Staff Directory

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    Suzanne T. Ortega


    Robert Augustine
    Senior Vice President


    Beth Buehlmann
    Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs


    Charles Caramello


    Daniel Denecke
    Vice President, Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives


    Jeffrey Engler


    Janice Goggins
    Director, Member Engagement, Recruitment and Retention


    Katherine Hazelrigg
    Communications Manager


    Julia Kent
    Assistant Vice President, Communications, Advancement and Best Practices


    Maureen McCarthy
    Associate Director, Advancement and Best Practices


    Anna M. Naranjo
    Executive Assistant to the CGS President


    Hironao Okahana
    Assistant Vice President, Research and Policy Analysis


    Keith Peregonov
    Vice President, Chief Financial Officer


    Kenneth Polishchuk
    Manager of Public Policy and Government Affairs


    Heidi Shank
    Senior Director, Meetings


    K. Stone
    Program Manager, Best Practices


    Anita Thomas
    Manager, Meetings and Office Services


    Peggy Wu



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