Staff

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Our staff can answer your questions about the Association Forum or the association management profession.

 

President & CEO

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO

Administration & Finance

Regina White, Senior Staff Accountant

Nicole Dawson, Human Capital Consultant

Mena Sokoryasnky, Office Concierge

Caryn Adolph, Manager to the Executive Office

Membership & Education

Kara Brockman, CAE, DES, Director, Education and Content

Shawn Randle, Coordinator, Education 

Sabrina Adams, Coordinator, Membership 

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BRAND EXPERIENCE & MARKETING  
Matthew Baldwin
, Manager, Graphic Design

Adam Natali, MBA, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

Business Development

      Phyllis Scott, Director, Business Services

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      Michelle Mason
      President & CEO
      312.924.7070
      mason@associationforum.org

      Michelle Mason is the President and CEO of Association Forum. Association Forum is the “association of associations” in Chicago. Founded in 1916, it has nearly 4,000 members. These members represent more than 44,000 association professionals from nearly 1,600 Chicago associations. These organizations serve 27 million individual members, have 9 million donors and generate $10.3 billion annually in economic impact. She provides strategic leadership, fiscal responsibility, and successful delivery of member value. Prior to Association Forum, Michelle served as a managing director at the American Society for Quality (ASQ). In this role, she concentrated on business development, membership, component relations, innovation, advocacy, social responsibility, and process improvement efforts. Prior to she was Vice President of Strategic and Future Focused Research at the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE).

      Michelle is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), Six Sigma Champion, and a Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA). She is an ASAE Fellow (FASAE) and an Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow. Michelle completed the SmithBucklin Leadership Institute. She has a BA, MBA and MS. Michelle was the project lead for the bestselling publication, Seven Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t.

      Michelle has strong board experience including, ASAE Board of Directors, ABSI, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, PAVE, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, MIAD, King's Academy Charter School, TEMPO, and Penfield Children’s Center. She is devoted to education and learning, Michelle has served as an adjunct instructor at Mount Mary University in Wisconsin and Strayer University in Washington, DC.

      Phyllis Scott

      Phyllis Scott
      Director, Business Services
      312.924.7033
      scott@associationforum.org

      A native of Chicago, Phyllis joined Association Forum in 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix. Phyllis previously has held positions with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, SPSS and IBM. At Association Forum, she manages business development, which includes sales, sponsorship, exhibits and advertising, she also manages IT and Operations. When she isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Phyllis loves to spend time with family, watch movies and get together with friends.

      • A famous person she would like to have dinner with is Whoopi Goldberg.
      • Her favorite holiday is Christmas because it is a great time to relax and catch up with family.
      • Her favorite TV shows are Dancing with the Stars and The Walking Dead.
      • What she would like to do as a second career is any job on an action movie set.

       

      Melissa Walling

      Kara Brockman, CAE, DES
      Director, Education and Content
      312.924.7024
      kbrockman@associationforum.org


      Originally from Carol Stream, Kara joined Association Forum in September of 2019. She previously has held positions with PCMA and the American Association of Endodontists. Kara has more than 7 years of experience in education. At Association Forum, Kara is responsible for the signature programs including Holiday Showcase, Forum Forward, Women’s Executive Forum and SmartTech. She also oversees Forum’s digital channels. When Kara isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Kara enjoys running, traveling, and going to concerts.

      • My favorite magazine is …Rolling Stone
      • My first job was …babysitting
      • My favorite place to travel …Ireland
      • A famous person I would like to have dinner with is … Paul McCartney
      • My favorite author is …Stephen King


        Matthew Baldwin

        Matthew Baldwin
        Manager, Graphic Design
        312.924.7012
        baldwin@associationforum.org

        Originally from Downers Grove, Matthew joined Association Forum in August of 2014. He previously has held positions with McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Downers Grove South High School. Matthew has more than 20 years of experience in graphic design. At Association Forum, Matthew is responsible for the art direction and graphic design of FORUM magazine and the support and creation of the various marketing programs of the organization. When Matthew isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, he enjoys working with local community theater groups, reading and dabbling in interior design.

        • His first job was a lifeguard.
        • A famous person he would like to have dinner with is Emma Thompson.
        • His favorite author is Stephen King.
        • His favorite place to travel is all over Europe.

