Association to Focus on Growth, Increasing Offerings at Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, DC – August 26, 2014 — Today, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) announced the appointment of Michael Chan as Executive Director and Alphonsus Baggett as Deputy Executive Director, a newly created position. Both appointments are effective August 18 and Baggett will continue his current responsibilities as Director of Education and Certification.

As Executive Director of AASECT, Chan will bring his financial and operational acumen to further enhance AASECT’s infrastructure and continue to accelerate the association’s growth.
“Working with an association management company (AMC) allows for an easy leadership transition,” said Konnie McCaffree, Ph.D., president, AASECT.  “With AASECT’s emphasis on diversifying its membership, Michael’s experience in diversity issues as well as his success in strengthening the operations side of an association will be of tremendous value to AASECT,” she said.

Baggett will be responsible for continuing the growth, maturity and professionalism of AASECT’s certification program and for creating and managing the scientific content for its annual meeting.  As Director of Education and Certification, Baggett manages all aspects of planning and execution for AASECT’s education and certification programs. This includes the implementation of a web-based abstract management system that streamlined the submission and peer review processes for abstract proposals. To streamline the process of tracking session attendance and automate the generation and distribution of continuing education (CE) credits and certificates, he also implemented a lead retrieval system with barcodes to scan conference attendees seeking CE credits.
“Michael’s extensive experience managing professional societies and diverse organizations combined with Alphonsus’s background in education and certification program management, creates a really strong leadership team that will propel AASECT’s growth,” said Randy Lindner, CAE, and president, Bostrom.

Chan succeeds Dee Ann Walker, who will concentrate her efforts in an expanded role for one of Bostrom’s international clients.   He has worked with not-for-profits in a range of industries including allied health, human resources and professional services on areas ranging from financial and organizational management, operations, member services and meetings management.  In addition, he has a strong track record in turn-arounds, using tight controls on spending, expanding services to increase revenue and improving customer service.  Chan received a finance degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Association Forum, and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Baggett brings more than 12 years of association management expertise with a concentration in education program strategy (including eLearning program design and delivery), certification program management and membership services.  He is responsible for overseeing the development, direction, and administration of all client education programs and related activities in Bostrom’s Washington, DC office.  A former teacher and administrator, Baggett earned a Master of Education (M.Ed) degree in Education Leadership from George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia), a B.A. in Education with a concentration in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is an ASAE member.

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