Leadership (Board of Directors)

Association Forum is governed by a 13-member board of directors that includes association professionals from Chicago associations, as well as supplier partners.

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Association Forum Board Nominations Now Open

WebsiteAdBOD.jpgYou can help Association Forum continue to deliver on its mission to advance the professional practice of association management. With new strategic priorities and many new initiatives on the horizon, Association Forum needs and welcomes the enthusiastic participation of its members on the Board of Directors.

Association Forum’s Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for individuals with leadership and management experience to serve on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees.

If you know someone who’d make a great volunteer leader– or if you’re interested in serving –please click the button below to learn about the process and submit a nomination form.

Nomination Form

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, November 6, 2020.

All recommendations for nomination and any information collected as part of the process are strictly confidential. On behalf of our Nominating Committee, we look forward to your input in shaping the future of Association Forum!

2020-2021 Board of Directors


Geof-Brown.png Geoffrey Brown, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
8700 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 700N
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (847) 483-5400, ext. (101)


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


Kimberly_Mosley.jpg Kimberly Mosley, CAE, CPE
American Specialty Toy Retailing Association
432 N. Clark St., Suite 305
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 955-9038

Immediate Past Chair

mitch-dvorak.jpg Mitchell Dvorak, MS, CAE
Executive Director
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
200 E. Randolph St., Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 577-7660


Marc-Anderson.jpg Marc Anderson
Chief Operating Officer
Choose Chicago
301 East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 567-8481

greg-heidrich.jpg 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
Loretta-DeLuca.jpg Loretta DeLuca, FASAE
DelCor Technology Solutions
8380 Colesville Rd., Suite 550
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (240) 821-1760
Denise-Froemming.jpg Denise Froemming, CAE, CPA, MBA
Institute of Real Estate Management
430 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 329-6060
Bob Moore, MA, CAE

Executive Director
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
330 E. Algonquin Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 952-5108
Carol_Pape.jpg Carol Pape, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Association of Professional Chaplains
2800 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 295
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Phone: (847) 240-1014
matt-sanderson.jpg Matt Sanderson
President & CEO
330 N. Wabash Ave.
Ste. 2000
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 673-5822
tennant-melvin-150.jpg 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
Undesser_Pauli-150.jpg Pauli Undesser, MWS, CAE
Executive Director
Water Quality Association
4151 Naperville Road
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 929-2514

Ex-Officio Member

michelle-mason.jpg Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
President & CEO
Association Forum
10 S. Riverside Plz., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606-3709
Phone: (312) 924-7000

Legal Counsel

Jed_Mandel.jpg 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

The Association Forum is governed by a 13-member board of directors that includes association professionals from Chicago associations, as well as supplier partners. Below is a listing of Association Forum's past board chairs:

  • 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

To help you better understand the process and more actively participate in it, Association Forum has compiled answers to members' most common nominating queries:

What board positions must be filled this year?

There are four vacancies on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors. Association Forum is seeking nominations for one officer position — Secretary-Treasurer — two association professional seats and one supplier partner seat.

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 true diversity — in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, industry, location and work roles — in 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 sufficient 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 in all its flavors — 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 the Annual Meeting, Holiday Showcase, education sessions and other events throughout the year? Not everyone is prepared to be the kind of 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 Association Forum’s Forum Forward, 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?

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, November 6, 2020. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, November 20, 2020.
Who can answer other questions that I have?

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