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 July 27, 2017

Julie Chen, President
Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Executive Vice President
Mare Blocker, Treasurer
Matt Runkle, VP Membership
Kathleen O'Connell, VP Meetings and Programs
Amy Lund, Secretary
Bridget Elmer, Chair of Publications Committee
Emily Tipps, Chair of Awards Committee
Jaime Lynn Shafer, Chair of Communications

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 
Karen Baldner 

Advisory Members 
Marnie Powers-Torrey  
Jaime Shafer

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.

Ruth Bardenstein 
Julie Leonard
Kerry McAleer-Keeler
Marnie Powers-Torrey 
Sarah Smith

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
Kerry McAleer-Keeler
Virginia Green
Jenna Rodriguez
Kate Dickinson
Steve Miller
Ariel Hansen
Su Tran
Kelly Roe
Amy Thompson

Membership Subcommittee

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

Archives Project Subcommittee

Bob Riter, Vice Chair
Bob Blesse
Alexander Mouton
Kathy Walkup

Criticism and Theory Subcommittee

Susan Viguers, Vice Chair
Alicia Bailey
Ruth Bardenstein
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

Oral History Subcommittee

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, VC for Travel Grants
Suzanne Powney, VC for Project Assistance Grants
Sarah Bryant
Gale Flax
Thomas Helmers
Elizabeth Holster
Steve Kostell
Mary Phelan
Katherine Risseeuw 
Barb 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
Steve Miller
Keri Shroeder

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