CESSE Announces 2021-22 Board of Directors Appointments

CESSE is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Board of Directors.

Chicago, IL (July 28, 2021) The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Board of Directors. 

  • Bob Chalker, CAE (Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) is elevated from Vice-Chair to Chair. 
  • Todd M. Osman, PhD (Materials Research Society (MRS)) is elevated from Secretary/Treasurer to Vice-Chair. 
  • CESSE members elected Beth A. Cunningham, PhD (American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)) as the Secretary/Treasurer.  
  • Nicole Boston, CAE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)) becomes Past Chair. 

Bob ChalkerChalker has served on the CESSE Board of Directors since 2016. He is CEO of AMPP which was formed in 2021 through the merger of NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. Working closely with the organizations' board of directors, he played a key role in the successful culmination of the merger. 

Osman has served on the CESSE Board of Directors since 2019. He is the Executive Director of the Materials Research Society. During his tenure, Osman has partnered with MRS volunteers and staff to enhance the Society's focus on diversifying materials research; to grow its awards, Career Services, and student programs; and to expand its communications and meetings portfolio.


Beth CunninghamCunningham joined the CESSE Board of Directors as director at-large in 2018. She is the Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers where she is responsible for the implementation of policy decisions and strategic objectives established by the AAPT Board of Directors.  


“Serving the CESSE membership as the Chairman of the Board is an honor. It has truly been a pleasure to serve with my colleagues over the last several years as the Board worked hard to put CESSE in a great position to serve our members. We have made much progress; the pandemic struck a blow but, in many ways, it has made us stronger. We have great member leaders and wonderful staff, all of which make my job much easier. Their hard work assures our events are relevant, that our networking allows for building strong relationships, and our education programs help our members grow their knowledge and expertise,” Chalker shared. 

Joining current members of the CESSE Board are Matthew Miller, MS (Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards); Mona Miller, MPP (American Society of Human Genetics), and Khánh Vu (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers). 

The CESSE members also approved the appointment of four new directors-at-large who will serve three-year terms: 

Melissa GarciaMelissa Garcia, CAE (Society for Neuroscience) 

Elena GerstmannElena Gerstmann, PhD, FASAE, CAE (INFORMS) 

Frank KrauseFrank Krause, MBA, CAE (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) 

Rebekah StachaRebekah Stacha, CAE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) 



“I'm pleased to welcome Melissa, Elena, Frank, and Rebekah to the CESSE Board of Directors at this important stage in CESSE's evolution. The diversity and breadth of experience they bring, together with that of the current members of the Board, will bring the insight, diversity of thought, and the expertise needed to guide our deliberations and actions through the coming year,” stated Chalker.   

CESSE thanks outgoing directors Jonathan J. Goodwin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (AOAC International) and Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, FASAE, CAE (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) for their dedicated service, guidance and leadership, and tremendous contributions over the tenure of their appointments. 



The Council for Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), incorporated in 1977, is a professional society of chief executive officers and mid-to senior-level staff members of STEM societies dedicated to leadership excellence. CESSE offers its members a forum for exchanging information about their experiences and a venue for addressing the problems, challenges, and opportunities they face in operating their societies.  

CESSE provides the go-to source of education, networking and the sharing of best practices for the staff of STEM societies through the CEO Meeting and ACCESSE annual events.


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