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The election for the ACES Board of Directors is now closed. The results will be announced via email on March 4, 2024. They will also be posted here. 

Please email ACES Executive Director Gigi Sutton with questions. 

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From the ACES Bylaws: Duties of the open positions

DUTIES OF MEMBERS OF BOARD

ARTICLE IV: BOARD
4. DUTIES OF MEMBERS OF BOARD

● The Board shall have the general management of the affairs of the Corporation, including legal issues, growth of the Corporation, and fund-raising and educational goals.

● All Board members shall vote on issues concerning and assist in determining the Corporation’s direction and offer guidance through input such as aiding in chair appointments and setting guidelines for other committees; devoting the time necessary to the Corporation to work on various projects and committees (involving, but not limited to, researching topics, contacting sources, organizing meetings, making phone calls and sending emails, writing proposals and newsletter articles, working on surveys and fundraising); contributing to decision-making on matters of Corporation policy; offering suggestions for Corporation events and goals.

● Board members shall attend the annual conference and the regular annual meeting, and shall be expected to attend all other Board meetings as the Board sees fit to call them, including periodic scheduled meetings.

DUTIES OF OFFICE OF PRESIDENT-ELECT

ARTICLE V: OFFICERS
5. DUTIES OF OFFICE OF PRESIDENT-ELECT

● During the absence or disability of the President, the President-elect shall have all the powers and functions of the President, subject to approval of the Board. If the President resigns or is removed from office, the President-elect will succeed to the role of President automatically and without the need for an election.

DUTIES OF OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR GOVERNANCE

ARTICLE V: OFFICERS
8. DUTIES OF OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR GOVERNANCE

● The Vice President for Governance shall support the Corporation’s Executive Director and Board to ensure that order is maintained during meetings, as well as serve as an informed source about association rules, bylaws, and governing documents.

ACES BYLAWS


MEET THE CANDIDATES

Mark Allen, candidate for President-elect
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Mark Allen

Candidate for President-elect

Bio
Mark Allen is an editor, consultant, and teacher with 35 years professional experience working with words. After a career on newspaper copy desks, he became a freelance editor in 2009. He was the first freelancer elected to the ACES Board of Directors in 2012. He was appointed Secretary in 2022 and elected to that post in 2023. He has spoken about copy editing for private companies and at conferences, workshops, and webinars, and he hosts a regular Zoom chat on all things lexical, That Word Chat.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

I have been editing since I was 16 (42 years ago), professionally since 1988. I spent my first decades in newspapers, and I’m now celebrating my 15th anniversary of working as a freelancer.

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

I joined ACES in 2006 and rejoined in 2009. I’m now a lifetime member.

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

Since joining as a displaced newspaper person and new freelancer, I have worked to advocate for freelancers in ACES, and I helped smooth the transition from a newspaper-only organization. I have been a Board member for 12 years, including the past two years as Board secretary.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

Once I went freelance, I started offering tips on grammar, usage, and style on social media, and I’ve blogged for many different outlets on editing and word usage. I’ve taught editing, I have presented frequently, and I am an instructor for the Poynter ACES Certificates in Editing program. Most recently I took the lead on designing the editing data course in the intermediate certificate.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

As a Board member, I’ve found myself suddenly in the role of elder statesman with institutional knowledge. I’m happy to provide perspective on what we have discussed before and how that might inform our goals.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

I first plan to support our president and staff. As we grow, I want us to continue to think like a small organization, for and by our members. I plan to advocate for the editing field and ACES, and I want to provide new resources while maintaining industry-best educational offerings.

