Leadership (Board of Directors)

Association Forum is governed by a 13-member board of directors that includes association professionals from Chicagoland associations, as well as supporting members.

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2022-2023 Board of Directors


Denise Froemming, CAE, CPA, MBA Denise Froemming, CAE, CPA, MBA
President & CEO
1710 Gilbreth Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (847) 714-7142


Gregory Heidrich Gregory Heidrich
Society of Actuaries
475 North Martingale Rd., Suite 600
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 706-3500


Bob Moore, MA, CAE Bob Moore, MA, CAE
Executive Director
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
8501 W. Higgins Road, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (847) 952-5108

Immediate Past Chair

Paul Pomerantz, CAE, FASAE Paul Pomerantz, CAE, FASAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists
1061 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4973
Phone: (847) 268-9235


Lori Adlesick Lori Adlesick
VP, Strategic Partnerships and Events
Choose Chicago
301 East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 567-8496

Michelle Mills Clement, FASAE, CAE Michelle Mills Clement, FASAE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Association of REALTORS®
430 N Michigan Ave, Ste 800
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 619-8375

Vicki Loise, CMP, CAE Vicki Loise, CMP, CAE
Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening
1301 W 22nd ST Ste 708
Oak Brook, IL 60523-2043
Phone: (630) 256-7527 ext. 100

Stephen Peeler, CFRE, FCEP
Stephen Peeler, CFRE, FCEP
Executive Director
IDSA Foundation, Infectious Diseases Society of America
4040 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: (703) 299-5738

Matt Sanderson Matt Sanderson
President & CEO
330 N. Wabash Ave.
Ste. 2000
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 673-5822

Jose Segarra, MNA, CAE Jose Segarra, MNA, CAE
Executive Director
35 E Wacker Dr Ste 850
Chicago, IL 60601-2314
Phone: (773) 218-6915

Melvin Tennant, II MA, CAE Melvin Tennant II, MA, CAE
President & CEO, Meet Minneapolis
Executive Director, Sports Minneapolis Powered by Meet Minneapolis
Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association
801 Marquette Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 767-8070

Pauli Undesser, MWS, CAE Pauli Undesser, MWS, CAE
Executive Director
Water Quality Association
2375 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 929-2514

Mark Vaughan, FASAE Mark Vaughan, FASAE
Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer
Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
233 Peachtree Street, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 521-6611

Ex-Officio Member

Artesha Moore, FASAE, CAE
President & CEO
Association Forum
10 S. Riverside Plz., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606-3709
Phone: (312) 924-7000

Legal Counsel

Jed Mandel, J.D. Jed Mandel, J.D.
Chicago Law Partners LLC
333 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 810
Chicago, IL 60606-1249
Phone: (312) 929-1960

Past Board Chairs

  • Paul Pomerantz, CAE, FASAE - 2021
  • Geoffrey Brown, CAE - 2020
  • Mitchell Dvorak, MS, CAE - 2019
  • Lynne Thomas Gordon, CAE - 2018
  • Rob Paterkiewicz, CAE, IOM - 2017
  • Dave Bergeson, Ph.D., CAE - 2016
  • Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR - 2015
  • Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE - 2014
  • Evan Williams, IOM, CAE - 2013
  • Oliver P. Yandle, JD, CAE - 2012
  • Elaine Weiss - 2011
  • H. Stephen Lieber, CAE - 2010
  • Edward Salek, CAE - 2009
  • Patricia Blake, FASAE, CAE - 2008
  • Janet Jackson - 2007
  • Fred Fortman, Jr., CAE - 2006
  • Deborah Bowen, CAE, FACHE - 2005
  • Pamela Williams, CAE - 2004
  • Kenneth Luurs, CAE - 2003
  • Buz Buzogany, CAE, CASE - 2002
  • Barbara Connell, CAE, CMP - 2001
  • Patricia Appelhans, JD - 2000
  • Thomas Dolan, PhD, CAE, FACHE - 1999
  • William St. John, CAE - 1998
  • R. Norris Orms, FACHE, CAE - 1997
  • William Good, CAE - 1996
  • John Prast, CAE, LLIF - 1995
  • Philip Lesser, Ph.D., CAE - 1994
  • Renee Schleicher, CAE - 1993
  • Thomas Sharpe - 1992
  • Christine Nolen, CAE, CMP - 1991
  • Patricia Jordan, CAE - 1990
  • James Albrecht, CAE - 1989
  • Ronald S. Moen - 1988
  • Robert Becker, CAE - 1987
  • Bradford Claxton, CAE - 1986



Frequently Asked Questions

What board positions must be filled this year?

