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FAR Board Election Results for 2020-2022

Cormekki Whitley, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Law and Social Policy(CLASP).

I am the Chief Operating Officer at the Center for Law and Social Policy(CLASP). I lead all aspects of CLASP's internal management and operations. I also provide leadership on the organization's racial equity agenda and represent CLASP to other organizations seeking to improve their commitment to racial equity. Prior to joining CLASP, I served as the Chief Operating Officer for a labor federation where I developed, executed and provided leadership for all of the organization's financial, operational and human systems matters. My prior experience includes financial and donor management for a large community foundation and experience in the financial services industry. I hold a bachelor's degree in accounting from N C State University and advanced degrees from Meredith College and Northcentral University. I have served on numerous boards at the local, county and state level as well as other foundations.  

FAR has been a tremendous resource for me over the last several years. I believe serving on the FAR Board will allow me to bring my full self to the organization – my collegial connections to the work, my commitment to the nonprofit sector, my life experience, and skills. The advice, knowledge and connections gained from my experience as a FAR member has broaden my finance and administrative approach in various nonprofit settings and I would like to give that back to the many members in a greater capacity. It would be an honor to contribute to FAR's mission in a more meaningful way by continuing to advance the dynamic programming and expanding the organization's reach. 

Derek Symer, Principal, Senior Vice President, AHT Insurance

In 2003, I stepped off the 9th Floor elevator and into my first Finance Administration Roundtable luncheon. Nervous and excited, I was warmly welcomed into the FAR culture. My mentor at AHT, Mel Whiteley, steeped me in the rules of the road: as resource members, we are here to engage, learn, and support FAR’s mission – not to sell. 

In the 17 years since, I have sought to engage in every FAR encounter with those principles in mind.  I have attended countless FAR lunches, presented a session on Cyber Risk, and served on the Membership committee. Through all of this I have gotten to know many FAR members and meet association, nonprofit and resource professionals alike. 

We all know FAR is a special organization in the DC networking universe, and now, I would like to give back and contribute to the organization’s future as a FAR Board Member. 

I ask for your vote so that I may serve current and future FAR members.

At AHT I focus on serving many nonprofit organizations, including associations, NGOs, and charitable organizations, and I dedicate my time with clients to building open, collaborative relationships. 

Making a difference is why I get up every morning and do what I do. At AHT, our work enables clients to protect their people, assets and reputations – in short, securing a better future. Clients who value consultative partnerships are the ones who allow me to do my best work.

With your vote I will bring this spirit to the FAR Board.

Paul Preziotti, Partner, Johnson Lambert LLP

My name is Paul Preziotti and I’m a Partner with Johnson Lambert LLP, a multi-office CPA firm focused on serving the not-for-profit community.  In addition to my role with Johnson Lambert LLP, I am a frequent speaker on audit and accounting topics at various industry conferences and seminars.  Furthermore, I have experience serving as a board member with various not-for-profit organizations, including Food for Others and St. John’s Community Services, and am a current member of the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Council and a past chair for the GWSCPA’s Nonprofit Finance & Accounting Symposium.  

My firm has been a long-time Gold Resource Member of FAR (over 15 years) and I have been regularly attending FAR meetings for the past 10 years.  FAR is where I first started to develop my personal network as a less experienced member of the not-for-profit community and as a result of that, I truly appreciate and value the FAR community and want to see it grow and thrive for years to come.  I seek the opportunity to serve on the FAR Board of Directors for this reason and feel my leadership, experience in the not-for-profit community and networking abilities can provide value to FAR in a period where we will have to contemplate unprecedented decisions/ideas and also enact change.  I appreciate your consideration and would cherish the opportunity to serve on the FAR Board of Directors. 

Guy Sheetz, Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Futures Industry Association (FIA).