Maisha Maurant, candidate for Vice President for Governance
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Maisha Maurant

Candidate for Vice President for Governance

Bio
Maisha Maurant is vice president of the ACES Education Fund Board and a former ACES Board member. She has nearly 30 years of experience editing for nonprofit organizations and corporations, including the role of chief corporate editor. Detroit is home, but she also currently works in Puerto Rico managing strategic projects for LUMA Energy. Having earned a master’s degree in organizational change management, Maisha is currently pursuing a doctorate in human and organizational learning at The George Washington University.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

I have nearly 30 years of experience in newspaper journalism and editing for nonprofit and corporate organizations. I have a master’s degree in organizational change leadership, and I am certified by Prosci in change management. At GAP, Inc. and Rocket Companies, I developed communications, educational presentations, training modules, instructional guides, and other content to support creating awareness of the change, desire for the change, and the knowledge needed to successfully adopt change. I am currently working on a doctorate in human and organizational learning.

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

I have been an ACES member since 2016.

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

I served on the ACES Board from 2016 to 2022 and chaired the Membership and Diversity and Inclusion committees. I also served on the Session Selection Task Force for ACES conferences and was a Robinson Prize judge. I am currently vice president of the ACES Education Fund Board. I am working with the Board to develop a cohort experience for our Holden Fellows and revamp our mentorship program.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

In my role as chief corporate editor and in other communications positions, I have been responsible for training and managing writers and editors. I led a marketing communications team that won more than a dozen awards for internal communications, strategy development, copy writing, and graphic design. I have been a presenter and moderator of ACES conference sessions and taught an editing course at The Poynter Institute on behalf of ACES.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

I have served six years on the ACES Board and two years on the ACES Education Fund Board. I have successfully collaborated with ACES Board members and members to realize our organizational goals and create new opportunities. I have leveraged my nearly 30-year career in editing and experience in change management to benefit the growth and development of ACES. I am committed to listening to and learning from our membership so that we can collectively contribute to ensuring we are offering the benefits and services that are most valuable to our members.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

Taking on this new Board role allows me to work closely with our executive director, Board members, and members to improve our organizational management. It is also an opportunity to introduce new ideas and programs that meet the needs of our growing membership. I have a particular interest in continuing work to create more platforms for promoting the expertise of our members and creating stronger connections between members outside of conferences.

Constance Brossa, candidate for Member At-large
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Constance Brossa

Candidate for Member At-large (incumbent)

Bio
Constance Brossa developed an affinity for narratives while in grade school. By the time she enrolled at the University of Georgia, her fondness for storytelling was established — and so was her professional ambition. After earning a degree in public relations, Constance worked at newspapers in two states, holding positions from beat reporter to assigning editor of multiple publications. Constance founded an independent editing / writing service in the 1990s. In 2015, she repositioned the company, which now provides marketing services to B2B and B2C companies of various sizes and sectors.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

39 years

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

7 years

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

  • 2020 Headline Contest judge
  • 2022 conference presenter: "The Science of Storytelling"
  • 2023-24 In-person Training Subcommittee co-chair
  • 2023-24 ACES Scholarships judge
  • ACES At-large Board member, 2022-2024

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

ACES at-large Board member. ACES In-person Training Subcommittee co-chair. ACES conference presenter — "The Science of Storytelling." Freelance writer for digital and print publications. Independent editor for digital and print publications.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

Nearly four decades of journalistic writing and editing experience. Ten years of experience as a B2B and B2C marketer. Nearly 30 years of experience as a business owner/sole proprietor

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

My vision for ACES includes an even greater expansion of in-person and online training opportunities for members, particularly for those new to the profession.

Lauren Filippini, candidate for Member At-large
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Lauren Filippini

Candidate for Member At-large (incumbent)

Bio
Lauren Filippini is the marketing and communications manager at Alpha Chi Omega. In that role, she produces the membership magazine and edits all organization communication. Lauren has served on the ACES Board of Directors since 2022 and the Communications and Publications Committee since 2020 (currently serving as its chair).


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

Over the last decade, I’ve worked as a technical writer and editor for medical devices and as the editor for a nonprofit membership association. I’ve edited across fields, including magazines, newspapers, books, academia, corporate, and nonprofit. I earned the Certificate of Editing from Poynter and ACES.

