Craig Connors, Senior Director, Payor Relations, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA)
Craig Connors is the new Senior Director, Payor Relations at VHHA. VHHA is a trade association of Virginia hospitals and health care delivery systems that acts as a representative and advocate for policy issues affecting the delivery, quality, accessibility, and cost effectiveness of health care. In this newly created role, Craig works to advance the interests of Virginia’s hospitals and health systems with commercial payors (including Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage) through ensuring an effective working relationship with Virginia health insurers and developing and implementing strategies to promote patient and provider-friendly contracting and reimbursement policies. Most recently, Craig was the Director, Policy & Community Relations at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Tom Pinder, General Counsel, American Bankers Association (ABA)
Tom Pinder is the new General Counsel at the ABA. The ABA is the voice of the nation’s $20.3 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $15.8 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $11 trillion in loans. Tom is responsible for managing and driving the Association’s legal operations, which includes leading the Association’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives for corporate governance, business initiatives and other activities in support of the banking industry. Most recently, Tom was the Deputy General Counsel at the ABA.
Megan Smith, Chief Financial Officer, Personal Care Products Council (PCPC)
Megan Smith is the new Chief Financial Officer at PCPC. PCPC is the leading national trade association representing cosmetic and personal care products companies and serving as the voice on scientific, legal, regulatory, legislative and international issues for the $488 billion global industry. Megan has oversight for the Association’s $20M budget and serves as a strategic partner to the CEO and senior leadership team. Most recently, Megan was the Controller and Vice President at the Society for Human Resource Management, a professional membership associations.
Fern Fernandez, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Fern Fernandez is the new Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. ALSAC is the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. Fern was previously the Senior Vice President of Global Guest Experience and Engagement for ACCOR Hotels.
Jon Carver, Chief Financial Officer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
Jon Carver is the new Chief Financial Officer at USHMM. USHMM is a living memorial to the Holocaust and inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Jon leads the financial function of the Museum and supervises a 60-person team which includes finance, IT and museum shop staff. Most recently, Jon was the Chief Financial Officer at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, whose mission is to reduce and eliminate threats to U.S. critical physical and cyber infrastructure.
Jana Adams, Executive Director, Touchstone Energy, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Jana Adams is the new Executive Director, Touchstone Energy (TE) at NRECA. NRECA is the national trade association for over 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives providing electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 48 states. NRECA owns the TE brand and NRECA employees deliver TE-branded programs and services through a managed services agreement. Jana manages TE’s $10 million budget and is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership of the organization. Most recently, Jana was the Senior Vice President of Member Value and Experience at the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade association for the U.S. wind industry.
Ralph Boyd is new the President and Chief Executive Officer at SOME. SOME is a community-based service organization supporting residents of our Nation’s Capital experiencing homelessness and poverty. Ralph will oversee nearly 400 employees, over 8,000 volunteers, a budget of nearly $35 million and, most importantly, SOME’s hallmark continuum of care as they mark 50 years of serving Washington’s most vulnerable residents. Most recently, Ralph held leadership positions at the Urban Land Institute and the American Red Cross. He has a diverse and accomplished background that spans three decades of experience in government as well as the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Karen Caruth is the new Executive Director at the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI). ACOI is a professional medical association which represents Osteopathic Internists. Their mission is to promote high quality, distinctive osteopathic care and they are the preeminent source for education, information, representation and service to the profession. Most recently, Karen served as the Chief Business Development Officer at Intelos, a nonprofit healthcare certification organization.
Chris Morton is the new Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ALTA. ALTA is the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Chris leads ALTA’s policy development, political engagement and lobbying strategy and will be a member of the Executive Team. He works closely with senior leaders across the association and industry who engage in coalitions, campaigns and strategic communications to promote and enhance the title industry’s role in protecting consumers in the efficient and secure transfer of real estate. Chris previously served as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Business Strategy at the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting.
Marc Pearce is the new President and Chief Executive Officer at American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). The AATB is the national non-profit organization that supports tissue banking through accreditation, education, advocacy and the collaborative development of industry best practices. Marc was previously Vice President, Business Systems for Creative Testing Solutions, the largest blood donor testing laboratory in the world.
