2019-2020 Committee Members

40TH ANNIVERSARY TASK FORCE

Goals: Research ESSAE’s history and incorporate anniversary messaging into all programs/events

Chair: Brian Buff, Vice President, Association Management Operations, Capitol Hill Management Services

Rita Lashway, MBA, CAE (retired)
Jim Calvin, President, NY Association of Convenience Stores
Stephanie Bugos, Section Liaison, The NYS Bar Association
Alex Tancredi, Business Development, Overit
Rebecca Sheehan, Professional Development Coordinator, Association of School Business Officials


Membership Committee

Goals: Recruit, Engage, Retain! 

Chair: Gina Potfora, CMP
, Director of Meetings & Programs, American Council of Engineering Companies
Vice Chair: Angela Kelly, Director of Sales & Product Development, Discover Schenectady

Tim Atkinson, Executive Director, New York State Veterinary Medical Society
Melissa Burke, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Michele Endries, Senior Sales Manager, Discover Albany
Tim James, Senior Sales Manager, Visit Rochester
Liz Mancini, Manager of Information Technology, Member Relations and Retention, Business Council
Gina Mintzer, CMP, MHA, Executive Director, Lake George Regional Chamber & CVB
Kaitlin Nevins, Hotel Sales Manager, Saratoga Casino Hotel
Melanie Seiden, Membership Services Associate, NYS Council of School Superintendents
Samantha Vivirito, Executive Meeting Manager, Turning Stone Resort Casino
David Whitbeck, Sales Accountant, Broadway Marketing

Board Liaison: Stephanie Bugos, Section Liaison, The NYS Bar Association


Program Committee

Goals: Create a vibrant, relevant learning community, develop cutting edge, timely content & strategy.

Chair: Addy Waldie, CMP, Adjunct Professional, Schenectady County Community College
Vice Chair: Kathy Gormley, CMP, Director of Conference Management, LeadingAge New York

Terri Murphy, CMP, Director, Events & Training, New York Credit Union Association
Donna Stelling-Gurnett, President/CEO, Association of Proprietary Colleges
Erica Lavigne, Meeting and Program Associate, ACEC New York
Phyllis Secor, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director, NYS School Boards Association
Mary Jo Janis, Vice President/Convention Sales and Services, Discover Saratoga

Board Liaisons: Lindsay Miller, MPH, Executive Director, New York Association on Independent Living and Rita Ferris, President, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association


Trade Show Committee

Goals: Evaluate 2019 program and prepare for 2020.

Co-Chair, Amanda Grace Wing, 
Deputy Director, NYS Association of School Business Officials
Co-Chair: Adam Jacobson, Director of Sales, Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center

Meagan Bowker, CAE, Association Manager, Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc.
Gina Calisi, Manager, Convention Sales, Visit Binghamton
Mark Davis, Sales Manager, Gideon Putnam Hotel
Jay Cloutier, Director of Sales, Discover Albany
Jerry Keohane, Director of Association Sales, Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Shannon Licygiewicz, CEM, Director of Sales, Albany Capital Center   
Cindy Sullivan, CMP, Sales Manager, High Peaks Resort
Alex Tancredi, Business Development Associate, Overit
Sarah Wheeler, Director of Sales, Lake Placid Conference Center & Visitors Bureau 
Susan Baker, Director of Sales, Saratoga City Center
Ashley Sweet, Meeting & Event Manager, Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc.

Board Liaison: Jill Delaney, President, Discover Albany


Strategic Partnerships Committee

Goals: Expand partnership opportunities and sponsor network. Design sponsorship packages around special programs and events. Explore new avenues to secure advertising revenue.

Chair: 
Vice Chair: Meagan Bowker, CAE, Association Manager, Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc.
Jill Delaney, President and CEO, Discover Albany

Board Liaison: Jennifer Van Ort, Executive Director, NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Government Affairs Committee

Goals: Monitor legislation and inform members of pertinent issues affecting industry.

Chair: Ashley Ranslow
, NY Assistant State Director, NFIB  
Vice Chair: Carrie Laney, Executive Director of the NYS Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind

Mark Dorr, President, New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association
Michael Burridge, Director of Government Affairs, AIA New York
Johnny Evers, Ph.D., Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of NYS, Inc.
Kathy Febraio, CAE, President & CEO, NYS Association of Healthcare Providers
Jeff Keller, CAE, Executive Director, NYS Rural Housing Coalition
Randy L. McCullough, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, NYS Funeral Directors Association
Megan Osika, Vice President, Park Strategies, LLC
Margaret Vandervort, Legislative Director & Business Manager, The Vandervort Group
Lori Rehm, Director of Sales & Conference Services, The Sagamore Resort
William Van Slyke, Slyke Consulting

Board Liaison: Michael Borges, Executive Director, New York State Association of School Business Officials  


Association Leadership Academy (ALA)

Goals: Design and implement ALA (Level 1 and Master's)

Co-Chair: Rita Lashway, CAE
Co-Chair: Barbara Bradley, CAE

Jeff Keller, CAE, Executive Director, NYS Rural Housing Coalition
Jeanine Santelli, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN, Executive Director, ANA-NY

Board Liaisons: Georgi Ann Bailey, CAE, Executive Director, AIANYS and George Swain, Associate Director for Evaluation and Accreditation, NYS Association of Independent Schools


CAE Committee

Goals: Reach out to current and new CAEs to secure study group leaders and develop a comprehensive 2019-2020 Program.

