Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE
President and Owner
Currently: Member, ASAE Board of Directors; Fellow, American Society of Association Executives
Alma mater: Undergrad UW-Madison; masters UW-Milwaukee
Family: Growing up - one of 7 kids. Today: My husband, TJ; Charlotte; Jayne; Henry; James; & Taetum
What I like to do in my off-hours: Kids activities, try to exercise every day, spend time up north at the lake — on water or snow!
I’m known in the office for... Coming up with ideas.
My superpower: Organization, planning
One skill or talent I wish I had: Singing
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Pay it forward. Give to others first in any way you can.
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Starting my own business, and opening our D.C. office in 2017.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Our team!!!!!
Account Executive/DC Executive
Alma mater: George Washington University (BBA and MBA)
Family: Newly married to my wife, Katelyn. I’m the oldest of four children, and my parents still live in Northfield, NJ where I grew up. My wife and her family are from Dallas, TX.
What I like to do in my off-hours: Love to exercise (run, bike, hike, sports), travel and spend time with my wife and our dog, Penny. I also enjoy reading and engaging in hobbies that help my personal and professional development.
Leadership contributions: Lecturer in Management at George Washington University. Working toward my Certified Association Executive designation.
I’m known in the office for... Being responsive and easy to talk to. If I’m doing something, it’s going to be done right. Technology is also a strength and I enjoy bringing innovative ideas to the table.
My superpower: Emotional intelligence and a balanced approach to life; I try to not get too up or too down and try to enjoy every day.
Where I volunteer: Steering Committee member for my neighborhood friend's group called Friends of Hardy
Special recognition: DCA Live 2018 Association Innovator
One skill or talent I wish I had: Time travel/transport. Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid airplanes and airports!
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: People support what they help to create.
Favorite client experience: Being promoted to Executive Director of NIBA. Since April 2017, I’d been on a two-year path to assume the role and was delighted to receive the promotion in June 2018. I’ve felt a real connection to this trade group and their members and I’m excited for this new opportunity. NIBA has seen several advancements in the last year and there’s so much more to come. The Board is planning some new initiatives and has set aggressive goals for growth. I look forward to helping lead our team to achieve them.
Professional accomplishment I'm most proud of: Taking over an academic journal with a falling reputation, and in just over four years, returning it to a premier status in the field with little investment.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The people! I’m really excited to be a part of this dynamic team and contribute positively to the growth of the organization and its clients. The AMPED team works with an entrepreneurial mindset to help associations drive industries through innovation and core competency.
Alma mater: UW-Green Bay (undergrad) and Cal State Los Angeles (grad school); BS Political Science, BS Public Administration, MA Political Science
Family: My fun-loving husband Joe and super spunky daughter Kennedy.
What I like to do in my off-hours: I love family time, community service, time with friends, Badger games of any kind (but football is the best), running, reading (I’m a personal/professional development junkie), entertaining and throwing parties.
Leadership contributions: Junior League of Madison Community (Board Member and Vice President); Madison Area Down Syndrome Society Secretary (Board Member); former Rock County Board of Supervisors elected official
Where I volunteer: Junior League of Madison: All Dressed Up program; Cherokee Middle School Partnership Program; Ronald McDonald House dinner program; Youth Leadership programming; MADSS: World Down Syndrome Day programming, Parent Mentor, Down Syndrome Awareness Walk committee; National Down Syndrome Society: Parent Advocate; Madison Mom's Blog: contributing writer; Leadership Greater Madison civic leadership program graduate (2017)
I’m known in the office for... Being the loud one.
My superpower: I’m a master social coordinator. In my next life, I should be a cruise director.
Favorite client experience: Working to create new programs, helping to bring them to life, and seeing the impact they have on participants. ACTRIMS works hard to support its trainees and wanted to start a program for Residents at their Annual Forum. I worked side by side with the Program Chair to develop the program and experience and helped to bring it to life onsite. The gratitude received from the residents was unbelievable and the program has expanded year after year.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way.” (Author unknown)
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: We are a strong team both professionally and personally. We each bring unique strengths to the table and we get to learn from one another both as professionals and as individuals. We also love to have fun outside of the office, which is a HUGE perk!
Alma mater: Attended University of Wisconsin Madison
Family: I have a husband Mike and two teenage daughters, Alyvia is a senior and Leah is in 8th grade.