Randy Hultgren is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the IBA. IBA is a full-service trade association dedicated to creating a positive business climate that benefits the entire banking community and the communities they serve. Randy was a former U.S. Representative representing the 14th Congressional District of Illinois.
Ryan Jackson is the new Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the National Mining Association. The NMA is a national trade organization which is the mining industry’s advocate in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Ryan is responsible for leading NMA’s government and political affairs. He brings over 20 years of experience reaching bipartisan achievements. Ryan was previously Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mike Andrews is the new Vice President of Administration at the Business Roundtable, Inc. The Business Roundtable is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies that works to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. Mike is responsible for financial, human resources, information technology, operations and compliance functions. Mike was previously Executive Vice President, Operations and CFO for the American Geophysical Union.
Sara Enlow is the new Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer of CDW. CDW is a Fortune 500 company and the leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the U.S., the UK and Canada. Sara was previously with Tadeka Pharmaceuticals and most recently served as a U.S. Business Unit lead for Integration, Culture and Values.
Karin Flynn is the new Chief Financial Officer at American Bankers Association (ABA). The ABA is the united voice of America’s bankers, supporting small, regional and large banks as they perform their critical role as drivers of the nation’s economic growth. Karin oversees ABA’s finance, information technology and operations functions. Karin was previously a consultant for multiple organizations in recent years and was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration and Development for the National Presbyterian School in Washington, D.C.
Abed Abdo is the new Chief Financial Officer at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. ALSAC is the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. As CFO, Abed plays a key role in helping the organization strategically leverage analytical and financial information to advance growth and position the organization for the future. Abed was previously the Vice President of Finance, Americas at ConvaTec, a global medical device company.
Kera Wright, Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (St. Jude)
Kera Wright is the new Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. ALSAC is the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. Kera was previously the Vice President, Customer and Sales Operations for McKesson Life Sciences.
Rich Nolan is the new President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Mining Association. The NMA is a national trade organization which is the mining industry’s advocate in Washington, D.C. and beyond. Rich brings more than 20 years of experience advocating on many natural resources sector issues. Rich was previously Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs at NMA.
Jocelyn Ulrich, Deputy Vice President, Medical Innovation Policy, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Jocelyn Ulrich is the new Deputy Vice President, Medical Innovation Policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). PhRMA represents the country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies and supports the search for new treatments and cures. Jocelyn was previously Senior Director, Global and Government and Public Affairs for EMD Serono, Inc.
Gina Vetere is the new Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The ESA serves as the voice and advocate for the video game industry. Gina leads ESA’s legal, policy and regulatory initiatives. She also oversees all governance and compliance matters and serves as Corporate Secretary to ESA’s Board of Directors. Gina was previously Of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP.
Meredith McPhillips is the new Vice President of Marketing at the Business Roundtable, Inc. The Business Roundtable is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies that works promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. Meredith leads the organization’s brand and advocacy marketing, advertising, media partnerships, content strategy and events, holistically driving engagement for the organization. Meredith was previously the Senior Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships for POLITICO.
Aimee Carter is the new Vice President of Membership at Business Roundtable, Inc. Business Roundtable is an association of Chief Executive Officers of America’s leading companies that works to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. Aimee oversees the organization’s membership activities including recruitment and member communications. Aimee was previously Vice President of International for AARP.
Khatereh Calleja is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA). She holds primary responsibility for the leadership, strategy and operational management of the Association, and articulates the vision to ensure protection of the GPO Safe Harbor while strengthening HSCA’s brand in Washington, D.C. Khatereh brings more than 20 years of experience in trade association roles focused on healthcare. She was previously the Senior Vice President of Technology and Regulatory Affairs at AdvaMed.
Michael O’Leary, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Michael O’Leary is the new Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESA serves as the voice and advocate for the video game industry. Michael brings more than 25 years of experience from both the public and private sectors. Most recently Michael was the Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Public Affairs at 21st Century Fox.
