Member Spotlights

NYSAE members come from all walks of life in the association community; small organizations with one-person staffs to large organizations with 100 staff members, chapter based, professional and trade associations, hospitality partners or other vendor services, 501 (c3)s, 501 (c6)s or both. Below are some spotlights of our members showing how they got involved in the field and what brings them to work everyday. You may find that everyone has a unique path that they took to get where they are today. Do you have a similar story on your adventure to NYSAE? Please email with a subject line of "NYSAE Member Spotlight" to receive a spotlight questionnaire.

Karen Staples

Name: Marc Ian Tobias, CAE, CMP

Title: Senior Vice President, Operations      

Organization: Human Rights First
Read Marc's Spotlight Here


Name: Kenya Williams, MSN, RN, HSM

Title: Director of Governance and Policy              

Organization: National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)
Read Kenya's Spotlight here

Brian O'Leary

Name: Brian O'Leary

Title: Executive Director   

Organization: Book Industry Study Group 
Read Brian's Spotlight Here

Katie Chambers

Name: Katie Chambers

Title: Community Engagement Director

Organization: New York Women in Film and Television
Read Katie's Spotlight Here