Staff

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Our staff can answer your questions about the Association Forum or the association management profession.

 

President & CEO

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO

Administration & Finance

Tina Jackson, Manager, Office Administration and Governance Support

Shawn Randle, Office Concierge

Regina White, Senior Staff Accountant

Nicole Dawson, Human Capital Consultant

Membership & Education

    Melissa Walling, CAE, IOM, Vice President, Membership and Education

    Jamari Trent, Senior Manager, Education Development

    Maureen "Moe" Malek, Manager, Membership & Engagement

    Michael K. Vega, MS, CAE, Digital Content Strategist


    Business Development

        Phyllis Scott, Manager, Business Development

        Brand Experience + Marketing

        Aiysha Johnson, MA, IOM, Director, Brand Experience + Marketing

        Matthew Baldwin, Manager, Graphic Design

        Dan Shea, Content + Publications Manager

        Matthew Baldwin

        Matthew Baldwin
        Manager, Graphic Design
        312.924.7012
        baldwin@associationforum.org

        Originally from Downers Grove, Matthew joined Association Forum in August of 2014. He previously has held positions with McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Downers Grove South High School. Matthew has more than 20 years of experience in graphic design. At Association Forum, Matthew is responsible for the art direction and graphic design of FORUM magazine and the support and creation of the various marketing programs of the organization. When Matthew isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, he enjoys working with local community theater groups, reading and dabbling in interior design.

        • His first job was a lifeguard.
        • A famous person he would like to have dinner with is Emma Thompson.
        • His favorite author is Stephen King.
        • His favorite place to travel is all over Europe.

         

         

        Aiysha Johnson

        Aiysha Johnson, MA, IOM
        Director, Brand Experience + Marketing
        312.924.7030
        johnson@associationforum.org

        Aiysha joined Association Forum in January 2017 in her current role. She most recently held a position at Vizient, Inc, where she advised clients on a range of product needs. She has more than 10 years of association management experience. At Association Forum, Aiysha oversees the direction of all marketing + communications including digital and print. When Aiysha isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys writing, reading, art, travel and fitness. She also is also an active volunteer at her alma mater.

        • My favorite magazine is … I enjoy a wide range of publications. I still enjoy print magazines in addition to digital.
        • My favorite place to travel is throughout the Caribbean.
        • My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

         

         

        Michelle Mason
        President & CEO
        312.924.7070
        mason@associationforum.org

        Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Michelle joined Association Forum on September 15, 2014.She earned her Bachelor of Science at Strayer University and MBA and MS at University of Maryland and previously has held positions with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE). Michelle has more than 20 years of experience with the association market and is a member of ASAE and WSAE. When she isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Michelle likes to run and experience new restaurants.

        • Her favorite place to travel is the Caribbean.
        • Her most recent book read is Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.
        • Her favorite movie is The Color Purple.
        • What she would like to do as a second career is be a professor.

         

         

        Dan SheaDan Shea
        Content + Publications Manager
        312.924.7031
        shea@associationforum.org

        Originally from Lombard, IL, Dan joined Association Forum in March of 2017. He previously has held positions with Corcoran Expositions and The iO Theater. Dan has a decade of experience in hospitality, events management and content writing. At Association Forum, Dan manages all communications and the production of FORUM Magazine. When Dan isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, he enjoys writing and performing comedy, and spending time with dogs.

        • His first job was Panera Bread.
        • A famous person he would like to have dinner with is Tina Fey.
        • His favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut, and favorite movie is The Fifth Element.
        • His favorite overall team is the 1996 Chicago Bulls.
        • Most people would be surprised to know that he wrote a sequel to Space Jam called Space Jam 2: Inglorious Baskets.

        Melissa Walling

        Michael K. Vega, MS, CAE
        Digital Content Strategist
        312.924.7043
        vega@associationforum.org

        Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Mike joined Association Forum in August of 2017. He previously has held positions with Center on Halsted and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Mike has more than 5 years of experience in Nonprofit Management. At Association Forum, Mike is responsible for the oversight and execution of Forum’s digital content assets including webinars, Learning Management System (LMS), mobile app, online communities and supporting organizational digital needs. When Mike isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, he enjoys riding his bike, traveling the world, and working out.

        • My favorite sport is RuPaul’s Drag Race.
        • My favorite overall team is the Justice for Katya.
        • Most people would be surprised to know that I plan on traveling to all 7 continents in my lifetime.

         

         

        Melissa Walling

        Melissa Walling, CAE, IOM
        Vice President, Membership and Education
        312.924.7024
        walling@associationforum.org

        Originally from Flint, Michigan, Melissa joined Association Forum in January of 2016. She previously has held positions with the Institute of Real Estate Management and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Melissa has more than 10 years of experience in association management. At Association Forum, Melissa is responsible for engaging and growing our membership community. When Melissa isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys running on the lakefront, trying new recipes and reading.

