CAE Working Group

CAE Working Group

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) Working Group is comprised of members who have earned their CAE, who convene in order to develop best practices for encouraging and preparing candidates for the CAE exam. Members of this group will work with staff to ensure that the format and content of the CAE Study Course helps candidates successfully achieve the CAE designation.

The Working Group:

  • Suggests, trains and monitors evaluations of facilitators and content for the CAE Study Courses.
  • Conducts CAE orientation sessions (two per year).
  • Conducts CAE brown bag webinars (two per year).
  • Selects CAE scholarship recipients.
  • Actively promotes the CAE designation, study course, and scholarship to the Association Forum community.
  • Encourages diverse professionals to participate as exam candidates as well as study course facilitators.

 The Working Group Is Recommended for Members Who:

  • Have attained their CAE designation.
  • Are interested in promoting the designation as a sign of commitment to the association management profession.
  • Are willing to review CAE study course materials, refine the facilitator training program and make suggestions on the Association Forum’s CAE Study Course program.

Time Commitment:

  • Attendance at face-to-face committee meetings (minimum of two).
  • Participation in conference calls as necessary (minimum of two).
  • Participation in CAE orientation sessions.
  • Participation in CAE Study Course for both the Fall and Spring sessions as either a facilitator or online discussion board participant. 
Nikki Golden, CAE


Carol Pape, CAE

Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom, MBA, CAE

Charmaine Osborne, CAE

Edward P. Salek, CAE

Erin Volland, CAE

Gayle Irvin, CAE

Janet E. Powers, CAE

Jay Carino, CAE

Karen Horting, CAE

Lilliane E. Smothers, CAE

Linde Tesch, CAE

Margery D. Shinners, CAE

Michael J. Mikitka, CAE

Mitchell L. Dvorak, MS, CAE

Nikki Golden, CAE

Sara Nelli, CAE

Board Liaison
Mitchell L. Dvorak, MS, CAE

Staff Contact
Jamari Trent