Coté, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, NYS Psychological Association
tcote@nyspamail.org

Kelly Garceau, Executive Director, NY Physical Therapy Association
Rita Ferris, President, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
Debra Trulli-Cassale, Vice President, Park Strategies, LLC