        • What she would like to do as a second career is open her own bed and breakfast.
        • Most people would be surprised to know that she lived in Ghana for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer.
        • Her favorite place to travel is any place she hasn't been to before.

         

         

        Nicole DawsonNicole Dawson
        Human Capital Consultant
        312.924.7023
        dawson@associationforum.org

        Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, Nicole joined Association Forum in March of 2015. She previously has held positions with StartSampling, Inc., 7-Eleven, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Nicole has more than 20 years of experience in Human Capital Strategy. At Association Forum, Nicole is responsible for providing human resources solutions specific to employee engagement, total rewards management, talent acquisition and retention, workforce planning, performance assessment, and organizational development, all in support of a Welcoming – and Engaging  Environment. When Nicole isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys cooking, interior painting/design and being active with her family.

        • Her favorite magazine is Wine Enthusiast.
        • What she would like to do as a second career is be an architectural designer.
        • Her first job was in the entomology lab at Funk Seeds.

         

         


        Tina Jackson

        Tina Jackson
        Manager, Office Administration and Governance
        312.924.7073
        jackson@associationforum.org

        A native of Chicago, Tina joined Association Forum in January 2011 as the executive assistant to the president and CEO. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management in 2006 from Robert Morris University. Tina has more than 10 years of association management experience and previously held positions with the Academy of General Dentistry, SmithBucklin and the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation. At Association Forum, Tina is responsible for providing administrative support to the president & CEO and the board of directors. When she isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Tina enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and relaxing.

        • What she would like to do as a second career is own a homeless shelter.
        • Her favorite overall team is da Bears.
        • Most people would be surprised to know that she's a grandmother.

         

         

          Shawn Randle

          Shawn Randle
          Office Concierge
          312.924.7085
          randle@associationforum.org

          Originally from Chicago, Shawn joined Association Forum in April of 2017. She previously has held positions with Luxottica and RCP Advisors. Shawn has more than 20 years of experience in guest relations. At Association Forum, Shawn is responsible for the Association Forum Conference Center. When Shawn isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Shawn enjoys working with and tutoring children in math and reading, watching classic movies, and dabbling in photography.

          • My favorite magazine is Rachel Ray Everyday.
          • A famous person I would like to have dinner with is Idris Elba.
          • My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

           

            Phyllis Scott

            Phyllis Scott
            Manager,Business Development
            312.924.7033
            scott@associationforum.org

            A native of Chicago, Phyllis joined Association Forum in 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix. Phyllis previously has held positions with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, SPSS and IBM. At Association Forum, she manages business development, which includes sales, sponsorship, exhibits and advertising, she also manages IT and Operations. When she isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Phyllis loves to spend time with family, watch movies and get together with friends.

            • A famous person she would like to have dinner with is Whoopi Goldberg.
            • Her favorite holiday is Christmas because it is a great time to relax and catch up with family.
            • Her favorite TV shows are Dancing with the Stars and The Walking Dead.
            • What she would like to do as a second career is any job on an action movie set.

             

             


            Maureen "Moe" Malek
            Manager, Membership & Engagement
            312.924.7021
            malek@associationforum.org

            Originally from Arlington Heights, Moe joined Association Forum in October 2016. She previously has held positions with the American Academy of Pediatrics and has over 4 years of experience in membership relations. At Association Forum, Moe is responsible for managing the Forum Plus organizational membership program and supporting the engagement and growth of our membership community. She also oversees the Shared Interest Groups (SIGs). When Moe isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys seeing live music, riding her bike around Chicago, and practicing yoga.

            • Her favorite author is Harper Lee.
            • Her favorite holiday is Christmas because the city is so beautiful and everyone is happy!
            • Her favorite overall team is the Chicago Cubs.
            • Most people would be surprised to know that she travels around the country to follow certain bands.

             

            Jamari E. J. Trent

            Jamari E. J. Trent
            Senior Manager, Education Development
            312.924.7032
            trent@associationforum.org

            Originally from Chicago, Jamari joined Association Forum in October 2009 as program coordinator. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, she earned her bachelor’s degree in business management in 2004 and was previously employed with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Jamari has more than seven years of association management experience and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. At Association Forum, she supports education and meetings and is responsible for attendee registration and management of the Association Forum Conference Center. When she isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys reading, dancing and going to the movies.

            • Her favorite magazine is Essence.
            • Her favorite book is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.
            • Her favorite TV show is A Different World.

             

             

            Regina White

            Regina White
            Senior Staff Accountant
            312.924.7011
            white@associationforum.org

            Originally from Gary, Indiana, Regina joined Association Forum in June of 2015. She previously has held positions with the Sun Times Media, Chicago Family Health Center and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Regina has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. At Association Forum, Regina performs the general accounting functions. When she isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Regina enjoys shopping, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

            • Her favorite magazine is Essence.
            • Her first job was as a cashier at McDonald’s.
            • Her favorite place to travel is anywhere tropical.
            • A famous person she would like to have dinner with is Jaime Fox. She thinks he’d be a blast.