Stuart “Stu” Reed is the new Chief Operating Officer at Protect My Car. Protect My Car provides consumers with extended auto warranty plans that have real coverage for vehicles that are no longer covered by their manufacturer’s warranty. Stu has over 30 years of professional experience across multiple industries. Most recently, Stu was the President and Chief Executive Officer for Education Corporation of America (ECA).
Patrick Brennan is the new Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Guardian Insurance. Guardian is a Fortune 250 mutual company and leading provider of life, disability and other benefits for individuals. Patrick was previously the Chief Operating Officer at The Rockefeller Foundation.
Melanie Drouet, Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, Guardian Insurance
Melanie Drouet is the Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel at Guardian Insurance. Guardian is a Fortune 250 mutual company and leading provider of life, disability and other benefits for individuals. Melanie was previously the Head of Executive Governance in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer at AIG.
Kristin Gomez is the new Communications Director at The Paulson Institute. The Paulson Institute is a non-partisan, independent, privately funded “think and do tank” not supported by or connected to any government. It is dedicated to fostering a U.S.-China relationship that serves to maintain global order in a rapidly changing world. Kristin leads the U.S. communications team in developing and executing a strategy which highlights PI’s programmatic activities to relevant U.S. audiences. Kristin was previously the Director of Marketing and Communications at World Business Chicago.
Alison Esquea is the Vice President of Federal Affairs at Cambia Health Solutions and serves as the strategic advisor to Cambia’s Leadership Team on all federal legislative, regulatory, policy and political affairs. Alison is responsible for strengthening Cambia’s brand in Washington, D.C., by driving concrete action on specific, target initiatives that advance the cause and increase the company’s national visibility. Alison was previously a Director of Health Policy at Sandoz U.S.
Curt Hemmeler is the new Executive Director at RV Technical Institute. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is a national trade association representing recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturers and their component parts suppliers who together build more than 98 percent of all RV’s produced in the United States. Curt was most recently Vice President of Operations and Strategy for Zenith Education.
Robert Cain, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Robert Cain is the new President and Chief Executive Officer at AACOM. He is the principal spokesman for osteopathic medical education in the United States and abroad. Robert was previously the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and GME at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Jessica Wahl is the new Executive Director for the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR). The ORR is the nation’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation association and corporate interests. As a newly re-organized 501(c)3 entity, ORR’s mission is to educate policymakers and media on the necessary policies and legislative reforms required to grow the outdoor recreation economy. Jessica has a passion for the mission of ORR, with knowledge and experience in outdoor recreation public policy. Jessica previously directed the Outdoor Industry Association’s government affairs organization.
Jonathan Weinberger, Senior Vice President, Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Jonathan Weinberger is the new Senior Vice President of the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Jonathan executes the mission to advocate, defend and protect intellectual property standards and rights and builds support for IP’s defense in Congress and with other domestic and international stakeholders. Jonathan was previously Vice President of Technology and Innovation at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
Andrew “Andy” Beck, Senior Vice President, kGlobal
Andy Beck is the new Senior Vice President at kGlobal. kGlobal is one of the nation’s fastest-growing communications firms. kGlobal helps its commercial and federal clients build brand awareness, increase market share, influence policy and protect their brands. Andy has extensive experience in the Energy and Financial Services sector and plays an integral role in the continued growth and success of kGlobal. Andy previously led Makovsky Integrated Communications’ Energy, Manufacturing and Sustainability Practice and was General Manager of the Washington, D.C. office.
Chris Hill, Director of Surface Transportation, Mitre Corporation
Chris Hill is the new Director of Surface Transportation at Mitre. Mitre is a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). Chris is responsible for accelerating safe and secure integration of autonomous vehicles into our nation’s infrastructure. Chris previously led the government transportation business within Booz Allen Hamilton.
Julissa Marenco, Assistant Secretary, Communications and External Affairs, Smithsonian Institution
Julissa Marenco is the new Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research facilities and the National Zoo. Julissa oversees the Office of Communications and External Affairs which includes Public Affairs, Government Relations, Visitor Services and Special Events and Protocol. Additionally, she serves as the principal media spokesperson for the Smithsonian and is a key adviser to the Secretary and senior leadership team. Julissa brought more than 20 years of experience, and most recently served as Chief External Affairs Officer at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Josh Black, Assistant Vice President for International Advocacy, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Josh Black is the new Assistant Vice President for International Advocacy at Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). PhRMA represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies. Josh brought experience from the U.S. Department of State, White House National Security Council and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Doug Gatlin, Chief Executive Officer, Green Seal, Inc.
Doug Gatlin is the new Chief Executive Officer at Green Seal. Green Seal is a $3 million, non-profit environmental standard development and certification organization. Doug is responsible for helping Green Seal achieve its business and social responsibility goals. Doug was formerly the Senior Vice President of Market Transformation & Development at USGBC, where he successfully designed and launched market transformation programs within the LEED and Energy Star certification market.
Naomi Camper, Chief Policy Officer, American Bankers Association
Naomi Camper is the new Chief Policy Officer at The American Bankers Association (ABA). The American Bankers Association (ABA) is the united voice of America’s bankers, supporting small, regional and large banks as they perform their critical role as drivers of the nation’s economic growth. Naomi manages and coordinates all the ABA’s government relations and policy functions. Naomi previously served as the Head of Federal Affairs for JPMorgan Chase, and most recently held the title of Managing Director and Head of the Office of Nonprofit Engagement.
Dori Kreiger, Executive Director, The Wireless Foundation, CTIA
Dori Kreiger is the new Executive Director at The Wireless Foundation CTIA. CTIA represents the U.S. wireless communications industry – from carriers and equipment manufacturers to mobile app developers and content creators. CTIA Wireless Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Dori is responsible for overall strategic and operational leadership and management of the Foundation. Dori was previously a Senior Director at The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Michael Sisk, Chief Revenue Officer, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Michael Sisk is the new C Michael Sisk is the new Chief Revenue Officer at The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Chronicle of Higher Education is the leading source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. The Chronicle of Philanthropy provides nonprofit professionals, foundation executives, board members and others with the indispensable information and practical advice they need to help them change the world. Michael leads the business team, including sales, marketing, talent and careers solutions, Chronicle Intelligence solutions and advertising. Michael brought more than 30 years of business experience and was previously the Group Sales Vice President at Gannett Co. Inc.
Andrew Bowins, Senior Vice President, Communications & Industry Affairs, Entertainment Software Association
Andrew Bowins is the new Senior Vice President of Communications & Industry Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The ESA serves as the voice and advocate for the video game industry. Andrew plays a critical role in positioning ESA, and the video game industry, by promoting its positive effects on the economy, education, health, and many other sectors through partnerships, events, media outreach and social media. Andrew was previously with KPMG and Samsung.
John Holden, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. China Strong Foundation
John Holden is the Chief Executive Officer of The U.S. China Strong Foundation which was established in 2013 and is a global nonprofit committed to strengthening U.S. – China ties. John is a veteran China expert with decades of experience in U.S. – China business and political relations. He also serves as the Senior Director for China at McLarty Associates.
Brian Heindl, Director of Government Relations for Beauty & Laundry, Henkel North America
Brian Heindl is the new Director of Government Relations for Beauty & Laundry at Henkel North America, an international manufacturer of branded household and personal care goods for consumer and industrial consumers. Brian brings 15 years of government relations experience from the federal and state levels in government, lobbying, and corporate roles. Most recently, Brian served as the Director of Government Affairs at Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Ian Nash, Director of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations for Adhesive Technologies, Henkel North America
Ian Nash was recently appointed the Director of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations for Adhesive Technologies at Henkel North America, an international manufacturer of branded household and personal care goods for consumer and industrial consumers. He brings several years of government relations experience within the chemical industry to his new role, most recently from Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience), where he represented the company in both the U.S. and the European Union.
Monika Juska, Associate VP for International Advocacy, PhRMA
Monika joined PhRMA as the Associate VP for International Advocacy and will lead the organization’s advocacy efforts in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Canada. Monika joins PhRMA having most recently served as Director for International Affairs at BP America, where she ran all facets of BP’s outreach on international issues with the U.S. Government and focused on policy developments throughout Eurasia, the Middle East, and Mexico. Prior to that, she served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Administration and Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor.
