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.

Lynn Moran

Lynn Moran

Human Resources Specialist

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.

Tricia Mesaros

Tricia Mesaros

Director, Projects & Business Operations DC

Tricia joined the ASI Team in early 2017. She manages the ASI office in the DC Metro area and oversees search projects throughout each stage. She is often the first point of contact in a client’s search. She manages ASI’s proprietary database, conducts extensive research, launches selected advertising and initiates outreach to create a rich field of potential candidates for each search. Additionally, she manages the company website, social media accounts and database. She provides administrative support to the Firm and its clients. She accomplishes these tasks by providing scheduling assistance; developing and editing proposals; coordinating client project timelines; managing client meeting logistics; assisting in the preparation of presentation materials, indexed portfolios, and surveys; and conducts extensive online research. Prior to joining ASI Tricia’s professional background includes marketing, non-profit events and most recently she owned her own successful event management firm in Savannah, GA. Tricia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Public Communications from Central Michigan University.  She resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband and three sons.

Ellen Moore

Ellen Moore

Executive Consultant

Ellen is an experienced transformative business and association leader with proven track record of achieving growth by creating and aligning business strategies to the long-range goals of the organization.  With a vast network in medical society management, Moore partners with Pamela on healthcare/medical CEO search assignments. Moore spent four years with the American Academy for Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Chief Education Officer 2014 – 2017.   A member of the executive team, Moore led the design, development, delivery and financial management of the Academy’s wide range of live event and online educational programs including publications and periodicals with 120 staff while supporting the mission and vision of the organization. She led internalizing and outsourcing key functions of the organization.

As Vice President of Strategic Development with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) from 2011 – 2014, Moore and her team were responsible for delivering high quality events, developing new innovative programming and executive education, leading industry sponsorships and partnerships.

Prior to joining ACG, from 2005-2011 Moore served as vice president, education and certification services at SmithBucklin, the world’s largest association management and professional services company.  She led all aspects of planning and execution for SmithBucklin’s education, certification and accreditation services for more than 200 client organizations with a staff of fifty learning professionals.

Moore has an extensive background in training and development and group and board facilitation working in the public sector with various corporations such as Darden Restaurants, the Compass Group North America / Levy Restaurants and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. She is a 30+ year association professional having served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) prior to joining SmithBucklin.

Moore also spent ten years with the National Restaurant Association as the Senior Vice President of Education and Certification Services responsible for design, development, delivery and more than $35M in sales of the NRA’s robust education and certification programs including initiation of a new brand with the design, development and delivery of ServSafe® and its brand extensions.

Moore is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Daniel’s School of Business.  She is actively involved in ASAE and other societies and organizations that support leadership and professional development in the industry.

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.