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DFWAE Events and COVID-19 PDF Print Email
Monday, March 09, 2020 11:19 AM
DFWAE Events and COVID-19

DFWAE as always puts the health and well-being of its members in first place and we recognize that this is a rapidly evolving situation. 

Based on the current situation around COVID-19, the DFWAE Board of Directors has made the decision to move DFWAE Association Day 2020 to a two-day virtual event, April 20-21. Learn more here.

Decisions regarding each DFWAE event will be determined independently, as factors affecting one event may not affect another.

Thank you for your continued support of DFWAE, and please let us know if you have any questions.



DFWAE 2019-2020 Officers, Directors Announced PDF Print Email
Monday, August 05, 2019 03:29 PM

DFWAE 2019-2020 Officers, Directors Announced

The Dallas-Fort Worth Association Executives Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its officers and directors duly elected by acclamation for 2019-2020.

“I’m truly grateful to have served as your president this year,” said Kris Williams, CAE, DFWAE 2018-2019. “This group of volunteers is completely amazing. Their knowledge, expertise, solid ideas, and true commitment to their profession underpins everything we’ve accomplished. Thank you!”

All the officers and directors will be sworn into office on July 17, during our annual Awards Luncheon: Celebrate Associations.


Jonathan Kraatz – USGBC Texas Chapter


Mollie Pillman, MS-HSM, MBA, CAE – Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Darrin Scheid, CAE – American College of Emergency Physicians


Shawna Strickland, PhD, CAE – American Association for Respiratory Care


Kris Williams, CAE – International News Media Association


New Directors with terms beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.


Valerie Bakies-Lile, CAE – American College of Osteopathic OBGYNs


Natalie Clark – Promotional Products Association International


Kimberly Hopkins – CREW Dallas


Beth Roach – Dallas Human Resource Management Association


Leslie Shannon – Salmon Sims Thomas


Amanda Wells – Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau


Returning Directors through June 30, 2020


Shasta Foy, CAE – Society of Petroleum Engineers


Gary Hines, CAE – Pipeline Research Council International


Greg Vaughn – Texas Association of Workforce Boards via Board appointment July 17, 2019


David Ferrer – Personify

“I am really looking forward to working with this new board. We’ll continue building on the foundation that the 2018-19 build built, and will set a strategic plan for DFWAE in the coming weeks and months,” said Jonathan Kraatz, incoming DFWAE president.

2019 DFWAE Awards Luncheon PDF Print Email
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 02:28 PM

The Annual DFWAE Awards luncheon was held on July 17th at the beautiful Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano, Texas. More than 65 DFWAE members and guests in attendance enjoyed lunch while celebrating all of the recipients of this year’s awards.

In one of her final duties as President, Kris Williams shared a sincere, thoughtful message of gratitude prior to the awards being presented: “First, let me say how very grateful I am to have been your president. It was not possible without you. You’re the linchpins that keep us going. Your volunteerism, your unselfishness to share with the profession that puts food on your table is overwhelming and humbling. As I’ve thought back over the year, I’m awestruck by each person who contributes to this organization. If I don’t say it enough: THANK YOU… for showing up to our meetings, volunteering your time, connecting with me and other DFWAE-ers.”

She also took the time to recognize that DFWAE, as an organization on the whole, accomplished a number of goals that it set out to reach just one year ago. Included in this list of accomplishments was that DFWAE membership is now above 200 members sitting at 207.

Also mentioned was DFWAE’s strengthened ties with TSAE and ASAE, giving special acknowledgement to Tracy Tomson, CAE, who is the incoming chair of the Texas Society of Association Executives.

As well, Williams talked about the success of this year’s A-Day and how it not only strengthened the core of DFWAE, but also brought in valuable proceeds from the silent auction and from amazing vendor support.

In addition to that, she honored roughly 20 associations within the Dallas/Fort Worth area that have 100% of all Certified Association Executives (CAEs) on staff within their organization as members of DFWAE. Williams noted the incredibly positive impact a CAE can have on an association because of the things CAE’s learn during and after the credentialing process. 

