CESSE Announces New Board of Directors Appointments

CESSE is pleased to announce seven Board of Directors appointments effective July 23, 2020.

Chicago, IL (August 7, 2020)–The Council for Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) is pleased to announce seven Board of Directors appointments effective July 23, 2020.

  • Nicole Boston, CAE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers) is elevated from Vice Chair to Chair.

  • Bob Chalker, CAE (NACE International) is elevated from Secretary/Treasurer to Vice Chair.

  • CESSE members elected Todd M. Osman, PhD (Materials Research Society) as the new Secretary/Treasurer.

  • Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD FASAE CAE (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) becomes Past Chair.

Nicole BostonBoston has served on the CESSE board since 2017. She is CEO of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and is responsible for the Society's wide-ranging and expanding technical and educational programs, strategic initiatives, financial, operational leadership. She also serves as an officer on the SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation's Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors of their newly formed legal entity, SFPE Europe, based in Belgium.

Bob ChalkerChalker has served on the CESSE Board since 2016. He is CEO of NACE International and leads strategic planning, governance, operations management, business development, marketing, and financial management for the non-profit organization.

Todd OsmanOsman joined the CESSE Board as director at-large in 2019. He is Executive Director of the Materials Research Society (MRS). During his tenure, MRS has enhanced its focus on broadening participation in science and engineering; grown its awards, education, and student programs; and expanded its communications and meetings portfolio.

“I'm honored to lead CESSE's Board, and I look forward to the opportunity to engage with the membership and help shape the future of the organization,” said Boston. “As STEM leaders, we are living through extraordinary times where our professional networks and access to timely resources and experts is critical to the success of our leadership performance and our organization's survival. In the coming year, the Board will be looking to ensure programs for engagement remain strong in our new virtual world, that CESSE's finances are managed to ensure continued sustainability, and setting a strategic direction that maintains CESSE's relevancy and leadership position as being the premier organization for networking, education, and sharing of best practices for leaders in STEM societies.”

Joining current members of the CESSE Board, Beth A. Cunningham, PhD (American Association of Physics Teachers), Jonathan J. Goodwin, SPHR SHRM-SCP (AOAC International) and Raquel Tamez (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), the CESSE members also approved the appointment of three new directors-at-large who will serve three-year terms:

  • Matthew Miller, MS (Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards)

  • Mona Miller, MPP (American Society of Human Genetics)

  • Khánh Vu (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers)

Matt MillerMatt Miller is CEO for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), where he manages and collaborates with the staff team in its execution of the annual scope of work approved and funded by the Board of Directors. Matt also serves as a spokesperson for CLARB and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.

Mona MillerMona Miller is CEO of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), a global professional society of researchers, clinicians and technology leaders dedicated to advancing human genetics and genomics in science, health and society. She leads a skilled staff team and has helped the Society strengthen its support and leadership of the dynamic community, increase its visibility in national policy, and modernize its infrastructure to position it for growth.

Khanh VuKhanh Vu joined the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) full time as the Executive Director in late 2011. He oversaw the doubling of the collegiate chapters and tripling its membership during his 1st-year tenure with SASE. SASE has become the largest professional Asian American Organization in the US by numbers of chapters, conference size and organizational support.

“I'm pleased to welcome Matt, Mona and Khanh to our 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 Boston. 

CESSE thanks outgoing directors Cathy Leslie, P.E., F. ASCE, CAE (Engineers Without Borders USA) and David L. Schutt, PhD (SAE International) for their dedicated service, guidance and leadership, and tremendous contributions over the tenure of their appointments.



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