40th Annual Conference - Presenters

Matt Episcopo | Lowell Aplebaum, CAE | Mark SedgleyMitchell Noordyke
Randy Dean | Carol Quinn | Erin Lynch


Matt Episcopo 
Author & Motivational Speaker
www.MattEpiscopo.com

Matt Episcopo has redefined the formula for personal power, leadership and business success. Matt knows that the real way to become effective is to build credibility, trust and solid relationships. When we establish trust and credibility, others will say “Yes” to our ideas, products and services.

His efforts have helped companies around the world improve their leadership, customer retention and employee engagement. From start-ups to Fortune 500’s, Matt is widely recognized as an energizing and engaging presenter. He is author of the book “How To Gain The Upper Hand, P.O.W.E.R. Tactics That Get Leaders Results”.

Real life experience and results are what fuels this relationship-generating powerhouse. A Medal of Honor recipient with more that 21 years of law enforcement experience, Matt will teach you how to engage with virtually anyone.

Matt’s presentations have been given in Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, Aruba, Bahamas as well as across the United States.


Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF
CEO & Strategy Catalyst
Vista Cova, LLC

Master Facilitator, Vision & Strategy Catalyst, Building Board, Staff, & Volunteer Leaders

I am a connector. I am a facilitator of community. I identify strategy gaps and collaboratively build solutions that provide impact for tomorrow's needs. I bring people together. I embrace the mission and vision as the heart of an organization. I am honored that I get to work with those that drive to that vision.

I am in tireless pursuit of innovation and evolution for greater impact.

I have a B.A. in sociology from Columbia University and M.A. in informal education, with a focus on experiential approaches. I ask challenging questions. I listen to your stakeholder voices. I weave their individual visions into stronger collective solutions. In over 15 years working inside non-profits, I created strategy and drove exponential results working with leaders in all 50 states and across 6 continents. I understand that every community has a unique culture that, when recognized and honored, strengthens the organization.

I am a passionate volunteer that can often be found giving time to the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE). I also regularly give platelets to the American Red Cross (so should you!), serve as the incoming-Chair of the CAE Commission (the certification for the association industry), and am on the organizing committee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Brewers Ball.

At home, during the day you can find me working on light-saber construction with my son and two daughters, and in the evening leading beer tastings for friends and family.

I am an organizer of people. I build communities. I am service-oriented, believing that the good we do unto others will come back to us in time.

Outside of my passion for my munchkins at home, there is nothing I love more than seeing an organization, striving to do good, actually achieve its best. I am the catalyst that helps make that achievement a reality.


Mark Sedgley
President & CEO
MemberClicks

Mark Sedgley is the President and CEO of MemberClicks and has worked in the technology and association industry for more than 15 years. He has helped MemberClicks, an Atlanta-based membership management software company, grow from just under 300 customers in 2004 to more than 3,000 customers today.

As part of leading MemberClicks, he continues to drive a culture of innovation in the workplace and strives to provide refreshing technology to member-based organizations.

On a more personal note, Mark is married to his high school sweetheart, Dorota. They reside in suburban Atlanta with their three children, Jake, Ashton, and Kaia. Mark graduated from Wake Forest University with a dual degree in Literature and East Asian Studies. 


Randy Dean, MBA
The E-mail Sanity Expert ®

Randall Dean, MBA, and author of the recent Amazon.com #1 E-mail Bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, has 25 years of experience using and teaching an advanced time management/personal organization system, including systems for effective e-mail management, office clutter reduction, optimizing your Outlook and/or Gmail/Google usage, and getting the most from affiliated smart phone and tablet devices. He has taught different versions of his time & e-mail management systems for many prominent organizations including Procter & Gamble, Michigan State University, University of California Berkeley, Westinghouse Electric Company, Volvo, The Global Business Travel Association, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, The University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association for Legal Career Professionals, the Michigan Association for Continuing Education & Training, and the Michigan, Indiana, Texas, and Iowa Societies of Association Executives for groups as small as five and as large as 550. 

He has previously been interviewed by the Washington Times, Detroit News, The Globe and Mail, Business Week Online, and numerous other media outlets, including radio, television, newspaper, and blog sites. He is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and Michigan Society of Association Executives. 


Mitchell Noordyke
Westin Fellow
International Association of Privacy Professionals

Mitchell Noordyke graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School. While in school he externed for a federal magistrate judge and worked as a law clerk. Active at Minnesota Law, Mitchell was lead managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review and president of the Business Law Association. He focused his studies on technology and privacy law.

Mitchell’s interest in privacy is rooted in his love for data. He developed an interest in statistics while he was an undergraduate student at Minnesota, where he became fascinated by the power of data to persuade, and wary of its ability to deceive. His interest in data and statistics led him to pursue and complete a Master of Science in Business Analytics — also from the University of Minnesota — after which he was an analytics intern for a medical device company. Prior to law school Mitchell worked as a supply chain professional and a technology consultant.

A native Minnesotan, Mitchell embraces winter and enjoys the cold and snow. He is also a technology enthusiast and tries to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and product releases. Outside of work, Mitchell balances out his wife’s culinary expertise with a flair for dish washing. He also attempts to keep his coding chops sharp by organizing a volunteer analytics group.


Carol Quinn
Deputy Director of Lobbying Guidance
NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE)

Carol Quinn is the Deputy Director of Lobbying Guidance at the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). In this position, she has led JCOPE’s effort to propose and adopt its Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations and launch a new online Lobbying Application, both of which took effect on January 1, 2019. Prior to her current position, Ms. Quinn served as an Associate Counsel in JCOPE’s Ethics and Lobbying Guidance unit.

At JCOPE, she educates and advises public officials, state employees, as well as lobbyists and their clients to ensure compliance with New York State’s Public Officers Law and the Lobbying Act. Ms. Quinn came to JCOPE with a background in regulatory and education reform work. She began her career as an Assistant Counsel for the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform where she facilitated the development and enactment of regulatory reforms with an eye toward making it easier to do business in New York State. Thereafter, Ms. Quinn served as a consultant to various organizations regarding education reform and charter school operations.


Erin Lynch
Special Counsel to Lobbying
NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE)

Erin Lynch serves as Special Counsel for Lobbying at the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) where she assists members of the regulated community in complying with New York’s Lobbying Act and JCOPE’s comprehensive lobbying regulations as well as provides guidance relating to state ethics laws.  Prior to JCOPE, Ms. Lynch was a Special Assistant Attorney General with New York State Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and worked as a prosecutor for District Attorney’s Offices in Albany County and Schenectady County.  She also served as an Associate Counsel for the New York State Assembly Codes Committee where she oversaw National Crime Victims’ Rights Week legislation.

Ms. Lynch is an active member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association and provides pro bono legal services through the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.  Ms. Lynch received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2002 and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2005.