As DelCor’s President, Dave leads the company’s strategic and operational functions. A creative at heart, he has a particular interest in digital strategy.
Dave is the author of DelCor’s IT Maturity Model for Associations and Nonprofits, which serves as a guide for helping organizations align technology initiatives with their strategic plans and business goals. He was instrumental in partnering with the ASAE Foundation to launch related research: the Technology Success Study.
An ASAE member since 1994, Dave has chaired both the Membership Development Committee and the Technology Section Council. In 2013, he was the Technical Pathway Leader at ASAE’s Technology Conference & Expo.
Dave is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches requirements analysis and IT-business strategy alignment. He has a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
President and CEO
Naylor Association Solutions
Alex DeBarr has been the president and CEO of Naylor Association Solutions since 2006. Since arriving at Naylor, Alex has led the evolution of Naylor’s product and service offerings, including the launch of a full digital product suite and the addition of a variety of event, SaaS, consulting and marketing services designed to serve the communication, engagement and non-dues revenue needs of business and professional associations. This expansion has included acquiring event management specialists Convention Management Group (CMG) in 2007, Global Exchange Events in 2012, Boxwood Technology, the leading career and job services provider for associations, in 2014, Timberlake Membership Software in January 2015 and W.J. Weiser and Associates, a leading association management company, in July 2015. Naylor now works with more than 1,800 associations throughout the US and Canada.
Jennifer De Vries
BlueStreak Learning, LLC
Jennifer De Vries, CPT, is the President and Chief Solutions Architect for BlueStreak Learning. Jennifer has over 25 years of experience in managing eLearning programs for companies such as IBM, Motorola, Joint Commission Resources, and Thomson/NETg. She frequently writes on the topic of eLearning for industry journals and is best known for her groundbreaking report about Rapid E-Learning published by Bersin & Associates. In 2010, Jennifer was named one of the top 20 most influential people in online learning by http://www.onlineuniversityrankings.org. In 2016, Jennifer was named the Most Influential Woman in eLearning by Corporate America News. Her company, BlueStreak Learning (www.bluestreaklearning.com), focuses on helping organizations successfully start and grow high-quality, customer-focused eLearning programs.
Rebecca Duff, PMP
Director of Client Success
As Director of Client Success at Gravitate Solutions, Rebecca Duff draws upon her decade of experience as a business analyst and project manager to create smooth and supportive implementation experiences for clients. Rebecca takes pride in guiding her clients in their data analytics journeys to cultivate data-driven decision making. Nothing excites her more than a client’s “aha” moment—be it time, cost-savings, process improvement, or a new ability to drive decisions with data. Rebecca is PMP certified and holds a BBA from the College of William & Mary in marketing and operations & information systems management and a MS from George Washington University in information systems technology with a focus in information systems management.
Association Management Center
With over 17 years of experience in the IT industry in full lifecycle application development, I am skilled at working at the executive level to initiate, prioritize & execute IT projects. My unique talent is in being able to transform the executive team's business goals into realistic IT efforts that deliver value to the organization. My expertise and extensive experience is in the management & implementation of Microsoft technologies & applications. As a certified SIX SIGMA black belt & PMP practitioner, I enjoy executing process improvement projects with an eye towards efficiency & customer satisfaction. I have played various roles including that of Sr. Director, Project Manager, Technical Architect, Analyst & Developer and enjoy creating & working in collaborative teams. With a strong analytical background, proactive leadership skills and excellent communication, interpersonal skills, I am a process & results oriented professional, excited about technology with a natural flair & proven track record of leadership & management.
VP, Business Intelligence and Performance
Thad Lurie is VP, Business Intelligence and Performance for Experient and works with organizations in using their data to drive improved business performance. Previously, Lurie was VP, Operations and Chief Information Officer for EDUCAUSE and led the association's functions relating to membership, marketing, conferences and events, content, web, and information technology. He holds both the CAE and CIP credentials and has served as CIO for a number of different associations, including the American Wind Energy Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. He is an active speaker and author for ASAE, CSAE, MPI, IAEE, PCMA, DigitalNow, and other organizations, serves on the board Nurture Project International, and recently served as the Chair of the ASAE Technology Council.
Business Intelligence Analyst
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Katherine Matthews is a Business Intelligence Analyst for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and a passionate data evangelist. In her work for NCARB, she helps the team to find and leverage insights in their data while supporting a self-service approach to analytics. Katherine is also a volunteer leader for two area user groups and is currently serving on ASAE’s Technology Section Council.
