2019 Academy Faculty Members Announced

A top-notch list of instructors has once again been secured for W.A.C.E.’s Academy program, which will be held August 4–7 in Sacramento (CA).

“We’re pleased to announce another stellar Academy faculty lineup,” said Steering Committee Chair Tom Pierson, ACE. “Our promise remains the same—we will deliver top-quality instruction in the 18 essential subjects that we believe chamber professionals and chambers need to succeed.”

Debbie Moreno, IOM, teaching an Academy class on Staff Development and Management in 2018.

First Year

Faculty members teaching first-year classes are:

• Dave Kilby, W.A.C.E. and CalChamber: “Chamber Overview and Trends.”

• Mark Peterson, MEP Law Corp: “Legal Basics.”

• Scott Raty, The Raty Group: “Committee and Board Development.”

• Nancy Lindholm, ACE, Oxnard (CA) Chamber: “Budget Preparation and Monitoring.”

• Mike Varney, consultant: “Membership Sales and Recruitment.”

• Russell Lahodny, W.A.C.E. and CalChamber: “Marketing and Communications.”

Second Year

Teaching second-year classes will be:

• Nathan Ahle, ACE, Fresno (CA) Chamber: “Representing the Interests of Business with Government.”

• Jill Lederer, ACE, Greater Conejo Valley (CA) Chamber: “Financial Policies and Procedures.”

• Dave Kilby, W.A.C.E. and CalChamber: “Keeping Your Chamber Relevant.”

• Diane Schwenke, Grand Junction Area (CO) Chamber: “Revenue Development.”

• Glenn Morris, ACE, Santa Maria Valley (CA) Chamber: “Policy Development.”

• Mark Turner, Gilroy (CA) Chamber: “Membership Retention Essentials.”

Third Year

Completing the lineup of instructors at this year’s Academy teaching third-year courses are:

• Pam Ridler, CCE, Castle Rock (CO) Chamber: “Intro to Economic Development.”

• Mary Beth Sewald, Las Vegas Metro (NV) Chamber: “Dealing with the Media.”

• Debbie Moreno, consultant: “Staff Development and Management.”

• Tom Pierson, ACE, Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber: “Everyday Ethics.”

• B Gorman, B Great Leadership: “Strategic Planning.”

• Keith Woods, North Coast Builders Exchange: “Personal Leadership Development.”

Register Today

Academy registration information is available on the W.A.C.E. website at


The deadline to register at the early-bird price is June 21.