Our Advisors


Leonard J. Brenner

General Counsel

Leonard J. Brenner, LTD.

Leonard concentrates his practice in corporate and business matters on behalf of for profit and not for profit organizations Mr. Brenner is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Mr. Brenner graduated from the University Of San Diego School Of Law in 1984, from Northern Illinois University in 1979 with a degree in accounting, and practiced in public accounting before attending law school. Mr. Brenner is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

 Thomas P. Conway, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Chief Operating Officer

American Society of Anesthesiologists

With more than 25 years of association management experience, Tom currently provides executive oversight for ASA’s operations divisions, which includes the information technology, finance, business development, marketing, planning and facilities departments. Before joining the ASA in 2008, Tom served as executive director of the Catholic Press Association and vice president of business operations for Moose International. He also has held senior positions at the American Academy of Dermatology—including associate executive director of finance and planning, interim executive director and executive director—and at the National Futures Association as vice president and treasurer. Tom, who began his career in public accounting, is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Association Forum of Chicagoland.

Christine C. Eme, CAE, CMP

Executive Director

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

Christine has more than 25 years of association management experience. Since 2007, she has served as the executive director for the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), a 501(c)3 national professional membership association representing more than 1,800 medical professionals involved in the care of injured patients. In her tenure with EAST, membership has grown by 76 percent and the operating revenue has increased by 95 percent. She is an effective administrator adept at forming networks with affiliate organizations and has a strong history of building positive relationships with members and professional colleagues.

Jim Gibson, PMP, PHR

Senior Director of Business Integration Services

American Hospital Association

Jim has more than 25 years of business management experience and 20+ years of experience in technology, project management, change management, and business operations. For the past 11 years, Jim has supported the AHA by identifying innovation ways information and technology can be leveraged to achieve desired business results—guiding business units in using best practices for business process improvement, technology selection, business care development, and business intelligence analytics. Jim previously was a senior manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital practice. He has helped large national and multi-national companies implement strategic best practices, deploy ERP systems, mergers and acquisitions, and operation consolidations. Jim hold certifications in project management, human resources, Six Sigma, Baldrige and ITIL. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, the American Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administrators, and the Association Forum of Chicagoland—currently chairing its Information Technology Shared Interest Group.

Rob Miller

SVP, Business Development, Strategic Planning & Operations

340B Health

Bob Miller is an experienced executive and entrepreneur dedicated to rapid growth and customer acquisition. He has raised a combined $100MM in capital to support organizational growth and has acquired thousands of customers. Mr. Miller has exceptional organizational and strategic planning skills. He has natural sales leadership and acumen built on integrity, innovation and commitment. He has a solid technical foundation from years of software development experience earlier in his career.

Sharon Rice

Principal at Art of Planning Consulting, former VP of Strategy at APICS

Art of Planning Consulting

Prior to joining APICS in 2007, Rice served as both an association executive and a consultant to nonprofit organizations working specifically in the areas of strategic planning, program development, complex project management, as well as training and development. Additionally, Rice’s professional association experience includes the American Society of Clinical Pathology; Krajewski & Associates, an association management consulting firm; the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators; and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Rice holds a bachelor's degree from Manchester College and attended the University of Illinois.

Mark Thorsby

Vice President, Consulting


Mark Thorsby is responsible for providing effective guidance and leadership to organizations that are creating strategic plans, examining governance structures and cultures, defining relationships between organizations and their constituents and evaluating organizational effectiveness. Mark is a subject matter expert in the field of governance, leadership development and strategic planning/thinking. He is an experienced senior association professional and is a polished, professional facilitator and presenter. In addition to his practical experience in the field, Mark has made a significant personal commitment to the study and the teaching of volunteer organization leadership and strategy development. He provides his audiences with the benefits of his theory research combined with the day-to-day practical experience of association management.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mark also has served on the boards of directors and as an officer of more than two dozen organizations. His view from the volunteer perspective makes him a valuable consultant to the not-for-profit community. His service as a volunteer spans both private and public organizations, from Rotary Club to convention and visitors bureau to elected city council member, including service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association Forum.