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CEO Advisory Committee

The following leaders making up the CEO Advisory Committee have over the course of their illustrious careers not only produced extraordinary results, but have also played a key role in guiding and shaping the rapidly change field of nonprofit leadership and management. The primary purpose of the CEO Advisory Committee is to ensure that is an ever more powerful resource for CEOs and CEO-aspirants, helping them to realize more fully their leadership goals and to heighten their impact on the field. CEO Advisory Committee members propose blog topics and share their leadership experience via blog posts and podcasts. CEO Advisory Committee members are not accountable for opinions expressed in blog posts.

SAGE6217-1206Abe Abraham, President/CEO
CMI Management, Inc.Alexandria, Virginia

Ethiopian by background and entrepreneurial by nature, Abe founded CMI Management 28 years ago.  CMI Management has been featured in the Washington Business Journal, has been ranked as the 11th fastest growing company in Washington Technology “Fast 50,” and has been featured in the Black Enterprise “Top 100” list for four consecutive years.

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Maury Astley, President & CEO
International Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Council of Associations
Las Vegas, Nevada

In addition to heading IICRCA, as President of Astley Enterprises, Inc., Maury has served as executive director and lobbyist for several associations, including the Nevada Society of Association Executives, the Nevada Dental Association, and the Nevada Nurses Association. He received Outstanding Service Awards from NDA and NCA.


David Baumgardner, Chief Executive Officer
Texarkana, TX

Prior to becoming LifeNet’s CEO, David was managing director of the Montana, Idaho, and North and South Dakota area operations for American Medical Response.  A former board member of the Texas Ambulance Association, David has more than 32 years of diverse EMS field and management experience.

Orion Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Cleveland, OH

Before taking the helm at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Orion served as President and Chief Executive Officer at CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, the largest of Indiana’s 15 Area Agencies on Aging. Before joining CICOA, he served at the American Red Cross in a variety of capacities, including the Director of Chapter Operations Support for the Great Lakes Service Area; Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Worth, TX, chapter; Executive Director of the Topeka, KS, chapter; and Assistant General Manager of the Louisville, KY, chapter.

Sue Buchholtz copySue Buchholtz, President/CEO
Evergreen Life Services
Haughton, Louisiana

Over the course of her 30 years as a nonprofit CEO, in addition to heading Evergreen Life Services, Sue has served as President/CEO of three large Florida nonprofits;  SENIORS FIRST, The Spring of Tampa Bay, and PARC.  An alumna of Leadership Florida, she continues to play a leadership role with the Blue Ridge Institute.

Jason Chmura, Executive Director
Society of Nonprofits
Livonia, MI

Jason was named Executive Director of the Society for Nonprofits in 2017.  The Society, which has over 6,000 members, is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit management support organizations in the country. Prior to taking the helm at the Society, Jason served as its Membership Director from 2002 until 2017, in this capacity responsible for membership services,  web development, database management, and other related functions.

Ken-Crerar_600x600Ken Crerar, President/CEO
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers
Washington, D.C.

Ken took the helm at CIAB in 1992.  On his watch, CIAB has become the leading representative of the most successful commercial insurance intermediaries in the US and globally.  In 2006 the US Chamber of Commerce appointed Ken to serve on the prestigious Association Committee of 100, which is composed of the country’s leading association CEOs.

CzosekMichelle Czosek, President & CEO
Wisconsin Society of Association Executives
Madison, Wisconsin

Michelle is an Account Executive at Association Partners & Executive Directors, an association management firm.  Over the course of her 25-year career in association management,  she served as Executive Director of the National Air Filtration Association and Associate Director of the Society for Wetland Scientists before taking the helm at WSAE.   She has earned the coveted Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.

Brett Doney, President & CEO
Great Falls Development Authority
Great Falls, Montana

Before becoming CEO of the Great Falls Development Authority, Brett served as President & CEO  of EnterpriseMaine and Director of the Ft. Devens Reuse Center.  Recipient of the Arthur D. Little Excellence in Economic Development Management award, he serves on the Accreditation and Public Policy Committees of the International Economic Development Council.

Bob Eckardt - high resRobert Eckardt, Executive Vice President
The Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio

Bob became a Program Officer with the Cleveland Foundation in 1982, becoming Executive Vice President in 2010.  He has served on the Boards of several national philanthropic groups, including Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers in Aging, Funders Concerned About AIDS and the Grantmakers Evaluation Network.  Bob  is the 2006 recipient of the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy and the 2010 Distinguished Grantmaker Award from the Council on Foundations. 


Jeff Finkle, President/CEO
International Economic Development Council
Washington, D.C.

