DFWAE Volunteer Opportunities 

To volunteer for any of the Standing Committees or ongoing task forces, complete our form. 

2023-2024 Standing Committee Details and Leadership

Association Day Committee

Purpose: To oversee the planning and implementation of DFWAE’s signature Association Day event including meeting content, logistics, sponsorship, and profitability.

Chair: Jamie Beatty, Embassy Suites Denton
Vice Chair:
Board Liaison: President-Elect Shasta Foy, CAE, National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.

Awards Committee

Purpose: To manage all DFWAE award and recognition programs and to assist in planning two annual awards ceremonies.

Chair: Amanda Feil, CAE EnSync
Vice Chair:
Board Liaison: President Darrin Scheid, American College of Emergency Physicians

CAE Committee

Purpose: Advocates association professionalism as champions for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. Cultivates a community of CAEs in North Texas and promotes and/or facilitates study groups in preparation for the May and December CAE exam.

Chair: Gary Hines, CAE, CMP, Pipeline Research Council International
Vice Chair: 
Board Liaison: Doug Laher, MBA, CAE, CMP, RRT, FAARC, American Association for Respiratory Care

Senior Management Committee

The DFWAE Senior Management Committee exists to develop educational offerings and facilitate networking opportunities to meet the unique needs of association Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operations Officers, Executive Directors, Vice Presidents and other department heads of Associations and Associate Member Organizations

Chair: David Fink, Plastic Pipe Institute
Vice Chair:
Board Liaison: Cathey Wise, CAE, Emergency Department Practice Management Association

Finance Committee

Purpose: Makes recommendations on the annual budget of DFWAE; analyze, study, and recommend the investment of surplus funds and advise on the condition of the current investments; reviews the financials. The Treasurer serves as chairman of the Committee. Composed of the members of the Executive Committee and two (2) Regular members.

Chair: Leslie Shannon, CPA, MBA, Advanced Energy United

Governance Committee

Purpose: Annually reviews the Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, Volunteer Handbook, and other official documents of DFWAE as well as changes in association governance best practices, and makes recommendations regarding proposed changes to the Board of Directors.

Chair: President-Elect Shasta Foy, CAE, National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.


IDEA Committee

Purpose: To drive the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) awareness efforts of DFWAE. Provide continuous review of DFWAE member and volunteer composition, association culture, infrastructure, governance, and policy to promote and achieve DEI commitment and goals

Chair: Asha Desai, CAE
Vice Chair: 
Board Liaison: Maurice Norris, MPA, Promotional Products Association International; Shasta Foy, National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.

Marketing & Communications Committee

Purpose: Oversees branding of DFWAE and marketing its events, products and services to local associations and community partners. The Committee assists in the development of timely advertising pieces for the Association as well as general member and prospect communications. Works cross-functionally with other DFWAE committees to help the association grow in members and influence. Develops and maintains content for DFWAE website and social media channels in coordination with association management company.

Chair: Heather Willden, American Association for Respiratory Care
Vice Chair: Kari Owen, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
Board Liaison: Lachelle Evans, Visit Frisco

Membership Committee

Purpose: The Membership Committee exists to grow membership in DFWAE through recruitment, engagement, and retention strategies.

Chair: Leona Dalavai Scott, JEP Marketing
Vice Chair: Josh Kozinski, EnSync
Board Liaison: Keith Gentry, American College of Emergency Physicians

Nominating Committee

Purpose: The Nominating Committee shall nominate one candidate for annual election for each position vacant and those expiring terms, and notify the membership of its choices not less than 60 days prior to the end of the fiscal year. No member of the Nominating Committee can be nominated for election as an officer or Director. Chaired by the Immediate Past President and consist of three (3) Regular members, one (1) CVB member and one (1) Associate member, to be appointed by the President.

Chair: Immediate Past President Valerie Lile, CAE, Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Programs & Education Committee

Purpose: The DFWAE Programs & Education Committee exists to develop DFWAE’s educational offerings including lunch and learns, workshops, webinars and social events. Committee members are expected to offer recommendations on educational topics and obtain proven speakers.

Chair: Mark Jones, CAE, D2L
Vice Chair: 
Board Liaison: Melissa Ball, CAE, American Epilepsy Society

Sponsorship Committee

Purpose: To solicit and secure sponsorships to offset association costs for programs and activities such as lunch and learns, workshops, Association Day, award ceremonies, social/networking events, Board retreats, or other special programs.

Chair: Scott Murphy, Self-Realization Fellowship
Vice Chair: Cristina Rodriguez, Fusion
Board Liaison: Peggy Brock, Wiley