2019 Officers and Board of Directors
President - Ethan Gray, CAE
Ethan is the Associate Division Director for Association Management Services at Talley Management Group (TMG). He has been in the non-profit sector for his entire career beginning with post-college terms as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) and AmeriCorps member working for regional community development organizations. An Association Manager for 12+ years, he has worked in both the AMC and stand-alone environments and has extensive experience in membership, governance and infrastructure development.
Before joining TMG, Ethan was the Vice President of Membership for the Society of Hospital Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), has held ASAE’s Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential since 2012, and has served as an MASAE board member since 2016.
Ethan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Syracuse University. He lives with his wife (a fellow Association Manager) and three children in Wyndmoor, PA. In his spare time, he moonlights as a musician and plays electric bass.
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Vice President - Gene Terry, IOM, CAE
Gene Terry, CAE, IOM serves as the executive director of the American Society of Hand Therapists (Association Headquarters). In this position, he oversees all management functions of the society, including membership, programming, finance, operations and governance. ASHT is the national professional, educational and scientific association for nearly 4,000 members who are occupational and physical therapists, surgeons, physician extenders and researchers.
Gene also serves as the Allied Health, Medical and Scientific Segment Leader at Association Headquarters. In this role, he oversees client organization service delivery and performance, and focuses on identifying tools and processes that support association growth initiatives.
His prior executive leadership experience combines an association management company, three national voluntary-health organizations (American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, March of Dimes), a university hospital system, and a healthcare public relations agency.
Gene earned the certified association executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives. He is an active volunteer, currently serving as treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives and is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Gene holds a Bachelor or Arts degree in Public Relations from Rowan University and is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Treasurer - Dominick Mondi
Dominick Mondi is the Executive Director of the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA). Previously, Dominick served as President of the Associated Building Contractors, New Jersey Chapter and prior to that he held the position of Executive Director of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association. He began his career as a landscape architect, receiving a BS from Rutgers University. Over the last decade, he has coupled his experience as a landscape architect and small business owner with extensive work managing and growing trade associations.
Northeast Spa and Pool Association
Secretary - Sarah Hagy, CAE
Sarah Hagy began serving associations in 2006 when she first made her way into the association management industry. Beginning her career at Fernley & Fernley, Inc., the nation’s first association management company, Sarah spent over a decade honing her leadership and management skills representing trade associations in the waterworks supply, horticultural supply, ice cream vending and kitchen exhaust cleaning industries. Finding her niche in leading trade associations, Sarah assumed the role of Executive Director for The Electrical Association of Philadelphia in the fall of 2017.
A proud Philadelphian, Sarah enjoys volunteering within her community. Her most treasured volunteer role is being Big Sister to a sixth grader named Synniyah through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
The Electrical Association of Philadelphia
Immediate Past President - Kyle Fernley
Kyle Fernley has spent his entire career working in non-profits. He is currently President of his 5th generation family firm, Fernley & Fernley, Inc., who are the founders of association management. He oversees all operations including strategic planning and client management. Joining Fernley & Fernley in 2009, he has worked with trade and professional associations in all capacities and roles and handled site selection and contract negotiation for all of Fernley’ clients. Kyle is also President of Premier Meetings by Fernley, which handles site selection and hotel negotiation for both non-profit and corporate organizations.
Kyle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He lives with his wife, Lauren their two daughters Blake (2 years) and Brooklyn (9 months) and their rescue dog, Sydney.
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Director - Jim D’Ovidio
Jim is the owner and founder of Brown Dog Marketing which is a leading supplier of corporate gifts, promotional products, screen printing and embroidering. Brown Dog Marketing has been servicing the trade association industry for 2 decades.
The company is ranked in the top 3% of promotional product distributors in the United States. This allows us to compete with national companies with our pricing and still deliver individual service.
In 2009, Jim was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce of which he is an active member and served as a former member of the Board of Directors. Jim is a current member and board director of the Mid Atlantic Society of Association Executives (M.A.S.A.E.)
Jim lives in Allentown NJ with his wife Christine, his 3 daughters and Moose the family dog. In his free time, Jim is a avid skier and you will also find him on the soccer and LAX fields cheering on his daughters both in and out of state.
Brown Dog Marketing
Director - Amy Drum, CAE, CMP, CEM
Amy is an independent consultant with over 25 years of hands-on experience managing meetings, conventions, trade shows, marketing events and special projects for national /international membership associations (trade and professional society) and corporations in industry sectors such as medical, healthcare & STEM, education, finance, insurance, government and communications. She has worked on staff for both AMC's as well as stand alone associations. Groups range in size from 25 to 20,000 attendees in North America, Europe and Asia. She and her family are native Pennsylvanians and she enjoys the outdoors and classical music.
Drum Meeting Planning & Event Consultants
Director - Taylor Griffith
Taylor Griffith has over 10 years of experience in association management, primarily in membership and volunteer management. Working for organizations like Society of Hospital Medicine and National Board of Medical Examiners, her focus includes acquisition, retention, member engagement, and committee and executive board management. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospital and Service Management from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Currently, Taylor is the Director of Membership at the Northeast Spa & Pool Association in Hamilton, NJ.
In addition to serving as a Director on MASAE’s Board of Directors, she is the Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee.
Northeast Spa and Pool Association
Director - Bill Muench, IV
Director - Felicia Taylor, CAE
Felicia K. Taylor is an association executive with more than 20 years of experience working for professional associations. She is the Chief Executive Officer for the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Felicia currently serves on the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives Board of Directors. She is also part of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) (2017-2019 class), a national leadership program through the American Society of Association Executives.
She is a recipient of the New York Society of Association Executives 2018 Outstanding Non-Profit Executive Award. She also received the NAPNAP President’s Award in 2011 and the 2009 Standard of Excellence Award for best website development as project lead from the Web Marketing Association.
She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. She earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, awarded by the American Society of Association Executives in 2018
New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Director - Leslie Teris, JD, CAE
Leslie Teris, JD, CAE, Executive Director, Foundation Financial Officers Group (Talley Management)
Leslie Teris leads the team of professionals providing services to the Foundation Financial Officers Group at Talley Management Group, Inc. With more than a decade of experience in the field of professional association management, she has participated in all aspects of association management, working with groups of varying size, complexity, and industry focus. Leslie is a Certified Association Executive, and a member of ASAE and MASAE.
Leslie earned her JD at Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ, and has experience defending personal injury claims in New Jersey Superior Court. Her legal training in research, analysis, writing, and advocacy translates directly to her role as an advisor to association leadership.
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Executive Director - Denise Downing, CMP
Denise has been President of Neff & Downing Management Services since 2007 and currently serves as the Executive Director for six professional associations. Prior to becoming President of NDMS, Denise served as a Vice-President from 2002 to 2007 and previously worked in the advertising and corporate marketing fields. Denise received her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2007. Denise graduated from Villanova University in 1998 with a degree in Marketing.
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