Jeff has been President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council since it was formed in 2001, and prior to taking the helm at IEDC served as President of the Council for Urban Economic Development and as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is also the founder of the Bollinger Foundation.

Kurt Foreman, President & CEO
Delaware Prosperity Partnership
Wilmington, DE

Before taking the helm at DPP in spring 2018, Kurt served as CEO of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership and Executive Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.  He has also served as a senior manager in regional economic development programs in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the Washington, DC metro area and as a site selection consultant and executive recruiter.

Christopher FoxChristopher Fox, President & CEO
International and American Associations for Dental Research
Alexandria, Virginia

Before taking the helm at IADR/AADR in 2003, Chris was Assistant Director of Clinics at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and held a number of executive positions in the for-profit sector, including Colgate Palmolive’s Director, Professional Relations Europe.  He received the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007.


  • Lynne Thomas Gordon, Executive Director
    American Association of Orthodontists
    St. Louis, MO

Before taking the helm at AAO, Lynne served as CEO of the American Health Information Management Association and Associate Vice president of Operations and Director of Rush Children’s Hospital.  Incoming Chair of the Association Forum of Chicagoland,  she has been named as one of eight influential women in Health IT by FierceHealthIT and most recently as one of the Most Powerful Women in Health IT by Health Data Management.

KarenKaren Higgins, President & CEO
Tampa, Florida

Before taking the helm at PARC, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, Karen served as PARC’s Chief Program Officer and Associate Director.  A member of the Board of the Florida Association of Rehabilitation  Facilities,  she serves on the Disability Advocacy Committee of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.


Rick Homans, President & CEO
Tampa Bay Partnership
Tampa, Florida

Before taking the helm at the Tampa Bay Partnership, Rick served as President & CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.  During his 32 years in New Mexico, Rick founded New Mexico Business Weekly and was a member of  Governor Bill Richardson’s cabinet, serving first as Secretary of Economic Development and later as Secretary of Taxation and Revenue.

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Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
Miami, Florida

Virginia became the first blind CEO of the Miami Lighthouse in 2005, after having graduated from its vocational rehabilitation program and serving on its Board.  Prior to coming to the Lighthouse as a student in 2001, Virginia served as senior financial adviser to the President and provost of Purdue University.

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Wendy Kavanagh, President
Georgia Society of Association Executives
Atlanta, Georgia

Prior to taking the helm at GSAE, Wendy owned and operated Tessera Association Management and held management positions at the International Association for Financial Planning and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.  She is past chair of the Association Societies Alliance and recently completed her third term as President of Grady High School’s Robotics & STEM Alliance.


Sheree Anne Kelly
President & CEO
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Alexandria, VA

Before taking the helm at ACCE, Sheree Anne was senior vice president of the Public Affairs Council, where she served as chief public affairs expert, managed a team of thought leaders, ran organizational strategic planning, and opened the Council’s first international office in Brussels.  Sheree Anne also previously held executive positions at the National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership
St. Paul, Minnesota

Prior to taking the helm at GREATER MSP, Michael served as CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.  He is a member of the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Metropolitan State University Foundation, and the International Economic Development Council.

Joseph Marinucci, President & Chief Executive Officer
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Cleveland, Ohio

Prior to taking the helm at the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Joe served as President and Executive Vice President of the Downtown Cleveland Partnership, Vice President of Real Estate Development for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland, and Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Development.  He also served as Chair of the International Economic Development Council and received IEDC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Suzanne McCormick, U. S. President
United Way Worldwide
Alexandria, VA

Before being named U. S. President of United Way Worldwide, Suzanne served as Chief Executive Officer of United Way Suncoast, one of Florida’s largest United Ways.  Suzanne also  served as CEO of the United Way of Greater Portland (Maine), the American Red Cross of Southern Maine and People’s Regional Opportunity Program.  She served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand after graduation from Duke University.

Jim Head Shot 2James McGuirk, Executive Director/CEO
Astor Services for Children & Families
Rhinebeck, New York

Jim held a number of positions at Astor Services before becoming CEO in 2002, including Assistant Executive Director and Director of the Residential Treatment Facility. He is Chair of the Dutchess County Health and Human Service Advisory Team and the Strong Families Work Group of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council.

9Richard Manners, President
My Back Office
Tampa, Florida

A highly successful entrepreneur, Rich, in addition to heading My Back Office, is Vice President of AmWINS Group Benefits. He is extremely active as a volunteer in the nonprofit sector, having served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Home and as founder and member of the Executive Board of the Florida Association of Non-Profit Organizations.

