Awards & Recognition Committee

Awards & Recognition Committee

Association Forum’s awards honor the best and brightest in the association community. The committee is responsible for all of Association Forum’s awards, unless specifically excluded by Board policy. Additionally, Association Forum andUSAE have joined together to provide the Forty Under Forty® recognition program which will be managed by the Awards and Recognition Committee. This committee will work with staff to develop and promote the next generation of leaders and the Association Forum Awards and Recognition program.

The Committee:

  • Reviews and modifies criteria for award application, nomination and selection of the Honors and Forty Under 40 Awards.
  • Actively encourages other Association Forum members and non-members to apply for the Forty Under 40 Awards.
  • Actively encourages other Association Forum members to nominate deserving candidates for the Honor Awards.
  • Abides by the committee’s nomination policy to not nominate colleagues or participate in discussions if committee members have a personal or professional relationship with the nominee.
  • Develops/manages the award process to ensure nominations and applications submitted meet the criteria of the committee’s eligibility policies.
  • Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on Honors Awards honoree selections.
  • Solicits awards applications and nominations from a diverse population of professionals to ensure equal representation of applicants.

This Committee Is Recommended for Members Who Are:

  • Willing to actively seek out and encourage peers to submit applications and/or nominations for awards.
  • Familiar with association awards programs.
  • Actively engaged in the association industry.
  • Past chairs of the Association Forum Board of Directors, past honorees and Association Professional or Supplier Partner members.
  • Interested in recognizing and developing more seasoned and the next generation of association industry leaders.
  • Are Association Professional, Consultant or Supplier Partner members of Association Forum.

Time and Responsibilities Commitment (required for participation on the Awards and Recognition Committee):

  • Attend face-to-face committee meetings (minimum of two).
  • If schedule permits, attend Forum Forward, Holiday Showcase and the Honors Gala.
  • Participate in conference calls as scheduled throughout the year. 


    Marilyn Jansen


    Andrew Calhoun, CAE

    Anna Desai, MHA, CAE

    Bunny Lee

    Burt Blanchard

    Carol Courtney

    Christie Pruyn, CAE

    Christine A. Melendes, CAE

    David Laurenzo

    Gwen Biasi, CAE

    Heather Case, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM, CAE

    Jay Carino, CAE

    Jeff Borchardt

    Jennifer Lynch, CTIS

    Laura G. Davis, CAE

    Lindsey Nelson, CAE

    Magdalene Van Vossen

    Marilyn K. Render

    Maura Sage

    Michelle Teta

    Norma Castrejon

    Sarah Kosenka

    Virginia Petrancosta, CAE

    Vishakha Khanolkar Kumar

    Board Liaison
    Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR

    Staff Contact
    Aiysha Johnson