2017-2018 Committee Members

Membership Committee

Goals: Recruit and Retain! Investigate student dues 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, Capitol Hill Management Services
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, CAE, 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.

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

Jennifer Bruce, CMP, Association & Meeting Management Consultant, CCi Consulting
Rita Ferris, President, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
Kathy Gormley, CMP, Director of Conference Management, LeadingAge New York
Angie McGrath, CMP, Account Executive, Capitol Hill Management Services,Inc.
Lindsay Miller, MPH, Executive 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 plan the for 2018 program

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

Susan Baker, Director of Sales Saratoga City Center
Tracy Burkey, VP of Sales & Services, Visit Syracuse
Gina Calisi, Manager of Convention Sales, Greater Binghamton CVB
Linda D’Agostino, CMP, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sheraton At The Falls
Sylvia Daigle, President, Lane Press
Rose DiLiello, Sales Manager, Discover Long Island
Jennifer Gregory, MBA
Kim Hodge, Assistant Director of Hotel Operations and Sales, Saratoga Casino & Hotel
Steve Preston, CMP, Conference Direct
Stephanie Rogers, Director of Sales, Tioga Downs
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 to secure advertising revenue.

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

Jill Delaney, President and CEO, New York State Tourism Industry Association
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) Ranslow, Manager of Government Affairs, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
Johnny Evers, Ph.D., 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
Jeff Keller, CAE, Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Northeastern Retail Lumber 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
Kathy Van De Loo, President, Association Development Group, Inc.
Vanessa LaClair, CMP, Executive Director, ESSAE


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


Communications Committee

Goals: Enhance the visibility of ESSAE through media and communications. Promote association events and benefits. Assist with packaging all society efforts. 

Chair: Jeremy Johannesen, CAE, Executive Director, New York Library Association

Carla SchlistDirector of Business Development, American Institute of Architects, NYS
Gloria Baker, Communications Manager, New York Physical Therapy Association
Rick Langdon, Director of Business Development, Vibrant Creative
Rob RichieAssociation Sales Manager, Sheraton Syracuse University and Conference Center
Paul HookDirector of Business Development, Overit Media


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 (retired)
Kathy Febraio, CAE, Executive Director, Pharmacists Society of the State of NY
Kathy Gormley, CMP, 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. Investigate online resources. 

Chair: Evelyn Neale, President, Successful Change

Jennifer Bruce, CMP, Association & Meeting Management Consultant, CCi Consulting
Amber Carpenter, NYS Association of Professional Land Surveyors
Aurelia Lazzari, DoubleTree by Hilton Schenectady
Deidre Hungerford, NYS Council of School Superintendents 
Tim McCullough, Radisson Hotel Albany
Carla Rosebaum, CMP, 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: OPEN

Donna Denley, Director of Finance, NYS Academy of Family Physicians
James Page, Director of Information Technology and Project Planning, NYS School Boards Association


Finance Committee

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

Jim Calvin, President, NY Association of Convenience Stores
Kelly Garceau, Executive Director, NY Physical Therapy Association
Jeff Keller, CAE, Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Northeastern Retail Lumber 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: Kelly Garceau, Executive Director, NY Physical Therapy Association

Jim Calvin, President, NY Association of Convenience Stores
Kathy Febraio, CAE
Executive Director, Pharmacists Society of the State of NY
Rita Ferris, President, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
Debra Trulli-Cassale, Vice President, Park Strategies, LLC