The call for nominations is now closed and will reopen in September 2023 for 2024–2026 board candidates. 

Who is the ideal board candidate?

There is no "ideal" board candidate. Instead, Association Forum wants its board to include individuals with diverse work, life, social and educational backgrounds so that it can make well-rounded decisions that reflect its entire membership. Association Forum seeks diversity—in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, industry, location, and work roles—for its board. 

What criteria will the Nominating Committee use to select board candidates?

The only requirement of board candidates is that they are a member of Association Forum with leadership and management experience. Assuming they meet membership requirements, the Nominating Committee will evaluate board candidates based on their background, including their credentials, past leadership experience, and association industry tenure; their Association Forum experience, including their past involvement in Association Forum committees and programs; and their personal characteristics, including their communication skills, leadership style, and commitment to diversity.

Because potential candidates don't always know what the committee looks for in a board member, the Nominating Committee has made its selection criteria very clear. There are five items:

  • Background: What kind of association do you serve? Do you have previous board experience? Do you have a CAE?
  • Association Forum experience: How long have you been a member and what activities have you been involved in?
  • Personal characteristics: Are you easy to approach? Are you visionary and strategic? Are you ethical? Because part of your responsibility as a board member is to be a role model, we want to see that you have leadership qualities.
  • Board diversity: The Association Forum is dedicated to diversity—gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, experience level, and even type, size, and kind of organization—and that’s something we look at carefully. What will you bring to our board composition?
  • Your commitment to active leadership: In addition to our two annual board meetings, will you attend Holiday Showcase, education sessions, and other events throughout the year? Not everyone is prepared to be the visible leader the Association Forum needs them to be.

To see a complete list of criteria, click here.
What do board volunteers do?

You think. You plan. You evaluate. You build the foundation for the needs of professionals across the metropolitan area to be successful in their careers. Volunteers bring viewpoints and knowledge which, when blended with the knowledge and skill of Association Forum’s great and motivated staff, are essential to the organization's continued success.

What do board volunteers get in return for their service?

Previous Association Forum Board members have attested to the tremendous value of board service. In addition to impressive line items for their resumes, they have reported significant professional and personal benefits, including the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from industry leaders; the chance to share their own knowledge, expertise, and training with others; professional recognition that elevates their stature within their own associations and within the association community at large; valuable work experience that opens the door to new career opportunities; and relationships with new friends and lifelong mentors. 

How much time does board service require?

Although board members must be willing to invest time in preparing for and thoughtfully participating in board meetings, the time commitment is not onerous.  The Association Forum Board meets two times a year for no more than a full day and has a retreat each fall that lasts no more than a day and a half. Board members are expected to attend Honor's Gala, Holiday Showcase, serve as a board liaison to a committee or working group, and miscellaneous other educational programs and activities. 

How do I nominate a candidate?

If you know of an individual who meets the Nominating Committee's criteria, and who might be willing to serve on the Association Forum Board, please complete the online nomination form. Association Forum will then contact the candidate with the link to the board application.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes. Association Forum members may nominate themselves for board service by following the same procedures they would use in order to nominate someone else. 
What if I’m nominated, but not elected? 

There is always next year! And there are always myriad volunteer opportunities within the Association Forum. The Nominating Committee will provide feedback to applicants who were not slated for the board so they can improve their applications and their future chances of being slated.

When are nominations and board applications due?

The call for nominations is now closed and will reopen in September 2023 for 2024–2026 Board candidates. 
Who can answer other questions that I have?

For more information about the nominating process, or about nominating criteria, contact Caryn Adolph at (312) 924-7073 or executiveoffice@associationforum.org.