What I like to do in my off-hours: Watching and cheering for our kids as they participate in various sports. Beyond that, I love catching a sunset whenever I can on one of our beautiful lakes in Madison, exploring bike trails, playing tennis, taking last minute road trips and listening to live music.
My superpower: I can make a mean Bloody Mary.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Live for Life!
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Developing a diverse background of professional experiences.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The opportunity to work with and build relationships with a variety of our clients. And, the support of the AMPED team.
Associate Executive Director
What I like to do in my off-hours: Read, cook, watch hockey, hang out with my "kids"
What I'm known in the office for: I've got jokes!
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: When starting a new job listen first. Don't walk in the door trying to fix everything.
My superpower: Getting things done.
Alma mater: Utah State University
Family: We call ourselves the C-Dogs: My husband and I along with our daughter Madalynn Rae and son Walker John. Our family motto is work hard, play hard.
Leadership contributions: Working toward my Certified Association Executive designation.
What I like to do in my off-hours: Mountain bike, ski (on snow), camp, take the boat to Lake Powell, Utah, enjoy family and friends.
I'm known in the office for . . . eating, every hour, at least.
Where I volunteer: I have just completed a five-year term as the Vice President of my children's School Board. I am taking a little break and staying open for the next leadership opportunity in my community.
My superpower: Enthusiasm when inspired….and writing letters of recommendation.
One skill or talent I wish I had: I wish I had beautiful and legible handwriting where all my notes were works of art.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Follow your heart.
Favorite client experience: Watching our award winners take the stage in front of a crowd and be recognized for their achievements for working hard for all the right reasons and never expecting to be honored for it. They are humble and grateful and it is always such a pleasure to work with people like that.
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Continuing to learn and add tools to my tool belt. You will not find me okay with status quo. I like to learn new and better ways to accomplish goals and that has led to many accomplishments with a variety of programs, processes, and bodies of work over the years. And I’m proud of it all!
Michelle Czosek, CAE
Senior Account Executive
Alma mater: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
What I like to do in my off-hours: Spend time with family
I’m known in the office for... My love of warm weather!
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: “Act now, beg forgiveness later” and “There’s no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!”
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: My co-workers, members and the variety that keeps things exciting every day!
Alma mater: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire; Bachelors degree in Organizational Communications, Minor in German
Family: Fiance Nick
What I like to do in my off-hours: Going up to my family's Northern Wisconsin cabin and four-wheeling
Professional accomplishment I'm most proud of: Becoming part of the AMPED team and no longer being in the hotel world. My goal has always been to end up as a meeting planner for a company.
Where I volunteer: Reach-A-Child
One skill or talent I wish I had: Being crafty
Family: Irish mother, German father with 3 sisters, one brother. We all agree that we are the funniest people we know
What I like to do in my off-hours: Crochet, weave, read, play with dog
I’m known in the office for…Torturing my Wisconsin co-workers with tales of warm Virginia weather
My superpower: Efficiency
One skill or talent I wish I had: Patience
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Don’t worry about doing something great, do a great many good things.
Favorite client experience: Getting to meet the people I talk with on the phone throughout the year. Attending conferences allows me to get to know the members on a deeper level and to meet, putting a “face to the name.”
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Serving in the U.S. Navy
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Working with so many excellent professional women
Alma mater: Sweet Briar College. B.A. International Relations and Business Management, Minor in Economics
What I like to do in my off-hours: Travel and embroider a record of it on my travel pillow
I’m known in the office for: Being a Jackie-of-all-trades
My superpower: Finding strange things to do in new places
Professional accomplishment I'm most proud of: Onboarding a new employee at my client's office, teaching her and watching her exceed everyone's expectations
My favorite thing about working at AMPED: The workplace culture
Alma mater: University of Florida: BS in Recreation and Event Management; Dual Specialization: Tourism and Hospitality Management
Family: Husband Aaron and cat Ramona
What I like to do in my off-hours: Explore Madison restaurants, attend concerts/art festivals/baseball games, cook and recently got into DIY crafting!
I’m known in the office for: Writing everything down, asking lots of questions, making lists and my crazy cat decor :)
My superpower: Proofreading and music trivia!
Favorite client experience: Helping attendees learn something they can use in their professional career.
Professional accomplishment I'm most proud of: Implementing a streamlined solution to a current process.
