Thursday, December 6, 2018
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has hired Suzanne Berry, MBA, CAE, as CEO. Berry was hired in February 2018 as Interim CEO, succeeding Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN.
“While we fully intended to conduct a full scale search for a permanent CEO, AWHONN is in the midst of some needed transformational change and Suzanne is the right executive to lead us through this very critical and important time of our organization,” said AWHONN’s President Jenn Doyle, MSN, WHNP-BC. “She has phenomenal experience and expertise in association management and we look forward to continuing to work with her,” Doyle concluded.
“I am honored to serve as AWHONN’s CEO,” said Berry. “I look forward to continuing the work that we have started to increase AWHONN’s value and relevancy to our current and prospective members. We need to engage our members in a more meaningful way and recognize the needs that our members have based on where they are with their career. We will become a more nimble and responsive association.” She added, “AWHONN has an outstanding reputation in the healthcare arena with evidence-based training and education products and programs.”
Berry, a seasoned executive, brings nonprofit leadership experience with an expertise focused on governance and infrastructure review, fundraising and development, marketing, strategic planning, project management, and finance. Since selling a successful association management company in 2007, Suzanne has been working with organizations in interim C-Suite positions. She has worked with the American Diabetes Association, American Society for Interior Designers, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Since 1969, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has been the foremost authority promoting the health of women and newborns and strengthening the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education, and other professional and clinical resources. AWHONN represents the interests of 350,000 registered nurses working in women’s health, obstetric, and neonatal nursing across the United States. Learn more about AWHONN at www.awhonn.org.
About Suzanne Berry, MBA, CAE
Ms. Berry is Principal of Berry2 and Associates, a consulting firm providing services in all aspects of association management. Previously, she was founder and principal of Association Resources, Inc., a leading national association management company where she developed a broad portfolio of health care clients. While there, her assignments included serving as Executive Director of the American Epilepsy Society and the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics. Earlier, she was an executive at the Endocrine Fellows Society. Her professional business experience includes executive positions in the insurance and banking industries. Ms. Berry holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern University. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and is a Certified Association Executive.