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

I joined ACES in 2018 to attend the conference and steadily increased my involvement over the years.

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

On the first Communications Committee, I edited Tracking Changes, wrote blogs, and led production of the first ACES style guide. I was elected to the Board of Directors in 2022 and currently serve as chair of the Communications and Publications Committee. I have presented at the in-person and virtual conferences and led one #ACESChat.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

In addition to volunteering with ACES, I champion ACES and the value of editing throughout the fraternity/sorority industry. I provide continuing education to colleagues about style, accessibility, and conscious language. I was awarded first place for Publication Improvement from the Fraternity Communications Association for the magazine I edit.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

In working at a national organization with a similar governance model, I’ve learned to prioritize efficient decision making that represents members’ best interests and to value the perspectives, needs, and challenges of a diverse membership. I hope to continue the impact I’ve made as an ACES Board and committee member.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

I want to position ACES as the starting place for new editors. We must provide education and networking to them while still offering valuable resources for established editors. Continuing the momentum of the new committee structure, we should continually recruit volunteers, establish short-term volunteer opportunities, and regularly evaluate the structure.

Amy Frushour Kelly, candidate for Member At-large
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Amy Frushour Kelly

Candidate for Member At-large

Bio
Amy Frushour Kelly is a New York City-area editor, writer, and AI policy consultant. Over the last 30 years, she’s worked at Marvel Comics, National Sculpture Society, PULSE, and global advisory firms. She is currently an AI content policy consultant and editor.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

I’ve been in the editorial field for over 30 years. I spent 15 years in journalism as a writer and editor before moving to technical writing and editing. Since 2013, I’ve been a communications manager in the finance sector, primarily copy editing and developmental editing.

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

I have been a member of ACES for eight wonderful years.

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

My session “Oops! A Human Didn’t Write This” was featured at VCON23. I regularly attend ACES Academy webcasts and give feedback. I contributed questions to the January ACES Board of Directors Ask Me Anything.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

I helped created the style guide for Eisner Advisory Group. I’ve conducted presentations on ethical editing and developing AI content policy; taught continuing professional education courses on business writing and communication for New York State Society of CPAs; and mentored editors and writers at various stages of their careers.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

I’ve served on not-for-profit boards 2008-present; been branch director of national science and humanism organizations 2010-2014; and served on boards of professional organizations, mostly in the financial sector. I’ve worked hard to earn a reputation for integrity and good stewardship.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

Because technology and generative AI are advancing incredibly quickly, my main goal is to highlight the necessity of human editors and advocate for our industry. It’s vital to champion the integrity and accuracy human editors bring, even as we navigate the tech and adapt it for our work.

Barbie Halaby, candidate for Member At-large
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Barbie Halaby

Candidate for Member At-large

Bio
Barbie launched Monocle Editing in 2008 after six years at a traditional publishing house. She provides manuscript evaluation, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading to indie authors, university presses, trade publishers, and corporations, all from her home office in Maryland. An active member of ACES, the EFA, the Editors Tea Club, and two editorial mastermind groups, Barbie plans to grow and expand the ways that ACES serves its members to make it a vital association for all editors.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

I have been a professional editor for 22 years. I interned with a publishing company while earning a bachelor's in English and grew within that company before starting my own business. I perform ongoing professional development training through ACES, the EFA, and other sources, including webinars and self-guided study.

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

7 years

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

I actively engage in ACES' social media presence, live-posting many conference sessions. I've attended seven ACES conferences, both in-person and virtual, and presented at two. In the last year, I have contributed to the work of the Membership Committee, researching member benefits.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

I consider myself a leader in the field when it comes to knowledge-sharing. I served formally as a mentor in the ACES mentorship program and regularly offer guidance to early-career editors, both one-on-one and in podcast episodes, Twitter chats, and small group settings. I contribute to two editing mastermind groups.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

My extensive background includes editing for a wide variety of clients: university presses, trade publishers, indie authors, and agencies. I have earned peers’ respect in my promotion of conscious language and inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented voices in publishing. My cooperativeness and reliability are frequently noted by colleagues.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

I would encourage conference offerings to become broader and deeper, ensuring that editors at all stages continue to learn and grow. I see ACES expanding its community in terms of connections and engagement, promoting more opportunities for members to gather and volunteer in between conferences, both in-person and online.


