About 2023-10-20T13:34:02+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.

Cynthia Graddy

Director of Events 

Cynthia Graddy has an extensive association management background including domestic and international meetings and conferences, membership recruitment and retention, accreditation and credentialing, sponsorship development and revenue generation, and strategic planning. She holds the following credentials: Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Digital Event Specialist (DES), Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC), and Sustainable Events Professional Certificate (SEPC).

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.

Karen Shunk

 Accountant Executive

Karen earned a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. She has over 20 years of association management experience in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, standards development management, project management, webinar production, and domestic and international meeting management.

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 keen attention to detail. Duffy is also responsible for the 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 canceled conferences of clients into a series of live and on-demand webinars.

Simran S Maurya

Digital Marketing Specialist

Simran holds a distinguished academic background, having successfully completed her Bachelor’s, MBA, and MS degrees in Marketing. With a specialization in Digital Marketing, she brings a wealth of expertise to the table, garnered through her experience in managing international and national clients. Her previous roles encompassed overseeing clients’ social media platforms, conducting negotiations, implementing email marketing strategies, and fostering strong customer relations.

At CAM, she handles digital marketing and webinars, while managing the communication to promote the social media channels for the clients, campaign creation, and overall deployment. She ensures all the requirements needed for a webinar to be successful are ready and in place. She handles any situation with enthusiasm and loves learning new things.

Tyra Yemer


Tyra Yemer holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University and earned a certificate of Accounting from Prince George’s Community College. She has over 7 years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping as well customer service. She began her career as a bookkeeper for a non-profit organization. Also worked as an CPA assistant managing multiple accounts. At CAM,  she works closely with the membership department, hand-in-hand with an independent CPA firm and performs full charge bookkeeping services.

William Thomas

Digital Marketing Coordinator

William Thomas is a Digital Marketing & Sales professional with over 13 years of experience. Will is a graduate of Greensboro College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Arts. He has also received additional education in graphic design and digital marketing from prestigious institutions such as The College of Southern Maryland and Harvard University. Will has held a variety of roles, including Digital Marketing Manager and Visual Media Manager, in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Throughout his career, Will has helped these organizations reach their quarterly goals and achieve high yielding results.

Will is known for his hard work, enthusiasm, and optimistic attitude. He brings these qualities to the table at 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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