The Association Strategies, Inc. Team

Our award-winning team is drawn from the top ranks of the nonprofit and association world, giving us a rare understanding of your most nuanced needs. Comprised of search veterans, senior association management executives, human resources professionals, research scientists, and organization development specialists who collectively have logged decades in their industries, we employ extensive outreach and research capabilities. Active in professional societies and serving on non-profit boards, we are steeped in current best practices and understand benchmarking in a way no one else does.

Pamela Kaul

Pamela Kaul

President and Founder

Pamela offers nearly three decades of experience in executive search, transition management, and organization development. As President & Founder, she pioneered ASI’s unique systems-based approach to executive search, and since founding the company in 1986, she has successfully applied it to deliver superior talent to hundreds of leading associations, foundations, NGOs and philanthropic institutions. A recognized specialist in organizational assessment and development programs, Pamela has piloted hundreds of clients through CEO and Board organizational assessments, Board recruitment, and paradigm shifts requiring business acumen, cultural sensitivity, and awareness of the uniqueness of individual environments.

Tricia Bork Canavan

Tricia Bork Canavan

Director, Recruiting and Development

Tricia has more than 28 years of senior-level experience in association management in a variety of diverse enterprises. She has served organizations ranging from small, struggling enterprises to complex and highly visible associations. She specializes in developing strong relationships with clients, constituents and stakeholders; assessing and enhancing governance operations; and managing and improving organizational processes.

Mary Sue Himpler

Mary Sue Himpler

Director, Recruiting and Operations

For almost 20 years, Mary Sue has covered many aspects of ASI’s business, including identifying and interviewing candidates, researching executive compensation data, and managing client contracts and records. She brings a unique understanding of ASI’s processes from start to finish. Mary Sue launched her executive search career in 1988 as Executive Employment Administrator for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), where she scouted candidates, conducted interviews and reference checks, wrote profiles and fully managed executive level searches for a wide range of non-profit, healthcare and philanthropic associations. She also developed teams of association executives to provide peer review on critical management areas within a given organization for its Evaluation program.

Mary Sue has worked with ASI since 1994 and has served as a Director since 2006. She is often the first point of contact in a client’s search. She composes proposals and contracts, conducts research, launches selected advertising and outreach, mining through databases and working the company’s contacts to create a rich field of potential candidates she interviews. Mary Sue draws on her two decades as a search professional to tap sources, create targeted advertising and assure that potential candidates match the client’s needs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Economics and Business from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She resides in McLean, Virginia with her husband, Bill, two sons, and two daughters.

Lynn Moran

Lynn Moran

Human Resources Consultant

With more than two decades in human resources, Lynn applies her skill, experience and seasoned judgment to identify the best candidates for each position Association Strategies searches. Since joining us in 2005, Lynn has interviewed more than 400 candidates and has completed numerous candidate references, finding the talents and attributes that make them an excellent fit for each individual client. A sharp interviewer as well as a good and patient listener, Lynn wins people’s trust and draws them out to create lively, accurate profiles for clients.

Michael Strand, SPHR

Michael Strand, SPHR

Specialist, Executive and Staff Compensation

With more than 30 years of human resources experience, Mike has designed and implemented compensation systems, employee retention programs and strategic “golden handcuff” initiatives. But Mike’s trademark is his unique approach to compensation surveys. Over the decades, he has studied hundreds of clients, from small associations with a handful of staff to the 45,000-member union of Los Angeles County employees. Regardless of size, each client report includes a complete audit trail of the data and a customized assessment and recommendations. Mike presents his findings to organizations, reporting to the board of directors, testifying to government officials or holding press conferences.

Jamison Merrick

Jamison Merrick

Project & Research Associate

With 8 years of experience in several different industries, Jamison brings a diverse skill set to ASI. In 2005 and 2006, Jamison served as a Staff Manager and Supervisor for Sparkling Pools Services, Inc. In this role, Jamison was responsible for the scheduling and managing a staff of 30 as well as maintaining relationships with the company’s client base. Following his experience in staff management, Jamison worked as a research assistant at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he assisted several faculty members with their new and continuing projects by providing extensive research and data analyses.