About 2021-10-25T16:04:39+00:00

Why CAM?

CAM’s staff has over 50 years of combined experience in association management of non-profit organizations in the areas of construction, higher education, healthcare, technology, tourism, and sustainability. Our core competencies include membership retention and recruitment; strategic marketing & sales; certification and accreditation; publications; conference and meeting planning; new program development; financial management; and other services.

We invite you to meet the team of professionals that will work with your organization!

Anna Kosova, CAE


Anna graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of West Florida and earned a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives. Anna communicates closely with clients on all matters of importance, including identification of emerging challenges and seeking opportunities for growth and advancement, and makes informed recommendations.

She oversees marketing and business development, event planning, membership recruitment and retention, and general operations. She develops long-lasting relationships with current & prospective members, sponsors and exhibitors, and strategic partners. Anna also oversees financial management, including preparation of budget and financial statements and assessing the current position of the association compared to the budget at any given moment.

Ray Bert

Vice President, Account Executive & Director of Accreditation

Ray holds a bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with majors in both mechanical engineering and English. He has over 20 years of association experience including the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education, in addition to his time with the Associated Air Balance Council, the AABC Commissioning Group, and the Energy Management Association.

Some of Ray’s core competencies include strategic planning to determine Board goals and implementation of Board-approved programs, clear and detailed communications with both certified members and others in the industry, and certification and accreditation matters.

Ray had oversight of clients’ successful pushes for ANSI accreditation and Department of Energy /Better Buildings recognition of their certification programs, including communication and implementation of new policies and Continuing Education requirements to members. As Director of Accreditation, he is responsible for ongoing maintenance of ANSI accreditation, including exam maintenance. Over his career, he has participated in all stages of development of four psychometrically validated certification exams for three different clients.

Sam Schwarz

Account Executive and Marketing & Social Media Director

Sam has a bachelor’s degree from Bard College. Sam has successfully used her divergent thinking to develop and implement association growth, as well as streamline clients’ operations and communications. She works closely with Board leadership to identify and execute strategic goals, as well as provide day-to-day Board support. She has been directly responsible for significantly improving overall organization revenue and surpassing new member target expectations.

Sam leads advocacy efforts, effectively changing written laws 18 times in municipal ordinances and twice in federal acts, resulting in a prestigious “Power of (A)dvocacy Award” from ASAE. She also manages social media, and has a proven record of success implementing creative campaigns such as pop quizzes to boost followers for young accounts.

Colleen McCain

Associate Account Executive

Colleen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in tourism & events management from George Mason University. She began her career in Hawaii’s tourism industry at a non-profit and transitioned into a sales management position at a conference hotel in Virginia. She has 5 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, specializing in sales and client management. Working closely with clients has provided her with a customer focused mindset which allows her to deliver outstanding experiences.

She supports the marketing, business development, member acquisition and retention initiatives to grow organizations. She’s able to rise to any occasion with her optimism and hard work.

Valerie Shuford

Membership & Certification Specialist

Valerie has over twenty years of experience as an Association Management Professional, including membership management, certification management, event coordination, and project management. She has a proven ability to work within established timelines and multi-task on projects. In her role as the Membership & Certification Specialist, she leads the membership renewal process, and handles member inquiries. She manages the membership and certification database and takes the lead on providing accurate records for the certification renewal processes, coordinating with accounting to ensure accurate invoicing, making all needed database updates, and tracking renewal numbers. Valerie takes primary responsibility for answering questions related to new applicants for membership and certification, processing applications, guiding them through the approval and examination process.

Jennifer Billingslea

Director of Meetings

Jen brings over 5 years of experience in many aspects of association management. She has extensive professional experience in international and domestic conference, meeting, and event management, including site selection; RFP management; hotel, vendor, and third party contract negotiation; registration and housing management; on-site meeting direction; implementing proper international and domestic protocol for senior level officials and visitors; researching international political climates for security assurance; securing translation services; client database development and maintenance; speaker management; collateral materials development; participant communication administration; developing, monitoring and maintaining budget considerations and providing effective overall supervision for all aspects of an event.

Duffy Austin

Editor, Publications Manager & Technology Expert

Duffy has nearly 10 years of experience in editing and publication for both print and the web. His experience includes writing and editing for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and TAB Journal, where he worked with subject matter experts in a variety of fields to produce dozens of articles focused on scientific, medical, and engineering developments in the military community and testing, adjusting, and balancing, respectively. He’s quick to learn and master new principles and has a keen attention to detail. Duffy is also responsible for management of e-newsletters and updating clients’ websites powered by WordPress.

During unprecedented COVID-19 times, Duffy successfully took the lead on the technology solutions (Zoom and Digitell, Inc.) and virtualized the cancelled conferences of clients into a series of live and on-demand webinars.

Emily Ruffa

Marketing & Project Coordinator

Emily graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in communications and concentration in public relations. Emily is an experienced marketer who has worked in various industries ranging from government contracting and carbon capture to non-profit organizations. She has a proven track record for developing brands, conducting successful marketing campaigns, as well as streamlining communications operations. Over the course of her career, Emily has had the opportunity to collaborate with various departments and upper-management to ensure company-wide branding consistency, develop marketing collateral for 40 subsidiary companies, as well as had the opportunity to co-develop an internal website for 1,000 new hires.

At CAM, she manages marketing timelines, executes member communications, and coordinates marketing projects. Emily offers extensive knowledge of graphic and web design, project management, as well as advertising for this position.

Christine Lucas


Christine is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.A. in English, with over 15 years of Accounting, Project Management and Customer Service experience in Non-Profit, Retail, Telecommunications, HVAC and Restaurant industries.  Christine is a highly motivated Accounting Professional who enjoys reconciliation, working as a team in a fast-paced environment and learning software.

Christine brings annual billing, audit, vendor reconciliation and complex billing experience to CAM. In her previous position, when the 8-person non-profit became an affiliate of a larger non-profit, Christine administered the transition of accounting policies and procedures, chart of accounts, as well as all IT and communication equipment to parallel the affiliate’s.

Christine’s combination of outgoing personality, innate desire to assist others, accounting experience and customer service are a welcome addition to CAM.

Independent Financial Support Services

CAM strongly believes in segregation of duties to provide additional oversight and prevent fraudulent activities. For this reason, we have hired Sikich LLP to oversee our accounting department and perform monthly general ledger reconciliation and monthly financial statements.

Ralitza Kamenova, Principal, Outsourced Accounting, will be our primary point of contact at Sikich. She has over 15 years of experience in providing any and all of the internal accounting department functions to an array of nonprofit clients.

She has been involved in the review and setup of improved accounting processes and preparation of accounting manuals, assistance in the preparation for audits and tax returns, and the preparation and review of monthly/quarterly financial statements and compilations. She is currently providing training and support as our QuickBooks Pro advisor. She has a Master’s in Business Strategy from the Norwegian School of Management and is a member of ASAE.

Why Choose AMC?

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