VSAE President Announces Members of DEI Task Force

VSAE President Maureen Dingus announced the following VSAE members have agreed to serve on the association’s newly established Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force:

• Abby Tammen, CEO, Charlottesville Association of Realtors (Chair)

• Bruce Whitehurst, President & CEO, Virginia Bankers Association (Vice Chair)
• Mariama Boney, LMSW, CAE, Interim Executive Director, Advocates for Children and Youth; President and CEO, Achieve More, LLC
• Kelly Ann Gull, CAE, Senior Manager, Governance & Executive Office, National Society of Professional Engineers
• Tom Hardiman, Partner, Hardiman-Williams, LLC
• Bob Hudson, Director of Sales, Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa
• Bailey Kasten, CAE, Chief Data Officer, Design-Build Institute of America
• Nicole McAllister, Director of Communications, Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia
• Sonnia Montemayor, Deputy Executive Director, Virginia Forestry Association

The Task Force was established in May 2021 to encourage opportunities for discussion and education among VSAE members relating to DEI, share resources and best practices, and help define what diversity, equity, and inclusion means to the association and its membership.

“I thank each of these individuals for stepping forward to serve on the Task Force and to lead this important initiative,” said Dingus. “We’re hopeful that the discussions, activities and outcomes that come forth from this effort will serve as a resource to our members and their organizations as they too go on this DEI discovery journey.”

“Through open, probing, and meaningful conversations, the Task Force can develop policy statements and action plans that allow for the Board of Directors to weave DEI throughout the fabric of VSAE’s activities and actions,” stated Tammen. “We look forward to engaging with members throughout the process to encourage feedback and understanding.”

For questions and additional information, contact Abby Tammen or Bruce Whitehurst.

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