The staff of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is ready and eager to serve you! If you have questions about an upcoming course, the Annual Meeting, ASSH publications or any other ASSH product or service, the Chicago staff can help.
ASSH Central Office
822 W. Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 880-1900
Fax: (847) 384-1435
Mark C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE - Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark is our visionary and innovative leader. His charge to staff is as follows: 1. If it ain’t broke, break it. Enjoy the mess you’ve made. Then fix it in the most cost effective and efficient way you can. 2. Never compromise on service to our members, to our customers, and to each other. The ASSH Central Office in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood reflects Mark's vision of an open-space, collaborative and fun work environment.
Pamela Schroeder, CAE - Deputy Executive Vice President
Angie Legaspi, CMP - Vice President of Professional Development
Angie has more energy than the rest of us combined. She’s the driving force behind all the ASSH meetings, ever present and watchful, making sure they come off as close to perfect as possible. She questions everything, in a way that lets all who come in contact with her know who’s really in charge. If Angie says she’ll take care of it, you know it will be done in a top-notch manner.
Bill Chandler - Director of Finance
Bill is our numbers guy. Having worked exclusively with non-profits his entire career, he brings an advanced skill set to the finances of ASSH. When not immersed in spreadsheets, Bill enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Tara Havenga - Director of Publishing, Marketing & Communications
Tara came to ASSH after studying public policy and law. She started as the governance coordinator, learning the Hand Society from the inside out, and now manages the publications program as well as public awareness, communications and marketing strategy. The most rewarding part of her job is engaging with members and brainstorming and testing new ideas. Tara loves being a part of this dynamic organization and keeping initiatives, new and old, “on their toes.” Outside of work, Tara is an avid reader. She also loves cooking, CrossFit, and above all, spending time with family and friends.
Danielle Roesmann, CMP - Director of Business Development and Foundation Director
Danielle is a relationship builder, experience creator, curious question asker, and idea connector! As Director of Business Development, she is uniquely positioned with more than 10 years of association experience working cross-departmentally in education/programming, meetings, exhibits, corporate relations, fundraising, governance, and marketing. Strategic, and mission-focused, Danielle seeks out opportunities for improving member experiences and enhancing donor relationships with the Foundation. As our Global liaison, she works closely with the International Relations committee to enhance the experience of our international members, buyers, and attendees. When not at work, you can find Danielle running along the Chicago lakefront trail, catching up with a good book, or planning her next trip abroad.
Joseph Layous - Director of Technology
Nicole Renn - Senior Marketing & Communications Manager
If you have received marketing material from ASSH, you have seen some of Nicole's work. She also lends her talents to the publications department and the meetings department. In 2006, Nicole played a large role in the redesign of the ASSH logo. In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, photography, artwork with her daughter and cheering on her favorite hockey teams- her son’s Squirt team and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jeanne Bloesch - Membership Manager
Jeanne is our manager of details. She’s in charge of everything that gets entered into our membership database, down to the apostrophes. Jeanne keeps us all on our toes, making sure we fully understand the implications of decisions that are made related to our members. Jeanne has three rescued feral cats, including one that was found outside the ASSH Central Office.
Jessica Daniels - Tech Project Czarina
Jessica works alongside the rest of the meetings team in coordinating educational programs like the Annual Meeting and smaller activities. She works to bring emerging technologies to the ASSH members through mobile app development. She comes from a background in associations after starting in the non-profit world of Theater management following her graduation from Ohio University. Jessica loves a good crossword and spends the colder months knitting items for her Etsy shop and the warmer times biking around the city with her husband.
Kris R. Delas Armas, CMP - Meetings and Corporate Relations Manager
Kris oversees the exhibits for the Annual Meeting as well as the development and maintenance of all industry relationships. He comes to ASSH with a solid background in corporate, association and non-profit event management. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, reading books, watching movies and playing volleyball. He is also an avid Chicago Bears, Blackhawks and Cubs fan.
