Committees 2021-2022

GSAE volunteers truly do the work of the organization

We understand your time is valuable, and we strive to make volunteer service convenient and rewarding. From welcoming new members to helping experienced ones prepare for the CAE exam, planning the education programming to making recommendations to the Board of Directors, GSAE volunteers truly do the work of the organization.

If you have questions about a group or just want to meet the chairs before you make a decision, join us at the annual GSAE Participation Fair during the February quarterly luncheon.

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Meet & Greet

Arrives early to each GSAE event to greet attendees, provide badges, and direct attendees to their intended activity.
Active Months: February, April, May, July, September, November, December.

Carol Hall
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
CHAIR

 

 

Cyndi Willis
Marriott Atlanta Northeast / Emory Area
VICE CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Member Welcome & Orientation

Participates in orientation sessions for new and potential members at GSAE events and the Annual Meeting.
Active Months: February, April, May, July, September, November.

 

Kara Bastarache, CAE
Association of Clinical Research
Professionals
CHAIR

 

Jayne Tannenbaum
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

VICE CHA
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Welcome warriors

Formerly known as the Peer Connections committee, GSAE Welcome Warriors contact new members via phone and email and invites them to luncheons, workshops, annual meetings. Acts as the "point person" for questions and the promotion of GSAE activities. Active Year Round: January – December.

Shan Haugabrook
Atlanta/Georgia Apartment
Association
CHAIR

Becca Colbert, CMP

VICE CHAIR 

 

Table Hosts

Facilitates new connections and conversations about issues of interest by serving as the host to luncheon and annual meeting attendees. Active Months: February, April, May, July, September, November, December.

 

Amy Hokkanen
Amy's Star Meetings
CO CHAIR

 

Lacey Damico Facer
Meeting Expectations
CO CHAIR

 

CERTIFIED ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE (CAE) STUDY GROUP

For those willing to serve as facilitators, invitations will be sent in February for the summer sessions. Active Months: July, August and September.
For those preparing to take the CAE exam, the GSAE CAE Study Group will meet July-September.

Heather Blanchard, CAE
Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC)
CHAIR 

Katie Bodiford, CAE
Construction Suppliers Association
VICE CHAIR 


Professional Development

Advises staff on the selection and identification of luncheon speakers, annual meeting presentations, and recommends other educational programming throughout the year. Active Months: An in-person brainstorming meeting for 2022 programs in either September or October. 1-2 hours in the month prior to evaluate potential speakers.



Melanie Taylor

Stringfellow Management Group
CHAIR 

 

Christy Herle, CAE
American Health Care Association/
National Center for Assisted Living
VICE CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SILENT AUCTION

Solicits donations for 2 silent auctions – Holiday Luncheon and Annual Meeting - through calls, emails and in person. Active Months: Late Spring; late Fall

Karla Yeck
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
CO CHAIR

 

Abby Hicks
Hotel Indigo-Athens
CO CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Supplier council

Serves as a conduit for design ideas of the annual meeting track for corporate supplier attendees and any other issues arising of concern to our supplier members. The Council will offer occasional discussion groups after quarterly luncheons as requested.
Active Months: 2 meetings in 2020. Potential for in-person meeting at the Annual Meeting. Up to 2 conference calls.

Sheryl Ehlers, CMP
Atlanta Marriott Northwest
at Galleria
CHAIR

 

Lori Dodd
Chattanooga Tourism Co.
VICE CHAIR

 

 

Steven Schumacher

Cartersville-Bartow County
Convention & Visitors Bureau

VICE CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership work group

Implements targeted membership marketing plan to attract new members and retain current members. Members will focus on both engagement and recruitment. Active Months: January – April and September – October.

Holly Wright
Omni Amelia Island Plantation
CO CHAIR

 

Ragan Cohn, CAE
Meeting Expectations
CO CHAIR

 

TECH NINJAS

A safe place for techies and non-techies alike who have technology responsibilities, and a great opportunity for association technology experts to meet and share experiences. We also assist GSAE staff with online awareness and social media messaging. Active Months: Year round.  TBD.

   

 

 

 

   

communications task force

Develop a strategic communication plan to implement GSAE's branding message and membership campaign ideas into all vehicles.
TBD