Committees

NSA has a tremendous number of dedicated volunteers and would not be the same organization without their service and contributions! This page lists basic information about the standing volunteer-led committees doing the work of the Association in support of the strategic plan and on behalf of the membership.

Each year the volunteer leadership changes with the presidential term and most appointments to these committees are made by the incoming President. All volunteers are selected based on their proven abilities, often shown in their home chapter, and their dedication to the mission and vision of NSA.

NSA has a tremendous number of dedicated volunteers and would not be the same organization without their service and contributions! This page lists basic information about the standing volunteer-led committees doing the work of the Association in support of the strategic plan and on behalf of the membership.

Each year the volunteer leadership changes with the presidential term and most appointments to these committees are made by the incoming President. All volunteers are selected based on their proven abilities, often shown in their home chapter, and their dedication to the mission and vision of NSA.

Purpose: To provide guidance to staff for creating programming that leads Academy participants on a path to NSA membership.

2016-17 Chair: Gary Rifkin, CSP

Staff Liaison: Jean Beck — Academy & Chapter Relations Specialist

Purpose: To assist the NSA Board of Directors and the NSA Foundation Board of Trustees (the “Boards”) in fulfilling their financial oversight responsibilities.

2016-17 Chair: Monica Wofford, CSP

Staff Liaison: William Peterson — Director of Finance and Administration

Purpose: To submit a slate of candidates to the membership for approval to fill open positions on the Board of Directors.

2016-17 Chair: Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE — Chief Executive Officer

Purpose: To maintain the integrity of the CSP designation by monitoring and making adjustments to the criteria to obtain the designation.

2016-17 Chair: Tim Durkin, CSP

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist

Purpose: To support, educate and encourage current and future NSA chapter leaders; to represent chapter leadership issues and concerns to the Board; and, to provide chapter leadership support through encouraging use of chapter leadership resources. The NSA Chapter Leadership Committee also serves as a link between the chapters and NSA.

2016-17 Chair: Marty Stanley, CSP

Staff Liaison: Jean Beck – Academy & Chapter Relations Specialist

Purpose: To create a three-day, state-of-the-art, master level learning and networking event targeted to professional speakers who have been speaking full-time for at least five years and who make at least 35 fee-paid presentations per year.

2017 Co-Chairs: Anna Liotta, CSP, and Barry Banther, CMC, CSP

Staff Liaison: Melissa Lanouette, CMP – Director of Meetings and Events

Purpose: To appoint the members of the CPAE Selection Committee; determine if and when to revoke the CPAE lifetime award for just cause; and, oversee the CPAE annual awards ceremony including verifying all participants in the ceremony (MCs, hosts, entertainment and introducers) are members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame.

2016-17 Co-Chairs: Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, and Waldo Waldman, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist

Purpose: Within the established ethics guidelines and procedures, to provide a means to investigate and make determinations on complaints alleging violations of the NSA Code of Professional Ethics and to recommend appropriate resolutions to complaints.

2016-17 Chair: Confidential

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE — Chief Executive Officer

Purpose: To serve as the interim governing body between meetings of the Board of Directors with authority vested by the Board.

2016-17 Chair:
John B. Molidor, PhD, CSP

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE — Chief Executive Officer

Purpose: To create a 4-day, state-of-the-art, master-level learning and networking event targeted to professional speakers who have been speaking full-time for at least five (5) years and who make at least 35 fee-paid presentations per year.

2017 Co-Chairs: Christine Cashen, CSP, CPAE, and Michael Hoffman, CSP

Staff Liaison: Melissa Lanouette, CMP – Director of Meetings and Events

Purpose: To manage the National Speakers Association’s (NSA) investment assets by establishing and adhering to policies that promote intelligent stewardship of the resources NSA has built over its history.

2016-17 Chair: TBD

Staff Liaisons: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE – Chief Executive Officer and William Peterson — Director of Finance and Administration

Purpose: To provide an in depth, hands-on learning experience around a specific competency of professional speaking and specific learning objectives.

Spring 2017 Co-Chairs: Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE, and Waldo Waldman, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Melissa Lanouette, CMP – Director of Meetings and Events

Purpose: To submit a slate of candidates for the office of Vice President to the current Board of Directors.

2016-17 Chair: Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE – Chief Executive Officer

Purpose: To coordinate relevant and compelling content, articles, and writers for three to four feature articles, nine columns, and the cover story for ten issues of Speaker Magazine.

2016-17 Chair: C. Leslie Charles, CSP, and Amelia “Mimi” Brown

Staff Liaison: Karen Bach, Director of Membership and Communications

Purpose: To monitor, analyze, and support the strategic plan’s implementation on behalf of the Board of Directors. The Strategic Planning Committee also serves as strategy advisors to the President-Elect, Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and, as such, recommends updates and changes to the National Speakers Association’s (NSA) Strategic Plan.

2016-17 Chair: Jessica Pettitt, CSP

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE – Chief Executive Officer

Purpose: To create segments for a monthly audio magazine containing interview segments with speaking professionals who are knowledgeable in some aspect of running a speaking business.

2016-17 Chair: Kate Delaney

Staff Liaison: Karen Bach, Director of Membership and Communications

Purpose: To provide guidance and program content providers/speakers of relevance to the youth program. The Youth Program Committee plans, fills, and implements the program and activities of the annual convention youth program.

2016-17 Chair: Jason Hewlett, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist