Leadership - Committees 2019-2020

Standing Committees

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Association Day Committee

Purpose: To oversee the planning and implementation of DFWAE’s signature Association Day event including meeting content, logistics, sponsorship, and profitability.

Co-Chair: Amanda Feil, CAE, American Association for Respiratory Care
Co-Chair: Alyssa Meek, MBA, CMP, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Committee Members: 

  • President Elect, Mollie Pillman, CAE, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Marketing Committee Representative, Shasta Foy, CAE, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Marketing Committee Representative, Keith Gentry, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Darla Huckaby, Conference Direct
  • Sonja Phillips, Renaissance Dallas Addison
  • Stefanie Schafner, Fort Worth CVB
  • Lauren Wright, Arlington CVB
  • Education Committee Representative, Melissa Ball, National Athletic Trainers Association

Awards Committee

Purpose: To manage all DFWAE award and recognition programs and to assist in planning two annual awards ceremonies.

Chair: Lisa Harrington, CAE, Lisa H. Harrington LLC

CAE Committee

Purpose: Advocates association professionalism as champions for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. Cultivates a community of CAEs in North Texas and promotes and/or facilitates study groups in preparation for the May and December CAE exam.

Chair: Michele Byers, CAE, CMP, American College of Emergency Physicians

Board Liaison: Valerie Bakies-Lile, American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Finance Committee

Purpose: Makes recommendations on the annual budget of DFWAE; analyze, study, and recommend the investment of surplus funds and advise on the condition of the current investments; reviews the financials. The Treasurer serves as chairman of the Committee. Composed of the members of the Executive Committee and two (2) Regular members.

Chair: Treasurer, Shawna Strickland, CAEAmerican Association for Respiratory Care

Committee Members:

  • President, Jonathan Kraatz, USGBC Texas
  • President Elect, Mollie Pillman, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Secretary, Darrin Scheid, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Past President, Kris Williams, International News Media Association
  • Member, Phill Martin, The Church Network
  • Member, Kimberly Hopkins, CREW Dallas

This committee is set by the DFWAE Bylaws and is complete. 

Governance Committee

Purpose: Annually reviews the Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, Volunteer Handbook, and other official documents of DFWAE as well as changes in association governance best practices, and makes recommendations regarding proposed changes to the Board of Directors.

Chair: President-Elect, Mollie Pillman, CAE, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Committee Members:

  • Past President, Kris Williams, International News Media Association
  • Leslie Shannon, Salmon Sims Thomas
  • Gary Hines, Pipeline Research Council International
  • Doug Laher, American Association for Respiratory Care

Marketing & Communications Committee

Purpose: Oversees branding of DFWAE and marketing its events, products and services to local associations and community partners. The Committee assists in the development of timely advertising pieces for the Association as well as general member and prospect communications. Works cross-functionally with other DFWAE committees to help the association grow in members and influence. Develops and maintains content for DFWAE website and social media channels in coordination with association management company.

Chair: Keith Gentry, CAESociety of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Board Liaison: Shasta Foy, CAE, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Membership Committee

Purpose: The Membership Committee exists to grow membership in DFWAE through recruitment, engagement, and retention strategies.

Chair: Nancy Calaway, CAEAmerican College of Emergency Physicians

Board Liaison: Darrin Scheid, CAE, American College of Emergency Physicians

Nominating Committee

Purpose: The Nominating Committee shall nominate one candidate for annual election for each position vacant and those expiring terms, and notify the membership of its choices not less than 60 days prior to the end of the fiscal year. No member of the Nominating Committee can be nominated for election as an officer or Director. Chaired by the Immediate Past President and consist of three (3) Regular members, one (1) CVB member and one (1) Associate member, to be appointed by the President.

Chair: Immediate Past President, Kris Williams, CAE, International News Media Association

Programs & Education Committee

Purpose: The DFWAE Programs & Education Committee exists to develop DFWAE’s educational offerings including lunch and learns, workshops, webinars and social events. Committee members are expected to offer recommendations on educational topics and obtain proven speakers.

Chair: Melissa Ball, National Athletic Trainers Association

Board Liaison: Shawna Strickland, CAEAmerican Association for Respiratory Care

Sponsorship Committee

Purpose: To solicit and secure sponsorships to offset association costs for programs and activities such as lunch and learns, workshops, Association Day, award ceremonies, social/networking events, Board retreats, or other special programs.

Chair:  Natalie Clark, PPAI – Promotional Products Association International

Board Liaison: Mollie Pillman, CAE, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Committee Members:

  • Cindy Peebles, CAE, TriNet
  • Kimberly Hopkins, CREW Dallas
  • Cristina Rodriguez, CAE, Fusion Marketing