Laura Haines, Senior Vice President and Head of Government Affairs, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Laura Haines is the new senior vice president and head of government affairs at Guardian. She will lead Guardian’s public policy agenda through analysis, policy development, and advocacy with public officials, regulators, and the industry on global, federal, state, and local public policy issues. She was previously Vice President of Federal Affairs at Hartford Financial Services Group, where she advised Hartford’s leadership team on federal legislative and regulatory opportunities. She has also chaired the American Insurance Association’s Federal Affairs subcommittee and the American Council of Life Insurers’ Long Term Care Federal Legislative Strategy Group.
Christopher Carr, Chief Financial Officer, American Dental Education Association
Chris Carr has been appointed to the Chief Financial Officer role at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). ADEA is the sole national not-for-profit organization representing academic dentistry, with more than 21,000 members in the US and Canada. Chris brings broad experience in nonprofit management to this role. Most recently, he was the CFO at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), and prior to that the COO/CFO at Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO founded by Hillary Clinton to promote women’s leadership abilities.
Nadia Mitchem, Executive Director, Volunteer Development, ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Nadia Mitchem joined ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as Executive Director of Volunteer Development. Nadia has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, program development, volunteer services, and in managing partnerships at the national level for nonprofit organizations. Before joining ALSAC/St. Jude, Nadia served as Program Director of Client Relations at American Red Cross (ARC). In her new role, Nadia is responsible for developing and implementing a world-class volunteer recruitment, activation, cultivation, and appreciation strategy for ALSAC/St. Jude.
Alethia Baggett, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, American Bankers Association
Alethia Baggett has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for the American Bankers Association. Alethia spent the last eight years at Freddie Mac, where she served as the Head of Human Resources for Freddie Mac’s Single Family business, and most recently served as the director overseeing division-level business management functions, communications, learning development, and human capital strategy across the Single-Family business. In her new role at the ABA, Alethia will lead and manage ABA’s human resources policies, services and programs, and oversee talent retention and acquisition, workforce planning, leadership development and other critical areas.
Chris Snow joined American Residential Services (ARS) in August 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer. Chris has over 15 years of experience in a dynamic human resources-driven environment. He joins ARS after serving in progressively responsible roles at the Dollar General. In his last role, he served as Vice President of Total Rewards and Human Resources Services. Throughout his career, Chris has held key roles in a variety of disciplines within human resources. In his new role at ARS, Chris provides leadership and support to ARS’ regional offices and corporate headquarters in achieving objectives in Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention, Training, Talent Management and Succession, and Organizational Culture.
Tracy Nilles was named Senior Director of Employee Engagement at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tracy brings over 20 years of experience managing and growing strategic partnerships and employee engagement programs to her new role. She spent over two decades at the United Way, where she has most recently served as United Way Worldwide’s Vice President of Development. In her new role, Tracy will develop and implement an integrated strategy and lead the day-to-day efforts for ALSAC’s employee engagement team.
Valerie Mogavero joined Catapult Learning as Chief Human Resources Officer. She brings more than 15 years of senior human resources leadership and operations experience from the behavioral healthcare industry. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources at CRC Health Group, a treatment provider for substance abuse services, education programs for struggling teens, weight management issues, and eating disorders. While at CRC, Valerie was responsible for taking the human resources lead in a number of acquisitions and start-up ventures. Prior to CRC, she held human resources leadership roles with companies such as The Renfrew Centers, SunGard, and Arthur Andersen.
Joseph Butcher is the new Vice President of Business Development for CNA, a not-for-profit research organization serving the public interest by providing analysis and result-oriented solutions to help government leaders choose the best course of action in setting policy and managing operations. Previously, Joseph was a Senior Capture Manager at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services where he led business development teams in implementing comprehensive capture strategies for top civil market IT opportunities across organizations such as the U.S. Departments of Education and Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the General Services Administration, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Ashley Burke, Senior Vice President, Communications, National Mining Association
Ashley Burke joined the National Mining Association (NMA), a national trade organization that represents the interests of mining before Congress, the administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media. Ashley brings over 15 years of experience spanning agency, corporate, and trade association roles. She previously served as Global Director of Communications for Dentons. In her new role, Ashley will provide both strategic and hands-on tactical execution of the organization’s communications efforts.
