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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2024-2025 Board of Directors


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


Michelle Mills Clement

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


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

Immediate Past Chair

Gregory Heidrich Gregory Heidrich
Society of Actuaries
8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (847) 706-3500


Lori Adlesick Lori Adlesick
VP, Strategic Partnerships and Events
Choose Chicago
301 East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 567-8496
Jay Carino Jay Carino, MBA, CAE
VP, Membership Services
American Osteopathic Association
142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 202-8183

Ed Dellert

Ed Dellert, RN, MBA, CAE
Chief Operations Officer
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
3300 Woodcreek Dr.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (847) 815-9867

Tyler Eble

Tyler Eble
Association Development Solutions
40 Shuman Blvd.
Suite 300
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (630) 300-3760

Nikki Golden Nikki Golden, CAE
Association Laboratory, Inc.
35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 850
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 224-2626
Bruce Hammond Bruce Hammond, CAE 
Executive Director 
American Pediatric Society
9303 New Trails Drive, Suite 350
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Phone: (346) 258-6255
Jacqualine Price Osafo Jacqualine Price Osafo, MBA, CAE
Executive Director 
The Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL  60602-4061
Phone: (312) 606-0722 ext. 216
Stephen E. Peeler, CFRE, FCEP
Senior Director of Philanthropy
Trust for the National Mall
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 240
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 978-3291
Pauli Undesser, MWS, CAE Pauli Undesser, MWS, CAE
Executive Director
Water Quality Association
2375 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 929-2514

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

  • Gregory Heidrich - 2023
  • Denise Froemming, CAE, CPA, MBA - 2022
  • 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 will open in the fall for 2025–2027 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 organization 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, leadership qualities critical.
  • 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 the board's composition?
  • Your commitment to active leadership: In addition to three annual board meetings, will you attend Holiday Showcase, Honor's Gala, Women's Executive Forum, and other programming events throughout the year? 

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 association-industry space to be successful in their roles.  Volunteers bring a variety of viewpoints and knowledge which, when blended with the knowledge and skill of Association Forum’s team, 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 organizations 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 three times a year.  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 board applications due?

The call for nominations for 2025–2027 Board candidates will open in the fall of 2024.   Applications will be due in December 2024.
Who can answer other questions that I have?

For more information about the nominating process, or about nominating criteria, email: executiveoffice@associationforum.org.