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Twelve association professionals selected for two-year program

ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership recently selected scholars for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), class of 2010-2012. DELP offers individuals from underrepresented segments of the association profession an opportunity to advance into the ranks of leadership in association management by providing networking opportunities, educational programs and career guidance.


“Congratulations to the 2010-2012 Diversity Executive Leadership Scholars,” said John H. Graham IV, CAE, ASAE and The Center president and CEO. “ASAE and The Center is proud to honor these individuals for their outstanding accomplishments. We also commend those organizations that demonstrate their commitment to strengthening the pipeline of diverse executive talent through their continued support of this prestigious program.”

Last year, the DELP scholarship has been extended from a one-year to a two-year program to better prepare the participants for future leadership positions and to provide a more robust learning experience. This year, 12 scholarships have been awarded to candidates from across the country.

This year’s class includes:

Maricela Arias-Cantu
Director, Education and Meetings
American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

LaTanya T. Batts
Director, Research and Training
American College of Rheumatology

Celia T. Besore, MBA, CAE
Vice President of Marketing and Programs
Central Station Alarm Association

Jerome E. Bruce
Senior Manager, Exhibits and Sponsorships
National Association of Federal Credit Unions

Mitchell L. Dvorak, MS, CAE
Executive Director
Consumers Advancing Patient Safety

Valerie Jane Fries
Chief of Education
International Right of Way Association

Mila T. Fuller
Deputy Executive Director
National Council of Teachers of English

Aliyah N. Horton
Senior Director, Professional Development and Government Affairs
Institute of Transportation Engineers

Earla J. Jones, CMP
Director, Annual Meeting and Logistics
National Association of College and University Business Officers

Heidi M. Korthase
Database Manager
American College of Healthcare Executives

Artesha Moore
Senior Director, Membership and Technology Services
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Heilee O’Quinn
Manager of Member Services and Chapter Relations
National Speakers Association

DELP scholars receive membership in ASAE and The Center for the two-year period, registration, travel and lodging to two ASAE and The Center Annual Meetings, any two ASAE and The Center education programs as selected by the scholar, registration to a Volunteer Leadership Retreat, orientation at ASAE and The Center headquarters in Washington, D.C., and a DELP reunion in Detroit.

DELP scholars also receive access to a Certified Association Executive (CAE) study group to prepare for the CAE credentialing exam, waiver of CAE examination fee (taken within three years of DELP participation) and study materials. DELP scholars will gain connection to an industry leader to serve as a mentor, group coaching to enhance the connection of the DELP cohort, service experience with an ASAE and The Center volunteer group or other association-related volunteer opportunity, and opportunities to meet with ASAE and The Center senior staff and volunteer leadership.

This summer, the new DELP Scholars will attend an orientation session at ASAE and The Center Headquarters, immediately followed by the annual networking DELP Reunion in Detroit hosted by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, visit www.asaecenter.org/DELP.

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