Leadership (Board of Directors)

Association Forum is governed by a 13-member board of directors that includes association professionals from Chicago associations, as well as supplier partners.

 

Association Forum's Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominations for individuals with leadership and management experience to serve on Association Forum's 2017-2018 Board of Directors. 

Meet the 2016-2017 Board of Directors

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Meet the Association Forum’s Board of Directors

 

Chair

Dave Bergeson
  
Dave Bergeson, Ph.D., CAE
Account Executive
Association Management Center
8735 W Higgins Rd Ste 300
Chicago, IL 60631
847.375.4866
dbergeson@connect2amc.com

Chair-Elect

Rob J. Paterkiewicz
   Rob J. Paterkiewicz, CAE, MBA, IOM
Executive Director
Selected Independent Funeral Homes
500 Lake Cook Rd., Suite 205
Deerfield, IL 60015
800.323.4219
robp@selectedfuneralhomes.org

Secretary-Treasurer

Lynne Thomas Gordon
   Lynne Thomas Gordon, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA
Chief Executive Officer
American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
312.233.1092
lynne.thomasgordon@ahima.org

Immediate Past Chair

Mary Lynn Fayoumi
   Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR
President & CEO
Management Association 
3025 Highland Pkwy., Suite 225 
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630.963.7600 ext. 235
mfayoumi@hrsource.org

Directors

Harriett Bogdanowicz
   Harriet Bogdanowicz, MBA, CAE
Chief Communications Officer
American Planning Association
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
312.786.6719
hbogdanowicz@planning.org
 
Geoffrey Brown
   Geoffrey Brown, CAE
CEO
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
8700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 700N
Chicago, IL 60631
847.483.5400 ext. 101
brown@napfa.org
 
Mitchell Dvorak
   Mitchell Dvorak, MS, CAE
Executive Director
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
8618 W. Catalpa Ave. Suite 1116
Chicago, IL 60656
224.232.8737
mdvorak@iaoms.org

 
Kenneth Fischang
   Kenneth Fischang, CHME, CMP, CTA
President/CEO
Sonoma County Tourism 
400 Aviation Blvd., Suite 500
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707.522.5804
kfischang@sonomacounty.com
 
Matthew Hornberger
   Matthew Hornberger, CAE
Associate Executive Director
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management  
155 N. Wacker Drive Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606
312.422.3000
mhornberger@aha.org
 
Colleen Lawler
   Colleen Lawler, CAE, IOM
Executive Director
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists 
8735 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60631
847.375.6403
clawler@scahq.org 
 
Butch Spyridon
   Butch Spyridon
President/CEO
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation  
150 4th Ave. N Ste. G-250
Nashville, TN 37219-2415
615.259.4760
butch@visitmusiccity.com
 
Don Welsh
   Don Welsh
President and CEO
Destination Marketing Association International  
2025 M St. NW #500
Washington, DC 20036
202.296.7888
dwelsh@destinationmarketing.org
 
Andrea Wright
   Andrea Wright, CPA
Partner 
Johnson Lambert & Co LLP
21 S. Evergreen Ave Suite 240
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847.230.9746
awright@johnsonlambert.com

Ex-Officio Member

Michelle Mason
   Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO
Association Forum
10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 800 
Chicago, IL 60606
312.924.7070
mason@associationforum.org

Legal Counsel

Jed R. Mandel
   Jed R. Mandel, J.D.
Partner
Chicago Law Partners LLC 
333 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 810 
Chicago, IL 60606
312.929.1960
jmandel@clpchicago.com

Past Board of Directors Chairs

 

 

The Association Forum is governed by a 13-member board of directors that includes association professionals from Chicago associations, as well as supplier partners. Below is a listing of Association Forum's past board chairs:

  • Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR - 2015
  • Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE - 2014
  • Evan Williams, IOM, CAE - 2013
  • Oliver P. Yandle, JD, CAE - 2012
  • Elaine Weiss - 2011
  • H. Stephen Lieber, CAE - 2010
  • Edward Salek, CAE - 2009
  • Patricia Blake, FASAE, CAE - 2008
  • Janet Jackson - 2007
  • Fred Fortman, Jr., CAE - 2006
  • Deborah Bowen, CAE, FACHE - 2005
  • Pamela Williams, CAE - 2004
  • Kenneth Luurs, CAE - 2003
  • Buz Buzogany, CAE, CASE - 2002
  • Barbara Connell, CAE, CMP - 2001
  • Patricia Appelhans, JD - 2000
  • Thomas Dolan, PhD, CAE, FACHE - 1999
  • William St. John, CAE - 1998
  • R. Norris Orms, FACHE, CAE - 1997
  • William Good, CAE - 1996
  • John Prast, CAE, LLIF - 1995
  • Philip Lesser, Ph.D., CAE - 1994
  • Renee Schleicher, CAE - 1993
  • Thomas Sharpe - 1992
  • Christine Nolen, CAE, CMP - 1991
  • Patricia Jordan, CAE - 1990
  • James Albrecht, CAE - 1989
  • Ronald S. Moen - 1988
  • Robert Becker, CAE - 1987
  • Bradford Claxton, CAE - 1986


 

Board of Directors Nomination Process

 

The Association Forum's Nominating Committee is currently reviewing the nominations for individuals to serve on Association Forum’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees. The Board of Directors slate will be announced by the end of January, 2017.

