Leadership

2017 Executive Committee

CHAIR:
Thomas Coté, MBA, CAE, Executive Director 
Academy of Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Nutrition |
Vice President of Strategic Development , Capitol Hill Management Services

VICE CHAIR:
Kelly Garceau, Executive Director
NY Physical Therapy Association 

TREASURER:
Donna Denley, CAE, Director of Finance
NYS Academy of Family Physicians

SECRETARY:
Brian Buff, Vice President, Association Management Division
Capitol Hill Management Services

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR:
Debra Trulli-CassaleVice President
Park Strategies, LLC

2017 DIRECTORS

Michael Borges, Executive Director 
New York State Association of School Business Officials 

Sylvia Daigle, Vice President
Lane Press 

Johnny Evers, Director of Government Affairs
The Business Council of New York State,Inc. 

Rita FerrisPresident
Northeastern Retail Lumber Association

Todd GarofanoPresident
Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau

Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director
New York Library Association 

Jennifer Martin, MBA, Executive Director
New York School Nutrition Association 

James PageDirector of Information Technology & Project Planning
NYS School Boards Association

Kathy Van De LooFounding President
Association Development Group, Inc.

Jennifer Van Ort, Executive Director
NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 

ESSAE Staff
Vanessa E. LaClair, CMP, Executive Director
vanessa@essae.org

Rebecca Sheehan, Membership, Marketing & Event Specialist
rebecca@essae.org