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Nominations Committee Election
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It's time to vote for your colleagues and fellow ACCED-I members for a position on the Nominations Committee. The committee shall solicit nominations from the general membership for Board Director candidates. This committee will play an integral role for the Association as it fosters the continued leadership and strategic direction of the Association.

The Nominations Committee shall be constituted as follows: 1) one member to be nominated and elected by the general membership; 2) one member appointed by the President of the Board of Directors; 3) and one member appointed by the President as Chair of the committee. Members shall serve no more than one, staggered three-year term. In order to create the staggered terms, the initial elected position will serve a two year term. At the March 21st meeting of the Board of Directors, Lisa Salazar, CCEP, was appointed to serve as Chair of the committee.

Please thoughtfully consider the candidates and vote using the username and password provided to you in the email sent to eligible voting members on May 13, 2018. If you cannot find the email contact

Ballots must be received in the ACCED-I office by 5:00 pm MST, Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Please feel free to contact Karen Nedbal at (970) 449-4960 ext. 4 if you have questions or need more information.



Barbara Kakiris
Manager, Summer Programs
Kenyon College
Number of years of conference or events management experience: 20
Number of years ACCED-I member: 5

Personal Statement:

Barbara Kakiris is responsible for overseeing Kenyon College’s summer conference enterprise, with a focus on customer experience.  In addition, she assists the general manager of the Kenyon Inn with efforts to market the services of the Inn.  She serves as a consolidated office that provides clients full life-cycle services from inception to completion.  She is also responsible for public relations with the community to enhance relationships among local merchants, as well as academic and other College departments in support of summer conferences, evaluating market trends to increase business opportunities. 

Prior to this position, Barbara worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) John H. Glenn Research Center for nearly 20 years, most recently as communications director/proposal manager for research and technology. 

She is a 1997 graduate of Kenyon College and earned her master of studies degree from the University of Oxford in England. She holds certifications from the Brookings Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and the Protocol School of Washington. 

Barbara is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Kenyon College’s Distinguished Service Award and Anne J. Robinson Award, the Greek America Foundation’s Forty Under 40 Award, Inside Business magazine’s ATHENA Award, a Congressional Achievement Award, and NASA’s Public Service Medal.  She was also inducted into Lakewood High School's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. 

At Kenyon, Barbara is a member of Key Managers Group, co-chairs Professional Women of Color at Kenyon (PWOCK), advises two student organizations--Sisterhood and National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus--and served Kenyon Staff Council for five years. She has been an active alumna serving the College for the past 20 years in various capacities including Alumni Council, as a presidential fellow, class agent, regional alumni association president and reunion chairperson. In the wider community, Barbara is president of the board of directors for New Directions, vice chair of the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau, vice chair of the Hot Yoga Escape Foundation, a member of Women United, a member of Soroptimists International of Mount Vernon and Knox County, and on the steering committee for Leadership Knox.



Daniel Dykstra
Director, CU Conference Services
University of Colorado Boulder
Number of years of conference or events management experience: 30
Number of years ACCED-I member: 30

Personal Statement:

I wish to be considered for the Nominations Committee.  I bring knowledge of the association and membership and a strong working relationship with both staff and Board of Directors.   I also have a strong network and professional friendship with so many of our members.  It would be a wonderful opportunity to participate and contribute back to the Association. 

I am confident in my skills to use sound judgement, deliberate process, and objective reasoning in seeking nominations. I am equipped for such a committee, as I recruited many past and current Board members.   I am just as proud of those I simply encouraged to run for the Board or other ACCED-I leadership positions throughout the years.

I respectfully ask for your consideration.