Rumit Pancholi, candidate for Member At-large
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Rumit Pancholi

Candidate for Member At-large

Bio
Born in India and raised in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, Rumit Pancholi is currently communications officer in the Publishing Division of the Communications Department of the International Monetary Fund, where he manages a notes series and the institution's Global Financial Stability Report. He also serves as the communications chair of GLOBE, the institution's LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Rumit has a bachelor of arts in English and a master of fine arts in creative writing. Rumit enjoys reading, volunteering, gardening, and hiking, as well as traveling with his husband, Luke.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

I've worked in the editing and publishing field for 18 years, managing textbooks, journals, newsletters, briefs, notes, and flagship reports in web and print formats for commercial publishers such as Taylor & Francis and Wolters Kluwer and international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

4 years

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

I've attended the 2018 ACES conference; joined ACES' online webcasts; participated in the ACES Spelling Bee 2018; appeared in the Netflix/Vox docuseries, "Explained," during that conference; participated as a judge for the ACES Headline Contest 2023; and recruited several work colleagues to enroll in the Poynter ACES Certificates in Editing.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

I've revised, rewritten, and managed production of our institutional editorial style guide. As the divisional training coordinator, I've championed for coworkers' professional development opportunities, including editorial and publishing training, seminars, and conferences. I'm eager to apply my leadership and critical thinking skills to shape the policy and direction of ACES.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

I'm highly committed to the field of editing and publishing. I've served as secretary of the Huron Condominiums board and am the communications chair of the International Monetary Fund's LGBTQ+ resource group. Also, I recently completed the New York University's Advanced Publishing Institute course in their inaugural class of 2024.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

I'd work collaboratively with the other Board members to promote inclusive language while evolving with it; amplify minority voices; innovate and propose programs that empower younger audiences as future leaders in the field; coach and guide members beyond spoken and written words; and improve my leadership, communications, and people skills.

Elizabeth Suggs, candidate for Member At-large
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Elizabeth Suggs

Candidate for Member At-large

Bio
Elizabeth Suggs is the founder of the LUW Romance Writers Chapter, co-owner of the indie publisher Collective Tales Publishing, owner of Editing Mee, and is the author of a growing number of award-winning published stories, one of which was part of an Amazon Bestseller collection. She is also a book reviewer (EditingMee.com), popular bookstagramer, and cosplayer (@ElizabethSuggsAuthor). When she’s not writing or reading, she’s traveling the world or spending time with loved ones.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

About 15 years

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

Less than 1 year

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

Will be presenting at the ACES conference, and has participated in the Editors Tea online group meetings and presentations.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

Elizabeth is a leader in the Utah community as a whole with her services in the writing community, especially in the local Utah groups. She has presented at numerous conferences, helped establish an online conference that has been going strong for the last several years, and she has earned many awards for her editing and writing, including "Must Read" for her editing and the Silver Typewriter award for one of her short stories.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

She is a leader and great communicator. She has a passion for helping others, especially in her book community.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

She will expand the outreach and help give new editors tools to enable them for the future, including networking opportunities and retreats.

William "Bill" Swanson, candidate for Member At-large
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William "Bill" Swanson

Candidate for Member At-large (incumbent)

Bio
Paid professional writer/editor since 1966, in newspapers, politics, advertising, catalog writing, retail sales. For last 20 years and currently, chief copy editor, Behavioral Sciences Division of NHTSA. One wife, five children, 11 grandchildren, 2.5 great-grands; 17 years as a baseball/softball umpire. Founder and publisher of The Other Kind of French Press (2023), author of published screenplay "Le Train" and two other screenplays; "Swanson’s French: An Unusual Guide to Learning to Speak Modern 'Street' French." He and his wife and two beloved miniature schnauzers live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

Got my first newspaper job in 1962, first editing experience starting in 1966. Have about 45 to 50 years editing, about 20 in government and 25 or so in newspapers, and at least 50 in catalog writing/editing. In 2023 started my own small-press publishing company, have six titles so far.

