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
Jon Hockman, CPF, FASAE
Summar Jonas, SPHR
Nikki Palluzzi, CAE
Marilyn Render
Shawn Sanford
Valerie Smoots, SHRM-CP, PHR
Abigail Solazzo
Zack Wahlquist

Board Liaison
Melvin Tennant, MA, CAE

Staff Liaison
Sarah Murphy, MNA, CAE