Forty Under 40


Congratulations to the 2020 Forty Under 40 Recipients!

Apke-Ashtin.jpgColette Apke, CEM, CMP, DES
Assistant Director, Exhibits & Sponsorship
American Veterinary Medical Association

Katz-Michelle.jpgMichelle Katz
Director of Membership and Conference Content
Association for Jewish Studies

Ashtin Neuschaefer, CAE
Client Executive
Executive Director, Inc.

Jane Boateng
Accounting Manager
American Association of Endodontists

Lee-Jakeeva.jpgJakeeva Lee, CIPS, AHWD
External Affairs Manager
Chicago Association of REALTORS

Lindsey Powell, MNM
Director of Marketing, Communications and Membership
Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Alexandra Bradley
Director of Communications and Engagement
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

Legault-Rashonda.jpgRashonda Legault, MEd, MA
Education Project Manager
Emergency Nurses Association

Kent Prickett, MBA
Specialty Society Director
Texas Medical Association

Anikia Brown
Marketing and Communications Manager
National League for Nursing

Ande Leslie, CNP 
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications Services

Allison Read
Associate Director
American Bar Association

Kathleen Burbidge
Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager
Water Quality Association

Kathy Lovato, CEM, CMP, DES
Senior Manager, Logistics & Exhibits
American Dental Association

Jennifer Rock-Klotz
Analytics and Research Services Manager
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Laura Caputo, Esq.
Chief of Staff to the CEO
Turnaround Management Association

Allison Lundberg
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Association Management Center

Pamela Rosenberg, CAE
Manager of Learning and Development
The Risk Management Association

Director, Professional Development
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 

Colette Marquardt
Executive Director
American Camp Association, Illinois

Sinnen-Kathy.jpgKathy Sinnen, CMP
Manager, Meetings & Fellowships
The American Orthopaedic Association

Rachel DePauw, MPH, CAE
Senior Director of Programs
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

McLeod-Paige.jpgPaige McLeod
Manager, Volunteer Engagement & Governance
Illinois CPA Society

Andrew Smith, MPA
Chapter Advancement Manager
American Massage Therapy Association

Ellison-Kim.jpgKim Ellison, MNM, CAE
Senior Governance Specialist
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Messenger-Kari.jpgKari Messenger, CMP, DES
Senior Meetings Manager
Association Management Center

Spirn-Daniel.jpgDaniel Spirn, JD, MA, CAE
Senior Regulatory Counsel
American Academy of Neurology

Florzak-Gina.pngGina Florzak
Marketing & Communications Manager
Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Moore-Tejuana.jpgTejuana Moore 
CME Manager
American College of Allergy,
Asthma & Immunology

Michael Tatonetti, CAE, CPP
Director of Certification and Education
Professional Pricing Society

Gass-Jeanette.jpgJeanette Gass, MA, MS
Manager, Global Programs
International Association for the Study of Pain

Moris-Elizabeth.jpgElizabeth Moris
Director of Brand Engagement
Council on Undergraduate Research

Kayla Westman, MSL, CMP
Director of Meetings
Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Hackler-Frances.jpgFrances Hackler
Director of Grants and Sponsorships
American Association of Clinical Endocrinology

Mulhern-Derek.jpgDerek Mulhern
Chief of Staff
Association of Fundraising Professionals

Ashley Wilson, CAE
Associate Director of Membership
American Public Works Association

Harley-Lauren.pngLauren Harley
Director of Membership & Marketing
National District Attorneys Association

Mullen-Megan.jpgMegan Mullen
Social Media Manager
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Erin Hollinshead
Executive Director, Safe Electricity Program/Energy Education Council
University of Illinois

Alicia Navarro, CMP
Meetings Manager
American Planning Association

The Forty Under 40 program is a prestigious competition that provides recognition to 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries.


  • 3+ years of employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management* organization.
  • Current employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management* organization.
  • Plan to continue in roles that aid the future of the association and nonprofit community.
  • Exhibit characteristics that demonstrate continued success and leadership skills.
  • Previous recipients of a Forty Under 40 Award are not eligible to apply. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply.
  • Under the age of 40 as of December 16, 2020.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete all required fields in the application form (you will be able to save your application to complete it later).
  • Upload a current resume.
  • Upload two letters of recommendation from individuals who can support your application for the award on company letterhead. Recommendations can come from anyone, they don't need to be from same company, but must be on letterhead.
  • Upload a copy of a valid I.D. (for age verification).

Questions? Please contact with any questions.

*An association management organization specializes in providing a host of management services for association clients. Services include professional staff, administrative support, technology, and equipment an association needs to operate efficiently. An association management company typically manages several associations from one company location, providing a wide range of benefits.

The application window for the 2020 Forty Under 40 program is now closed.  

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