Deputy General Council
Maureen is a Deputy General Counsel of Rotary International, Evanston, IL. As Deputy General Counsel, Maureen is responsible for managing two areas at Rotary - the Council Services and Stewardship departments. In addition, she advises on general legal issues including privacy, human resources, contracts and internal governance. She is chair of Rotary’s Data Privacy and Security Committee. She successfully completed the certification exam as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)/US by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Robert Oakes, MFA
IT Innovation Analyst
Association Management Center
AMC is a full-service association management company based in Chicago, IL. In his role as an IT Innovation Analyst, Robert helps AMC's clients align technology initiatives with business objectives, and successfully deliver new products and services with a particular focus on eLearning and online community management. Prior to Joining AMC, he was at HIMSS for 10 years, where he served as an eLearning product manager, managed a company-based membership program, and did market research for the HIMSS Analytics database.
Manager of IT Business Operations
Kate is the Manager of IT Business Operations for Rotary International. In this role, Kate is responsible for oversight and operations of IT strategic initiatives, and her specific duties include management of technology risk and regulatory compliance. In addition, Kate currently serves as the visionary on Rotary’s GDPR compliance project. Kate has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies from the University of Notre Dame and also holds a Master Certificate in Business Analysis from Villanova University.
Senior Manager IT Operations
Association Management Center
IT Senior leader with 12+ years of experience in Information Systems Management, Network and Telecommunications, Project Management, Data Center Technologies, and IT Operations Management. Expertise in a diverse range of technologies within multiple industry settings such as manufacturing operations, healthcare, medical devices, service, and financial technologies. Well versed in standard IT frameworks and standards such as ITIL, PMBOK, SCRUM, Six Sigma, COBIT 5 & ISO.
Innovation driven professional with solid management skills, capable of leading and motivating individuals to maximize levels of productivity, while forming cohesive team environments.
Graduated with a Bachelor’s in Networking & Telecommunications (Business Administration) from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
Director, Information Technology Operations and Program Management
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Elizabeth has specialized in the association and non-profit industry for over 20 years. A strong project manager with a history of success guiding complex technology projects to realization on time and within budget, she is well-versed in conducting system selections and implementing new, and upgrading existing, enterprise applications for a variety of association clients. In her current role as Director, Information Technology Operations and Program Management with AIAA she is responsible for implementing processes and programs to assist staff with defining metrics and dashboards both to support decision making and show progress toward goals. In her spare time Elizabeth is an avid equestrian sports photographer.
Illinois Principals Association
Drew Thomason believes in the power of narrative to better the world in which we live. His dad a pastor, his mom a teacher, he learned early on in life about the positive power of words. He started his professional career as a reporter for a metro daily newspaper before making the leap to digital story-telling. Working in the Illinois statehouse for a brand new online publication, Drew used video, audio and text to tell complex stories in easily digestible and entertaining ways. Since making the jump into the non-profit world six years ago, Drew has built out the communications departments of two organizations. He continues to look for new ways to use narrative to improve the world around him.
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Melissa is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and serves on the firm's Management Committee. She is a member of the Associations and Foundations Practice Group. She concentrates in information technology, publishing, promotions, privacy, trademark, unfair competition, copyright, domain name and commercial contract issues. Her practice focuses on negotiating information technology contracts, publishing contracts, licensing agreements, promotions and sweepstakes counseling, trademark and copyright counseling, development and maintenance of trademark portfolios, and intellectual property litigation. She provides counseling in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, publishing, high tech and service industry clients, as well as not-for-profits and associations.
Heidi Weber, CAEExecutive DirectorAlpha Omega Dental Fraternity
Heidi Weber, MBA, CAE, is the leader and facilitator of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity (AO) located in Rockville, Maryland. AO is the oldest dental and medical organization with 5,000 international members in 10 countries. As the Executive Director, she has been a change agent and has championed mission-driven programs to benefit the healthcare community.
With more than 15 years’ experience in nonprofit and corporate organizations, Heidi has provided leadership and strategic management to both professional and trade societies and their members and boards.
Heidi is a member of the Association Forum of Chicago, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), American Association of Medical Society Executives, (AAMSE), and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Heidi earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE in January 2017 and is a member of the ASAE Technology Council.
Beth ZiesenisAuthor. Speaker. Nerd.Your Nerdy Best FriendMeet Your New Nerdy Best Friend…Beth Ziesenis: Author. Speaker. Nerd. Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald’s in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by Meetings & Conventions magazine and MeetingsNet. Since her first Commodore 64 computer, Beth has made a verb out of the word nerd. She helps computer users all over the country filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets, and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for business and personal use through presentations and her books, including the latest title, Your Nerdy Best Friend’s The Big Book of Apps, available on Amazon.com.