In 2002 AEA began an Ambassadors program at the Annual Conference. Ambassadors are experienced AEA members who volunteer to reach out to first time conference attendees and anyone with questions. 

If you are seeking help from someone who knows the ropes - or where to point you to find out what you need. Ambassadors can also assist you in connecting with resources and people who share your interests. 

If you are a regular attendee at the conference, please consider serving the Association through becoming an AEA Ambassador. Take a moment to review the questions and answers below. If you decide you would like to serve as an ambassador, please contact the AEA office at info@eval.org or 888-232-2275 or 508-748-3326, and indicate the date and slot that is best for you (scroll down for list).

Ambassadors: Questions and Answers

Why does AEA have an Ambassador program? Feedback from recent AEA conferences suggests that first time attendees, as well as some of those that are returning, can feel isolated or unsure of how to get the most out of the meeting. The data further suggest that many attendees are seeking networking opportunities – but are unsure as to how to reach out to others in the field. The Ambassador program is one way we are addressing these issues.

What are the qualifications of an Ambassador? Ambassadors have attended at least three AEA conferences and have been AEA members for at least four years. They are outgoing and ready to meet new people and answer questions about the Association and the Conference.

What are the obligations of being an Ambassador? At the Conference, they volunteer for a single one to two hour scheduled shift. Ambassadors also wear an “Ambassador” ribbon throughout the conference indicating their willingness to answer questions at any time.

What do Ambassadors do during their scheduled shift? During receptions, Ambassadors seek out attendees with “first time attendee” ribbons and/or those who are not engaged with others. When at the registration area, Ambassadors are out among the registrants (not behind the desk) – particularly those waiting in line or standing alone. As a Plenary and coffee break host, Ambassadors interact with attendees as they enter the morning's opening session and at the coffee break following. Whether at a reception, at registration, or at the Plenary and coffee break, Ambassadors welcome attendees, may offer them a drink, give directions, ask about their work and reasons for attending, and recommend upcoming events or ways to get involved.

What do Ambassadors do the rest of the time? Ambassadors wear “Ambassador” ribbons throughout the Conference. They are willing to answer questions at any time. During the newcomers orientation, attendees will be encouraged to seek out Ambassadors should they have any questions. Ambassadors are looking for ways to help attendees get involved in AEA and the Conference. They may invite new attendees to join them for dinner, encourage them to attend a TIG meeting, or exchange business cards for follow-up after the conference. Great Ambassadors take a moment to stop and chat with attendees in the elevator or when sitting next to a first time attendee while waiting for a session to begin. Great Ambassadors connect attendees with each other – introducing newcomers to AEA leaders or others in their field who might be interested in their work.

What are the benefits of being an Ambassador? Ambassadors get to meet new members and expand their network of colleagues. They help the Association through making the Conference and AEA more welcoming. They help individual attendees by providing a way to connect with others and access information. Ambassadors serving during a reception receive tickets they may use to purchase drinks for new attendees.

Ambassadors: Schedule

Wednesday November 1: 7:00 – 9:00 AM (Registration Greeter)

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Wednesday November 3: 6:15 – 8:00 PM (Evening Reception and Information Fair)

1. Kathy Race

2. Brian Yates

3. Darlene Russ-Eft

4. Leslie Cooksy

5. Jonny Morell

6. Jody Fitzpatrick

7. ______________________

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Thursday November 2: 7:30 – 9:00 AM (Registration Greeter)  

1.  David Bernstein

2.  ______________________


Thursday November 2: 7:45 – 9:30 AM (Plenary and Coffee Break Host)

1.  Jana Kay Slater

2.  ______________________


Friday November 3: 7:45 – 9:30 AM (Plenary and Coffee Break Host)

1. Jennifer Greene

2. Nick Eastmond


Friday November 3: 6:15 – 8:00 PM (Evening Reception & International Auction)

1. Jim Altschuld

2. Tom Schwandt

3. Valerie Caracelli

4. Deb Bonnett

5. Donna Mertens

6. Jim Rugh

7. David Fetterman

8. Martha Ann Carey

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12. ______________________


Saturday November 4: 7:45 – 9:30 AM (Plenary and Coffee Break Host)

1. ______________________

2. ______________________