Welcoming Environment® Committee


The Welcoming Environment® Committee plays an integral role in promoting diversity and inclusion by ensuring that Association Forum makes everyone who interacts with Association Forum feel welcomed and valued. A Welcoming Environment® is defined as the creation of a sense of belonging and connectedness that engages individuals in an authentic manner in which uniqueness is valued, respected and supported through opportunities and interaction. 

The Committee:

  • Encourages the development of a Welcoming Environment® within every aspect of Association Forum.
  • Monitors metrics to gauge the efficacy of Welcoming Environment® efforts.
  • Scans the association community to contribute to the development of the online Welcoming Environment® Resource Center.
  • Actively promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.
  • Engages in new member onboarding calls

These Opportunities Are Recommended for Members Who:

  • Are passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.
  • Actively participate in Association Forum events.

Time Commitment:

  • Monthly committee meetings.
  • Participation in conference calls and sub-committee meetings as necessary.
  • Act as a Welcome Ambassadors at programs and events when available. 


Debbie Trueblood, IOM, CAE, Chair
Rashonda Legault, Vice Chair
Jonathan Adams, MBA
Patrick Andrus, MBA, CAE
Cassie Buchanan, SHRM-CP
Malia Cook-Artis
Priya Garg, MBA
Danielle Harmon, MPH
Josie Hernandez
Jon Hockman, CPF, FASAE
Summar Jonas, SPHR
Nikki Palluzzi, CAE
Marilyn Render
Shawn Sanford
Abigail Solazzo
Zack Wahlquist

Board Liaison
Melvin Tennant, MA, CAE

Staff Liaison
Artesha Moore, CAE, FASAE

Sarah Murphy, MNA, CAE