Professional growth: Working toward completing my Certified Meeting Planner designation
Alma mater: BA in Strategic Communications and Reporting, UW-Madison
What I like to do in my off-hours: I love to travel around the world, find amazing hole in the wall restaurants, and dance
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Don't judge a book by its cover
My superpower: Finding cheap flights to exotic places
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Working with such welcoming and talented people
Alma mater: University of California at Davis, and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Family: Husband - Courtney. Kids - Bennett, Darcy, Colin, and Tristan
What I like to do in my off-hours: Play tennis and work on Pinterest projects
I’m known in the office for...Hopefully my brownies!
My superpower: Repairing and refurbishing old furniture.
One skill or talent I wish I had: A great singing voice.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Eat a frog every morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The view of the Capitol from my office.
Alma mater: North Central College and University of Illinois-Springfield.
Family: My husband, Shawn, and daughters Everly and Meredith. Also lucky to love hanging out with my brother, Ryan, sister-in-law, Lisa, and nephew Felix, who live nearby.
What I like to do in my off-hours: Make messes with my family! We bake, conduct science experiments, create art, build blanket forts… our house always looks lived-in and happy.
I’m known in the office for...A willingness to try.
My superpower: Ability to laugh at myself.
One skill or talent I wish I had: More patience.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: There’s always room in the budget for books and art supplies.
Professional accomplishment I'm most proud of: I've never missed a deadline.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: How warm and welcoming everyone is.
Meetings and Membership Coordinator
Alma mater: Florida International University, BS in Criminal Justice
Family: My mother is Peruvian, my father is Dutch, and although my sister and I are 4 years apart, people always think we are twins. We have a feisty Yorkie, Pumpkin, and my mom considers her the youngest sister (:
What I like to do in my off-hours: Explore the DMV area and all the museums (the Spy museum is my favorite!), read, cycle, watch football and go to live shows like concerts and the theatre
My superpower: Always looking on the bright side
Christina McCoy, CAE
Alma mater: B.A. Public Relations and Organizational Communication; B.A. Telecommunications, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Family: Loving husband, daughter Joanna and son James. No pets yet… maybe we’ll get a dog when the kids are old enough to help.
What I like to do in my off-hours: Take walks, host game-nights with friends, and listen to podcasts (especially Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Freakonomics, and NPR’s How I Built This). I also pretend to be good at yoga.
Leadership contributions: Immediate past chair, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) - Young Professionals Committee.
Special recognition: 40 Under 40 - class of 2017 (Association Forum & USAE)
I’m known in the office for... Having a very clean and organized workspace.
My superpower: Cleaning and organization. I’m basically the character “Monica” from Friends on a less dramatic scale.
One skill or talent I wish I had: To actually be good at yoga, especially the really advanced poses like upside-down balances and holds.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: You do you. Be your authentic self.
Favorite client experience: Onboarding new members to the Board. It’s exciting to work with such passionate individuals who are filled with new ideas and inspiration toward leading the association into the future.
Professional accomplishment I'm most proud of: Serving as leadership for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Young Professionals Committee.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The friendships I’ve made.
Graphic Design, Public Relations
Alma mater: UW-Madison, same as my grandma (during Prohibition), husband (we met in the dorms) and both our sons. One fun fact my grandma shared with me was that Tripp Commons in Memorial Union was THE place guys took a dinner date to really impress. Another was that she sometimes snuck out of Barnard Hall after curfew to visit a basement speakeasy somewhere off Regent.
Family: Husband Patrick and two sons. We don’t have any pets, although over the years we’ve had fish, birds, a tree frog and a leopard gecko, whose name was Stripe even though he was spotty.
What I like to do in my off-hours: Outdoor activities - hiking, biking, paddling - except not so much in the winter.
I’m known in the office for... Being easy to work with, getting it done, and listening to Jimmy Buffet on my PC.
My superpower: Being able to sleep ANYWHERE.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Something is only a big deal if you let it be a big deal.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Cliché, perhaps, but it’s the people. Every single co-worker of mine is competent, collaborative and supportive. It makes all the difference in the world. I love that!