Ronald Nowaczyk, President, Frostburg State University
Ronald Nowaczyk joined Frostburg State University as the new President, effective May 9, 2016. Previously, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clarion University, a public comprehensive university in western Pennsylvania. There, he facilitated new degree programs; increased the online program offerings at the bachelor’s degree level; enhanced opportunities for faculty scholarship, research, and outreach; and developed an academic strategic plan focused on increasing student enrollment and graduation rates. Ron brings his experience in leading and growing a comprehensive campus to his new role.
Manny Ocasio, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Asbury Communities
Manny Ocasio recently joined Asbury Communities, where he is responsible for the human resources management function for the entire Asbury system and affiliated entities. Previously, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Integrity Officer for Holy Cross Hospital. Prior to that, Manny served in an information management role at Holy Cross, and as an Associate Director with the University of Maryland School of Law.
Ania Mikson, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Franklin Square Capital Partners
Ania Mikson recently joined Franklin Square, a leading manager of alternative investment funds, after serving in the top human resources role at Delaware Investments since 2008. In her new role, Ania designs and deploys innovative and impactful education, performance, recruiting, compensation and benefits programs tol drive growth, change, adaptability and improvement.
Anthony Sciacca, Chief Development Officer, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)
Anthony Sciacca recently joined Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), one of the nation’s largest charities representing a national network of agencies serving poor and vulnerable persons and families. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Anthony served as the Director of Archdiocesan Appeals at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In addition, he’s also held leadership roles during his tenure with Boys & Girls Clubs as well as the Catholic Education Foundation. In his new role, Anthony is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy and development program to achieve a high level of donations and grants from corporations and foundations, as well as to increase CCUSA’s government grants.
Lisa Ceglia, Vice President, Government Relations, Smiths Group
Smiths Group is a world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies that make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Lisa Ceglia joined the company as Vice President of Government Relations in its Washington, D.C. office. Lisa is an accomplished government affairs professional with a background in advocating on behalf of industry to Capitol Hill and federal agencies. She joined Smiths from Halliburton where she led lobbying efforts with Congress and the Administration on issues that impact the energy industry. Previously, Lisa served as Director of Federal Relations at the American Petroleum Institute.
Maria Cavalcanti, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pro Mujer
Pro Mujer is a women’s development organization, serving more than a quarter of a million poor women in Latin America. Maria Cavalcanti brings over 25 years of experience to her new role, most recently as co-founder and Managing Partner of FIRST Impact Investing in Brazil. Maria is recognized as a leading speaker on impact investing and financial inclusion in Latin America. She has authored multiple trade and academic articles and has served on international boards, including the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, PYME Capital Fund, and FUNDES.
Paul Wiedefeld, General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Paul Wiedefeld recently joined WMATA with 30 years of public and private sector transportation management experience. He formerly served as CEO of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where he managed the operations of an airport that served a (then) record 22.7 million passengers in CY 2012. Prior to leading BWI, Paul’s career included service as Administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration, where he managed day-to-day operations of the nation’s 13th largest transit system, including commuter rail (MARC), subway, light rail, buses, and paratransit services.
Joan Mooney, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Faith & Politics Institute
Joan Mooney is now leading the Faith & Politics Institute, a non-profit organization that serves members of Congress and congressional staff by offering experiential pilgrimages, reflection groups, retreats and public forums. Joan has over 25 years of experience in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. She recently served on the leadership team in the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs. She previously served on the Hill as the Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Darlene Hooley. Joan’s involvement with the Faith & Politics Institute dates back to 1997.
Elizabeth McNamee, Chief Financial Officer, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA)
Beth McNamee is the new Chief Financial Officer of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, which represents 30 member health systems and hospitals and 107 community, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals throughout Virginia. Beth has over 30 years of experience in accounting and financial management in both for-profit and nonprofit business environments. In her new role, Beth is a key member of VHHA’s senior leadership team and provides overall leadership and accountability for the Association’s financial management functions.
