by Jennifer Lee | August 01, 2017
Below is a list of all 12 scholars selected by the Washington, D.C.-based American Society of Association Executives for the 2017-2019 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) class. 

Sponsored by the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, DELP is a two-year program that supports individuals from under-represented identity groups to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession. 

This year's class includes:

• Joy Alafia, president and CEO, Western Propane Gas Association, Sacramento, Calif.; 
• Ray Arambula, IT operations manager, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Albuquerque, N.M.; 
• Deirdre Clemmons, vice president, meetings, education and partnerships, Airports Council International-North America, Washington, D.C.; 
• Adonia Calhoun Coates, director of meetings and program services, American Thyroid Association, Falls Church, Va.; 
• Saima Hedrick, associate director, outreach, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Reston, Va.; 
• Gennith Johnson, associate director, health-care services in speech-language pathology, American Speech-Language-
Hearing Association, Rockville, Md.; 
• Emilie Mendia, community manager, American Counseling Association, Alexandria, Va.; 
• Cecilia Plaza, senior director of academic affairs, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Alexandria; • Chad Rummel, executive director, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Washington, D.C.; 
• Felicia Taylor, director of member services and engagement, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, New York City; 
• Jamal Turner, manager of education and diversity initiatives, American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Chicago; and 
• Gabriela Welch, director of certification, Association for Operations Management, Chicago. 

These individuals will participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring and volunteer service in the association community.