Brittany Marsala Olson
Alma mater: Bachelor of Science: Communication Studies; Minor: English
Family: Dan (husband); George and Olive (four-legged fur babies)
What I like to do in my off-hours: Entertain, try new restaurants (especially brunch spots!), travel
I’m known in the office for... My spunky (maybe sometimes sassy?) personality
My superpower: Details
Favorite client experience: The process of a meeting or event begins as an idea. I love being a part of its evolution into a valuable attendee experience.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Words of wisdom written by my grandfather before he passed away. “Do your best with all the challenges in life. We all have them. Respect others and they will respect you. Be there for your family and friends. We need each other. Enjoy life! There is so much we take for granted. Get up in the morning and thank God. Then go out and live life to its fullest. It’s the only one you have.”
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Co-workers that are like family!
Alma mater: University of Wisconsin Madison – Majors: Nonprofit Leadership and Business
Family: Lynda and TJ’s daughter; Oldest of four
What I like to do in my off-hours: Waterski, go for walks with my puppy, read
I’m known in the office for... Matching outfits with Lynda
One skill or talent I wish I had: Dancing!
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Don’t give up on what you want most for what you want now.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The upbeat, fun, and constantly changing atmosphere. Oh, the people are pretty great too ;)
Alma mater: University of Wisconsin - Madison
What I like to do in my off-hours: Work out, bake, attend Badger sporting events.
I’m known in the office for... Making people laugh
My superpower: Ability to negotiate with the best of them — like Brittany!
One skill or talent I wish I had: Dance: Hip-hop or ballet
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Live and learn.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Traveling and meeting members onsite at meetings
Alma mater: Ripon College, Ripon, WI
What I like to do in my off-hours: Watch our kids grow in all aspects of their lives, be outdoors, support Lynda in her successes at AMPED.
I’m known in the office for... assembling office furniture without reading instructions and saving all the left-over parts (why do they ship those?)
My superpower: “MacGyvering” concepts into reality
One skill or talent I wish I had: Ability to play piano or guitar
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: "It's not mine to judge."
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Learning the lost art of sawing lumber in my younger days.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The dedication of the staff and watching our clients exceed their objectives with our services!
Director of Administration
Alma mater: Bachelor of Science, Retail and Entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
What I like to do in my off-hours: Cook (eat), CrossFit, host people at my home for a meal or happy hour.
Where I volunteer: Hands on Nashville, Nashville Food Co-Op
I’m known in the office for... Being an Excel wizard.
Favorite client experience: I love working with new clients and onboarding them onto our teams, systems and processes and really seeing the difference we can make right off the bat!
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The people! Everyone at AMPED is so passionate about (and good at!) what they do and, as cheesy as it sounds, it is inspiring to be around. The cherry on top is that we all get along well outside of work, too, and are known to spend time with each other after hours.
Alma mater: B.S. in Business Administration, UW Platteville; Marketing emphasis, Minor Psychology
Family: Husband Wayne, daughters Erika and Isabella
What I like to do in my off-hours: Watch my daughter compete in soccer and basketball, travel to warm beach locations, cook, listen to music, create whatever!
Where I volunteer: OHS Athletic Boosters, OHS Girls Basketball and Track & Field parent volunteer, occasional food pantry volunteer
I’m known in the office for... A variety of aromas wafting from my office (good I hope!—essential oils)
My superpower: Invisibility, invulnerability, omnilingualism — NOT! But I do have a sick ability to pick out typos that others often miss.
Favorite client experience: I enjoy seeing growth and system improvements with new clients. While at live educational events, I like supporting the presenters and interacting with the member attendees, helping create a valuable training experience.
One skill or talent I wish I had: Painting, as in painting a wall — can’t do it!
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Love is a choice, not merely a feeling. Choose love even when you don’t feel like it!
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: I received awards in my early finance career for volume, profitability, loss recovery, etc. I then spent nearly two decades raising my family and volunteering my time which was incredibly rewarding. After an extended hiatus, I am proud of my ability to jump back into a full-time professional role with AMPED.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The eclectic vibe of downtown Madison and the Capitol Square, along with the diversity of the clients we represent.
Alma mater: Iowa State University (undergrad) and Loyola University Chicago (grad)
Family: Fun-loving, hard-working husband, Mike
What I like to do in my off-hours: Spend time with family and friends, watch the Chicago Cubs (win the World Series) and eat
Professional goals: Working toward completing my Certified Meeting Planner designation
I’m known in the office for... My hotel routine to ease my fear of germs. I wrote an AMPED blog with a few of my travel tips, but I only shared a glimpse of my somewhat ridiculous routine when I first step into a hotel room.
