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Virtual Summit

21-in-21: A Virtual Conference by CE21


Join us for the first Annual CE21 Virtual Summit

Over the past nine months we have made significant investments to our virtual conference infrastructure with you in mind. Our work has been focused on 2021 and beyond, creating best in class solutions by listening to the needs of our customers. We have certainly learned a great deal from you, and we have put that knowledge to work. The uncertainty of our world is still front and center for each of us, but we’re ready to embrace those challenges along with you.

At its heart, the 21-in-21 Virtual Conference is a conversation about the CE21 system, your organization’s technology needs and how we can work together to make 2021 your best year. You will hear from your CE21 Team as well as from a select group of our customers who are enjoying great success working with CE21. This is a complimentary event for our CE21 customers. Don’t wait, reserve your space today! We hope to see you there.


Lisa Wise's Profile

Lisa Wise Related seminars and products: 1

VP of Client Services


After being hired by a barefoot country singer, Lisa Wise moved quickly up the ranks of LibreDigital, a leading eBook start-up based in Austin. After several years honing her chops, she was lured away by the spectacular team at CE21. Lisa now defends her official title of Excel Guru with weekly spreadsheet cage fights and brings her sophisticated wit and whip-cracking project management skills to bear on all aspects of CE21's system.

When she's not schooling the team on best practices for client interaction, Lisa can be found knitting, karaoking, or catching some live music. Further questions can be directed to the hilarious and loud woman running the happy hour. 

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Joe Flannigan's Profile

Joe Flannigan Related seminars and products:

Ewald Consulting

Joe has more than 10 years of experience with Ewald Consulting, and more than 20 years experience in the fields of technology and design.

He has helped design and implement many Learning Management systems, and has also spent more than two years consulting on instructional design for clients, as well as spearheading the production of content for Ewald University.

In addition, Joe has more than 5 years experience in videography and has been a freelance photographer for the last eight years. His production work has been shown around the globe.

He has a B.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota.

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John Davis's Profile

John Davis Related seminars and products:

President & CEO


As the chief cook and bottle washer at CE21, John divides his time fairly evenly between tidying up the CE21 kitchen and working with clients and development staff to keep CE21 on the cutting edge of technology.

When time permits, you can find John at the local Home Depot buying who knows what for one project or another or darkening the doorway of one of Austin’s superb aquarium shops.

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Janelle Benefield's Profile

Janelle Benefield Related seminars and products:

Director of Association Payments


Janelle is tasked with maintaining Affinipay's high quality customer service experience for new and existing clients. Her role is focused on customer communication strategies, ensuring that all client needs are met in a friendly, timely, and professional manner.

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Braden Davis's Profile

Braden Davis Related seminars and products:

Affiliate Manager


Braden Davis is an Affiliate Manager with CE21. Braden works on CE21’s Lighthouse platform and has more than 13 years of experience working in Association Management Software systems. Braden helps manage the onboarding of new association customers to CE21 Lighthouse, including data integration, customer training and support. Braden is a hardcore San Francisco Giants fan and has served as a youth coach in his free time. 

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Kathie Pugaczewski, CAE, CMP's Profile

Kathie Pugaczewski, CAE, CMP Related seminars and products:

Ewald Consulting

Kathie Pugaczewski is the Vice President of Marketing Communications and Technology. She has more than 30 years of association management experience with a focus on technology platform strategy, marketing communications, conference management, continuing education and certification programs. She joined Ewald Consulting in 2005. Previously, Kathie worked for the Midwest Association of Association Executives (MSAE) as Marketing Director and the Builders Association of Minnesota as Executive Vice President. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and completed the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Notre Dame. In 2003, she earned her CAE designation. In 2009, she earned her Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation. In 2019, she earned her Certified Recognition Professional (CRP) designation and her Qualified Association Specialist (QAS) designation. Kathie serves on the CE21 Lighthouse Advisory Team.

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Casey Jones, Vice President Sales and Analytics's Profile

Casey Jones, Vice President Sales and Analytics Related seminars and products:

VP of Sales and Analytics


Casey Jones, MBA, joined CE21 in 2017 bringing with him more than 20 years in sales, including 15 years working closely with association executives to deliver new technology services to their organizations and members.

