AAA’s staff is based at the AAA National Office in Bethesda, MD. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.
Shawn Boynes, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org | 301-634-7905
Please welcome AAA Executive Director Shawn Boynes! Shawn is a certified association executive (CAE) with 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Shawn joined the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) as Senior Director, Education in 2006. During his time at APIC, he worked closely with the CEO and senior leadership to build and transform the organization’s educational portfolio as well as improve the overall quality of program offerings. Shawn created and launched an online learning portal as well as created the organization’s first hybrid educational conference. He also strategically redesigned and grew its annual conference which has become a leading networking and educational event for its members.
Prior to joining the staff team at APIC, he served as Director of Programs at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association in Washington, DC. He has worked for a variety of associations representing different professions including legal and trucking.
Shawn earned his bachelor of business administration with a concentration in marketing from Howard University. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and serves on the Healthcare Associations Community Committee. Shawn is a 2008-2009 ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Scholar.
Liz Phares, Program Manager, Membership and Accounting Coordinator, email@example.com | 301-634-7951
Liz Phares joined AAA in October 2009 after working for seven years as membership coordinator for the Restaurant Association of Maryland. Prior to this position, she worked in the hospitality industry as a sous chef and production coordinator and spent two years as a social worker for developmentally disabled adults.
At AAA, Liz manages all of our awards, grants and scholarships, and she supports all staff with a special focus on membership and accounting functions.
Liz graduated from Hood College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and also earned an Associate of Arts degree in Professional Cooking from Baltimore International College. She enjoys cooking, bicycling, and spending time with family, especially her three children.
Colby Shultz, Meetings Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org | 301-634-7907
Colby Shultz joined AAA in July 2010 as meeting manager, responsible for all aspects of the AAA Annual Meeting, as well as other meetings and workshops, and the awards connected with the Annual Meeting program. Colby is also the staff person responsible for coordinating AAA's 125th Anniversary celebration, which culminates at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston.
Colby worked for the American Health Care Association (AHCA) for nine years as the meeting & registration manager. Her responsibilities included all meeting and conference logistics from start to finish: negotiating hotel contracts, creating & maintaining budgets, onsite management & post-meeting reconciliation, and conference registration. Prior to that, she was with the Youth For Understanding International Exchange as a travel program coordinator working with high school exchange students. She attended The Catholic University of America and earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional status) in 2008. Colby and her husband live in Frederick, Maryland.
Wendy Zosh-McLean, Education & Professional Development Manager, email@example.com | 301-634-7919
Wendy Zosh-McLean joined AAA in June 2012 as Education & Professional Development Manager, responsible for management and implementation of education and professional development projects aimed internally at members and externally at prospective members, educators, and students—including content of related website components and solicitation of outside funding.
Wendy spent more than four years as director of postdoctoral programs and services at Harvard Medical School where she was responsible for the professional and career development of more than 700 advanced biomedical trainees conducting research in the school’s preclinical departments. Prior to that, Wendy worked for the Center for Faculty Development at Massachusetts General Hospital as program manager for the Office for Research Career Development where she implemented career development activities and events for both research faculty and fellows. Additional initiatives included researching best practices in minority faculty recruitment and search committee training; compensation and hiring practices for fellows; and off-ramping and on-ramping for women faculty and its implications for future promotion.
Wendy holds a B.A. in psychology with high distinction from the University of Virginia and pursued advanced graduate training in cognitive science at Brown University. She lives with her husband and two young children in Fairfax, Virginia.