One skill or talent I wish I had: As much as I love to eat, I’m a mediocre cook. I wish I could whip up a delicious meal with ease and confidence.
Favorite client experience: Each client meeting that I've been involved with in planning is a favorite experience. We get to see all of the work from many hands come together and experience the end result.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Wake up with purpose and choose to be happy each day.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The people. So much talent and dedication to help our associations grow and perfect operations, all while having a great team to laugh with and celebrate professional and personal successes!
Donté Shannon, CAE
Leadership Contributions: 2019 - 2020 Chair, CAE Commission
Where I volunteer: Speaking engagements and workshops on association management
Professional recognition: 2015 Forty under 40 Award; ASAE DELP Scholar
Membership Administration Manager
Alma mater: I earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Edgewood College in Madison, WI and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Family: My wonderful husband and three awesome kids!
What I like to do in my off-hours: I love to read and to go hiking. Mostly I enjoy spending time with my family.
My superpower: Multi-tasking
Where I volunteer: I'm the co-treasurer for the Wisconsin Heights Parent Teacher Organization
One skill or talent I wish I had: I have always wanted to play the piano.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: My mom once shared this Eleanor Roosevelt quote with me: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
My favorite client experience: Getting to know the people and industries each client group represents
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Honestly, I am really proud of my entire career in association management!
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Definitely the people. I feel so lucky to be working with such an amazing group of colleagues and client organizations!
Alma mater: Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters
What I like to do in my off-hours: Work
I’m known in the office for... Rolling up my sleeves. Literally.
Leadership roles: Owner, Remachines
My superpower: The ability to translate the language of Nerd for others
One skill or talent I wish I had: A better vertical
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: “Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.”
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Running my own business
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Everyone has their own unique talents.
Gina M. Staskal, CNAP
Alma mater: Lakeland University - Bachelors in Accounting
Family: Husband Jim and son Eric and wife Carly in Washington state. I'm #4 of 5 and blessed to have most of my family close by.
What I like to do in my off-hours: BPO Elks functions, family, the outdoors and lighthouses!
I’m known in the office for... Not giving up but not afraid to ask for help.
My superpower: Tenacity.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" and "You do what you think is right"
Leadership Contributions: Secretary, Beaver Dam Elks Lodge; State Chair of (WEA) Wisconsin Elks Association Government Relations Committee; Treasurer for WEA Central District; Treasurer for WILD (Wisconsin Lighthouse District).
Recognitions: WEA Secretary of the Year 2017-18. Published in the American Payroll Association newsletter
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Finishing my bachelor's degree while working full time and tending to family.
Alma mater: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, University of Miami
Family: I come from a very large extended family though I am an only child. I have more cousins than I can count! My husband and I recently adopted a Border Collie/Labrador puppy who was rescued from Puerto Rico after the recent hurricanes.
What I like to do in my off-hours: I love to go treasure hunting at flea markets. I volunteer through the Junior League of Washington at historical Old Town Alexandria museums. I am also teaching myself calligraphy.
Where I volunteer: Member, Junior League of Washington; Volunteer, Historical Alexandria Docents Committee
I’m known in the office for... Always having the best snacks!
My superpower: Eternal optimism.
One skill or talent I wish I had: I wish I could sing. I still do it, but it’s not pretty. No American Idol here!
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.
Favorite client experience: The NIBA 2018 Annual Convention. There were many moving parts, but it was brilliant to see it all come together and see happy attendees enjoying the hard work we spent on the front-end. We also had a small, but efficient team onsite to pickup tasks and get the job done. Great teamwork!
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Organizing and conducting successful educational conferences in low resource locations such as South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mozambique.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED:The people! I am grateful to work with talented and genuine people who truly love what they do.
Alma mater: Community, Environment, and International Development from Penn State University
Family: I am the middle child of 5, with an older brother and older sister, and a younger brother and younger sister.
What I like to do in my off-hours: I love to hike and stay active, read, bake, and try new things.
Where I volunteer: I love children and volunteer teaching Sunday School at my church.
I’m known in the office for... Bringing baked goods to share!
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Don't try so hard to be understood that you forget to be understanding.
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Project managing a series of grants totaling over 1.5 million dollars.
