Headquarters Staff


DebLallyHeadshot2020Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Debra L. Lally, CAE
+1.304.2968444 x1102

The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer serves as the chief staff officer and is appointed by the Board of Directors. She serves as a non-voting member of the board and is responsible for ensuring that AACE International fulfills its mission to be the recognized authority in Total Cost Management. She is also responsible for the operations of headquarters and the management of activities of AACE staff. The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer also serves along with the President as a spokesperson for AACE.

janiceManager, Accounting and Administration
Janice L. Johnson, CPA
+1.304.2968444 x1107

The Manager, Accounting and Administration is responsible for the financial and tax reporting operations of AACE International, consistent with generally accepted accounting principles and approved budgets of the Association as well as human resources administration and management. The manager serves as staff liaison, with Executive Director, to Vice President – Finance and other board members as pertains to the financial and tax affairs of the Association.


MollyBurrowSenior Accounting Assistant
Molly Burrow
+1.304.2968444 x1118

The Senior Accounting Assistant staff member under the direction of the Manager, Accounting and Administration is responsible for reconciling and reporting all cash receipts, accounts receivable, and revenue deferrals. The assistant is also responsible for maintaining records of donation and section dues remittances. 

Information Technology

Ryan2Manager, Information Technology
Ryan Schwertfeger
+1.304.2968444 x1119

The Manager, Information Technology oversees all IT functions at headquarters and handles the association's website and AMS functions.

gregTechnical Operations Coordinator
Greg Carte
+1.304.2968444 x1116

The Technical Operations Coordinator provides support and assistance to the IT department. He also assists the Technical Guidance department in the preparation and editing of technical documents.

Certification and Membership

Penny_2020Manager, Certification and Membership
Penny Whoolery
+1.304.2968444 x1104

Our Certification and Membership Manager is responsible for the overall management of the certification and membership programs. She serves as the staff liaison to the Certification Board and Membership Board and is the AACE International representative to the Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). Responsible for program efficiency and accuracy and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures set forth by the Certification and Membership Boards and accreditation agencies, the Certification and Membership Manager should be contacted for questions or issues related to these areas.

ValSenior Credentialing Analyst
Valerie Smith
+1.304.2968444 x1112

Our Senior Credentialing Analyst manages and supervises the day-to-day operations of the certification program. She is our resident expert in examination eligibility verification for professional and expertise certifications (CCP, CEP, CFCC, DRMP, EVP & PSP) and works closely with the examination teams of the Certification Board to ensure optimal coordination of technical papers, specialty memos, and essays. The Senior Credentialing Analyst should be contacted for any questions or issues related to the professional and expertise certification process.

SaraPeters2020Credentialing Analyst
Sara Peters
+1.304.2968444 x1110

Our Credentialing Analyst is responsible for the overall administration of technician level certifications (CCT & CST) and managing the recertification program for all professional and expertise certifications (CCP, CEP, CFCC, DRMP, EVP & PSP). The Credentialing Analyst should be contacted for any questions or issues related to the technician certification or recertification process.

GinaM2Member Services Coordinator
Gina Mazzetti
+1.304.2968444 x1105

Our Member Services Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the membership application process, dues renewals, maintaining member records, and responding to inquiries for membership information. She also oversees Corporate Member, Public Partner, and Corporate Partner membership programs. The Member Services Coordinator should be contacted for any questions or issues related to these areas.


Teri JeffersonManager, Education
Teri Jefferson, CMP
+1.304.2968444 x1120

Our Manager, Education is responsible for the management of the Approved Education Provider (AEP) program, the Mentoring Program, and the Scholarship program, while overseeing the day-to-day operations of AACE International education products and programs. The Manager, Education also serves as the staff liaison to the Education Board and is responsible for ensuring education products and programs are in compliance with the policies and procedures set forth by the Education Board. The Manager, Education should be contacted for questions or issues related to these areas.

Governance, Marketing and Meetings

jennieDirector, Governance, Marketing, and Meetings
Jennie Amos
+1.304.2968444 x1106

The Director, Governance, Marketing, and Meetings manages the governance, marketing, advertising, and promotional activities of the Association. She serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and is a member of the Marketing Board, Awards Committee, Rising Professionals Committee, and the Women in Project Controls Committee. The Director, Governance, Marketing, and Meetings also maintains the registered service marks of AACE. Contact her if you are in need of marketing materials for your Section, if you have questions about marketing for the Association, AACE-News (electronic newsletter), surveys, or regarding any of the specialty committees/task forces.

Joanna_Boggs-HeadshotBusiness Development Coordinator
Joanna Boggs
+1.304.2968444 x1122

The Business Development Coordinator manages the advertising and sales for AACE’s publications (Cost Engineering journal and Source magazine), exhibits and sponsorship for all AACE events including the Conference & Expo, sponsorship of AACE webinars, and AACE website banner ads.

Technical Guidance

xianDirector, Technical Guidance
Christian Heller
+1.304.2968444 x1117

The Director, Technical Guidance serves as the staff liaison to the Technical Board. Contact him if you are looking for sources of technical information and/or support, have questions about the technical program at the AACE International Conference & Expo, or our discussion communities.


marvinManaging Editor
Marvin Gelhausen
+1.304.2968444 x1111

The Managing Editor oversees and manages the pre-press production of all AACE electronic and print publications, including the peer-reviewed Cost Engineering journal, Source magazine, and AACE International Conference & Expo Transactions. He works with our associate boards to take volunteer authored study guides and AACE body of knowledge publications from draft format to print-on-demand available publications through CreateSpace and Amazon.com. The Managing Editor also receives any e-mails about copyright questions, permission to use requests, reprint authorizations, submission of abstracts and manuscripts, subscription delivery issues, as well as AACE Constitution and Bylaws questions. The Managing Editor manages and oversees the annual AACE election of officers.

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