Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Chris Whitley

President, Tarrant County College

Jackie Alexander

President-Elect, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hillary Warren

Vice President, Member Support, Otterbein University

Fredrick Batiste

Vice President, Member Training, Houston Community College

Sacha DeVroomen Bellman

Treasurer – Miami University

Joe Gisondi

Secretary – Eastern Illinois University

Contact the Board

President Chris Whitley: General inquiries and conventions

Email: | Elected term for President-elect runs October 2019 – October 2021. Whitley stepped in as President in December 2020 to fill Griffin’s vacancy. President term runs October 2021-2023.

President-Elect Jackie Alexander: Strategic partnerships, diversity and inclusion, advocacy.

Email:  | Term runs October 2021 – October 2023.‎

VP of Member Support Hillary Warren: Awards, contests, Hall of Fame, membership.

Email: | Term runs October 2021 – October 2023.

VP of Member Training Fred Batiste: Certifications, confabs, education.

Email: | Term runs October 2021 – October 2023.‎

Treasurer Sacha DeVroomen Bellman: Finance and fundraising.

Email: | Appointed September 2022. First term runs October 2022-October 2024.

Secretary Joe Gisondi: Bylaws, College Media Review, communications and elections.

Email: | Appointed September 2022. First term runs October 2022-October 2024.


Meredith Taylor, Executive Director

Meredith Taylor, CAE is an association management professional with a focus in the media and communications fields. She served as executive director of CMA from 2015-2020 and returned in 2023.

Meredith has also supported the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of Media and Publishing, and New York Women in Communications. She was honored with the New Star Award from New York Society of Association Executives, the Young and Aspiring Association Professional Award from Association TRENDS, Forty Under 40 from Association

Meredith attended Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, majoring in linguistics and public relations and has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from DePaul University in Chicago. 

Jennifer Stone, Associate Director

Jennifer Stone has held a variety of positions with trade associations and professional societies for over 25 years. She has experience working with Boards and Committees, and in planning conferences and events, including virtual events. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC. Her home with her husband and two sons is in Roswell, near Atlanta, GA. Jennifer joined Kellen in 2001, and she has enjoyed working on a variety of clients.

Spencer Boos, Member & Programs Associate

Spencer has extensive association experience, as he interned with an association for aging American citizens, serving as both an Administrative Assistant as well as a Member Service Representative. Spencer graduated from Iona University in 2022 after receiving his BA in History and minoring in Political Science. During his time in college, he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity where he held multiple leadership roles, served as a Resident Assistant, Campus Tour guide, and worked with the Political Science club. Spencer was born on Long Island, where he still currently resides.

Brittany Marinovich, Manager, Meetings & Expositions

Brittany is CMA’s meeting manager with over 10 years of experience leading event strategy and execution, corporate partnerships, and marketing & communications initiatives. She manages a number of associations with meetings ranging from hundreds of attendees to thousands both national and international.

Previously she was a corporate event planner for a women’s professional development company aiming to promote women in business. She led the logistical planning and execution of dozens events annually in Atlanta and Chicago, ranging from private events, workshops, and annual conferences. She also briefly trotted the global as a Delta flight attendant after graduating college.

Brittany graduated magna cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Marketing. She was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity where she held a number of leadership roles.