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CAI Announces its 2019 President and Board of Trustees

1/14/2019  -  Falls Church, Virginia

​​Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading authority in community association governance, education, and management, welcomes Cat Carmichael, CMCA, PCAM, as its 2019 president.

Carmichael, founder of Strategy 1 2 3 in San Clemente, Calif., began her term as CAI's president on Jan. 1. She leads the Institute's 15-member Board of Trustees, composed of distinguished community association industry leaders, and CAI's three membership representation groups that work on behalf of homeowner leaders, community managers, and business partners. Ursula K. Burgess, Esq., shareholder at Rees Broome PC in Tysons Corner, Va., is serving as president-elect.

“Community associations are increasingly becoming a preferred housing model worldwide, and it's essential that CAI's Board of Trustees encompasses the best and brightest leaders in today's community association marketplace," says Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI's chief executive officer. “We're proud of the professional accomplishments of our board members and membership representation groups and, through their dedication and commitment to upholding the highest industry standards, CAI will continue to be the trusted resource for education and advocacy on behalf of the millions of homeowners, professional community managers, and business partners serving these community associations."

Throughout the year, Carmichael will be emphasizing the need to attract and retain talent to community associations.

“Our fast-growing industry needs qualified, dedicated, enthusiastic professionals to ensure the financial well-being, physical maintenance, and social harmony of the nearly 350,000 community associations in the U.S., as well as the thousands of communities around the world," says Carmichael. “I am honored to lead CAI, an organization that has been indispensable in shaping the success and strength of today's condominium communities, homeowners associations, and housing cooperatives."


Cat Carmichael, CMCA, PCAM

Ursula K. Burgess, Esq.

John Hammersmith, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Pamela D. Bailey, CMCA, AMS, PCAM                       Pat A. King

Kara Cermak, CMCA, AMS, PCAM                             Joel W. Meskin, Esq., CIRMS

Jeevan D'Mello, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM                Peter B. Miller, RS

James H. Dodson IV, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM        Vishnu Sharma, CPA, CFE

Lincoln W. Hobbs, Esq.                                                Judith Silva

Julia Holland, CMCA, AMS, PCAM                             Jessica Towles, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

2019 Membership Representation Groups

2019 Business Partners Council

Vishnu Sharma, CPA, CFE — Sharma & Associates Inc. — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Peter B. Miller, RS — Miller-Dodson Associates — Annapolis, Md.

Jennifer Agravat — Asphalt Restoration Technology — Orlando, Fla.
Michael Berg, CMCA, CIRMS — Berg Insurance Agency — Lake Forest, Calif.
Dan Denekamp — Pacific Premier Bank — Dallas, Texas
John Hershey, RS — J. Hershey Building Consultants — Lake Bluff, Ill.
Cynthia A. Jones, Esq. — Horack Talley Pharr and Lowndes PA — Charlotte, N.C.
Judyann Lee, Esq. — McMillan Metro PC — Potomac, Md.
Ashley Nichols, Esq. — Cornerstone Law Firm PC — Denver, Colo.
Robert Nordlund, RS — Association Reserves Inc. — Calabasas, Calif.
Gina Roldan — ProTec Building Services — San Diego, Calif.
Sara Ross, Esq. — Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn PC — Fairfax, Va.
Joseph Russo — — Las Vegas, Nev.

2019 Community Association Managers Council

James H. Dodson IV, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM — Ewa by Gentry Community Association — Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Jessica Towles, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — Lieberman Management Services Inc. — Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Pamela D. Bailey, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — Chaparral Management Company Inc., AAMC — Houston, Texas
Kara Cermak, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — RealManage LLC, AAMC — Elgin, Ill.
Lisa Cox, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM – Sienna Plantation Associations – Missouri City, Texas
Stephen C. Doran, CMCA, AMS, PCAM —2500 Peachtree Condominium Assn. — Atlanta, Ga.
Staci M. Gelfound, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — Association Integrated Management Services LLC — Gaithersburg, Md.
Julia Holland, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — FirstService Residential, AAMC — Surprise, Ariz.
Jeffrey N. Kutzer, CMCA, PCAM — Richmond Homes — Aurora, Colo.
Nicholas J. Mazzarella, CMCA, LSM, PCAM — Associa–Community Management Corporation — Chantilly, Va.
Brian P. Murphy, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — ProActive Professional Management — Lake Forest, Calif.
Melissa Ramsey, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — FirstService Residential — Reno, Nev.
Catherine C. Smith, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — Aperion Management Group — Bend, Ore.
LaTonya Young-Clayborne, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — Wardman Tower — Baltimore, Md.

2019 Homeowner Leaders Council

Judith Silva — Sacramento, Calif.
Pat A. King — Beaumont, Calif.

Judith Hanson — Sun City Aliante Community Association — North Las Vegas, Nev.
Patrick Morrisey, CMCA — San Diego, Calif.
Janet L. Newcomb — Huntington Beach, Calif.
Cheryl B. Palent — Renaissance at Raritan Valley Master Association — Somerset, N.J.

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About Community Associations Institute 

Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in 345,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, and co-ops in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With nearly 40,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 64 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in several other countries including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @caisocial.


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