2015 72 (4)Steven Marcus, President and CEO
Health Foundation of South Florida
Miami, Florida

Prior to taking the helm at the Health Foundation of South Florida, Steve was Executive Vice President of Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation in Miami Beach, Florida.  He is Past Chairman of the Board of the Florida Philanthropic Network.  Since Steve joined the Health Foundation in 2000, it has invested more than $78 million in initiatives to promote a culture of health for residents.

McCormickSuzanne McCormick, Chief Executive Officer
United Way Suncoast
Tampa Bay , Florida

Before becoming Chief Executive Officer of one of Florida’s largest United Ways, Suzanne served as CEO of the Unity Way of Greater Portland (Maine), the American Red Cross of Southern Maine and People’s Regional Opportunity Program.  She served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand After graduation from Duke University.

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Michelle Mason, President and CEO
Association Forum of Chicagoland
Chicago, Illinois

Before taking the helm at the Association Forum of Chicagoland in 2014, Michelle held management positions at the American Society for Quality and the American Society of Association Executives during her twenty-plus years in the association management field.  With 3,000 members from nearly 2,000 Chicago-area associations, the Forum produces more than 100 educational events every years.

Rob Paterkiewicz, Executive Director and CEO
Selected Independent Funeral Homes
Deerfield, Illinois

Before taking the helm at Selected in 2007, Rob served as Executive Director of the American Society of Home Inspectors and held executive positions in several other associations, including the American Lighting Association and the National Building Material Distributors Association.  He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Association Forum and has earned the Institute for Organizational Management designation from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.

Craig Richard, President and CEO
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
Tampa, Florida

Before taking the helm at the Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Craig served as President and CEO of Invest Atlanta, President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., and Chief Economic Development Officer for the Greater Houston Partnership.  He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council and serves on the boards of the Downtown Tampa Partnership and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Prof. Photo - IKRIrene Rickus, President/CEO
The Children’s Home, Inc.
Tampa, Florida

Irene took the helm at the Children’s Home in 20ll. Over the course of her thirty years in nonprofit management, she served as Chief Operating Officer for Kids Central and as CEO of The Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute, where she progressed through a number of management positions over 26 years.

2014 RobertsonSusan Robertson, Executive Vice President
American Society of Association Executives
Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining ASAE, Ms. Robertson was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for U.S. Office Products, a multibillion dollar business products company, owning brands such as Mail Boxes, Etc. and Blue Star Group. During her earlier career as a marketing and program development professional, she held positions with Ethan Allen, Inc. in its Danbury, CT headquarters, Washington-based National Office Products Association, and the National Dealer Alliance, where she was Executive Director.

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Florida Society of Association Executives
Tallahassee, Florida

Before taking the helm at FSAE in 2014, Frank served as Director of Meetings for the Florida Home Builders Association and as Executive Director for the Florida School Food Service Association, the Florida Engineering Society, and the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers.  His 25-year career in association management began at McCollum Management and Meetings.

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Beta Theta Pi
Oxford, Ohio

Prior to taking the executive helm at Beta Theta Pi, Jeff served the fraternity as a leadership consultant, Director of Chapter Services and General Counsel.  He oversees all chapter operations and volunteer, leadership development and expansion initiatives for Beta Theta Pi.  Jeff, who is a Certified Association Executive, is actively involved in ASAE, the Fraternity Executives Association, and the Association of Fraternity Advisers.

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Jim Thompson, Vice President of Association Management
Raleigh, North Carolina

As Vice President of Association Management at CHMS, Jim’s duties include serving as Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Prior to joining CHMS, he served as Executive Director of the Association Executives of North Carolina and as Director of Business Development for the North Carolina Association of Realtors.

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Jeffrey Thomson, President and CEO
The Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, New Jersey

Prior to joining IMA, Jeff served in various financial, strategic, and operational roles at AT&T for over 20 years, including CFO for business sales, an $18 billion revenue operation.  He was named to Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential People List” in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and was also named by Trust Across America as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior.”

Kelly Turner, President & CEO
Michigan Society of Association Executives
East Lansing, Michigan

Before taking the helm at MSAE, Kelly served as Manager of Membership Development and Training at the Michigan Farm Bureau, where she directed the Bureau’s annual volunteer and staff membership campaigns and the training of newly hired Regional Representative Trainees.  She is working on her doctorate in organizational leadership and development in addition to her CEO duties at MSAE.


Lana Vukovljak, Chief Executive Officer
Council of Residential Specialists
Chicago, Illinois

Before taking the helm at the Council of Residential Specialists, Lana served as CEO of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.  Her 16-year career as a senior nonprofit executive also includes serving as Vice President of the American Health Information Management Association.  A lifelong learner, she is currently a PhD candidate in educational leadership.

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