Meet Mikel Hicks, 2024 Michelle Obama Award Recipient

Mikel Hicks, a native of Annapolis, MD, is deeply rooted in the DMV area and takes immense pride in her local community. Her most cherished role is that of a mother to a remarkable 16-year-old honors student and athlete, a responsibility she regards as her greatest achievement. Professionally, Mikel has made significant strides as the […]

Meet Career Pro: Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP Fellow, DES

Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP Fellow, DES Sr. Director, Meetings & Events, American Psychological Association Desirée Knight has been an integral part of AREMA since joining in July 2000. She expertly manages a diverse range of events, including the AREMA Annual Conference & Exposition, various seminars, webinars, and educational meetings. A graduate of West Los Angeles […]

Meet Career Pro: Lauren Chelf 

Lauren Chelf Director of Meetings & Expositions at AOAC International Lauren Chelf, the dynamic Director of Meetings & Expositions at AOAC International in Rockville, MD, brings over a decade of dedicated service to the association. Her expertise shines in managing both the Midyear and Annual Meetings, as well as pivotal events that draw a global […]