Shawn Swearingen, Executive Director

Shawn has a diverse background in government affairs, working as a legislative assistant and policy analyst in a leadership office of the Oregon House of Representatives, a legislative associate at Stateside Associates, and as the state policy manager for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. He studied Political Science and U.S. History at Oregon State University.
Linda Arcangeli-Story, CMP, Director of Meetings

Linda has extensive experience in meeting coordination, having previously worked with the Financial Planning Association and the Financial Services Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration and Special Events from Florida State University and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). Linda has been a member of the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International since 2006, where she has been involved on the Curriculum Committee, the Phoenix Awards Committee, the CMP Committee, and was the recipient of the Shining Star Award. She has been Meetings Director since 2007.
Amber Thichangthong, Director of Operations

Amber has over 10 years of experience working with associations.

With the CLDA, Amber directs the sales of meeting and event sponsorship and exhibits, the publication of the CLDA Magazine and manages the association's membership operations. Previous to CLDA, Amber worked at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association where she managed the eLearning center, conference registration and CE evaluations process. She holds a B.A. English, Professional Writing from Old Dominion University and is a member of ASAE and IAEE. Amber is pursuing a Masters in Management, Project Management at The Catholic University of America. 
Madeline Jurch, Director of Government Affairs

Madeline Jurch graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Public Policy and Managerial Studies. She has worked in the offices of United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and United States Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) specializing in constituent outreach and legislative research and drafting on Capitol Hill. Along with federal legislative experience, Madeline has prior involvement with multiple government affairs teams working at the local and state level advocating for changes in regulations and standards, specifically in the automotive and transportation sectors. Before joining the CLDA team, Madeline worked with the Juice Products Association, Society for Maintenance and Reliability and Professionals, Corporation for Battery Responsibility, and the Copper Development Association on their Government Affairs program and managed the communications, membership and education committee for the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association.


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