David Keen, Chief Financial Officer, American Psychiatric Association (APA)
David Keen joined APA as a key member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for all financial management for the organization. David has a strong financial management background with significant trade association experience. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer for the National Association of Counties (NACo), and prior to that, was the lead financial management executive for the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA). Prior to joining CTIA, David served as the Director of Finance for the American Federation of Government Employees.
Christopher Mellon, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, American Residential Services (ARS)
Chris Mellon joined American Residential Services, a leading provider of heating and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing services nationwide. Chris brought over 20 years of experience in direct marketing to his new Senior Vice President role. Prior to joining ARS, he co-founded Franchise Field, a web-based exchange that allows franchisors to share franchisee prospect leads on an electronic platform. In his new role, Chris provides both strategic leadership and hands-on tactical execution to ARS’ marketing efforts.
Jed Selkowitz, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, AmeriCares
Jed Selkowitz brought over 20 years of senior marketing experience to his new role, working with some of America’s most notable brands. Prior to joining AmeriCares, Jed served as Vice President at iHeartMedia, a mass media company that specializes in radio broadcasting. There he oversaw strategic brand partnerships with companies like American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Subway, and Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he spent 10 years at The Coca-Cola Company working in various marketing roles. In his new role, Jed provides strategic leadership and hands-on tactical execution of the organization’s marketing and communications efforts.
Stanley Pierre-Louis, General Counsel, Entertainment Software Association
Stanley Pierre-Louis has joined the Entertainment Software Association, a trade association that represents $22 billion of the U.S. computer and video game industry. Stan most recently served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) and Content Protection at Viacom Inc., where he was responsible for managing major IP litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content and leading other legal initiatives for brands including MTV, Paramount Pictures, Spike TV and more than 130 other networks worldwide.
Susan Chodakewitz, Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Associates
Susan Chodakewitz joined Nathan Associates, a premier economics consulting firm, as the new CEO. She succeeded Lakhbir Singh, who retired after almost 39 years with Nathan. Susan previously worked at Tetra Tech where she served as president of its aviation management and information technology subsidiary, Tetra Tech AMT. She also worked for SAIC, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Library of Congress and Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
Mike Berkley, Chief Information Officer, New Enterprise Stone & Lime
New Enterprise Stone & Lime (NESL) is a leading privately-held, vertically integrated construction materials supplier. Mike is a seasoned technology expert who has had significant experience in a variety of technology environments. Prior to joining NESL, Mike was an Integration Management Consultant for Walmart where he was hired, after Walmart’s purchase of Simplexity, to lead the transition of the Simplexity information technology department into Walmart’s information technology organization.
Dr. E. Anne Peterson, Senior Vice President of Global Programs, AmeriCares
Dr. E. Anne Peterson joined AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization. Anne brought significant experience in both domestic and international health policy, clinical care, administration and disaster response to her new role. She oversees all of AmeriCares health programs, including the delivery of more than $500 million in medical aid and relief supplies annually in response to devastating disasters and the everyday emergencies caused by chronic poverty.
Maureen Boisvert, Vice President and Corporate Controller, WorldStrides
Maureen Boisvert joined WorldStrides, the largest educational travel organization in the United States, with more than 15 years of experience in accounting and compliance related positions. Prior to joining WorldStrides, she served as a Senior Controller for GE Intelligent Platforms. In her new role, Maureen leads the company’s finance and accounting function to support this high growth, multi-division and multi-national organization.
Rick Trowbridge, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations, AmeriCares
Rick Trowbridge now oversees finance, logistics and gift-in-kind distribution operations at AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization. Rick brought more than 23 years of experience in the nonprofit financial sector to AmeriCares. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Save the Children Federation.
Gene Grabowski, Partner, kglobal
Gene Grabowski joined the boutique public affairs firm, kglobal, as Partner. Prior to joining kglobal, Gene served as Executive Vice President at LEVICK, where he led teams managing global issues for major corporations, foreign governments, law firms, and trade associations. Prior to that, Gene was the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for The Grocery Manufacturers of America. He also served as a Director in Burson-Marsteller’s Washington office, where he developed and managed national advocacy and media relations campaigns for leading U.S. corporations.
