Appointments and Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the association and three members from the current board, including, if possible, one student member.

Updated February 29, 2016

Julie Chen, President
Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Executive Vice President
Macy Chadwick, Secretary
Mare Blocker, Treasurer
Matt Runkle, VP Membership
Karen Zimmermann, VP Meetings and Programs
Amy Lund, Student member
Bridget Elmer, Chair of Publications Committee
Emily Tipps, Chair of Awards Committee

Nominating and Membership Committee

The Nominating and Membership Committee, appointed by the Executive Committee, shall consist of one former chairperson, one director, and one member not a director, together with no more than two such other members, whether or not directors.

Matt Runkle, Vice President for Membership

Jessica Spring, Vice-Chair for Membership

Katherine McCanless Ruffin, Vice-Chair for Nominations

Allison Milham

Marnie Powers-Torrey

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee shall have the Executive Vice President of the board as its chairperson and shall consist of five members who will solicit new ideas, recommendations and suggestions to further the aims of the association and the profession. The committee shall function as a research and development group responsible for suggesting long range planning to the board.

Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Committee Chair

Ruth Bardenstein

Julie Leonard

Marnie Powers-Torrey

Denise Bookwalter

Ex Officio Members:
Kathy Walkup & John Risseeuw

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee shall be responsible for all communications with and between the members. The committee shall have responsibility for the content of the association's newsletter, website, and other instruments of communication.

Jaime Shafer, Committee Chair

Camden Richards, Managing Editor, Newsletter

Molly Dotson, Assistant Editor, Newsletter

Kerry McAleer-Keeler

Virginia Green 

Jenna Rodriguez 

Kate Dickinson 

Steve Miller 

Ariel Hansen 

Su Tran

Kelly Roe

Amy Thompson


Amy Lund, Membership Outreach Coordinator

Karen Baldner

Sarah Ann Austin

Erin Beckloff

Jessica Spring

Matt Runkle

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee shall have a director as its chairperson and shall consist of five members at least two of which shall be directors and two non-directors and one of which is a former editor of the journal when possible. The Publications Committee shall have responsibility for the design and production of the association's journal (at such time as the board decides to publish one), newsletter, and other documents, except for those overseen by the Communications Committee, as directed by the board.


Bridget Elmer, Chair

Inge Bruggeman (Editor, Openings)

Emily Larned (Vice Chair, Oral History Subcommittee)

Bob Riter (Vice Chair, Archives Subcommittee)

Susan Viguers (Vice Chair, Criticism & Theory Subcommittee)


Inge Bruggeman, Editor

Elizabeth Boyne, Book Review Editor

Janice Braun, Editorial Board Member

Bridget Elmer, Editorial Board Member (non-voting)

Jeff Groves, Editorial Board Member

Julie Leonard, Editorial Board Member

Katherine Ruffin, Editorial Board Member

Sara Sauers, Production Manager

Susan Viguers, Editorial Board Member


Bob Riter, Vice Chair

Bob Blesse

Alexander Mouton

Kathy Walkup


Susan Viguers, Vice Chair

Alicia Bailey

Ruth Bardenstein

Alicia Bailey

Rebecca Childers

Aaron Cohick

Bridget Elmer

Elizabeth Kealy-Morris

Emily Larned

Julie Leonard

Richard Minsky

Alexander Mouton

Amanda Nelsen 

Katherine Ruffin

Tate Shaw

Levi Sherman


Emily Larned, Vice Chair

Elizabeth Boyne

Sandra Kroupa

Alexander Mouton

Tatiana Ginsberg

Tate Shaw

April Sheridan

Meetings and Programs Committee

The Meetings and Programs Committee shall recommend the annual national meeting program chairperson to the board and shall oversee the planning and production of the annual national meeting and the biannual national conference. The committee shall also advise the board on suitable locations and hosts for future meetings.

Karen Zimmermann, Committee Chair


Kathleen O'Connell, Committee Chair and Vice-chair for Meetings

Cindy Marsh

Annie Herlocker

Rebecca Chamlee

Denise Bookwalter

Isabel Lederman

Denise Carbone

Cynthia Thompson

Jeff Rathermel


Heather Green, Vice-chair for Programs

Richard Kegler

Dan Mayer

Lisa Beth Robinson

Jenna Rodriguez

Awards Committee

This ad-hoc committee was created at the annual meeting January 10-11, 2008. The Executive Committee appoints. There is no limit to the number of committee members. The Awards Committee is responsible for overseeing the promotion and management of all CBAA awards.

Emily Tipps, Chair
Candida Pagan, Vice-Chair for Travel Grants
Suzanne Powney, Vice-Chair for Project Grants
Gale Flax
Thomas Helmers
Elizabeth Holster
Steve Kostell
Mary Phelan
Katie Risseeuw
Linda Samson-Talleur
Barbara Tetenbaum
Amy Thompson
Nanette Wylde

Development Committee

This ad-hoc committee was created at the annual meeting January 9-10, 2009.

The Development Committee is responsible for identifying and cultivating donors and coordinating all fund raising activities.

Julie Chen, Acting Chair
Kat Howard
Steve Miller
Keri Shroeder

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