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Engage, Connect, Support

We understand your time is valuable, and we strive to make volunteer service convenient and rewarding. From welcoming new members to helping experienced ones prepare for the CAE exam, planning the education programming to making recommendations to the Board of Directors, GSAE volunteers truly do the work of the organization.


To join a Committee or Shared Interest Group, log in to your member profile. It's that easy!


If you have questions about a group or just want to meet the chairs before you make a decision, join us at the annual GSAE Participation Fair during the February quarterly luncheon.


Please note that to contact our committee chairs via e-mail, you must replace (at) with the @ symbol and cut and paste their address into your email client. This is to limit spam to GSAE volunteers.


Connection committees

Meet & Greet

Arrives early to each GSAE event to greet attendees, provide badges, and direct attendees to their intended activity.


Active Months:  February, April, May, July, September, November, December.
Chair: Jen Thompson

Visit Savannah



Vice: Carol Hall


Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center




New Member Welcome & Orientation

Participates in orientation sessions for new and potential members at GSAE events and the Annual Meeting.


Active Months:  February, April, May, July, September.

Chair: Sheryl Ehlers

Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center



Vice: Regina Robuck

Meeting Expectations


Peer Connections

Contacts new members via phone and email and invites them to luncheons, workshops, annual meetings. Acts as the "point person" for questions and the promotion of GSAE activities.


Active Year Round: January – December.

Chair: Erica Powell

Georgia Municipal Association



Table Hosts

Facilitates new connections and conversations about issues of interest by serving as the host to luncheon and annual meeting attendees. 


Active Months: February, April, May, July, September, December.

Chair: Arianna Afshari

Association Strategy Group





knowledge committees

Certified Association Executive (CAE) Study Group

For those willing to serve as facilitators, invitations will be sent in February for the summer sessions. Active Months: June, July and August.


For those preparing to take the CAE exam, the GSAE CAE Study Group will meet June-August.  To join the Study Group, please complete the registration form.

Chair: Jennie Nesspor, CAE

Georgia Association of Convenience Stores 


Professional Development

Advises staff on the selection and identification of luncheon speakers, annual meeting presentations, and recommends other educational programming throughout the year.


Active Months: An in-person brainstorming meeting for 2018 programs in either September or October. 1-2 hours in the month prior to evaluate potential speakers.

Chair: Jan Price, CAE, CEAP

CoreNet Global



Vice: Kamilah Greene

American College of Rheumatology



community committees

Silent Auction

Solicits donations for 2 silent auctions – Holiday Luncheon and Annual Meeting - through calls, emails and in person pleas.


Active Months: Late Spring; late Fall

Chair: Loren Einstein

The Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee



Chair: Karla Yeck

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Supplier Council

Serves as a conduit for design ideas of the annual meeting track for corporate supplier attendees and any other issues arising of concern to our supplier members. The Council will offer occasional discussion groups after quarterly luncheons as requested. Recent survey overview.


Active Months: 2 in-person meetings in 2018. Potential for in-person meeting at the Annual Meeting. Up to 2 conference calls.

Chair: Missy Brandt Wilson

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau



Vice: Holly Wright
Omni Amelia Island



Implements targeted membership marketing plan to attract new members and retain current members.  Members will focus on both engagement and recruitment.


Active Months:  January – April and September – October.

Chair: Leigh Beakley 

Georgia Hospital Association



Vice: Spence Downs



Tech Ninjas

A safe place for techies and non-techies alike who have technology responsibilities, and a great opportunity for association technology experts to meet and share experiences. We also assist GSAE staff with online awareness and social media messaging.


Active Months: Year round.

Chair: Russ Webb

Atlanta/Georgia Apartment Association


Vice Chair: Amanda Cook

Map Dynamics



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Featured Members
Jennie Nesspor2017 Stephen Styron Award
Lori K. Spear2017 Chair's Award
Jeff Sabourin2017 Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year Award

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