The CAM Team
Chicago Association Management has over 30 years of experience working with both major corporations and local associations with consistent success. We offer a team-based approach, assigning an Executive Director and an Association Management Specialist to your account. Our Senior Management Team will also be actively engaged throughout our business relationship to navigate the successful vision and end results you want to achieve.
Ed founded Chicago Association Management (CAM) in 2010 as a natural extension of Corporate Event Interactive (CEI) that he founded in 1987. Ed has been building business relationships, overseeing projects and providing strategic thinking and leadership ever since. Ed has helped expand both CEI and CAM to highly-respected firms within the meetings and events industry. Ed leads CAM’s association management business, which currently manages the day-to-day operations, conferences and events for over fourteen professional organizations. Connect with Ed on Linkedin.
Creative, energetic and detail-oriented, Tricia approaches everything she does with a marketing mind. With a gift for leading others, she focuses on team building and cooperation in order to accomplish thoughtfully planned goals. Her broad skill set includes project management, marketing, strategic planning, customer focus, writing and social media. She has the ability to partner with colleagues in a broad range of industries and believes firmly that processes and organization are the keys to supporting an association. Connect with Tricia on Linkedin.
Association Manager, Director
With 30 years’ experience in the non-profit and government sectors, Angela excels in the areas project management, strategic planning, and community development. Angela currently leads four of CAM’s association clients including the Advocates Society, the Justinian Society of Lawyers, ILAR and ANULAR, and Angela has the best Irish brogue in our office.
Association Manager, Membership Specialist
As a highly tenacious and results oriented business professional, Kim brings a deep understanding of business development, sales, marketing, management, talent acquisition, planning and execution to the team. With over 18 years as a business owner and independent consultant, Kim is armed with a broad skill set in operations, is big picture minded, and has the ability to function both strategically and tactically. She is driven to serve and excels at bringing people and resources together to achieve optimal results.
Association Manager, Marketing and Outreach Specialist
Working with professional societies to develop traditional and non‐traditional revenue streams beyond membership and sponsorships. Dhru’s career spans over 20 years focused on managing the knowledge and educational sections of medical, legal, engineering, environmental and other nonprofit associations. His professional experience covers marketing, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), SEM (Search Engine Marketing), SMO (Social Media Optimization), SMM (Social Media Marketing), mobile applications analysis and strategies to drive positive online traffic, society management, meetings and event planning, ensuring financial stability, brand positioning, product image and presentation, leadership and employee development, customer satisfaction and commitment, P & L management, budget planning, cross‐functional collaboration, project management, operations management, staff development, and strategic partnerships.
Over the course of his career he has utilized his years of experience and produced a proven record in increasing organizations sales and return on investment for the societies that he has worked with, through innovative and novel initiatives.
Association Manager, Governance Specialist
Karyn has spent her professional career in the association management arena and is committed to helping organizations thrive and grow in today’s changing environment. She helps associations build capacity through strategic planning, leadership development and volunteer engagement. Her experience along with her problem-solving and project management skills are key in making this growth happen. For more than 20 years, Karyn worked at the American Bar Association’s Division for Bar Services. Over that time, she held several roles, most recently as the Director of Outreach and Education. Connect with Karyn on Linkedin.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb
Production Coordinator, Meetings and Events
Tamra organizes and executes special events for both CAM and CEI clients. With more than 25 years’ of event planning experience and impeccable interpersonal, organizational and written skills, Tamra has managed more than 250 events, including luncheons, award ceremonies, receptions, team building activities, theatrical performances, fundraising and community initiatives and international and local education seminars. Prior to joining CAM in 2019, Tamra worked for 21 years at The Chicago Bar Association, including five years as Public Affairs Director, serving as media liaison and speechwriter. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.
With over ten years of management experience spanning several fields, Dana is equipped with an arsenal of skills. Her vast experience includes retail management, product and corporate training, human resources management and theatrical production. She is a creative and energetic collaborator, resulting in fresh ideas and artist results.
A Chicago native, Dana can be found at local events and street fests; quite often accompanied by her fur-baby, Puppy.
