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Shared Interest Groups

GSAE's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) offer one of the best resources for association executives and professionals. These self-directed groups of GSAE members focus on a particular area and delve into various topics within that area. To join, just sign into your member profile. Click on Groups and then check the right side menu for your options. After joining, you may click the GSAE Rock Star logo to return to


In addition to learning from the "experts" in a particular area of interest, GSAE's SIGs offer members a place to discuss with peers issues of personal relevance. Networking with fellow SIG members offers executives another perspective on how to handle various issues. In person SIG meetings often qualify for Certified Association Executive credit (normally 1 hour per meeting).


Please note that to contact our SIG 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. Thank you.

Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

2017 Chairs and vice chairs

Emerging Professionals SIG

This SIG is designed for GSAE members who are new to the association profession and are interested in connecting with peers and leaders to grow professionally. 


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Chair:Janell Martin, CAE

American College of Rheumatology



Vice: Molly Whobrey, CAE

Meeting Expectations


Government Relations SIG
For association professionals who have an interest in government relations or who work in an advocacy environment.

Michael "Sully" Sullivan, JD
American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC of Georgia)


Small Association Staff SIG
Designed for staff of associations with 10 or fewer employees. Focuses on best practices and sharing resources.

Co Chair: Betsy Eddy

Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association 



Co Chair: Cindy Durham, CAE

Southern Newspaper Publishers Association

Meetings SIG

For those who plan association meetings, conferences and tradeshows

Chair: Heather Hunt

Southern Association of Orthodontists


Telework SIG

For those who telecommute and/or maintain full time home offices.

Chair: Amy Kane, CAE

Ian's Friends Foundation


Communications SIG

For anyone who has communications as part of their day to day function

John Roch, CAE

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.


Fundraising/Development Professionals SIG

For association professionals looking to learn and share best practices and creative strategies around fundraising in the association world.

Chair: Jasmine T. Okafor, M.Div.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.


 CAEs After Dark

An online GSAE discussion group for CAEs only to continue their education.

 Organizer: Damian M. Kavanagh, Ed.S, CAE


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