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Joers joins AMPED as Associate Director and Program Manager

Alex Joers pic squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Alex Joers has been appointed as the Associate Director and Program Manager for both the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and APTA Geriatrics. In this role, Alex will oversee day-to-day operations, while assisting with governance and education development for both associations.

"I feel a great connection to AMPED and the organizations that I will be working with,” said Joers. “It is inspiring to assist in the development of exceptional educational opportunities and programs that these clients have built over the years. I look forward to collaborating with a team of dedicated professionals as we look to the future."

A native of Madison, Wisc., Joers earned a dual degree in political science and public administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He previously worked in the Wisconsin State Legislature for six years focusing on constituent outreach, media relations and policy development. Alex began serving as a local elected official when he joined the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 2020. He and his wife, Katie, have a one-year-old son.

SRA is a community of researchers with goals to advance understanding of adolescence and enhance the wellbeing of youth in a globalized world. APTA Geriatrics is one of the largest sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), with over 5,500 members dedicated to the field of geriatric therapy and the empowerment of adults to move, engage and live well.

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Emily Viles-Monari Promoted to AMPED Senior Education Manager

EV for web 2019 squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Emily Viles-Monari, CAE is taking on a new role as AMPED’s Senior Education Manager.

In this position, Viles-Monari will work with AMPED employees and the Executive Team to develop internal education and training resources while assisting AMPED clients in areas of program strategy, development and management.

Viles-Monari started her career in association management when she joined the AMPED team in 2014. Since then, she has gained expertise in meetings technology, program development and governance to advance the growth and mission of several AMPED client associations. Currently, Viles-Monari works with the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, the North American Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis Cooperative, the International Multiple Sclerosis Visual System Consortium, International Women in Multiple Sclerosis and the Society for Research on Adolescence.

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Jen Brydges is New Executive Director of Women in Government Relations

Brydges 3384 2016 HeadshotAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Jen Brydges, CAE has taken on a new role as Executive Director of Women in Government Relations (WGR).

Brydges has eight years’ experience as an association executive and leads several AMPED association clients. She is the Managing Director of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, Executive Director of the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Executive Director of Leadership California.

“Having spent six years working in the Wisconsin State Senate, I know how important government relations are, and how important it is to provide women an opportunity to network, share their unique experiences, and further their personal and professional development,” said Brydges. “I’m thrilled to bring a unique perspective along with tools for the WGR Board to enhance their strategic leadership of the organization.”

WGR is the premier, non-partisan professional society for those who have responsibilities and interests in the field of government relations and/or public affairs. With more than 1,200 members at every career level of government relations, WGR’s membership represents a wide array of private, non-profit and public sector organizations.

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AMPED Congratulates Florek and Hogendorn for Earning QAS Certification

Florek and HogendornAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that team members Nathan Florek and Suzanna Hogendorn have both completed and passed the exam for the Florida Society of Association Executives Qualified Association Specialists (QAS) Program.

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.

Florek is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and has been lending his marketing expertise to the following AMPED clients: The Tavern League of Wisconsin, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, and the National Air Filtration Association.

My thanks to AMPED Association Management for sponsoring this opportunity to learn and grow,” said Florek. “I’m excited to continue to learn about and experience the world of associations.”

Hogendorn is the Membership Director for the following AMPED clients: Wisconsin Society of Association Executives and Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.

“I enjoyed learning the best practice of association management in areas I was not familiar with,” said Hogendorn, “and I appreciate AMPED’s commitment to my professional development.”

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Kris Ackley is New Executive Director for Both Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association and Women in Trucking Foundation

Kris Ackley headshot squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Kris Ackley has taken on new roles as Executive Director of both the Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association (FSGA) and Women in Trucking Foundation (WITF).

Ackley has 25 years’ experience in non-profit management, specifically in fundraising, event management, membership, and volunteer engagement. In addition to her roles with FSGA and WITF, she is also the Associate Director for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC).

“I’m excited to take on these new opportunities,” said Ackley. “I’ve always been passionate about sports and I’m excited to use my degree in Sports Management to help lead FSGA forward. And I’m proud to use my leadership experience to help support women advance their careers in the trucking industry.”

“There are immense growth opportunities for both of these organizations,” she continues. “I look forward to working with their Boards to accomplish the goals set forth in their strategic plans and lead the staff teams to achieve them.”

The Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association is the only national organization representing the interests of fantasy sports and gaming companies. It is the voice for 60 million fantasy sports players in the United States and Canada, and for the companies that provide services, news, information and competition to support this growing industry. Members are sports and gaming enthusiasts, with companies that range from small startups to large media corporations. Their mission is to provide members with essential research and data, networking opportunities, and collective action to help them reach their potential.

The Women in Trucking Foundation provides scholarships to ensure that women in the trucking industry have the support they need to grow their skills and themselves. Ackley oversees operations of the organization and works directly with the Board of Directors and corporate sponsors working to grow the organization’s reach.

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