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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: Shan Haugabrook

Georgia Nurses Association


Vice: Aprell King

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau



New Member Welcome & Orientation

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


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

Chair: Russ Webb

Atlanta/Georgia Apartment Association


Vice: Sheryl Ehlers

Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center



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: James Pace

National Association of Social Workers, Georgia



Vice: 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: Jennie Nesspor, CAE

Georgia Association of Convenience Stores



Vice: Tripp McKenney
The Omni Grove Park Inn

Ambassadors Program

To improve the GSAE on boarding process by connecting with new/prospective members with GSAE experts during orientation, Emerging Professional SIG meetings, and the Annual Meeting.


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

Chair: Kevin Shea

Georgia Economic Developers Association



Vice: Regina Robuck

Meeting Expectations




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: Julia Boyd, CAE

Professional Photographers of America


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 2017 programs in either September or October. 1-2 hours in the month prior to evaluate potential speakers.

Chair: Amy Clark

Helms Briscoe



Vice: Angela Flanigan

Director of Education

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians



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:  Spence Downs




Chair: Loren Einstein

The Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee


Vice: 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 2017. Potential for in-person meeting at the Annual Meeting. Up to 2 conference calls.

Chair: Meg Caldwell, CMP

Westin and Sheraton Birmingham Hotels



Vice: Missy Brandt Wilson

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau



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: Melanie Taylor

Synthetic Turf Council

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Vice: Leigh Beakley

Georgia Hospital Association



Tech Ninjas

*Formerly the Web Warriors and Technology SIG


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. Put your new tech knowledge to work by becoming a tech ninja and helping to promote GSAE!


Active Months: Year round.

Chair: Joel Peacock

Georgia Association of Water Professionals



Vice: Amanda Cook

Map Dynamics



Vice: Mike Pennington, CAE

novi AMS


 Governance Task Force Co-chairs


 Sarah J. Berke, CAE

Jon Krueger

 100th Anniversary Planning Task Force Co-chairs

 Karl Kirsch, CAE

Lori K. Spear, CAE

Mike Pennington, CAE

Ragan Cohn, CAE


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Featured Members
Karl M. Kirsch2016 Clifford Clarke Award
Valerie L. Smith2016 Skelton Massey Award
Sheryl Ehlers2016 Stephen Styron Award

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