Asher Robeson (they/them)
Asher comes to CAM with a background in project management and non-profit work. Prior to working with CAM, they were a Project Manager with Grenzebach Glier and Associates, a world-premiere philanthropic management consulting firm, serving clients including Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the City of Hope Cancer Centers, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Before white-collar life, they were a theatre performer, trained in London and Moscow with performance credits across the US, and serving on the Board of a regional theatre company. They’ve translated their facility for communication and attention to detail into a suite of skills that bring our clients both the service they deserve, and the efficiency they need. Connect with Asher on Linkedin.
“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” – Siddartha Gautama
Abby Grott (she/her/hers)
A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, Abby is looking forward to starting her career with CAM in the hopes of creating opportunities for people to connect. With a degree in both Communication studies and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, she has an extensive background in customer service and understands how crucial communication skills are to the success of any organization or working relationship. Abby has worked as an event planner in the past, and enjoys using her multitasking and interpersonal skills to help organizations grow. She is an enthusiastic and hard working team member who always aims to look toward the positive. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and doing any DIY she can get her hands on. Follow Abby on Linkedin.
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
Executive Producer, Team Building
Linda has designed and executed thousands of interactive events for over 20 years, making innovation and customization integral to Corporate Event Interactive’s (CEI) business model. This, in combination with her leadership and producing acumen, make each event a new experience. An active contributor to the meetings and events industry, Linda is Past President and Board Member of ILEA-Chicago Chapter and plays a key role in several MPI committees. She has guided CEI as President since 2000, earning multiple awards, including: Best Team Building Company, Best Vendor and numerous NICE Awards. Connect with Linda on Linkedin.
Communication connects people. Jon uses his talent for listening and conveying information in engaging, exciting ways to reach a wide variety of audiences. Passionate and energetic, he brings people together through association management, event management, strategic marketing, writing and project management. Jon is particularly adept at fulfilling the needs of clients and customers beyond their expectations, bringing them to new levels of success.
Event Manager, Outreach Specialist
Empathetic yet a tenacious, results oriented professional, Elmer brings to the table more than three decades of motivational, managerial expertise primarily with the not-for-profit industry serving in every capacity from conception and initial organizational formation of several premier neighbourhood organizations to weed puller, green bean picking, pancake flipping volunteer in those same neighbourhood organizations. Chair of the Chicago National Scout. Jamboree Contingent and President. Director and/or Member of numerous Midwest-based volunteer organizations such as the local branch of the American Cancer Society, Lutheran Social Services, Northwest Side Group Homes, Triangle Lions, The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, local Church Parish, and many more. In 1997, Elmer was presented Chicago’s 35th Ward Volunteer of the Year Award and has not slowed down since.
With both a JD and M.Div degree, and now working towards a Masters of Education degree, Elmer can bring both an analytical and social justice awareness to the ins and outs of volunteer and association management, coaxing and acknowledging the very best efforts out of volunteers in both short-term daily operations and long-term strategic planning, while living the example of being a lifetime learner.
Susan has a gift for bringing order to association management. She enjoys collaborating with an organization’s leadership to develop and execute strategic plans, keeping members engaged and an association’s objectives moving forward. With a doctorate in higher education administration, Susan’s management style takes advantage of her 30+ years of teaching college level courses in organization and time management.
Heather (Van Dyck) Davern
Heather comes to CAM with an extensive background and experience in TV reporting, she thrives in a creative and developing media centric environment. She lives her life as if every day is a new opportunity for a story to be told. She knows what a reporter wants in a good story and how to get it to them, as every story deserves to be heard. Getting that story to print or on air is her primary focus. She can create and manage projects including video production, media relations, social media, and events to further overall goals. With a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and History from Indiana University in Bloomington, Heather brings these talents in meeting the needs and expectations of clients.
Elizabeth comes to CAM with a vast, expansive, and invaluable amount of experience in the association industry. Prior to CAM, Elizabeth was Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) and, Chief Administrative Officer of the Chicago Architecture Center. She is a creative problem solver who finds tremendous satisfaction in helping organizations achieve their goals and become more successful. With extensive experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, she brings a lot of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the CAM clients she serves.