Alma mater: Adrian College, BA Accounting; UW-Madison, MBA-Finance
Family: Husband, Dan and two adult sons
What I like to do in my off-hours: Read, snowshoe, walk, spend time with family
I’m known in the office for… “In your face” sweaters
My superpower: Efficiency, a need to tie down the little things, Excel
One skill or talent I wish I had: I wish I was better at the advice I was given below.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Attack and embrace the project that you know nothing about. It’s all about continuing to learn. Wish I was better at it.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Lynda and her staff. They feel like family.
Managing Director, DC Office
Alma mater: UW-Madison
Family: Married to a former Madisonian, Bill; one daughter, Carly; and one son, Will
What I like to do in my off-hours: Re-purposing vintage finds, running, tennis, spectator at kids’ sporting events
My superpower: Multi-tasking, problem solving, juggling several businesses at once
Best piece of advice: Life rewards risk; don’t be afraid to aim high and go for it!
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Running multiple businesses at once and helping AMPED open the new DC office in Old Town Alexandria.
Marketing and Communications
Alma mater: Sam Houston State University, BBA in Information Systems Management
Family: My family and I live in Traverse City, Michigan where my wife and my little boy love the outdoors and living the #PureMichigan life. From kayaking to hiking to fishing - we are always outside doing something fun.
What I like to do in my off-hours: I am an avid fisherman and outdoorsman always looking for that next outdoor adventure.
Where I volunteer: I love to advocate for renewable energy in my local community and educate people on the role our energy use and production affects our planet
Special recognition: In my final year of military service in the U.S. Army I was awarded the soldier of the year award.
I’m known in the office for: Being the guy who loves analytics a little too much.
My superpower: Fish-finder sonar vision
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: It is better to have and not need than to need and not have
Favorite client experience: AEMP Technician of the Year ceremony 2016 watching the family of the award recipient cry with happiness watching their dad get the award and giving him a big hug. Priceless!
Professional accomplishment I'm most proud of: Launching the AEMP Online University and hitting conference registration records for attendance.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: I love how the AMPED team rallies around each other to get things done. The support network is amazing!
Marketing and Membership
Alma mater: Bachelor's of Business Administration - Marketing, Edgewood College
Family: Married to Rhonda. Have two sons: Brendan and Andrew
What I like to do in my off-hours: Boy Scouts, camping, kayaking, karate, running
Leadership contributions: VP of Membership, AMA Madison; Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Troop 155
Where I volunteer: AMA Madison, Boy Scouts, Northwest Dane Senior Services
Special recognition: Inbound Certified; Google Adwords Certified; working toward Certified Association Executive designation
I’m known in the office: For my sense of humor. (Maybe I should ask my coworkers about that, to see if it’s a good thing . . .)
My superpower: Pop culture knowledge and movie quotes
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: When I was 13 I was taught how to give a proper handshake.
Favorite client experience: I was recently asked to assist in the transition of a new client. The retiring executive director and staff made us feel so welcome and trusted to continue the association’s success, while being very open to change and improvement.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: All of my coworkers are rock stars at what they do. Lynda trusts us to exceed our clients’ expectations every day.
Meetings Technology Manager
Alma mater: BA in Political Science, BA in Spanish, UW-Madison
I’m known in the office for... My obsession with both Oreos and doughnuts.
Leadership contributions: Chair of the WSAE Young Professional Task Force
Special recognition:2017 WSAE Young Professional Award, Association Forum/USAE's Forty Under 40; ASAE Next Gen participant
My superpower is: Knowing when there is food in the office before everyone else does.
Celebrity you’ve been told you look like: I’ve been repeatedly told that I look like both Marion Cotillard and Kat Dennings.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: In the words of a wise Albus Dumbledore, “Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — JK Rowling
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: I am currently serving as co-chair on a newly-created Young Professional Task Force for a professional association I belong to.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: My favorite thing about working at AMPED is working with such talented and innovative colleagues, who happen to also be my friends.
Tina Wehmeir, CMP, CAE
Alma mater: Bachelor of Arts, Marketing, Bauder College
Family: My husband Phil owns a 2nd generation restaurant in Alexandria, VA, Laporta's and we have a four-leg child, Rico we rescued from Puerto Rico on our 5 year wedding anniversary trip.
What I like to do in my off-hours: Read, shop, try to new restaurants & wines
Leadership: Chair of Events Industry Council (EIC), Executive Committee on Meetings, Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) Board member of US Travel
I’m known in the office for...Traveling...and shoes!