I am currently serving as, Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer with the Futures Industry Association (FIA).  I migrated to the non-profit sector in 2010 bringing a passion for continuous improvement and strategic leadership to enable the FIA to achieve its mission.  Prior to FIA, I enjoyed a 21-year career with the Airlines Reporting Corporation, a for profit entity with a non-profit motive as an industry-owned technology provider.  Over the life of my career I have had the pleasure to work with Lou Novick who introduced me to FAR during my tenure at both organizations. 

I have found that the common interests of the FAR membership produce contacts that can share extremely valuable views, experiences, and relationships which make a difference in the day-to-day of financial leadership.  I continue to connect with peers through a variety of forums where I enjoy learning what makes other organizations work well, and how to apply that learning to my current organization.  At this point in my career, I am excited to “give-back” time to an organization that has served the community so well. 

I earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and earned a Master’s degree from the John’s Hopkins University Carey School of Business, where he met his wife of 20 years.  Originally from Hawley Pa., I call Arlington home now, with my wife Maria, a non-profit marketing executive, and three daughters ages 14, 11, and 9 where I have been involved in pre-school, and secondary school PTA treasurer and audit roles.

Suzanne Shomers, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Currently is the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the TurfMutt Foundation.

Prior to OPEI, Suzanne served as the chief financial and administrative role for the American Apparel & Footwear Association, Door and Hardware Institute and the Associate Director of Finance for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. 

Suzanne served on the ASAE Finance and Business Operations Council for three years and chaired the Model and Samples Content Committee. She was a recipient of the 2017 Trending 40 Association and Non-Profit Finance Leaders. Currently, she serves on the FAR Board of Directors as Secretary and Chair of the Membership Committee. In addition, she served on the task force to seek, hire, and transition a new management company with FAR’s operations. 

In the past, she served on the FAR CPE Review Committee and the Finance Committee and would be honored to continue serving on the Board of Directors.

Carolyn Lanham, Chief Operating Officer, American Society of Addiction Medicine

I have been in association management for over twenty years, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Society of Addiction Medicine for the past seven years.  I have been fortunate to serve in a leadership capacity of two growing organizations that provided opportunities for me to “learn as I go.” My achievements include navigating the sale of our headquarters office and transitioning to an efficient, state of the art office; growing reserves from $0 to $6M over a five year period; supporting staff growth from 15 to 50+ employees over a seven year period; participating in the development of two effective strategic plans and streamlining systems and processes to increase organizational efficiency. 

In addition to actively fulfilling my FAR Board Member fiduciary responsibilities, I have served as the Membership co-chair, and contributed by developing membership recruit campaigns, conducting member outreach, creating member engagement icebreakers at the luncheons, hosting and participating in non-profit member breakfast briefings and serving on the conference programming selection committee.

Nathan Perrine, Chief Finance Officer, Auto Care Association

In my time on the board of FAR I have been engaged primarily with the coordination of the annual conference.  My first year of board service featured dual roles; supporting the breakfast meetings and chairing the content committee for the annual conference.  My board service responsibilities expanded in the following year, to include overall responsibility of the annual conference planning and coordination.    I also served on the taskforce that reviewed proposals for FAR association management that culminated in the selection of Conference, Inc. as the new provider of support and management services to FAR. 

Lucia Hedke, Principal, Cresa

As a Principal of Cresa, Lucia F. Hedke, LEED GA, works with tenacity and passion in representing tenants through consultation, guidance and negotiating. Her consulting skills include strategic real estate planning and definition process, the procurement and site selection process, economic and space programming efficiency analyses, complex purchase, lease and sublease negotiations, and charting future expansions/retractions through flexibility.

Lucia has served the FAR Board of Directors for the past two years with a focus on the Luncheon Venue as the organization outgrew its past venue.  In addition, Lucia has been an active resource member for 10 years.

Before joining Cresa in 2012 as a Vice President, Lucia was a consultant at a local commercial real estate firm where she specialized in representing non-profit organizations and trade and member based associations within the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. 

Before WLS, Lucia spent five years consulting clients with residential real estate needs through acquisitions and dispositions as a seller and buyer agent in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Additionally, Lucia provided property management services to single users, families and universities.

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