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Christina McCoy Named One of Forty Under 40

ChristinaMcCoy2019 headshot1 squareAMPED Association Management is proud to congratulate Christina McCoy, recipient of the prestigious 2023 Forty Under 40 Award from InBusiness Magazine.

“I’m honored to be celebrated for this award among the business peers in my Madison community,” said McCoy. “I value the personal and professional relationships that have helped me on my journey to this moment, as I could not have done this alone. Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Christina has worked with associations since 2008 and earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2017. She has been recognized as a recipient of the Forty Under 40® Award from Association Forum and USAE and was named an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) NextGen Scholar. She served as the Chair for ASAE’s Young Professionals Committee in 2018 and is currently a member of ASAE’s CAE Professional Conduct Committee.

At AMPED, Christina is the President/CEO of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE), a 500-member organization dedicated to the profession of association management. She also serves as the Executive Director of APTA Geriatrics: An Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA).

“She is fearless, tireless, and passionate about association management and non-profit governance,” said nominator and AMPED Director of Creative Services Jeanne Weiss. “Among all her impressive attributes, what stands out are her leadership skills and the connections she makes with her teams. She cares and it shows.”

The Forty Under 40 Award is an initiative of In Business Magazine and given to 40 up-and-coming business leaders in the Madison area.

McCoy and her fellow recipients will receive their awards at a private ceremony on March 15, 2023 at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. Learn more about the Forty Under 40 Awards at

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Peterson Earns QAS Certification

DSC 8418 2 cropsqaureAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Diana Peterson has completed and passed the exam for the Florida Society of Association Executives Qualified Association Specialists (QAS) Program.

Peterson is the Operations Manager for both the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) and Leadership California. She is also the Membership Manager for the Society for Research on Adolescence, providing a wide array of operational, administrative, financial and technical support to members, non-members, board, donors, volunteers, staff, and various vendors.

“My many roles within operations, administration and client support depend on a 360 view,” says Peterson. “The 12 modules of the QAS provided valuable insight into some areas I haven’t touched as much over my past 6 years at AMPED, while enhancing knowledge I’ve already gained on the job. Whether on the CAE track or not, the QAS Certification Program is a good source for a comprehensive, high-level view for anyone making or considering a career in association management.”

QAS is a comprehensive overview of association management – from the legal and financial “business model” of associations’ unique governance/volunteer structure, to understanding the key principles of membership, communications, events, non-dues revenue programs, public policy and more. The program strengthens knowledge and skills in association management and helps professionals master the fundamentals needed for career advancement.

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Amy Motyka is New Executive Director of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants

Motyka Head Shot squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Amy Motyka, CMP has completed a transition into a new role as Executive Director of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA).

“We’re very pleased to work with Amy as a member of our leadership team,” said Laura Knoblauch, AAAA President. “AAAA and AMPED have created a strong partnership over the last three years and I’m excited to continue our ambitious workplan with Amy’s leadership. Practice expansion and education remain our top priorities, and I’m confident that Amy has the experience and knowledge of AAAA to help us meet those goals.”

“I’m passionate about association management and working collaboratively with volunteers,” Motyka shared. “AAAA has an incredible board and very active members. It’s exciting to take on this new role as leader of the organization.”

Motyka’s new role includes supporting strategic planning and growth of the association alongside the AAAA Board, committees, and external partners, as well as the management of the day-to-day operations and AAAA staff. She has worked with AAAA since January 2020 as Associate Director and Meeting Planner.

“Amy knows AAAA extremely well and has helped develop a strong partnership between AMPED and AAAA since 2020,” said Michael Battaglia, CAE, former AAAA Executive Director (2020-2022). “During an uncertain time, Amy was instrumental in planning the first-ever virtual meetings and a strong return to in-person this past April. I’m confident in the AAAA team moving forward to continue to deliver results and will continue to support Amy in an advisory role.”

Suzanne Berry, CAE supported the AAAA transition as Interim Executive Director from April to August 2022. Her extensive experience in association management helped Amy and the team prepare for the next chapter while continuing to provide value to members.

In addition to her role as Executive Director of AAAA, Motyka is the Signature Events Manager for Women in Government Relations.



Founded in 1975, the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) is the national organization dedicated to the ethical advancement of the Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) profession and excellence in patient care through education, advocacy, and promotion of the Anesthesia Care Team. With more than 2,000 members, AAAA leads initiatives to license CAAs throughout the U.S. For more information, visit

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Lynda Patterson to Serve as Chair of the ASAE Research Foundation

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AMPED is proud to announce that Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE will become the Chair of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Research Foundation beginning Sept 1, 2022. She will also serve as Chair-Elect of the ASAE Board of Directors.
Recognized as an industry leader nationally, Lynda has served as a Director At Large and Secretary-Treasurer for ASAE. She has also served on ASAE’s Foundation Board, Business Services Board, Strategic Planning Task Force and CEO Search Committee. In 2010 Patterson was one of a selected few to receive the ASAE Fellow designation. 
“When I landed my first exec job while finishing grad school at the age of 25, I didn’t know what I didn’t know,” said Patterson during the ASAE Annual Business Meeting this month. “I was lucky to have great mentors and ASAE and the CAE program as important parts of my career development. From my path to the CAE, volunteering, serving on the Board, and life-long friendships, I personally owe a lot to this organization. It is with this gratitude that I am so proud to also take on the role of volunteer Chair of ASAE Research Foundation.”
Patterson started AMPED Association Management in 2008 and has guided it to its standing as an AMC Institute Accredited company and a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. With over 30 years’ experience in association management and consulting, Lynda brings knowledge of a variety of organizational models and cultures, having served organizations in the CEO capacity as well as business development, marketing, and communications roles. Her visible presence in the association and hospitality community creates opportunities for her to continually learn from and share with other CEOs. 
Also nominated to the ASAE officer roles are: 
  • Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, American Institute of Architects, Chair of the ASAE Board
  • Heidi Brock, President and CEO, American Forest & Paper Association, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE, IOM, President and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Immediate Past Chair of the ASAE Board
Patterson and the new officers and directors at large were officially installed and joined the remaining board members at the 2022 ASAE Annual Meeting and Exposition, August 20-23 in Nashville, Tenn. 
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit


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Kim Schardin, MBA, CAE joins AMPED as Executive Director of the Society for Research on Adolescence

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Schardin has nearly 20 years of experience working with associations and nonprofits in the areas of meetings, membership, programming and executive leadership. She has served such diverse organizations as the Functional Neurological Disorder Society, Growing Spine Foundation, American Association of Medical Society Executives, American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

“Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with experts who make a difference in their field,” said Schardin, “and now I am honored to support SRA in their mission to enhance the wellbeing of youth in a globalized world by addressing issues such as racism, violence, depression, and inclusion.”

Schardin has served her community and her profession as a board member of the Vascular Access Certification Corporation, board member of the Alverno College Alumnae Association, advisory panelist for Meeting Planners International, contributing writer for Associations Now, and a member of the ASAE CAE Exam Committee. She has also earned a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate and practices Spanish, French, and American sign language.

In her role with SRA, Schardin will plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of the organization, including the strategic management of the SRA Executive Council. She will also provide program oversight for SRA's Annual Meeting including the invited educational program.

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