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Tonya Hutchison, CAE® Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

Monday, February 3, 2020  
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Society of Association Executives™ (ASAE) announced that TONYA HUTCHISON has fulfilled the necessary application requirements to earn the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

Ms. Hutchison is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA). On behalf of the AVA Board of Directors, staff, membership and industry partners, please join us in celebrating Ms. Hutchison’s achievement.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,400 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Ms. Hutchison’s career with AVA began in 1998 when the organization was still known as the National Association of Vascular Access Networks (NAVAN). Now 21 years and 20 annual scientific meetings later, Ms. Hutchison has become a pivotal leader within AVA. As COO, she is instrumental in operationalizing AVA's strategic plan, provides support to its board of directors and membership, manages its talented staff and also organizes and leads AVA’s annual scientific meeting.


The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) was founded in 1985 to promote the emerging vascular access specialty. Today, AVA stands at the forefront of protecting and saving lives via establishing best practices and promoting patient advocacy. AVA's multidisciplinary membership advances research, provides professional and public education to shape practice and enhance patient outcomes, and partners with the device manufacturing community to bring about evidence-based innovations in vascular access. To learn more or join, visit

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is celebrating 100 years of making society smarter, better and safer. The Centennial anniversary represents ASAE's role as a leader and supporter of progress and innovation in the association industry. ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future- oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. To learn more about ASAE and the CAE credential, go to