Chair, Women’s Executive Leadership Circle
Dawn Glossa, MPA
Director, Corporate Communications
Dawn Glossa is the director of corporate communications at The Joint Commission. In this role, she leads the organization’s media and public relations, publications, multi-media, and brand development. With an extensive background in health care communications and hospital-based public relations, Ms. Glossa joined The Joint Commission in late 2012.
Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Ms. Glossa was the director of marketing and communications for the American Society of Anesthesiologists where she created a public relations and marketing function from the ground up. A healthcare communications veteran, Ms. Glossa spent a decade at Sinai Health System on Chicago’s west side where she was responsible for all external relations including lobbying, public relations, marketing, strategic planning, and fundraising.
Ms. Glossa led an extensive national rebranding campaign to better educate the public on the specialty of anesthesiology. The resulting campaign, “Lifeline to Modern Medicine,” has received numerous awards from PR News and MarCom. In 2011, she received the Inspiring Leader Award from the Association Forum for her achievements in establishing a culture leading to employee satisfaction, motivation, engagement, and achievement.
Ms. Glossa received her bachelor of arts in communications from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and received her master’s in public administration from DePaul University in Chicago where her thesis focused on marketing trends in the Chicago hospital market. She holds a certificate in marketing and fundraising from Northwestern University. Glossa is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Change Agent.
Chair, COO/#2 Circle
Dean Comber, MBA, PMP, CSM
Chief Finance and Information Officer at American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Dean Comber is Chief Financial and Information Officer at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), a professional organization representing more than 50,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs). He has served in this capacity since October 2016. Dean oversees the organization’s Finances, Technology and Project Management. He has successfully led several large system conversion, continuous improvement, and digital strategy projects. Dean has been with the AANA since 2009 and, during that time, has held positions of increasing responsibility.
Prior to joining AANA Dean was chief financial officer for the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). At ARELLO he coordinated the organization’s financial and internal operations. Over the course of his career, Dean has held several other management positions in the field of information technology and operations and has gained broad perspective, in-depth understanding and wide-ranging experience in systems management, continuous improvement, operations, and finance.
Dean is an adjunct professor at North Park University where he teaches courses in Project Management and Information Technology. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Information Systems, Finance from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM®) certifications.
Chair, Development Circle
Director of FAER, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research
Rupa is a dynamic nonprofit executive with proven results in leading both 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(6) organizations for more than 14 years. Dedicated to advancing associations and their foundations, Rupa has worked for both associations a
Chair, Solutions Provider Circle
Director, Business Integration
With over 20 years of proven results in business development, sales, marketing and partnership development in technology solutions; Amanda provides a consultative approach in generating new business and long-lasting client relationships. In particular, Amanda utilizes her deep expertise in crafting technology solutions spanning associations/non-profits to Fortune 1000 firms.
At her role at Sandstorm, Amanda drives new business development and marketing activities for a leading Chicago-based Brand Experience Agency. Sandstorm is a highly collaborative, analytical, and nimble firm focused on user experience design (UX), usability, marketing strategy, analytics and web development. With 3000+ in-depth user research interviews and usability studies under its belt, Sandstorm has mastered the art of uncovering insights to reveal each client's untapped intrinsic value.
Prior to her work at Sandstorm, Amanda served as the Director of Business Development at Protiviti, a global consulting firm, focused on Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365 and custom solutions to improve internal business process, collaboration and consumer facing web experiences.
Amanda has worked with hundreds of associations over her career on the front lines, helping organizations to better utilize technology solutions to meet their organizational, business process and digital needs.
Amanda’s core competencies include: Consultative sales and marketing of technology solutions including: Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint (Online, 2013, 2010, 2007); Web Content Management solutions including Kentico, Drupal and WordPress. Emphasis on mobile strategy and responsive design; content strategy; information architecture; user experience and web design; usability and research.
Chair, Small CEO Circle
John Forbes, consultant to global health care organizations and formerly the leader of various associations, will lead this interactive discussion. Most recently, John was executive director of the American Academy of Periodontology. Before that, he served as COO of the American Academy of Pediatrics and CEO of the American Red Cross, Missouri-Illinois region. John is known for his integrity, vision, outstanding communication skills, and turnaround management. His leadership competencies also include: strengthening leadership capabilities at all levels, developing and executing strategic plans, building high-performance teams, creating sustainable value for members and organizations, building global businesses and establishing powerful international connections, and creating positive, transparent, and accountable cultures.
Chair, Women in Tech/Digital
Director of Technology, Society of Critical Care Medicine
Laura Lewis has been working in various areas of technology in the non-profit space for over 20 years. Laura started out as a help desk technician and has worked her way through various areas of technology during her career. She worked for two different AMS companies as a Project Manager. For the past 6 years, she has served as the Director of Technology at the Society of Critical Care Medicine.