I have over 8 years of experience in non-profit association management, 3 of which have been spent with SLAS. Our team is amazing! We are all dedicated to our mission and truly enjoy working together. There are many perks to my position but one of the greatest is that it allows me to interact with our members and volunteers. I am always learning something new and interesting from them.
I have a BA in Psychology and Associate of Applied Science Degree. When I am not at SLAS HQ, I can be found spending time with my husband and running after my two small children.
I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Business, Service Operations Management from DePaul University and have spent my 23+ years in non-profit management in Chicago, Illinois. In 2003, I joined the Association for Laboratory Automation team, and ultimately SLAS after the merger, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. We are often found spending time outdoors including camping and hiking in the mountains. I am also an avid reader and gardener.
I began in the association management business right after I graduated from Marquette University in '91, I worked on various member-based organizations before I took a break to stay home and have a few kids. When I decided it was time to jump back into the workplace, I was fortunate to find a place at SLAS. As Manager of Member Services, I get to wear a few different hats. I get to work with various volunteer driven committees to ensure we are focusing on offering the highest quality programming and services to our members in every stage of their career. I work with awesome volunteer judging panels on every aspect of the broad awards program that SLAS offers. My favorite part of my job is when we all get together at our annual conference and exhibition — catching up with members that I'm lucky to call my friends, meeting new members, and seeing the overall program come to life — it's always a crazy busy fun week.
The SLAS team is like a second family to me — and for that I feel extremely blessed. Outside of work, you'll find me with my husband and four kids — we love to travel and spend time together. All four play travel soccer, so if I'm not busy with work or home, you'll find me on the sidelines!
A French native having spent part of my childhood in Canada, I followed my Dutch boyfriend to Belgium 16 years ago. A wedding and 3 kids later, we are still fond of living at the heart of Europe in the land of comics, chocolate and nonsense!
I love travelling and sharing the world with my family, skiing, and of course, to not betray my roots, sipping a glass of good wine whilst enjoying a good novel or movie!
I have worked with associations for the past 10 years, helping organizations grow and achieve their ambitions. I tremendously enjoy working with volunteers and feel humbled by their dedication to a greater cause and their natural leadership within their industry. SLAS is no exception to that, and I'm very excited to work with the European leadership to offer the best in education and peer-connectivity experience to the SLAS community in Europe.
I am a lifelong learner who has jumped willingly from an airplane at 11,000 feet; skied down the French Alps and across the Andaman Sea; lost count of how many times I've seen Bruce Springsteen in concert (+/-30); traveled throughout most US states and 23 other countries; and participated in 16 SLAS and ALA conferences. I earned a BS in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin back when Stevie Ray Vaughan was a bar band, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, as a new millennium gift to myself. I live and work from my hometown of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Go Packers!
Working as biotech/pharma scientist I got involved as a member #7 of the Association for Laboratory Automation and 20 years later find myself as "the scientific education component" of the SLAS professional team. Career planning is insanely unscientific! My scientific life hatched with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue and led to creating laboratory automation programs at both Eli Lilly and Amgen, as well as starting up a commercial system integrator and later a biotech service company. Now I entertain myself by traveling around the world to places and activities that most sane people would avoid, while living in the Peoples Republic of Boulder, CO.
I have been working in association management for over 25 years in a variety of organizations. During my career, I worked as the Executive Director for AUTM for nine years where I spent much of my time guiding the organization through strategic plan creation and implementation, program assessment, international growth initiatives, forging strategic alliances and advocacy on behalf of the profession of technology development. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Interpersonal and Public Communications from Central Michigan University. I have been a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) since 1995 and a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2005. I am active in my professional societies — ASAE and Association Forum.
I am thrilled to be part of the SLAS team. I consider myself very lucky to work with such a stellar group of people.
When I am not working my husband and I enjoy biking, traveling, the arts and eating. We have two teenage children that still keep us busy.
I was born and raised in Chicago, where I have lived the majority of my life. I earned a BA from Boston College with a concentration in English. Professionally, I have worked for associations and non-for-profit organizations for more than 20 years. In addition to obligatory food service and bartending gigs growing up, my resume includes stints as a cruise line deckhand, ad agency intern, technical writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and marketing communications manager.
I was lucky enough to join SLAS in 2012. As Director of Marketing Communications for the Society, I continually look to realize the SLAS brand through our programs and messaging, to grow our global community, and to fulfill our mission to our members and the industries we serve.
Outside of work, I enjoy running, movies and spending time with my wife, Kim, and two sons, Harry and Kirby. I'm also a devout and long-suffering — some would say masochistic — fan of the Chicago Cubs. Eternally optimistic, I look forward to celebrating a World Series victory by them one of these years.
The middle of seven children, I was reared in Park Forest, IL, and graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelors degree in Economics. After college I joined The Lakeside Group as the Exhibition Manager for the Chicago International Art Exposition, a public fine arts tradeshow that was held annually at Navy Pier.
While taking time to rear our three children, I worked as a substitute teacher for Homewood schools as well as serving on successful local school referendum and fundraising volunteer committees. I currently live in Homewood with my husband. Two of our children are college graduates and the third is entering his senior year. Yeah, tuition payments coming to an end!
Since 2007, I have been part of the Corcoran Expositions team, working as Sponsorship Director on several different tradeshows. With several years of experience in strategic planning and project management. I also enjoy working as a fitness instructor, teaching spin, strength and cardio interval classes.
I have been the Exhibit Manager for SLAS and the former ALA for 10 years. However, I am best known as “The Voice” of the exhibit hall, not for my singing ability (which is fair), but for my penchant for using the PA microphone and being the MC for the Passport to Prizes giveaway. Away from the office I golf, bowl and occasionally take a stroll.
I love words. Always have and always will. Put words together into sentences...and sentences into paragraphs...and paragraphs into stories...well, it's just magic in my eyes when my words help someone learn something new.
That's why I love my role with SLAS so much. Whether it's crafting a 140-character tweet, pulling together an SLAS news item for the weekly SLAS Point-to-Point e-news brief or crafting an engaging article on one of the many talented people in the SLAS community for the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood, it's fun to contribute to the Society's overall educational mission. And, I also get to dabble in graphics and video. I've been in the association communications world ever since graduating with a journalism degree from Northern Illinois University.
After graduating with a degree in sports management from Central Michigan University, I moved to Chicago to take a job with the Chicago Blackhawks which began my journey into the world of association management and to SLAS. I have always loved sports and still do, but soon started looking at other career fields where my skills would translate. I stumbled onto association management and was hired by ALA in 2006 and the rest is history. I love my job with SLAS mostly because I love the people I work with and for. Every day is fun and I enjoy coming to work and interacting with so many wonderful people.
When I'm not at work I love being active out of doors; rain, shine or snow I'd rather be outside than in. I love traveling, exploring the world and meeting new people. Reading is my go-to activity in my downtime. And finally, I LOVE cats!!