         

        Mena

        Mena Sokoryasnky
        Office Concierge
        312.924.7032
        confcenter@associationforum.org

        Originally from Dallas, Texas, Mena joined Association Forum in September of 2018. She previously has held positions with Regus and other companies as an administrator. Mena has more than 5 years of experience in an admin position. At Association Forum, Mena is responsible for welcoming guests such as program and meeting attendees, members and vendors, as well as team members. She ensures program and meeting rooms are staged appropriately and helps her teammates in any way she can. When Mena isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys, reading, photography and cooking,

        • A famous person I would like to have dinner with is David LaChapelle
        • My favorite author is Cormac McCarthy. The Road is my favorite book.
        • My favorite holiday is Halloween.
        • My favorite movie is Princess Bride.

        caryn-adolph.jpgCaryn Adolph
        Manager to the Executive Office
        312.924.7073
        adolph@associationforum.org

        Caryn joined Association Forum in November 2018. She previously has held positions with Bernie’s Book Bank, Lions Clubs International, Little City Foundation, and served two years in the Peace Corps in Moldova. Caryn has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience. At Association Forum, Caryn is responsible for assisting the president and CEO, and governance. When Caryn isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys volunteering, traveling and spending time outdoors.


        • My first job was … a summer camp counselor.
        • My favorite sport to watch is… football.
        • My favorite sport to play is… golf.
        • Most people would be surprised to know that… I grew up in a military family and moved every two to three years.

        Nicole DawsonNicole Dawson
        Human Capital Consultant
        312.924.7023
        dawson@associationforum.org

        Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, Nicole joined Association Forum in March of 2015. She previously has held positions with StartSampling, Inc., 7-Eleven, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Nicole has more than 20 years of experience in Human Capital Strategy. At Association Forum, Nicole is responsible for providing human resources solutions specific to employee engagement, total rewards management, talent acquisition and retention, workforce planning, performance assessment, and organizational development, all in support of a Welcoming – and Engaging  Environment. When Nicole isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys cooking, interior painting/design and being active with her family.

        • Her favorite magazine is Wine Enthusiast.
        • What she would like to do as a second career is be an architectural designer.
        • Her first job was in the entomology lab at Funk Seeds.

         

        Adam NataliAdam Natali, MBA
        Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
        312.924.7009
        natali@associationforum.org

        Originally from Streamwood, IL, Adam joined Association Forum in June of 2018. He previously has held positions with the Academy of General Dentistry. Adam has more than 17 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Copywriting. At Association Forum, Adam is responsible for the marketing of Association Forum’s various programs. When Adam isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, he enjoys doing open mic short story slams and playing with his two kids.

         

         

          Shawn Randle

          Shawn Randle
          Education Coordinator
          312.924.7085
          randle@associationforum.org

          Originally from Chicago, Shawn joined Association Forum in April of 2017. She previously has held positions with Luxottica and RCP Advisors. Shawn has more than 20 years of experience in guest relations. When Shawn isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys working with and tutoring children in math and reading, watching classic movies, and dabbling in photography.

          • My favorite magazine is Rachel Ray Everyday.
          • A famous person I would like to have dinner with is Idris Elba.
          • My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

           

            Regina White

            Regina White
            Senior Staff Accountant
            312.924.7011
            white@associationforum.org

            Originally from Gary, Indiana, Regina joined Association Forum in June of 2015. She previously has held positions with the Sun Times Media, Chicago Family Health Center and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Regina has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. At Association Forum, Regina performs the general accounting functions. When she isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Regina enjoys shopping, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

            • Her favorite magazine is Essence.
            • Her first job was as a cashier at McDonald’s.
            • Her favorite place to travel is anywhere tropical.
            • A famous person she would like to have dinner with is Jaime Fox. She thinks he’d be a blast.

             

             

            Sabrina Adams
            Coordinator, Membership
            312.924.7021
            adams@associationforum.org

            Originally from Milwaukee, Sabrina joined Association Forum in July of 2019. She previously has held positions with the US Senate and Starbucks. Sabrina has more than 5 years of experience working with clients and in customer service. At Association Forum, Sabrina is responsible for ensuring membership benefits and services are delivered in support of the mission of Association Forum.
            When Sabrina isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, she enjoys baking for her friends and family, discovering new coffee shops, reading and exploring Chicago.

            • My favorite author is … Madeline Miller
            • My favorite movie is …Coming to America
            • Most people would describe me as … An over caffeinated dork (or ‘outgoing’)
            • Most people would be surprised to know that … I’m a comic book movie junkie, can’t get enough of them