Following a successful career within the start-up space, Casey has leveraged his experiences into helping grow CE21 into a recognized leader in the online education industry.Casey’s firmly rooted in the belief that by treating customers as partners, we are all invested in each other’s success. “At CE21, our primary message to our customers is, your success defines our success.”

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Dean West, FASAE's Profile

Dean West, FASAE Related seminars and products:

Founder & President

Association Laboratory

Dean West is the founder and President of Association Laboratory Inc. He leads client engagements and is a frequent speaker and facilitator for national and global association leadership meetings.

Mr. West is a former association executive with experience as executive director, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer for both national and international membership organizations. He has been a consultant to the association community since 1992, and has provided services to hundreds of state, national, and international organizations.

Dean West is a nationally recognized expert in association management. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives. Mr. West authored the chapter on Membership Research for the ASAE book, Membership Essentials and the chapter on Marketing Professional Development Programs in the ASAE book, Core Competencies in Professional Development.

Mr. West is an experienced volunteer leader familiar with the demands of volunteer leadership. He is Past Chairman of ASAE’s Professional Development Council and has served on the ASAE Membership Council and the Editorial Board for the ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership Journal of Association Leadership. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Association Forum of Chicagoland.

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Anne Taylor's Profile

Anne Taylor Related seminars and products:

Director of Operations


Anne Taylor has served as the manager of the Accounting CPE Network (ACPEN) since 2006. In that time, she has served as client manager for the now 40+ state CPA Societies who partner with ACPEN to deliver live video webcasts to their members. Anne managed the expansion of the ACPEN catalog from 10 courses annually to an extensive catalog of over 200 unique course titles that cover all areas of tax, accounting, and personal development. In addition, ACPEN facilitates and support the production needs of our partner associations, enabling them to expand their reach with their membership as well as to members of the other partner associations.

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Kayla Huset's Profile

Kayla Huset Related seminars and products:

CE21 Systems Administrator at PESI


Kayla Huset has been with PESI, Inc. since 2009 starting with online program set up and configuration. She has helped PESI transition through different online CE providers including pre-implementation configuration and product mapping. After transitioning to CE21, Kayla has been involved in new product setup, new product development, system enhancements, bug fixes, etc. She is currently the CE21 System Administrator in addition to the Product Team Lead at PESI.

Kayla lives in Northern Wisconsin with her husband, two boys, two dogs, and multiple Belgian horses.

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Marc Abla, CAE's Profile

Marc Abla, CAE Related seminars and products:

Executive Director

Illinois chiropractic society

Marc Abla, CAE serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He began working at the Illinois Chiropractic Socidety in 2002 and became the Executive Director in 2008. He brings his extensive financial, administrative and association experience to the ICS. Mr. Abla is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the Certified Leadership Series through the Illinois Society of Association Executives. Additionally, he is a member of the Illinois Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the American Chiropractic Association. Marc serves on the CE21 Lighthouse Advisory Team.

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Willis Turner, CAE, CME, CSE's Profile

Willis Turner, CAE, CME, CSE Related seminars and products:

President & CEO

SMEI - Sales & Marketing Executives International, Inc.

Willis Turner has served for 22 years as the President and CEO for SMEI - Sales & Marketing Executives International, Inc., a worldwide professional association serving more than 57,000 members.

He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) serves in voluntary capacities on National Advisory Board of DECA and formerly on Kaplan University Marketing Advisory Board. Past service on National Society of Professional Engineers board.

In 2020, Willis founded Virtual Memorial Gatherings, a service helping families plan and produce virtual funerals. He has a strong aptitude for web-based tools that assist associations and non-profit organizations to be more productive while providing members with higher value. Willis is passionate about professional certification and he has 20+ years of experience in developing and managing professional certification programs. Willis serves on the CE21 Lighthouse Advisory Board.

