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.

2017-18 Chair: Karen Cortell Reismann, CSP

2017-18 Vice Chair: Ed Gerety, CSP

Staff Liaison: Jean Beck — Academy & Chapter Relations Specialist

Purpose: The purpose of the Ambassador Program is (1) to retain NSA members by personalizing their experience early and (2) to grow the nationwide volunteer talent pool for easy entry as volunteers, assessment of volunteers, and outboarding to future volunteer roles. This Committee provides the personal speaker-to-speaker contact portion of the overall member retention strategy of NSA.

2017-18 Chair: Tom Davidson, CSP

2017-18 Vice Chair: Gilda Bonanno

Staff Liaison: Karen Bach — Director of Membership and Communications

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

2017-18 Chair: Anna Liotta, CSP

2017-18 Vice Chair: Barry Banther, CSP

Staff Liaison: Bill 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.

2017-18 Chair: John B. Molidor, PhD, CSP

Staff Liaison: Chris Packard—Interim Chief Executive Officer

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

2017-18 Chair: Marilyn Sherman, CSP

2017-18 Vice Chair: Margarita Gurri, PhD, 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.

2017-18 Chair: Russ Riddle

2017-18 Vice Chair: Allison Clarke, 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: Sylvie di Guisto and Ben Wolff

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®.

2017-18 Co-Chairs: Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, and Terri Sjodin, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist

Purpose: To create a three-day, state-of-the-art, master level learning and networking event targeted to members that hold NSA’s CSP and CPAE designations.

2017 Co-Chairs: Maribeth Kuzmeski, PhD, CSP and Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE

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

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.

2017-18 Chair: Confidential

Staff Liaison: Chris Packard — Interim 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:
Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Chris Packard — Interim 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: Jill Schiefelbein and Corey Perlman

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.

2017-18 Chair: TBD

Staff Liaisons: Chris Packard – Interim 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.

2017-18 Co-Chairs: Michelle Vialobos and Gerry O’Brion, CSP

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.

2017-18 Chair: John B. Molidor, PhD, CSP

Staff Liaison: Chris Packard – Interim 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.

2017-18 Chair: Linda Keith, CPA, CSP

2017-18 Vice Chair: Laurie Guest, CSP

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.

2017-18 Chair: Neen James, CSP

2017-18 Vice Chair: Stephen Shapiro, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Chris Packard – Interim 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.

2017-18 Chair: David Newman, CSP

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.

2017-18 Chair: Rob Ferre

2017-18 Vice Chair: Bronkar Lee

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist