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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 Bouchard Patterson to Serve as Chair of the ASAE Research Foundation

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AMPED is proud to announce that Lynda Bouchard 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, Bouchard Patterson 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, Lynda 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 Bouchard 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.”
Bouchard 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, Bouchard Patterson 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

Kim Schardin SQUAREAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Kim Schardin, MBA, CAE has joined the AMPED family as the Executive Director of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA).

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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Suzanne C. Berry, MBA, CAE joins AMPED as Interim Executive Director

Suzanne Berry SQUAREAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Suzanne C. Berry, MBA, CAE will be serving as interim Executive Director for both the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). Suzanne’s role includes the management of the day-to-day operations of AAAA and AAWC including advocacy efforts, governance support and fiscal management.

“I am thrilled to be back in the AMC community working as a consultant to AMPED Association Management. After owning and working in my own AMC for over 30 years, I had missed the fast-paced and innovative environment. I am so impressed by the team that AMPED President and Owner Lynda Patterson, FASAE, CAE has assembled in her company,” said Berry.

Suzanne brings years of successful executive leadership as an association CEO and a past co-founder and owner of an association management company, Association Resources, Inc. Since departing Association Resources, Suzanne has worked with a number of associations in C-Suite roles. Berry is currently a Strategic Advisor with BlochReed (BR) Association Advisors. BR’s mission is to help leaders create opportunities that result in effective associations.

Berry holds an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1995. She is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.

“We are delighted to have Suzanne join our company to support AAAA and AAWC in this interim Executive Director role,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, AMPED’s President and Owner. “I have great respect and admiration for Suzanne and her expertise in the non-profit sector. We have continued to stay connected even after the sale of Association Resources, Inc. in 2007, which she co-owned with Peter Berry, CAE. I knew that Suzanne would be a great fit with AMPED’s culture and our team of professionals.”

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