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

Intermittently since 2004.

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

Have attended Board meetings and conventions, and have brought to the team experience both in newspapers and in government work, which almost no one else has.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

About half a century writing and editing, held newspaper mid- and upper level positions as city editor, managing editor, editor-in-chief at both small weekly community newspapers as well as reporting for major big-city dailies (Philadelphia Inquirer, Allentown PA Morning Call). Wrote two style manuals, one for the U.S. Navy at Pax River NAS, one for NHTSA. Won various press awards, corporate attaboys, etc. Founded a small-press publishing company, wrote and published "Swanson's French" and the screenplay "Le Train," available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

Have already served a two-year term, and bring to the Board a half century of experience, especially in fields that ACES doesn't have many others in.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

Continued experience and oversight of the new ACES initiatives and communications.

David Yontz, candidate for Member At-large
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David Yontz

Candidate for Member At-large

Bio
David Yontz has been a copy editor for 17 years. He started his editing career at Creators Syndicate, where he was managing editor for five years. There he edited columns by some of the biggest names in punditry — including Pulitzer Prize winner Connie Schultz — and cartooning, such as the legendary comic strips "B.C." and "Archie." He also edited manuscripts in various genres of fiction. Today he is senior science editor at Synergy Enterprises, which is a government contractor. He edits for multiple contracts with the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services and Education.


How many years does the nominee have in the editing field and what is their editing experience (fields of practice, completed certification, training, etc.)?

I have 17 years of editing experience. I cut my teeth in newspaper syndication, rising to managing editor and editing some of the biggest names in punditry and cartooning, including Connie Schultz and "Archie." I now edit for a government contractor, editing health- and education-related content.

How long has the nominee been a member of ACES?

11 years

How has the nominee contributed to ACES?

I have been to every conference since 2014, presenting at almost all of them, including talking about leadership in the workplace and mistakes that often slip through the cracks. Twice, I have been a judge for the Headline Contest. I hosted a Twitter chat on errors in editing. Recently, I became co-chair of the In-person Training Subcommittee. I was the driving force behind securing last year's keynote speaker, Connie Schultz. For the ACES quarterly, Tracking Changes, I wrote two articles. Most importantly, I have been the organizer of ACES karaoke for many years.

How has the nominee contributed to the profession overall? Be sure to indicate any leadership experience, writing, teaching, or awards and honors received.

At my first editing job, I started as an editorial assistant and quickly rose through the ranks to be managing editor. Supervising and instructing young editors has been the most rewarding part of my career. I was the first recipient of an award given to the employee who best reflected the company's culture of being collaborative, creative, optimistic, and relentless. Though I do not have a supervisory job now, I have formally mentored a college student interested in editing. I was also chosen by Bryan Garner to be a critical reader for the fifth edition of "Garner's Modern English Usage."

What qualities or experience does the nominee have that qualifies them to serve on the ACES Board?

At my first ACES conference, I found my people, and I haven't looked back. This organization has meant the world to me, and the conference is always my favorite part of the year. I have the right temperament to be a Board member. My wife says I'm too nice, but I think that's the perfect way to be on a Board. I'm the president of my neighborhood's HOA, and I know how to work through differences of opinion, compromise, and fulfill a vision.

If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during their tenure?

With the death of Twitter — which was the biggest driver of new membership, in my opinion — ACES needs to find innovative ways to keep growing. I welcome the challenge. Also, the specter of AI is looming over our profession. I envision a future in which ACES becomes more of an ambassador of our craft to the world at large.

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