November 22, 2017
    Fond, sad memories of a beloved association executive

    Plus, still time to register for the Nonprofit Finance Summit. Thinking Aloud, by Ed Dalere

    By Ed Dalere | 09/07/2017

    Association executives were shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of longtime association executive Diane James of a heart attack on Aug. 26.

    James had a varied career as an association executive. She was executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executives Group, which recently was rebranded as Beacon. Among other leadership roles was a director at Association Strategies; executive director of Women's Transportation Seminar and CEO of its foundation; executive director of Jacobs Institute of Women's Health; executive director of Women in Cable Telecommunications; a VP at ASAE; executive director of the Georgia Society of Association Executives; and a director at American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

    James was remembered at a celebration of her life on Sept. 7 at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda Md., but executives also sadly and fondly remembered her on the Internet.

    Joanne Dunne, executive director of the Washington Psychiatric Society, wrote, "A unique, sharp, committed woman who learned association management the hard way, loved her family, her friends and never gave up. We're missing you, Diane!"

    Tom Quash, marketing VP at AWOHNN, wrote: "I had the pleasure of working with Diane at ASAE and later, WICT. A class act."

    And GSAE CEO Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, said, "The hole in our community is deeply felt. Beloved and treasured are both understatements when describing our feelings for Diane and her many contributions to GSAE land. She's family."

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     In lieu of flowers, donations in Diane James' name can be made to Spark the Wave, of which James was the founding treasurer. To contribute, send a check to Spark the Wave, PO Box 40038, Washington, DC 20016.


    The second Nonprofit Finance Summit takes place on Sept. 12-13 in Chicago. There is still time to claim your spot at this important gathering of nonprofit finance experts and peers. Register here.

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