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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary, and each member is elected by the board for a two-year term. This committee oversees the activities of all SPE committees and acts on behalf of the board when it is not in session. The Chair works closely with the Executive Director and directs the activities of all board committees. The Vice Chair advises the board in setting goals for the society, supervises long-term planning, and chairs the Steering Committee, which reviews current policies and programs in light of the society's changing needs. The Treasurer of SPE works on fundraising. The Secretary is responsible for taking the minutes of the board meetings. Members of the Executive Committee convene three times each year in March, August, and January.

Scott Hilton, Chair
Lauren Greenwald, Vice Chair
Micah Cash, Secretary
Ariel Shanberg, Treasurer

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for the annual fall elections of the Board of Directors, including soliciting names of potential candidates from the membership and formulating a provisional slate.


John Freyer, Chair
Arthur Fields
Larry Gawel
Lauren Greenwald

Audit Committee

SPE's Audit Committee provides an oversight role. The Audit Committee may coordinate, monitor, and work closely with SPE's staff to prepare the organization for an independent audit. The Audit Committee also may participate in the decision to hire the auditor and should be responsible for evaluating the audit process and recommending whether or not to reengage the audit firm for subsequent audits. The Audit Committee is also the body that presents the auditors' findings to the Board of Directors, making sure that the full board understands any recommendations made by the auditors before formally accepting the audit report. Finally, the audit committee recommends changes in practices or reporting in order to adhere to general accounting principles and maintain industry "best practices."

Lauren Greenwald, Chair
Mark Malloy
Rebecca Nolan

Awards and Recognition Committee

The Awards and Recognition Committee, in cooperation with the Executive Committee, Board and SPE office, administers the Society's awards process including student scholarships and other membership awards of the Society. The committee is charged with initiating projects, which are intended to generate funds for scholarships. The Awards and Recognition Committee may also initiate projects designed to showcase the talents of awards applicants and recipients.


Mark Malloy, Chair
Gabi Magaly Cruz
Rebecca Nolan
Millee Tibbs

Finance Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

Ariel Shanberg, Chair
Julie Anand
Deborah Hollis
Larry Gawel

Development Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

The Development Committee provides leadership and support in strategic development of philanthropic giving including annual fund, major gifts, membership and individual giving, grants and restricted giving, event-based fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, and sponsorships.


Rafael Soldi, Chair
Micah Cash
Abbey Hepner
Scott Hilton
Mark Malloy
Veronica Cotter, ex-officio

Communications Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

The Communications Committee oversees the marketing and communications planning, provides input on SPE publications, sets direction for the website, recommends articles and projects for publication.


Deborah Hollis, Chair
Gabi Magaly Cruz
Julie Anand
Arthur Fields
Jordanne Renner
Rafael Soldi

Conference Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

The Conference Committee oversees the planning and implementation of the annual conference programming.

Rebecca Nolan, Chair
John Freyer
Abbey Hepner
Rafael Soldi

Affiliated Chapters Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

The Affiliated Chapters Committee includes the eight chapter chairpersons. It serves as liaison to the chapters, and recommends policies and procedures relating to chapter matters.

Millee Tibbs, Chair
Arthur Fields
Larry Gawel
Abbey Hepner
Jordanne Renner

Combined Caucus Committee (A Committee of the Corporation)

The Combined Caucus Committee includes caucus chairpersons. It serves as a liaison to the caucuses, and recommends policies and procedures relating to caucus matters.

Jordanne Renner | Women's Caucus Liaison, Chair
Rafael Soldi | LGBTQ Caucus Liaison
Gabi Magaly Cruz | Multicultural Caucus Liaison
Julie Anand | High School Educators Caucus Liaison
Mark Malloy | Contingent Faculty Caucus Liaison

Code of Conduct Committee

Deborah Hollis, Chair
John Freyer
Millee Tibbs

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