Conference Procedures Committee


1. Develops and refines policies, guidelines, and procedures for annual and regional conferences.
2. Develops a conference master scheduling calendar for annual and regional conferences with proposals to be reviewed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board at the annual conference.
3. Utilizes the conference chair checklist to coordinate duties and responsibilities.
4. Implements the Accessibility Checklist for conference site selection and planning.
5. Coordinates conference details in collaboration with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair.
6. Ensures continuity of information flow from past to present to future conference chairs.
7. Works to achieve smooth coordination and good communication between the conference’s General Chair (Executive Director) and its program chair(s).
8. Develops marketing and promotion strategies for annual conferences.
9. Advises the Executive Director on site selection for future conferences.
10. Revises the conference proposal review process in collaboration with Vice President and Regional Vice Presidents.
11. Updates (co-)chairs job description.



1. Plan the yearly international conference.
2. Seek suggestions for improvement from the outgoing conference program chair(s).
3. Share ideas for annual conference venues.
4. Work with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator to identify ways to provide accessibility for physically challenged individuals and to provide for dietary needs.
5. Recommend new charges for the following year.

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Committee Members 2022

Name End Date
Planning Sub-committee
Marilyn Buerkens, Ex Officio
Kathryn Rybka, Ex Officio
Clark Barwick 12/31/2022
Gail Cruise 12/31/2022
Ryan Fuller 12/31/2022
Nancy Mahon 12/31/2023
Dirk Remley 12/31/2022
Susan Schanne, Chair
Leslie Seawright 12/31/2023
Procedures Sub-committee
Marilyn Buerkens, Ex Officio
Kathryn Rybka, Ex Officio
Gail Cruise
Dee Fuchs 12/31/2022
Ashley Nelson 12/31/2022
Dirk Remley 12/31/2023
Susan Schanne, Chair

The Procedures subcommittee consists of:

  • ABC Business Manager and Executive Director
  • Past annual conference co-chairs
  • Past, past annual conference co-chairs

The Planning subcommittee consists of:

  • ABC Business Manager and Executive Director
  • Current annual conference co-chairs
  • Past annual conference co-chair
  • Representative from Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee