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Q&A with ASAE Board Chair Lynda Bouchard Patterson

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Board service is an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and push your industry and profession forward, says ASAE Board Chair Lynda Bouchard Patterson, FASAE, CAE, as part of a Q&A published in the Association Now Board Brief. 

Q: What motivates you personally to participate as a volunteer leader for ASAE?
A: My passion for the work of associations and the people in them motivates me to effect change and focus on the third pillar of ASAE’s Destination 2026 strategy, which is all about elevating associations. We want to amplify associations within our community and externally to policymakers, other industries, and the future workforce so people will no longer ask what association management is. I envision associations providing a career path that people no longer fall into but actively seek out.

Q: How do you balance the demands of board service with your own CEO role and other responsibilities?
A: Balancing my own company, AMPED Association Management, along with being CEO of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis and ASAE chair, is all about recognizing that it’s a team effort. My staff are super excited and supportive of me being chair and share my passion for what we do. It’s also a team effort on the ASAE staff side: I meet weekly with ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason, and her team is extremely prepared and accessible. It also helps to work with other board officers who are just as committed and responsive.

Q: What skills should a board member cultivate to be successful in the role?
A: A willingness to understand and learn about the association industry outside of your own company or organization. In addition, you want to develop your financial acumen, as well as skills in goal-setting, strategic thinking, engagement, communication, and awareness around important issues such as DEI and the impact of public policy on your industry. To effectively cultivate these skills, you want to be prepared and ask good questions.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is coming into a board role for the first time?
A: Come in with an open mind. Though you’re already a member of the organization and you have some knowledge of how to run your own company, try to set that aside as a new board member. Ask questions and meet one on one with other board members, past members, the CEO, and staff. Learn about the culture of the organization and board, how decisions are made, and your own role. It’s also important to be adaptable to make changes when things don’t go as planned.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your board service?
A: It is a privilege and honor to serve as ASAE chair and represent our profession not only within our membership but also with legislators and related organizations. I’m proud of the working relationships I’ve built over the years and that, even after three decades, I’m always learning something new from my peers, those who came before me, and the next generation.

Lynda Bouchard Patterson, FASAE, CAE, is president and owner of AMPED Association Management and also serves as CEO of Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis. Email: lpatterson@

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AMPED selected to manage APTA Academy of Pediatrics

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AMPED Association Management has been selected to manage the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academy of Pediatrics.

With a dedicated staff and proven processes, AMPED brings a wealth of professional association experience to APTA Pediatrics. AMPED will provide full management services, including leadership, strategic planning, governance, education, membership development, meeting planning, industry relations, financial management, and communications. AMPED also manages two other APTA Academies: Leadership and Innovation, and Geriatrics.

Christina McCoy, CAE will serve as Executive Director of APTA Pediatrics, overseeing operations of the organization and working directly with the Board of Directors, volunteer leaders and members. McCoy is also the Executive Director of APTA Geriatrics.

"It's clear to see the Academy's impact on the profession of Pediatric Physical Therapy, transforming society by optimizing movement for lifelong meaningful participation of all children,” said McCoy. “I'm honored to serve alongside these passionate leaders committed to this community. Our goal is to work with the board to create a new three-year strategic plan, giving us goalposts our essential initiatives and the opportunity to dream of new ways to support the Academy and profession.”   

APTA Pediatrics President Mary Jane Rapport PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA said, “The Board of APTA Pediatrics is looking forward to our partnership with AMPED as our new Association Management group. Following a long and involved process of interviews and information gathering, AMPED stood out as the company to support the Academy now and into the future. We are excited about AMPED’s experience with other APTA components and the opportunity to have a team of association management professionals to support all our members, including our active volunteers, and our many activities and initiatives.”

APTA Pediatrics is a professional association and specialty component of APTA serving 5,200 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students.

AMPED will assume full-service association management on March 1, 2024.

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Corinn Ploessl Joins AMPED as Director of Organizational Development

Corinn Ploessl for web squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Corinn Ploessl has joined the AMPED family as the Director of Organizational Development. This is her second position with AMPED, having formerly managed two of AMPED’s clients in the areas of marketing and meeting planning.

Ploessl is a dynamic leader with a diverse background in event management, marketing, and community relations. With over a decade of experience, Corinn has made significant contributions to organizations like AMPED Association Management, Destination Madison, and Hilldale Shopping Center. Her extensive experience in event planning and management, coupled with her expertise in communication and leadership, has consistently fueled success and innovation throughout her career. Corinn's passion for community engagement and professional development underscores her commitment to developing meaningful connections and driving collaborative growth.

"I'm thrilled to be back at AMPED and eager to reignite our commitment to cultivating a vibrant work culture and developing top talent,” said Ploessl. “My aim is to foster an environment where every team member thrives, bringing their best selves to the table, and together we'll elevate AMPED and our clients to new heights of success!”

In her role as Director of Organizational Development, Ploessl will spearhead strategic initiatives to enhance efficiency and cultivate a positive workplace culture. This role oversees talent management and leadership development and utilizes data analysis to gauge organizational impact.

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ASAE Board Approves Strategic Investment in 'The Power of Associations'

Lynda Bouchard Patterson, FASAE, CAE, Chair of the Board of Directors for the ASAE Center for Association Leadership, shares an update on the ASAE Board’s recently approved strategic investment in research to support "The Power of Associations."

Patterson ASAE Power of Associations video

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Jingle All the Way!


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Thanks for making this year merry and bright! We invite you to enjoy the season with a collection of our team’s favorite festive tunes. Here’s to a season filled with cheer and a rocking New Year!

Listen to our holiday Spotify playlist here.

See AMPED's full holiday card here.

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