Welcoming Environment™ Committee

Welcoming Environment™ Committee

The Welcoming Environment™ Committee plays an integral role in promoting diversity and inclusion by ensuring that Association Forum makes everyone who interacts with Association Forum feel welcomed and valued.   A Welcoming Environment™ is defined as the creation of a sense of belonging and connectedness that engages individuals in an authentic manner in which uniqueness is valued, respected and supported through opportunities and interaction.


The Committee:

  • Ensures that the Welcoming Environment™ concept is woven through every aspect of Association Forum’s approach to: organizational development, education, volunteer leadership, communication, and marketing.
  • Monitors metrics to gauge the efficacy of Welcoming Environment™ efforts.
  • Scans the association community to contribute to the development of the online Welcoming Environment Resource Kit.
  • Actively promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.

 The Committee Is Recommended for Members Who:

  • A current Association Forum member in good standing.
  • Actively participate in Association Forum events.
  • Are passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.

 Time Commitment:

  • Bimonthly committee meetings.
  • Participation in conference calls and sub-committee meetings as necessary.
  • Act as Welcome Environment™ Ambassadors at programs and events when available.  
Pierre Desy, MPH, CAE

Lorelle R. Swader, CAE, MLS, MA


Derrick L Mitchell

Joseph M. Jackson, CAE

Kara Adams, CAE,M.Ed.

Kemi Ani

Kim FitzSimmons

Marina Castro

Nicole Harris, CAE

Theresa Herrejon

Board Liaison
Andrea Wright, CPA

Staff Contact
Melissa Walling, CAE, IOM