AREMA Staff

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Elizabeth Caruso, IOM, CAE

Executive Director/CEO

Beth joined AREMA in May 1999 and in September 2015 was appointed as AREMA's Executive Director and CEO. Beth works closely with AREMA’s Leadership, Members and Supporters and manages AREMA's Operations at Headquarters. Prior to her appointment to Executive Director and CEO she served as AREMA's Director of Administration and played a key staff leadership role, having served as Deputy Executive Director. She has supported the Board of Governors, Functional Group Board of Directors and Standing Committees throughout her career at AREMA. Beth has a BA degree in English with a concentration in Media Communications from High Point University in North Carolina. She is a member of the League of Railway Women (LRW), the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Beth earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2009. In 2019, Beth was awarded the IOM graduate recognition for completing a comprehensive course of study in nonprofit management through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organizations Management program. In November 2019, she received the "2019 Women in Rail Award" which recognizes vision, ability and leadership.

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Stacy Spaulding, CAE

Senior Director, Executive and Board Operations

Stacy joined AREMA in July 1999. She was promoted to Senior Director, Executive and Board Operations in November 2015, responsible for the coordination of association Executive office and administration functions as well as support to the Executive Office. She was previously Director of Committees and Technical Services, responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of all AREMA Committees and the pre-publication aspects of all AREMA Manuals and other publications. Stacy graduated with honors from Frostburg State University with a BA in Psychology. Stacy brings considerable association and membership management experience to AREMA. She has been a member the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) since 1997 and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2007. Stacy is also a member of the League of Railway Women (LRW).

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Vickie Fisher, CAE

Chief Operating Officer

Vickie Fisher, Chief Operating Officer is an accomplished finance and human resource professional with extensive experience in the public and private sector. Having been a member of the AREMA management team since 2001, she provides support to the Executive Director/CEO and is responsible for financial, human resource, and exposition oversight. Prior to joining AREMA, Vickie worked within the legal profession at several DC area law firms. She has a B.S. degree in Business Accounting, Certified Association Executive designation (CAE) and a Notary Public in and for the State of Maryland. She is an active member of the League of Railway Women (LRW), American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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Janice Clements

Director, Database Management Systems

Janice joined AREMA in January 2000. She has over twenty-five years of experience managing database information systems and membership services. She became Director, Database Management Systems in April 2021 and is responsible for the use and operation of the association management software, related integrations, reporting needs, and other duties that require database support. She previously served as Director of Membership and Information systems and managed the delivery of membership benefits and the administration of the AREMA database. Janice graduated with honors from Bowie State University and has a BS degree in Business Management. She is a member of NiUG International and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the League of Railway Women (LRW).

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Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP, DES

Senior Director, Education and Meetings

Desirée joined AREMA in July 2000. She is responsible for utilizing her leadership skills in executing a portfolio of events which includes the AREMA Annual Conference & Exposition and Railway Interchange. She is a member of PCMA, ASAE, LRW and IEEE. She received her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2006, Digital Event Strategist Certification in 2020 and named PCMA Visionary Award Meeting Professionals of the Year Finalists. In 2018, she earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation and is an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar (2016-2018 Class). Desirée was named the 2019 Event Industry Council, Pacesetter - D&I Social Responsibility, a 2017 and 2019 Meetings Today Magazine, Meeting Trendsetter as well as a 40 over 40 Award Winner with the Senior Professionals Industry Network (SPIN). She has also been active on several industry customer advisory boards, is a PCMA Board Member and named Chair of the newly formed PCMA Governance Committee.

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Lindsay McNicholas, MBA, CEM

Director, Marketing and Communications

Lindsay joined AREMA in early January 2014 as Manager of Marketing & Communications. Lindsay is responsible for designing, coordinating, and implementing all integrated marketing and communications campaigns and interacting with all departments to ensure the reflection of AREMA is represented appropriately. Lindsay has BS and MBA degrees in Marketing from York College of Pennsylvania. Lindsay brings several years of marketing and customer service experience to AREMA. In April of 2015, she was promoted to Director, Marketing & Communications. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the League of Railway Women (LRW).

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Skip Gmeiner

Director, Information Technology Services

Skip joined AREMA in April 2016 as Director, Information Technology Services. He is responsible for the overall planning, organizing and execution of all AREMA IT functions. This includes directing the association’s IT operations to meet staff and customer requirements, as well as the strategy for its information technology infrastructure, including hardware, software, cabling, website, telephone services, and networks. Skip has more than 20 years of experience in IT Operations for Associations, Government Agencies and most recently as an IT Consultant for various companies in the Washington, DC Metro Area. He has a BA degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been certified in multiple Microsoft Operating Systems and Server Applications. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

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Alayne Bell

Manager, Committees and Technical Services

Alayne joined AREMA in February 2016. She brings over 10 years of association experience to AREMA, including substantial committee and publications support. She is responsible for coordinating the work of all AREMA Committees and the pre-publication aspects of all AREMA Manuals and other publications. In addition, she supports the AREMA Student Chapters and the Educational Foundation Scholarship Program. She has a BA degree in Literature from American University. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the League of Railway Women (LRW).

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Christy Thomas, CEM

Associate Director, Membership and Services

Christy serves as the Associate Director of Membership & Services for AREMA where she is focused on the needs of our important organization’s membership body. Christy is responsible for creating, updating and distributing information to current members as well as prospective members. She supports the AREMA Membership Committee whose mission is to develop and implement recruitment and retention initiatives. Having previously served as the Programs and Services Manager, she continues to manage the AREMA Expo, including marketing, sales and logistics. Among her significant previous positions, Christy worked with a major exhibition service contractor where she served in the services and operations division. Christy holds a BS degree from Salisbury University in Business Management and a Certified Exhibit Management designation (CEM) from International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). She is an active member of IAEE, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the League of Railway Women (LRW).

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Morgan Bruins

Education and Services Manager

Morgan joined AREMA in July 2015. She works within the Education and Meeting Department on various projects, including the Annual Conference, Symposium and Seminar/Webinar Programs. Additionally, Morgan manages the Corporate Publication License Agreements and publication sales. She has a BS degree from Liberty University. She is a member of the Professional Convention Meeting Association (PCMA), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the League of Railway Women (LRW).