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.

Association Forum's Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominations for individuals with leadership and management experience to serve on Association Forum's 2018-2019 Board of Directors. 

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Download the Board's Conflict of Interest Policy


Meet the Association Forum’s Board of Directors


Gordon_LynneT_17-3x4-crp.jpg    Lynne Thomas Gordon, CAE
Executive Director
American Association of Orthodontists
7501 Byron Pl
 Clayton, MO 63105-2703


mitch-dvorak.jpg  Mitchell Dvorak, MS, CAE
Executive Director
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
8618 W. Catalpa Ave. Suite 1116
Chicago, IL 60656


  Geoffrey Brown, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
8700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 700N
Chicago, IL 60631
847.483.5400 ext. 101

Immediate Past Chair

Rob Paterkiewicz, CAE, MBA, IOM
Executive Director/CEO
Selected Independent Funeral Homes
500 Lake Cook Rd. Ste 205
Deerfield, IL 60015-4947


Marc_Anderson.jpg  Marc Anderson 
Chief Operating Officer
Choose Chicago
301 East Cermak Road 
Chicago, IL 60616

Kimberly_Mosley.jpg    Kimberly Mosley, CAE, CPE
American Specialty Toy Retailing Association 
432 N. Clark St. Ste. 305
Chicago, IL 60654
   Brad Kent, CTA
Senior Vice President/Chief Sales & Services Officer
Visit Dallas
325 North St. Paul St. Ste 700
Dallas, TX 75201
Colleen Lawler    Colleen Lawler, CAE, IOM
Executive Director
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists 
8735 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60631
Carol_Pape.jpg    Carol Pape, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
Association of Professional Chaplains
2800 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 295
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
   Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists
1061 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4973
Butch Spyridon    Butch Spyridon
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation  
150 4th Ave. N Ste. G-250
Nashville, TN 37219-2415
gregory-heidrich-100.jpg Gregory Heidrich
Executive Director
Society of Actuaries
475 North Martingdale Rd, Suite 600
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Ex-Officio Member

michelle-100.jpg    Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO
Association Forum
10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 800 
Chicago, IL 60606

Legal Counsel

Jed R. Mandel
   Jed R. Mandel, J.D.
Chicago Law Partners LLC 
333 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 810 
Chicago, IL 60606

Past Board Of Directors

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:

  • 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 2018-2019 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 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 three times a year for no more than a full day and has a retreat each summer that lasts no more than a day and a half. Also, each member of the board serves on either the Association Forum Finance Committee or Audit Committee and should therefore be available to participate in regular committee meetings and calls. Finally, 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. 

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’s the nominating process?

Association Forum's Nominating Committee board nominations are now closed. 
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.

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. 
When are nominations and board applications due?

The completed application is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, November 23, 2018
Who can answer other questions that I have?

For more information about the nominating process, or about nominating criteria, contact Susana Stoll at (312) 924-7073Call or executiveoffice@associationforum.org, or Association Forum President and CEO Michelle I. Mason, FASAE, CAE, at (312) 924-7070Call or mason@associationforum.org.