No matter your age, background or experience level, there's never been a better time to serve. Association Forum is committed to cultivating a leadership that is as diverse as its membership, and there's never been a more exciting time to nominate.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you better understand the process and more actively participate in it, Association Forum has compiled answers to members' most common nominating queries:

What board positions must be filled this year?

There are three vacancies on the 2017-18 Board of Directors. Association Forum is seeking nominations for one officer position — Secretary-Treasurer — one association professional seat and one supplier partner seat.

Who is the ideal board candidate?

There is no "ideal" board candidate. Instead, Association Forum wants its board to include individuals with diverse work, life, social and educational backgrounds so that it can make well-rounded decisions that reflect its entire membership. Association Forum seeks true diversity — in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, industry, location and work roles — in its board. 

What criteria will the Nominating Committee use to select board candidates?

The only requirement of board candidates is that they are a member of Association Forum with sufficient leadership and management experience. Assuming they meet membership requirements, the Nominating Committee will evaluate board candidates based on their background, including their credentials, past leadership experience and association industry tenure; their Association Forum experience, including their past involvement in Association Forum committees and programs; and their personal characteristics, including their communication skills, leadership style and commitment to diversity.

Because potential candidates don't always know what the committee looks for in a board member, the Nominating Committee has made its selection criteria very clear. There are five items:

  • Background: What kind of association do you serve? Do you have previous board experience? Do you have a CAE?
  • Association Forum experience: How long have you been a member and what activities have you been involved in?
  • Personal characteristics: Are you easy to approach? Are you visionary and strategic? Are you ethical? Because part of your responsibility as a board member is to be a role model, we want to see that you have leadership qualities.
  • Board diversity: The Association Forum is dedicated to diversity in all its flavors — gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, experience level and even type, size and kind of organization — and that’s something we look at carefully. What will you bring to our board composition?
  • Your commitment to active leadership: In addition to our two annual board meetings, will you attend the Annual Meeting, Holiday Showcase, education sessions and other events throughout the year? Not everyone is prepared to be the kind of visible leader the Association Forum needs them to be.

To see a complete list of criteria, click here.

What do board volunteers do?

You think. You plan. You evaluate. You build the foundation for the needs of professionals across the metropolitan area to be successful their careers. Volunteers bring viewpoints and knowledge which, when blended with the knowledge and skill of Association Forum’s great and motivated staff, are essential to the organization's continued success.

What do board volunteers get in return for their service?

Previous Association Forum Board members have attested to the tremendous value of board service. In addition to impressive line items for their resumes, they have reported significant professional and personal benefits, including: the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from industry leaders; the chance to share their own knowledge, expertise and training with others; professional recognition that elevates their stature within their own associations and within the association community at large; valuable work experience that opens the door to new career opportunities; and relationships with new friends and lifelong mentors. 

How much time does board service require?

Although board members must be willing to invest time in preparing for and thoughtfully participating in board meetings, the time commitment is not onerous.  The Association Forum Board meets three times a year for no more than a full day and has a retreat each summer that lasts no more than a day and a half. Also, each member of the board serves on either the Association Forum Finance Committee or Audit Committee and should therefore be available to participate in regular committee meetings and calls. Finally, board members are expected to attend Association Forum’s Forum Forward, Honor's Gala, Holiday Showcase, serve as a board liaison to a committee or working group and miscellaneous other educational programs and activities. 

Can I nominate myself?

Yes. Association Forum members may nominate themselves for board service by following the same procedures they would use in order to nominate someone else. 

What’s the nominating process?

Association Forum's Nominating Committee will accept board nominations through Dec. 9, 2016, and recommend one candidate per position to members by Jan. 31, 2017, at which point additional candidates may be nominated by petition. If there are no additional candidates nominated by Feb. 10, 2017, the candidates will be elected and take office on April 1, 2017.

What if I’m nominated, but not elected? 

There is always next year! And there are always myriad volunteer opportunities within the Association Forum. The Nominating Committee will provide feedback to applicants who were not slated for the board so they can improve their applications and their future chances of being slated.

Nominations and completed board applications are now closed.

How do I nominate a candidate?

If you know of an individual who meets the Nominating Committee's criteria, and who might be willing to serve on the Association Forum Board, please complete the online nomination form. Association Forum will then contact the candidate with the link to the board application. Nominations and completed board applications are now closed.

When are nominations and board applications due?

All nominations must be received by Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Completed application forms are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

Who can answer other questions that I have?

For more information about the nominating process, or about nominating criteria, contact Tina Jackson, Manager of Office Administration and Governance Support at (312) 924-7073Call or jackson@associationforum.org, or Association Forum President and CEO Michelle I. Mason, FASAE, CAE, at (312) 924-7070Call or mason@associationforum.org.