Williams also recognized Lisa Harrington and Debi Kensell for their outstanding work on the Awards Committee – including coordinating nominations and judging for awards.

Upon completion of her acknowledgments, Williams kicked off the awards presentation with a hearty: “Now let’s get this awards show on the road!”

Here are this year’s award recipients, the awards they received and what the award means to the members of DFWAE:

Award of Excellence — The DFWAE Award of Excellence is presented annually to an eligible DFWAE member for outstanding contributions made to DFWAE.

This year’s recipient is Trevor Mitchell, CAE, American Mensa. Trevor was recognized for his three years as the A-Day committee chair as well as his presentation at A-Day where he: spoke with courage and from his heart and experience about diversity and inclusion. His presentation was moving. Tears were shed.”

DFWAE Presidents Award — This award is presented annually by the immediate past president to the individual he or she believes contributed the most to the society during his or her presidency in the previous year.

This year’s recipient is Phill Martin, CAE, The Church Network. In her introduction for the award, Williams said: “…Phill is – the kind you can count on to invest in your organization early and often. The kind of member that’s there for the organization when they need him. The kind of connection and heart that embodies a good member.”

Wayne James Award — This award is presented annually to the DFWAE member who recruits the most new members to the society. It is named for past president Wayne James who consistently held this title.

This year’s recipient is Darrin Scheid, CAE, American College of Emergency Physicians. Williams noted that: “This year this award goes to the person who can get a logo created for the DFWCAE100 and make a plan for going after those companies with CAEs who are not members. It’s also given this year to someone who can look over a committee and recruit people who can ensure that we target the members we’re missing.”

The Star Award — This award is presented annually by Committee Chairs for the most outstanding committee member. Each committee chair may choose the most outstanding volunteer in your group.

This year’s recipients were

  • Board of Directors Star Award: Shasta Foy, CAE, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Board of Directors Star Award: Keith Gentry, CAE, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Program Committee Star Award: Lauren Wright, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Programs & Education Committee Star Award: Alyssa Meek, CMP, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Membership Committee Star Award: Amanda Wells, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Association Day Committee Star Award: Sonja Phillips, Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel    

Alyssa was thanked for her hard work and innovation in planning DFWAE programs and education.

Shasta and Keith were recognized by Williams because they “have done a great deal to establish the DFWAE-way. As co-chairs of the Marketing and Communications Committee, they’ve wrangled me (likely their toughest job), the A-Day Committee, the Program & Education Committee, and committee members to do things like re-gain control of the DFWAE Facebook page, establish a calendar of events for us to follow and improved the consistency of our communications.”

Upon completion of the awards presentations, Williams thanked outgoing members of the Board of Directors: Lynn Armstrong, CAE; Marilyn Ellis; Karen Fogle, CMP, CTA; Debi Kensell; Craig Nauta, CAE; Trevor Mitchell, CAE; and Alyssa Meek, CMP.

She then introduced and swore in the following Board of Directors:

  • Jonathan Kraatz, President
  • Mollie Pillman, MS-HSM, MBA, CAE, President Elect
  • Shawna Strickland, PhD, CAE, Treasurer
  • Darrin Scheid, CAE, Secretary
  • Kris Williams, CAE, Immediate Past President
  • Valerie Bakies-Lile, CAE
  • Natalie Clark
  • Shasta Foy, CAE
  • Gary Hines, CAE
  • Kimberly Hopkins
  • Beth Roach
  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – Leslie Shannon
  • CVB DIRECTOR – Amanda Wells, CMP

With that, Williams concluded her duties as current President and handed the reins over to new DFWAE President Jonathan Kraatz. The Board of Directors briefly met at the conclusion of lunch to confirm Greg Vaughn, Texas Association of Workforce Boards, to fill a vacancy created with the successful adoption of the bylaws changes.

The luncheon was a huge success and the event was enjoyed by all in attendance. There was an air of excitement in the room for the great things awaiting DFWAE and its members in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.