Barbara Wahler, LCSW, ObISB
Barbara spent over 30 years as a school counselor/social worker at institutions such as Notre Dame High School for Girls; the Chicago Waldorf School; Howard Area Community Center; and Acero Charter School Network. In addition, she has been in private practice as a psychotherapist at Re-Visioning Your Life. Most recently she has been a Managing Director at You Are A Star.
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou
Shelbi brings an extensive marketing background with experience in both traditional and web platforms. She has over 25 years experience in marketing and over 10 years experience working specifically with associations. Her experience as a business owner provides a vast range of talents that enable Shelbi to create customized solutions for associations. She is an innovative and versatile thinker with excellent communication skills and a proven ability to deliver results. Shelbi thrives on a challenge and welcomes opportunities to grow in new areas. Connect with Shelbi on Linkedin.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Jackie has acquired a diverse set of skills and experiences in the communications field. She has extensive experience in writing, editing, organizing information into a clear, concise style, and distributing these communications across various channels. As a Marketing and Communications Professional, she’s done everything, from social media, e-blasts, newsletters, website maintenance to copywriting, graphic design, and print production. She brings innovative ideas and passion to every project and client she takes on and is always ready for a challenge. Connect with Jackie on Linkedin.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
Social Media and Marketing Specialist
Katie has spent her professional career in the public relations and marketing arena. With a degree in multimedia journalism and mass communications, her passion for social media implementation and film has always been at center stage. Katie has implemented social media strategies and consulted associations on best social posting practices to drive engagement, growth and impressions. Her experience in journalism, photography and film go hand-in-hand with her push for original content creation across all social platforms.
Saylor is a senior at Michigan State University and will graduate in the Spring of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication. She is customer focused, enjoys working with others to accomplish goals, and is eager to learn everything CAM has to offer.
Event and Digital Support Specialist
Robert started his career in the AV industry after graduating college in 2011. Robert started freelancing that same year and has worked for many different companies in many different roles over the years. He has worked as a freelance AV contractor running audio, video, and lighting equipment for Encore, PSAV, PRG, Sound Investment, ESPN Chicago AM 1000, TV House, Chicago Stagehand and a handful of other companies. Robert then spent four years as the Director of AV for Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, where he eventually moved up to National Director of AV and helped move the company into virtual events. Robert started working with Corporate Event Enterprises in 2020 and utilizes his skills to help build virtual event platforms, manage meetings, build games, and edit recordings from meetings and webinars.
Emily has spent more than 25 years working in accounting and financial systems support. In her current role, she provides payroll and accounting support to CEE, along with accounting support and analysis to multiple associations. Prior to joining the CEE, Emily was a Senior Financial Analyst and Project Lead providing support to several large medical networks. Emily has a Bachelor’s Degree from Roosevelt University and a Master’s Certification in IT Project Management from George Washington University. Despite being a former consulting road-warrior, Emily has always made the Chicagoland area her home. In her personal time, you can find her enjoying time with her children or playing hockey.
Lori has over 35 years of experience as a bookkeeper working with a wide variety of different companies and associations. She works to tailor her services to the needs of the client while working to assure the financial information is recorded accurately and in accordance with accepted accounting principles. Lori is detail-oriented and deadline focused as she works.
Bookkeeper and Administrative Support
Judie is an experienced association administrator who supports the CAM team as both a bookkeeper and general administrator. She is pursuing a higher education degree in accounting and certification in accountancy, which will be essential to her work at CAM and the RWE Alliance. During her free time, Judie enjoys working out, tennis, basketball, reading, watching movies, and playing fun games.
Whenever I am in a difficult situation, I rely on the words of one of the greatest accountants of all time, and one of my personal mentors, J.P. Morgan, who said… “No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking.” – J.P. Morgan
In my opinion that is exactly what RWE Alliance is attempting to accomplish through the collection of evidence generated data by everyday clinical practices. The information collected will promote quality and identify benchmarks for best practices, to advocate and inform regulatory decision makers through the power harnessed by real-world evidence.
Connect with Judie on LinkedIn.