Dawn M. Mancuso, MAM, CAE, FASAE, CEO

Dawn M. Mancuso, MAM, CAE, FASAE, CEO

Hydrocephalus Association

Background/Speciality:

Dawn Mancuso is the CEO of the Hydrocephalus Association, a voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus, a brain disorder resulting from the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the cavities of the brain, called ventricles.

Ms. Mancuso has over 30 years of experience managing non-profit organizations. Prior to working for the Hydrocephalus Association, she served as the Executive Director/CEO of the Association of Air Medical Services and its supporting foundation, the MedEvac Foundation International for 15 years. She has also held positions with other associations such as the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, the Educational Dealers and Suppliers Association International, the National School Supply and Equipment Association, and the International Chiropractic Association.

Ms. Mancuso has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in Association Management from George Washington University. 

She has a working knowledge of association and non-profit organizational management, board governance, strategic planning, communications, and meeting/event planning. She also enjoys gardening, swimming, and reading

Why did you decide to become a mentor for KnowHow Mentorship?

"To share what I have learned by working in the field with others so that they can learn from my mistakes! I am also excited to see the non-profit sector advance across the globe, and hope to contribute in a small way to that advancement.


Elissa Matulis Myers, CAE, President & CEO

Elissa Matulis Myers, CAE, President & CEO

Advice & Consensus

Background/Speciality:

Elissa Myers is the president and CEO of Advice & Consensus, a consulting firm specializing in developing strategic direction, leadership competence, resource developing, and international trading relationships for not-for-profit associations around the world.

Previously she served as President of the Electronic Retailing Association, and during her tenure, the published the first comprehensive industry guidelines for online marketing, created inter-industry guidelines for Advance Consent Marketing and Telemarketing, and established strong participation in government forums. Elissa founded ERA Europe, the France-based ERA operation dedicated to helping promote electronic retailing across Europe. Her professional experience includes 25 years of strategic management of associations.

She also previously served as head of the publishing division at the American Society of Association Executives and developed the ASAE member database, customer service center, the International Section, the Ethics Committee, and group insurance programs. She served as a member of the Committee of 100 for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Industry Functional Advisory Committee for the US Department of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives and the National Board of Regents of the Institutes for Organization Management, and serves on numerous additional association boards and committees.

Why did you decide to become a mentor for KnowHow Mentorship?

"I enthusiastically agreed to become a member for know-how exchange of the Georgian Small & Medium Size Enterprises Association. I had the privilege of working with staff and volunteers to build the Georgian Municipal Service Providers Association and the Georgian Finance Officers Association over a two year period, living in Tbilisi for several months, and came home enchanted by the warmth, culture, and commercial potential of Georgia. Following independence from the former Soviet Republics, Georgia began to stabilize in 1995, and foreign commercial investment began to pour in.

But when the separatist conflicts in Georgia's regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia culminated in a 5-day war in August 2008 between Georgia and Russia, European and US private investment was disrupted. Walking the streets of the cities and municipalities of Georgia in 2009, I was confronted by one abandoned massive construction project after another.

On the other hand, Georgia has a unique and ancient history, and a colorful and passionate sensibility. You see that sensibility expressed in the arts both folk and fine and the artistic products should find an avid international market. Tbilisi has been called "Paris East" and indeed in the sophistication of the city, its glorious food, and its celebrated (though still under appreciated) wine industry, you can see enormous potential for both export and tourism.

Outside of Tbilisi, there are the remarkable Black Sea cities – Poti, a port town with great potential, and Batumi, one of the prettiest and most commercially developable communities I’ve seen. And then in the mountains there are amazing ski destinations and the rolling hills of vineyards. So much tourism potential! Much of Georgia is still agrarian, and the rich and fertile soil of the Georgian countryside could be more efficiently farmed to develop an excess of rich crops beyond what is needed by the population for export."

What potential do you see in your partner organization?

"If I sound enthusiastic about the potential of the country, I am. But the well-educated population needs to develop internal management and marketing expertise, and the will to become self-sustaining. An economically self-sustaining Georgia would prove to be a strong democratic player in the world economy. I believe that by working together, pooling resources and expertise, through nonprofit voluntary associations, that vision of a vibrant, democratic Georgian economy can be realized. The Georgian Small & Medium Size Enterprises Association could be an important player in the achievement of that vision."


Feriel Saouli

Feriel Saouli

Cambre Associates S.A.

Feriel is the Director of Association Management at Cambre Associates S.A., a consultancy based in Brussels that provides Public Affairs and Public Relations services to its clients. Drawing on more than 14 years of experience in association management, Feriel provides her clients with strategic advice on topics including organizational governance, government relations, communications, membership strategies, financial and legal compliance, events and day-to-day operations.

Over the years, Feriel has served over 10 organizations ranging from trade associations to large medical societies in a variety of sectors. She is currently the Secretary General of EuroVAprint, an association representing manufacturers of imaging equipment, and serves as the Chair-elect of the AMCI Global Task Force. In the past Feriel has worked as the EU policy officer for the European Window Film Association; Society Manager for the International Society of Nephrology; Association Manager for the Federation of European Self Storage Associations (FEDESSA); Director for Business & Disability: a European Network; Association Coordinator for the European Federation of Parquet Importers; and European Coordination Officer for the European Recycling Platform. She was also the Secretary General for both the Association of Consumer Credit Information Suppliers (ACCIS) and the European Sugar Refineries Association (ESRA).

An interpreter by training, Feriel speaks French, English, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese and has an in-depth knowledge of European Regional Policy and EU funding initiatives having worked for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions for several years.

She is a member of ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership.

 

Why did you decide to become a mentor for KnowHow Mentorship?

“It did not take me long to accept the invitation to become a mentor. My peers have helped me grow professionally so I thought it was time to give back and as an Algerian-Belgian bi-national, I was very excited to contribute, even if modestly, to the learning path of an organization in ‘my part of the world’ as Tunisia and Algeria are neighbor countries.”

What potential do you see in your partner organization?

“I see great potential. The CCI CAP BON is very dynamic, eager to learn, very responsive. I have no doubt they will manage to increase their visibility in Tunisia and abroad and attract more businesses to their lovely region."


Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO

Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO

TALLEY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC.

Gregg H. Talley, CAE, President & CEO, has a broad range of experience from several perspectives and over 29 years experience working with complex association management structures and related services. He has strategically managed a number of organizations in his capacity with association management firms including start-ups, small specialty societies and large, multi-million dollar organizations. In 1987 he founded TALLEY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. with his partner and father Robert K. Talley. Since inception TMG has grown to over 40 national and international clients. TMG provides full association management services, strategic facilitation, consulting and a host of contract services. With offices in Southern New Jersey and Washington, DC TMG has 60+ full time professionals.

Why did you decide to become a mentor for KnowHow Mentorship?

"First, I believe in the mission and vision of the effort. Second, having traveled extensively I have seen the rise and potential for civil society  and not for profit organizations throughout the world and wanted to contribute to that effort. Third, there are already great organizations doing amazing work and felt it would be great to see where I could plug in and lend the benefit of my experience. The KnowHow Mentorship program provides that avenue."

What potential do you see in your partner organization?

"East Africa and Kenya in particular is a fascinating region of the world, going through huge changes in governance, economic activity and social change. SMERC is engaged and driving part of that effort through entrepreneurialism. As a small business owner imbedded in managing not for profit organizations – it seems like a real win win! SMERC has dynamic leadership and can grow and lead in Kenya under the new constitution and 2030 plan for Kenya’s future."


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