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Committees & Task Forces

Sign up for an ISAE 2020 Committee here. 

One way for ISAE members to become actively involved in the organization is to volunteer for one of its many committees. Committees are usually formed in November and December, after board elections in October, but you may join at any time during the year. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact ISAE Associate Director, Aaron McEvoy, CAE, at or 217-321-2498.

Awards & Scholarship:  This committee reviews and makes recommendations for ISAE awards, develop categories and criteria, as well as the nomination and selection process. The committee also makes recommendations for award presentation format. As well as plans and implements various fundraisers to support the ISAE Scholarship Fund. They are responsible for reviewing scholarship applications and determining how funds are spent.

Chair:  Jerry Crabtree  (Township Officials of Illinois)


Staff:  Aaron McEvoy, CAE 

Professional Development:  Determines the direction for all ISAE educational programming including monthly meetings, roundtables, conferences, seminars, and CAE study group. Works closely with staff to coordinate events. The committee is always eager to hear your suggestions and ideas on future topics.The committee works with staff to plan the Annual Convention & Trade Show and the popular Summer Session familiarization trip. A sub-committee of this group arranges ISAExtra, ISAE's innovative after-hours networking event.

Chair - TBD

Aaron McEvoy, CAE (Staff contact)

Special Events:  Handles the more social activities of ISAE like the ISAExtra.  Summer Session falls under the purview of this sub-committee of the Professional Development Committee. 

          Chair - TBD

          Aaron McEvoy, CAE (Staff contact) 

Annual Convention & Trade Show:  Sub-committee of the Professional Development Committee. Sole purpose is to handle all aspects of the Annual Convention and Trade Show (ACTS).  Staff manages the activities and projects.

           Kristen Ball, CMP - Chair

           Aaron McEvoy, CAE (Staff Contact)

Finance Committee

Chair: Debbie Jemison

Members:  Kristen Butcher, Molly Hall, Debbie Lakamp

Staff:  Sara Decatoire

Legislative Committee:  The legislative committee monitors legislation pertaining to association management at the state level and works with ASAE to coordinate formal legislative efforts at the national level.   They provide input to Illinois Regulatory Agencies where appropriate, and assist with appropriate educational programming.  The committee works in consultation with ISAE’s lobbyist,  Cook-Witter, Inc. Additionally, they assist staff in planning and implementing legislative events.

Chair:  Lindsay Wagahoff

Members:  Linda Brookhart, Rob French, Ben Jackson, Dennis Lyle, Bob  Myers, Garth Reynolds

Lobbyists:  Tom Londrigan, Randy Witter

Staff:  Sara Decatoire, Aaron McEvoy

Development Committee:  The development committee identifies potential non-dues revenue programs and makes the recommendations to the board and works with staff to implement and maintain new and current non-dues revenue programs. 

Chair - TBD

Membership Committee  The Membership Committee works to increase the membership base and integrates new members into the organization through opportunities of interaction and involvement. They also surface and evaluate new member services to enhance the ISAE experience. 

           Chair - TBD


Nominating Committee*

            Chair - TBD

            Sara Decatoire, CAE, IOM (Staff contact)

Emerging Professionals Task Force 

           Chair - TBD

            Sara Decatoire, CAE, IOM (Staff contact)

Industry Partners Task Force

           Joni Staley (Enjoy Peoria), Chair 

Bylaws and Governance Task Force

            Rob French - Chair 

           Aaron McEvoy, CAE (Staff contact)

* = Standing Committee per ISAE Bylaws.

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