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NSA-Arizona Board of Directors 2020–2022 Slate of Candidates

The slate of nominees for the 2020–2022 NSA-Arizona Board of Directors has been selected by the 2020 Nomination Committee (Maria Church, chair) for their experience, proven track record, and for their contributions to the chapter. Please review the vision statements from all four candidates before completing your ballot.

Alex Aanderud

I’m thrilled and honored to be nominated to be on the Board of Directors for NSA-Arizona. I have worked in nonprofits and organizations since I was a kid and love the intrinsic value of giving back and helping out. It’s part of who I am. I was asked what I saw as a vision for NSA-Arizona. NSA-Arizona creates opportunities to connect, educate, empower, develop and promote professional speakers. For me, though, it’s more than that. I have lived all over the US and have been a professional member of NSA since 2008. Everywhere I went, I connected with the local chapters at what capacity I could. Every chapter allowed me to have a community, a family I could belong to...to grow with. I was asked what I saw as a vision for NSA-Arizona and, well, it’s quite simple, BIGGER, BETTER, MORE CONNECTED and FURTHER REACH...all while helping its members become increasingly successful and effective in changing the world.

Dr. Lynette Charity

I moved to Mesa, Arizona two years ago. I was heading towards full retirement from my Anesthesiology practice. I had been a member of Toastmasters for several years and wanted now to go from FREE to FEE in my speaking business. A friend suggested that I check out NSA. Just as I wondered how “learning how to toast” was going to make me a better speaker when I decided to join Toatmasters, I wondered “what branch of the National Security Agency helps fledging professional speakers to better monetize their business?”

I soon found out that this was not THE NSA, but National Speakers Association and I was going to join “the original.” I joined as a candidate member and within one year, I became a national member, earning money with the help of those in my chapter and the monthly speakers. My first Influence conference was exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. So much to learn; so little time. That said, I obtained some great nuggets of knowledge.

So here I am now, a professional speaker and a member of NSA-Arizona! I want to gain leadership skills while giving back. I want to see our chapter grow and be innovative, especially intra and post-COVID 19. We have a wonderful opportunity to be impactful in the “new norm” that is upon us. I imagine NSA-Arizona leading the transformation. We have many amazing members with so much to offer. I landed in the right place. Thank you for your consideration.


Doreen Herman

Hailing from a small town outside Chicago, Doreen Herman calls upon all her Midwest sensibilities and experiences from years as an educator, Improv performer, and entrepreneur, and has synthesized these into speaking and training.

Endeavoring for years to find the right blend of laughter, audience interaction and motivation, Doreen has developed a unique delivery style—albeit quirky—that combines these to “educate so that they remember.” She is currently earning a Master of Divinity at Phoenix Seminary and admits to having far too many hobbies.

Doreen joined NSA as a professional member after several years’ attendance at chapter meetings, Living Room Forums, and the national conference, Influence. She is excited to serve alongside other professionals on the board to help grow our chapter in both numbers and resources.


Elaine Simpson

Elaine Simpson has been an active member of NSA for several years and served as the 2019-2020 Arizona chapter Treasurer. She is a successful businesswoman and founded Occupancy Solutions almost 15 years ago to provide speaking and training programs, consulting as well as numerous support services to her property management clients. She has grown the business from a small one-person local shop to a national business with a team of 17 that represent her company. She brings her business knowledge and successful strategies along with her speaking experience to NSA-Arizona to help grow the organization and create the community that so many solopreneurs desire and need, especially given our current environment. Her vision for NSA-Arizona is to create a community that is inclusive, transparent, supportive and provides useful information and tools to help improve and grow the members’ speaking careers and businesses.



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"As speakers, we never fight over the size of our slice of the pie, we build a bigger pie."
-Cavett Robert, NSA Founder
(1907-1997)