My superpower: Deflecting anything negative
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: You can learn a lot more from listening first
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Raising the most money in the history of the PCMA Foundation the year I was Chair, to award even more scholarships to deserving students.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: Love our groovy Alexandria location!
Communications and Marketing Director
Alma mater: BA in Telecommunications and Journalism, Mount Mary University
What I like to do in my off-hours: Watch classic movies; experiment in the kitchen; read kitchy, vintage cookbooks
Where I volunteer: Middleton Outreach Ministry clothing closet, Middleton High School Choral Boosters
Special recognition: ASAE Gold Circle Award recipient
I’m known in the office for...Telling it like it is.
My superpower: I'm a mom.
Best piece of advice anyone ever gave me: Surround yourself with people who challenge and inspire you.
Favorite client experience: More than anything, I love showcasing what my team is capable of. When we can take things to the next level for a client — a website, a publication or a meeting — it's extremely gratifying.
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Around 1990, when “cut and paste” literally meant “scissors and glue,” I recognized early the need to transition to electronic publishing. I taught myself how to use the first version of Pagemaker (flashback!) and launched one of the first creative services departments in association management.
Favorite thing about working at AMPED: I really love everyone I work with, and I know how blessed I am to be able to say that.
Ziye Zhu (Sabrina)
Alma mater: The George Washington University School of Business; Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Minor in Music
Family: Mom and dad based in Shanghai, China
Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Interning at AMPED; Performing at the Cosmos Club in Summer 2019
What I like to do in my off hours: Playing piano, working out, and dog-patting
I'm known in the office for . . . being a huge fan of HARIBO; being responsible for the snack bar in D.C. Office
& Our Associates
Taylor Computer Services
Dave Bayer brings many years of information technology experience to AMPED. He provides a wide range of services, including server and networking, programming, business software and security enforcement for AMPED and its clients.
The Center for Association Growth (TCAG)
Brett Wangman, president of TCAG, assists AMPED with development of its Higher Logic-hosted social media websites. His expertise is in the area of collaboration and online community building.
National Association of Professional Allstate Agents
Ted Paris, executive director of the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents, Inc. (NAPAA), works closely with AMPED to develop communications, education and representation to its members.
Construction Specifiers Institute
Mark Dorsey, executive director of the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI), works closely with AMPED directing the management of marketing and communications services for CSI.
& Our Partners
Springer, Jacco Flipsen
Jacco is an international manager with leadership qualities that are imperative to work effectively with global organizations. Jacco and Springer have a strong history working with associations. Springer publishes the SWS Wetlands Journal.
Wiley, Brian Giblin
Brian is a senior editor at Wiley and has been working as the publisher’s lead for the International Council of Small Business, an AMPED consulting client since 2011. Brian has strong, global experience managing journals in social sciences.
Howe & Hutton Ltd., C. Michael Deese
Based in Washington DC, Michael assists AMPED clients with hotel and convention center contract reviews.
Godfrey & Kahn SC, Mike Wittenwyler
An administrative and regulatory attorney who specializes in advising trade associations and other organizations in their interactions with the government. Mike advises AMPED and our clients on a variety of topics, including corporation, IRS tax exemption, contracts and agreements.
Stafford Rosenbaum Attorneys, Tom Solheim
Tom is the general counsel to AMPED and our clients, specializing in trademark applications and business law.
Diamax, Derek Rector
Diamax is an interactive consultant and software engineering company, producing and marketing cutting edge products including the online marketplace for AMPED’s client, CSIA. Diamax offers insightful strategy, innovative technology, and award-winning creative talent to AMPED clients, supporting and advising them as they grow.
UBS Wealth Advisors, Hillary Cullen
Hillary and her team provide investment recommendations that are strategically aligned with the aspirations and goals of our clients.
Wegner CPAs, Jenny Tarkowski
Jenny is a partner at Wegner with more than 15 years of experience. She specializes in performing financial statement and compliance audits for a variety of nonprofit organizations and trade associations, including all of AMPED’s clients.
Wintrust Wealth Management, Scott Steinhorst
Scott works with AMPED and our clients to design strategic investment plans, customized to meet each organization’s financial goals. Scott builds personal relationships and strives to create roadmaps to help clients arrive at their financial destinations.