Carrie Corona - Accounting/Administration Manager
Carrie is our Task Master. She assists all staff with various projects from time to time. She reconciles daily transactions. She is the go to person for anything relating to our CRM system (Membership Database). She processes orders, registrations, donations, payments and refunds. She tracks our product inventory and works with our warehouse to get orders processed. Carrie likes learning new things and trying to figure out better more efficient ways of doing things. When Carrie is not working at the ASSH, she enjoys hanging out with her three children and two dogs. She’s also a big time DIY’er…she works with her husband on projects around the house and knows her power tools.
Kim Mackey - Editorial Manager
Kim is our in-house manager for the Journal of Hand Surgery. She vets journal submissions for adherence to the author guidelines, and she works with the Editor-in-Chief, the authors, and Elsevier to make sure that each party has what it needs to keep the JHS running smoothly. Kim comes to ASSH from the medical publishing world of Philadelphia, where she worked on both clinical reference books and nursing textbooks. She enjoys traveling and savoring each bite of a Philly soft pretzel.
Olivia Moran - Special Projects Manager
Olivia graduated from the University of Iowa where she studied Journalism and Political Science. She is excited to take on special projects responsibilities and looks forward to working with ASSH's members. Olivia comes from a nonprofit where she communicated with members of the dairy industry to produce sustainable milk products. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and playing with her dog, Belle.
Dan Maron - Technology Project Manager
Dan is the primary staff resource for various ASSH technology development initiatives. He merges his corporate marketing experience with association web savviness to help administer thought provoking technological upgrades. In his spare time he enjoys painting, exercising, and movies.
Lord Espedido - IT Coordinator
Lord brings more than six years of information technology experience to the Hand Society through previous work in helpdesk and desktop support. He brings quality expertise to the Hand Society IT team to solve technical problems in a timely manner. In his free time, Lord enjoys playing basketball, clicking his camera and strumming his guitar.
Diana Shkap, CMP - Senior Meetings CoordinatorAs a member of the Meetings department, Diana made the leap from the corporate publishing world and is truly excited about her journey in becoming a Meetings Coordinator. The transition was a natural career progression with her attention to detail and outgoing personality. When she’s not hard at work, she is enjoying all Chicago has to offer such as local concerts, good food and cheering for the Cubbies!
Haley Licata - Governance Coordinator
Haley brings an ardent love of the written word to our Society, where she serves as the staff liaison for ASSH Council, Young Leaders Program, and other exciting member programs. Outside of the office, Haley can be found experimenting in the kitchen, blogging, and exploring Chicago’s many cultural offerings.
Grace Johnson - Publications and Communications Coordinator
As a recent college graduate, Grace joined the ASSH staff to work as a staff liaison on various book projects while also compiling Weekly Member Update and Correspondence News. She manages the social media accounts for the Hand Society, giving her the opportunity to communicate on different platforms. Grace spends her free time reading, playing board games and volunteering at the Anti-Cruelty Society.
Gladys Apura - Web Developer
Gladys is our in-house web developer. She works with Mike to fix website issues. Gladys previously worked as a web developer for a provider that specializes in creating and managing auto dealership websites. As early as grade school, she wanted to learn more about IT and ended up with a degree in Computer Science. Fixing existing programs and creating new programs gives Gladys a great sense of accomplishment. When she is not at work, Gladys enjoys playing with her daughter, taking care of her family and spending most of her weekends at family gatherings.
Becca Daly - CME Assistant
Becca works in the meetings department at ASSH. She is attending Kendall College for her B.A. in Meetings and Event Coordinating. She is enthusiastic about her work and hopes to continue her career in Event Planning for years to come. On her rare down time, she enjoys watching her favorite Chicago sports teams every season and taking cruises with her family.
Elsie Divinagracia, MPH - Hand-e & CME Coordinator
Elsie is the newest ASSH employee, helping with both the development of the Hand-e platform and ACCME documentation. She earned her Masters in Public Health at Benedictine University, after attending UIC for her undergraduate degree in Psychology. In her free time she enjoys reading, shopping, going to concerts, and her dog, Bolt.