Lisa Haynes, Chief Financial Officer, Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
Lisa Haynes brought over 25 years of experience to her new role as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining MBA, Lisa worked for Fannie Mae and served the company in several positions. As Vice President for Operational Accounting, Lisa led a team of 45 professionals responsible for the management of single and multifamily loans worth approximately $3 trillion. As MBA’s Chief Financial Officer, Lisa provides executive level leadership and management of the Association’s accounting and financial functions.
Julie Riccio, Director of Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Julie Riccio has over twelve years of experience as a government relations and public affairs professional. Most recently, Julie was the Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs at the Printing Industries of America (PIA), a trade association which advocates for the United States printing industry. In her new role, Julie promotes and protects PwC’s interests with the Federal and State Governments across a broad spectrum of corporate, industry, and general issues.
Bill Weber, Vice President, Government Affairs & Associate General Counsel
Bill Weber joined PBS after spending more than eight years with Baker & Hostetler LLP, where he was a Partner with the firm’s Government Policy and Data Privacy teams. There, he counseled a wide range of commercial, not-for-profit and trade association clients. In his new role, Bill represents PBS to federal officials, legislators and staff to help their key stakeholders understand the value public media delivers to the American people.
Mike Siegel, Senior Vice President, Brand & Creative, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Mike Siegel is a marketing leader with broad experience serving the consumer, business-to-business, corporate, financial and healthcare markets. Before joining St. Jude, he served as a Consultant with The Bedford Group, a marketing consultancy based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike has a career with progressive responsibility in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has worked for major international brands like Kodak, to regional brands like SunTrust and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. His expertise includes brand strategy, advertising, sales promotion, trade/channel programs, sponsorship/event marketing and integrated marketing communications.
Steve Stirling, President and Chief Executive Officer, MAP International
Steve Stirling joined MAP International, a global health organization, after holding leadership positions in major corporations and non-profit organizations. Previously, Steve served as the Executive Vice President of ChildFund International. He has a strong background that includes 25 years of experience in executive leadership, diverse brand marketing, fundraising and management at organizations including Heifer International, World Vision, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Todd Schenk, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
Todd Schenk has worked in social services for more than 25 years and has spent the last 20 serving in various leadership roles at the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBFCS). Most recently, Todd served as their Chief Operating Officer. Todd has been recognized by the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies and the New York State Case Management Coalition for his leadership and collaboration with government and provider organizations to advance the state’s mental health field. As Chief Executive Officer, Todd works with a committed Board and staff to lead this $20 million social service and healthcare organization.
Jeffrey Guy, Chief Financial Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center
Jeff Guy joined the George W. Bush Presidential Center after serving as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at the Dallas Museum of Art since 2007. He has over 30 years of deep financial management experience, including 12 years in similar not-for-profit environments. In his new role at the Bush Center, Jeff serves as a key member of the senior leadership team and will oversee the complex financial management of the Bush Center.
Kelly Schulz, Vice President, Communications, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Kelly Schulz is responsible for overseeing the communications functions, including public relations, crisis communications, corporate communications, publications/copy writing, entertainment marketing and patient outreach that support ALSAC/St. Jude’s brand awareness and fundraising efforts. Kelly brings experience from a variety of complex communications environments with significant brands, including early work at Edelman and, most recently, serving as the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at the City of New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Amy Best Weiss, Vice President, Government Affairs, American Express
Amy Best Weiss joined American Express after serving for eight years as the Director of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), LLP. At PwC, she was responsible for lobbying Congress and the Administration, as well as overseeing public policy communications and all political activity. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, where she served as a Commission spokesperson and speechwriter. Amy continues to utilize her strong combination of private sector and government experience in her new role.
Thomas DiGangi, Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs, The Gordian Group
Tom DiGangi joined The Gordian Group after serving as the Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of New Jersey. He brought almost 20 years of experience in public policy and government affairs to his new role.