Staff

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

 

President & CEO

Suzanne C. Berry, MBA, CAE, Interim 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

Education

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

Shawn Randle, Coordinator, Education  

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MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING

Sarah Murphy, CAE, Director, Membership, and Marketing

Monica Linders, Manager, Marketing and Communications

Business Development

      Phyllis Scott, Director, Business Services

      Suzanne Berry

      Suzanne Berry
      Interim President & CEO
      312.924.7070
      berry@associationforum.org

      Suzanne Berry is the Interim 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. 

      Berry comes to Association Forum with over 30 years in the nonprofit sector. She has been serving in Interim C-Suite roles since 2013. Berry’s association clients have included: Society of Environmental Journalists; PA Society of Association Excellence; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses; International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP); Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board); American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); and American Diabetes Association.

      Berry founded Association Resources in 1983 along with Peter J. Berry, CAE. Prior to selling AR in 2007, she developed and led a broad portfolio of health care clients. She served as Executive Director of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics (ASENT), and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). She was a strategic advisor to many of AR’s clients, including the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), and consulted with organizations to develop and design certification programs. She has facilitated strategic planning sessions for many nonprofit organizations. She has also worked with associations to develop governance and board training programs.

      Berry is current a Strategic Advisor with BlochReed Association Advisors. BR collaborates with leaders to navigate change and strengthen their organizations. In addition to leadership development and matching associations with management company partners, BR has developed a robust interim executive practice.

      Berry holds a master’s in business administration from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. She is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), is a Certified Association Executive, and serves on the ASAE CAE Ethics Committee, ASAE Women’s Leadership Forum, and is a member of ASAE’s Key Association Professionals Committee (KPAC). She is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).


      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.

       

      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.

      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

        Shawn Randle

        Shawn Randle
        Senior 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.

         

          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.

           

          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.

          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.

           

           

          SarahMurphy.jpegSarah Murphy, CAE
          Director, Membership and Marketing
          312.924.7030
          murphy@associationforum.org

          Originally from Crystal Lake, Sarah joined Association Forum in February of 2020. She previously has held positions with the Academy of General Dentistry and SmithBucklin. Sarah has more than 15 years of experience in membership. At Association Forum, Sarah is responsible for membership recruitment and retention as well as overseeing marketing programs. When Sarah isn’t busy advancing the association management profession, Sarah enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

          • Her favorite place to travel is anywhere with a beach.
          • Her favorite overall team is the Chicago Cubs.
          • Her first job was at a hair salon.
          • Her favorite movie is Mary Poppins.

           

          Monica Linders headshotMonica Linders
          Manager, Marketing and Communications
          312.924.7009
          linders@associationforum.org

          Originally from Southern Illinois, Monica joined Association Forum in May 2021. She previously held positions at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Ocean Tomo, LLC. Monica has more than 8 years of marketing and communications experience. At Association Forum, she is responsible for marketing and communication strategy and implementation. When she is not busy advancing the association management profession, Monica enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and photography.

          • Her favorite hobby is photography
          • Her favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals
          • Her Oscar walkout song would be Give a Little Bit by Supertramp
          • Her superhero power would be whatever Captain Marvel has
          • Her favorite TV Show is a two-way tie between The Office and Friends