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Lindsay Poss, CMP's Profile

Lindsay Poss, CMP Related seminars and products:

Director of Meetings & Events


Lindsay Poss, CMP, contracts and plans over 35 meetings and events each year...ranging in size from a 20 person regional meeting to a 300 person annual education/professional development conference for CalSAE, the largest association industry trade show on the West Coast (Seasonal Spectacular) with about 1,000 attendees. She is responsible for all of the detailed logistics, partnership/sponsorship and booth sales, vendor contacts, A/V, food and beverage, volunteer management during the events, and the meeting and sleeping rooms. Lindsay has 18 years of experience working with valued constituents and planning events for non-profit organizations. 

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Brenda Dill's Profile

Brenda Dill Related seminars and products:

Senior Director, Education & Communications

Pa. Osteopathic Medical Association

Brenda Dill is the senior director of education and communications for the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  She provides leadership to POMA’s numerous accredited educational programs by overseeing logistics, curriculum development, sponsorship and attendee engagement. She also manages the organization’s communications activities, including print and digital publications, social media, webpage and mobile app, and public messaging.  A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Pennsylvania Society for Association Excellence, and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Continuing Medical Education.

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Jim Anderson, CAE's Profile

Jim Anderson, CAE Related seminars and products:

President & CEO


Jim Anderson is the President and CEO for the California Society of Association Executives. He has served in that capacity for 18 years. Jim supports the CalSAE Board and its Committees in developing and implementing the strategic plan, organizational policies and programs. He also directly staffs the Board of Directors and the Legislative, Audit and Nominating committees. He is responsible for daily operations, including financial management & reporting and staff supervision. Also coordinates and implements state and local activities. Jim has served in the non-profit sector for more than 30 years.

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Rick Rutherford's Profile

Rick Rutherford Related seminars and products:

VP of Marketing and Strategy


Rick Rutherford is a recognized author, speaker, association industry executive, with expertise in forging, developing and managing long term relationships with associations. A collaborative communicator, he loves to help organizations drive engagement by leveraging proven successes in education program development, idea exchanges and networking opportunities that enhance professionalism and promote high standards.

A co-founder of an association technology company, Rick has dedicated more than 30 years of his life serving the association industry in a variety of roles.

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Kevin Hodges's Profile

Kevin Hodges Related seminars and products:

Chief Information Officer


Kevin Hodges has been involved in web application development and video streaming for 15 years. He is involved in building and maintaining CE21’s robust and scalable online seminar registration and delivery system. Kevin previously served in various roles at Legalspan where he gained a great deal of experience in online education delivery. He has also spent considerable time managing massive volumes of data for a large oil and gas company in Texas. Kevin holds a BS in Construction Management from Arizona State University.

Reid Stillings's Profile

Reid Stillings Related seminars and products: 1

Vice President of Operations


With over 10 years of experience running the media and webcast department at a prior continuing education provider, Reid Stillings has managed and overseen the success of over 2,000 live webcasts nationwide, from small associations to Fortune 500 companies. His passion for supporting affiliate associations in a fast-paced work environment made him the perfect addition to the CE21 team.

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Nicolette Kowalewski's Profile

Nicolette Kowalewski Related seminars and products:

Social Media Account Manager & Media Production Specialist


Nicolette Kowalewski is an Austin Native and a graduate of the University of Texas' Radio Television and Film program. Upon graduation she worked in a variety of roles related to media.

She worked in education as a high school  Audio Video and Animation teacher for three years and left to pursue a freelance career in the local Austin Film industry where she held multiple production positions for a variety of film, television and commerical projects such as  Art and Office production assistant, 1st  and 2nd AD, production coordinator and producer.

She began her career at CE21 two years ago as a media production specialist. Since her hiring she has become an integral partner in coordinating Virtual Conferences, creating content for documentation, training and marketing purposes and has recently taken on the role of Social Media Manager. 

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Rachel High's Profile

Rachel High Related seminars and products:

Documentation Specialist/Media Production


Rachel High has been working with the wonderful team at CE21 since October 2019. She coordinates all tech runs with speakers and works with clients to produce successful live programs. She's also in touch with clients in the months prior to their Virtual Conference to familiarize them with and manages both prerecorded and live presentations for those conferences.

In her free time, Rachel can be found thrifting, reading, or enjoying Austin's outdoor dining offerings with friends and her pup, Stevie Licks.


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