Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs
Dawn M. Bauman, CAE, is CAI’s senior vice president of Government & Public Affairs. As CAI’s lead advocate for federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs, Bauman works with hundreds of volunteer leaders throughout the country serving on CAI legislative action committees and CAI government affairs committees to advocate for strong and sensible public policy for America’s community associations. Bauman has been with CAI since 1996 and has dedicated her career to the practice of non-profit management and advocacy. She began her career with the American Cancer Society and has since served as executive director for The ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Valley of the Sun, Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, National Society of Fund Raising Executives and Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
Director of Publishing; Managing Editor, Common Ground
Daniel Brannigan is CAI’s Director of Publishing and Managing Editor of Common Ground™ magazine. He has been editor of CAI’s flagship publication since 2010 and previously edited CAI’s newsletters Community Manager, Minutes, and Law Reporter. Daniel has helped guide Common Ground to awards for feature article design and single-topic issue from Association Media & Publishing’s EXCEL Awards. Community Manager picked up six awards for general excellence and newswriting under Daniel’s guidance from 2007-2010. A former reporter, Daniel is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, daughter, pug, and cat.
Kiara is associate editor for CAI’s print and digital publications. Before joining CAI, she worked for a trade media magazine focusing on the oil refining sector. Kiara also worked as an internal communications intern at the Library of Congress in 2015 and was a student journalist while attending college in Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information and journalism from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, in 2014 and is pursuing a master’s degree in communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Kiara currently resides in Arlington, Va., and enjoys watching sci-fi movies and television dramas, creative writing, and learning to play the ukulele in her spare time.
Web Content Producer
Lauren Fielder joined CAI as the Communications Specialist with a focus on press outreach, editorial support, and digital marketing. She now serves as the Web Content Producer to enhance the association’s website with new content and improved user experience all starting with the launch of CAI’s first-ever Annual Conference microsite. Lauren is from sunny Florida and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. She is passionate about social justice causes and loves to travel.
John H. Ganoe
Executive Director, CAMICB
John H. Ganoe, CAE, has served as the executive director of Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) since 2012. Ganoe has an extensive background in nonprofit management, organizational governance, strategic planning, marketing, and a main focus on professional credentialing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from The American University School of International Service and a master’s degree in business communications from Purdue University. He is an active member of both the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). He holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, awarded by ASAE. He is an active hockey player and a committed Washington Capitals fan. He lives in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C., with his golden retriever, Fisher.
Laura Otto is editor of CAI’s award-winning Community Manager. A seasoned journalist, Laura previously worked for a creative, advocacy agency in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and edited content for a variety of public health clients. Prior to that, Laura served as a senior writer and editor for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Laura is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. She currently resides in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and two small children.
Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Amy Repke brings over 20 years of experience to CAI serving as the organization’s vice president of communications and marketing. Amy’s communications career began in television news where she worked as a producer, writer, and assignment manager for both local and network news channels. In 2013, Amy launched a communications and marketing firm, consulting with clients representing political, financial services, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations. Amy has been nominated for four Washington Regional Emmy awards for writing and producing. Amy is a graduate of Old Dominion University and received a master’s degree in Strategic Public Communications from American University.
Kelly G. Richardson
Senior Partner, Richardson | Ober Law Firm
Kelly G. Richardson is a senior partner with Richardson | Ober law firm, serving California common-interest communities. He is a CAI past president and a fellow in CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Richardson writes a weekly column, HOA Homefront, that educates the public on issues pertaining to California residents living in common-interest developments, their boards of directors, and managers. The column is syndicated in more than a dozen California newspapers.
Tom Skiba is CAI’s CEO. As a senior association executive, he has more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofit and governmental organizations of all sizes. Since arriving at CAI in 2002, Tom has led a comprehensive transformation of the organization, including a redesign of the membership structure, rebranding of all publications, documents, and other public materials, restructuring of the organizations governance with the implementation of John Carver’s Policy Governance Model, and selection and implementation of an entirely new association management system and web presence. Prior to his role as CEO, Tom spent 17 years working for the internationally-recognized management consulting firm KPMG Consulting Inc., where he provided critical business advisory support to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, The Retired Officers Association, American Petroleum Institute, and Smithsonian Institution. Tom is a graduate of William & Mary.