Co-Chair: Kristen Phillips, CAE, Association Manager, Capitol Hill Management Services
Co-Chair: Thomas Coté, MBA, CAE, Vice President of Association Management and Strategic Development, Capitol Hill Management Services

Alex Simoneau, CAE, Novi Evangelist, Novi AMS

Board Liaison: Jeremy Johannesen, CAE, Executive Director, New York Library Association   


Marketing & Engagement Committee

Goals: Enhance the visibility of ESSAE through media and communications. Promote association events and benefits. Assist with packaging all society efforts. 

Chair: Natasha Burns, Director of Marketing & Communication, ACEC
Vice Chair: OPEN

Ashleigh Roche, Membership Coordinator, NYS School Nutrition Association
Alex Tancredi, Business Development, Overit
William Van Slyke, Slyke Consulting 

Board Liaison: Sylvia Daigle, President, Lane Press of Albany


Rita Lashway Scholarship

Goals: Market scholarship program and review applicants 

Chair: Gina Mintzer, CMP, MHA, Executive Director, Lake George Regional Chamber and CVB
Vice Chair: Chip Lacure, Business Development, CMI Communications

Guy Chirico, Hotel General Manager, Diamond Mills Hotel
Marissa Crary, Director of Marketing & Education, New York State Association of Health Care Providers
Rita Lashway, MBA, CAE (Retired) 

Board Liaison:  Maura Ryan, Executive Director, New York State Government Fianance Officers’ Association

 


Awards Task Force

Goals: Review nominations/submissions and determine award recipients 

Chair:  Aurelia Lazzari, Sales Manager, The Desmond Hotel Albany
Vice Chair:  Kim Hodge, National Sales Manager, The Sagamore Resort

Jennifer Bruce, CMP, Association & Meeting Management Consultant, CCi Consulting
Amber Carpenter, Managing Director, NYSAPLS, Inc.
Debby Goedeke, Convention Services Manager | Albany Film Commissioner, Discover Albany
Darryl Leggieri, President, Discover Saratoga
Shannon Licygiewicz, CEM, Director of Sales, Albany Capital Center
Linda Persico, CMP, Retired
Jack Roddy, Director of Sales, The Desmond Hotel Albany
Patricia Wood, Senior Director, Membership, NYS Bar Association

Board Liaisons: Barbara Bradley, CAE (retired) and Johnny Evers, Ph.D., Director of Government Affairs, Business Council of New York State  


Leadership Development Committee

Goals: Develops a strategy for identifying members for leadership positions with the Society and preparing them to assume those roles.

Chair: Kelly Garceau, Executive Director, New York Physical Therapy Association

5 OPEN SEATS


Finance Committee

Goals: Composed of seven members, with the Board Treasurer shall serving as chair, the committee shall: Review the financial status of the Society; Advise the Board of Directors regarding financial policies and financial positions; Prepare an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors.

Chair: Michael Borges, Executive Director, NYS Association of School Business Officials

Jim Calvin, President, NY Association of Convenience Stores
Jeff Keller, CAE, Executive Director, NYS Rural Housing Coalition
Maura Ryan, Executive Director, NYS Government Finance Officers’ Association, Inc.
Bob Schneider, CAE, CPA, Associate Executive Director & COO, NYS School Boards Association
Donna Denley, CAE, Director of Finance, NYS Academy of Family Physicians

2 OPEN SEATS


Audit Committee (Sub-Committee of Finance)

Goals: Oversees the annual audit of the Association's finances.

Chair: Donna Denley, 
Director of Finance, NYS Academy of Family Physicians

Maura Ryan, Executive Director, NYS Government Finance Officers’ Association, Inc.
Bob Schneider, CAE, CPA, Associate Executive Director & COO, NYS School Boards Association

2 OPEN SEATS


Nominating Committee

Goals: The Nominating Committee members shall be appointed by the Chair of the Board annually. The Immediate Past Chair shall be the chair of the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will collect, review, and submit a slate of nominees to the Society Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee shall serve in the year they are appointed.

Chair: Kelly Garceau, Executive Director, New York Physical Therapy Association

Kathy Febraio, CAE, President & CEO, NYS Association of Healthcare Providers
Rebecca Flach, Executive Director, Hope Full Life Center, Inc.
Jerry DeLuca, Executive Director & CEO, NYS Association of Fire Chiefs
Mary Jo Janis, Vice President/Convention Sales and Services, Discover Saratoga

2 OPEN SEATS


By-Laws Committee

Goals: The Bylaws committee shall be composed of five members with the Vice Chair serving as chair of the committee. The committee shall review and evaluate existing bylaws and consider proposals for changes submitted by members. The committee shall prepare the proposed amendments, in appropriate language, for review by the Board of Directors and approval by membership at the annual meeting.

Chair: Rita Ferris, President, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association

Jim Calvin, President, NY Association of Convenience Stores
Kathy Febraio, CAE, President & CEO, NYS Association of Healthcare Providers

Up to 5 OPEN SEATS