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AACES Officers and Committees

Current AACES Officers (revised 2-3-2021)

Office 2021 Officers and Executive Board
President Amy Cole
Vice President  Erica Fields
Secretary Ashley Dingman
Treasurer Karen DiCicco
Past President Chelsey Kimbrough
Board Member Mary Poling (2023)
Board Member Bryan Mader  (2023)
Board Member Julie Treat (2021)
Board Member Yeshi Wamishe (2021)
Board Member Melanie Berman (2022)
Board Member Julianne Dunn (2022)


AACES Committees (revised February 2021)

Committees and Members

Basic responsibilities for all AACES committees:

  • Keep a record of membership list and terms, meeting notes, minutes, and other materials.
  • Maintain and submit official records such as audit, budget, awards recipient list, roster of members, etc.
  • Provide records to President and/or Executive Committee as needed.
  • Provide records or information to the Website Committee as needed.

The Professional Improvement and Social Committees were combined at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

This newly combined committee comes up with ideas for professional development programs and social activities for both AACES members and non-members.  They typically host “lunch and learn” or what we call “Beans & Brains”.  These are usually presented quarterly but have also been every other month.  Topics and number of events are up to the committee.  Committee members obtain speakers, plan meetings, reserve the location, promote the event, plan meals, and often prepare lunch.  Spring Fling, Fall Festival, and Business after Hours are a few of many AACES social events.  Join this committee and help plan, organize, and promote activities that develop esprit de corps, and feed our brains and our tummies!

Revised 2/3/2021

Gretchen SkinnerArmenta Lockhart, Ashley Henderson, Chairs

Rebecca Simon, Melanie Berman, Julianne Dunn, Shannon Caldwell, Amy Cole, Rachel Chaney, Armenta Lockhart, JJ Pitman, Brittney Schrick, Emily Smith, Debra Garcia, Jill Williams, Del Johnson, Karen Watts, Julie Treat, Eleanor Wheeler

Recognition and Awards Committee: Visit the AACES website to see a list of the awards presented each year.  This committee solicits nominations, selects recipients, and presents awards.   

Revised 2/3/2021

Rebecca Simon, Rebecca McPeake, Ashley Foster, Shaunta Hudson, Julianne Dunn, Karen Ballard, Julie Treat, Amy Cole, Gretchen Skinner

Constitution and Audit Committee: This committee conducts the annual audit of AACES financial records.  The committee chair presents a report at the annual meeting. They review the Constitution and Bylaws to insure they remain true to the purpose of AACES. 

Revised 2/3/2021

Kristin Higgins, Chair

Angela Gardner, Melanie Berman, Phalon Montgomery

Budget Committee: The Budget Committee prepares the annual budget and presents it for approval by the board.  The approved budget is presented by the committee chair at the annual meeting.

Revised 2/3/2021

Julie Robinson, Chair, Karen DiCicco, Treasurer, Co-Chair

Sherry Sanchez, Shaunta Hudson, Phalon Montgomery

Fundraising Committee: Thanks to this sweet committee for hosting our annual Valentine’s Day bake sale.  The bake sale, along with other fund raisers, helps to support AACES activities and events including awards, social activities, professional improvement, a legislative event, a 4-H Congress trip, and sending representatives to a leadership conference (PILD).  This committee organizes and conducts our fundraising activities.

Revised 2/3/2021

Emily Smith, Interim Chair

Sherry Sanchez, Katie Holland, Diane Mashburn, Ashley Henderson, Brittney Schrick, Julianne Dunn, Debra Garcia, Cynthia Martin, Emily Smith, Julie Treat

Website and History Committees were combined in 2018.

Website and History Committee: This committee maintains and updates the AACES webpages and works with other committee members to keep their information current.  This committee also maintains records to preserve the history of AACES.

Revised 8/24/2021

 Mary Poling & Gretchen Skinner, Co-Chairs

Amy Cole, Diana Morian, Kyle Cunningham, Karen Watts

Resolutions Committee: Sometimes our members have ideas about positive changes for the Cooperative Extension Service. The Resolution Committee solicits and collects these ideas.  They present them to AACES membership for voting.  Resolutions that are approved by the membership are presented to Administration for consideration. 

Revised 2/3/2021

Emily Smith, Chair

Kyle Cunningham, Becky McPeake, Mary Poling, Karen Watts

Membership Committee: Spread the word about AACES. Recruit new and returning members. The Membership Committee conducts our annual membership drive leading up to our January annual meeting.

Revised 2/3/2021

Julianne Dunn, Chair


Community Service Committee: We’ve supported blood drives and given to food banks.  AACES members support one or two community service projects each year.  This committee organizes service projects and recruits participation.

Revised 2/3/2021

Emily Smith, Interim Chair

Cynthia Martin, Ashley Dingman, Melanie Berman, Priscella Thomas-Scott, Amy McClelland, Sarah David, Diane Mashburn, Shaunta Hudson, Amy Hedges, Katy Campbell, Angela Gardner, Liz Russell, Phalon Montgomery, Amanda Welch 

This committee works together to nominate qualified and key individuals to various other committees within AACES. The president appoints a nominating committee of at least three (3) members from different Extension program areas or support units at least 60 days prior to the annual business meeting. The function of the committee will be to present a slate of officers and directors reflective of the membership at the annual meeting.

Revised 2/3/2021

Julie Robinson, Chair