Forty Under 40

2018 Forty Under 40 Award Winners


Congratulations to these outstanding association and non-profit professionals for their accomplishments, commitment to the industry, leadership skills and continued potential!

The celebration will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at a private awards ceremony. We will continue the recognition in the presence of more than 1,000 association and meetings executives at the Holiday Showcase Keynote and Networking Brunch! 

Amato-Kerry.jpgKerry Amato, CAE Director, Professional Development
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

Bethea-Natasha.jpgNatasha Bethea Senior Manager, Membership Recruitment & Retention
Association For Psychological Science

Burt-Rick.jpgRick Burt, MAEL, CAE Director, Executive Officers Council
National Association of Home Builders

Dean-Mary.jpgMary Dean, JD, CAE Client Executive
Executive Director, Inc.

Dedajic-Aida.jpgAida Dedajic, CAE Standards Board Program Manager
The Appraisal Foundation

DeYoung-Emily.jpgEmily DeYoung, CMP Senior Director, Educational Programs
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Katrina Dunn Director of Development
American Fisheries Society

Eichler-_George-Honna.jpgHonna Eichler George Senior Manager, Engagement Services
Society of Women Engineers

Evans-Lombe-Monica.jpgMonica Evans-Lombe, CAEAccount Director

Goldberg-Michelle.jpgMichelle Goldberg Account Executive 
Sentergroup, Inc.

Golden-Meghan.jpgMeghan Golden, MBA Vice President of Partnerships & International Relations
The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)

Granich-Lori.jpgLori Granich, MBA, RDN Director, Lifelong Learning and Engagement
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Hedrick-Saima.jpgSaima Hedrick, MPH, CAE Account Executive, Executive Director, Operations Director
Virtual Inc.

Iaquinto-Kevin.jpgKevin Iaquinto, MBA Sr. Manager, Digital Marketing and Analytics

Icenogle-Liz.jpgLiz Icenogle, CAE Executive Director of Engagement
ARMA International

Johnson-Gennith.jpgGennith M. Johnson, MCD, CCC-SLP, CAE Associate Director, Health Care Services 
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

Jones_Jennifer.jpgJennifer Jones, MS, CAE, IOM Executive Director
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) and The Center for Architecture + Design

Kinsella-Jon.jpgJon Kinsella Senior Marketing Strategy Manager
Association Headquarters

Klaus-Derek.jpgDerek Klaus Director of Communications
Visit KC

Kovats-Diane.jpgDiane E. Kovats, CAE, CMP Executive Director
International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

Lindahl-Joe.jpgJoseph Lindahl, MA Senior Account Manager
Association Management Center

Mandurano-Steven.jpgSteven Mandurano, CAE Director of Marketing
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Marchiolo-Eryn.jpgEryn Marchiolo, MPH Senior Director, Research and Training
Rheumatology Research Foundation

McMillian-Melissa.jpgMelissa McMillian, CNP Director, Foundation and Business Development
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)

Mendia-Emilie.jpgEmilie Mendia Managing Director, Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA)

Nelson-Richard.jpgRichard Nelson, MS Associate Director, Publishing
American Academy of Dermatology

OConnell-Erin.jpgErin O'Connell, M.S. Program Manager, Knowledge & Learning Experiences
Institute of Food Technologists

Puckey-Tara.jpgTara Puckey, MBA Director of Strategic Initiatives
Radio Television Digital News Association & Foundation (RTDNA / RTDNF)

Rosfelder_Rich.jpgRich Rosfelder Vice President of Strategic Communications
CCIM Institute

Socha-Jennie.jpgJennie Socha, CAEClient Executive
Executive Director, Inc.

Sorenson-Siri.jpgSiri Sorensen, MA, PMP Senior Project Manager, Foundation Manager
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management

Taylor-Meredith.jpgMeredith Taylor, CAESenior Account Executive 

thomasson-amy.jpgAmy Thomasson Director of Marketing, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

Victoria_Nathan.jpgNathan A. Victoria, M.Ed., CAE Senior Director, Recruitment, Engagement, and Volunteerism
NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Viles-Monari-Emily.jpgEmily Viles-Monari Meeting Technology Manager
AMPED Association Management

Wahl-Jennifer.jpgJennifer Wahl Education Manager
American Burn Association

Walsh-Courtney.jpgCourtney Walsh Director of Certification Services and Communications
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Wanless-Beth.jpgBeth Wanless, MPPA Local Government Affairs Director and Regional Manager for Member Outreach
Illinois REALTORS, and Chicago Association of REALTORS

Wicks-Nate.jpgNate Wicks, CAE Senior Manager, Group and Hospital Solutions
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Worley-Jenna.jpgJenna Worley, CAE Associate Director, Sales Development and Analysis
American Society of Association Executives

Applications for the 2019 Forty Under 40 class Open in June!

Association Forum and USAE weekly newspaper will be accepting applications for the 2019 Forty Under 40 program in June. This prestigious competition will provide recognition to 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40 and younger, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries.


  • 3+ years of employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management* organization.
  • Current employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management* organization.
  • Plan to continue in roles that aid the future of the association and nonprofit community.
  • Exhibit characteristics that demonstrate continued success and leadership skills.
  • Previous recipients of a Forty Under 40 Award are not eligible to apply. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply.
  • Under the age of 40 as of December 16, 2019.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete all required fields in the application form (you will be able to save your application to complete it later).
  • Upload a current resume.
  • Upload two letters of recommendation from individuals who can support your application for the award on company letterhead.
  • Upload a copy of a valid I.D. (for age verification).


Please contact with any questions.

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