A New Chapter for CSA

  • Hertzberg, Linda, MD, FASA
| Jul 06, 2015

The CSA is pleased to announce its new affiliation with Advocacy & Management Group (AMG) for business operations and management.  AMG brings a wealth of experience in management services for professional groups and has worked with the California Society of Pathologists and California Radiological Society for a number of years.  Our new management team, headed by David Butler, has been working hard for the past week to ease this transition for our members and make it as seamless as possible.  Information about the personnel assigned to the CSA and how to contact AMG or a specific individual at AMG is provided below.  We look forward to a long, successful, and productive relationship.



Text Box:  Dave Butler, CSA Executive Director

Dave Butler is new to AMG and will serve as CSA’s Executive Director.

The former CEO of NextEd, an affiliate of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, Dave brings 20 years of knowledge and experience in public policy and organizational management that will be focused on the needs of the membership and Board of CSA.

Prior to NextEd, he also served as the Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy for the Sacramento Metro Chamber from 2000 to 2006, and as legislative staff for State Senators Tim Leslie and Cathie Wright from 1995 to 2000.

Butler was raised in Sacramento and graduated from UCLA in 1983 with a BA in Political Science.  Butler is a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management program, served as a member of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is a volunteer with the UCLA Alumni Association.  Butler was elected to the Rocklin City Council in November, 2012.



Loni Schwabenland, CSA Accounting and Operations Manager

Loni Schwabenland has over 25 years experience in the accounting industry. She has previously worked all accounting functions at both large corporations as well as small “mom and pop” shops. She has extensive experience in multi-entity accounting and is very strong in audit/analysis. Loni joined the team at AMG in June, 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is a current Notary Public.


Ryan King, CSA Communications and Systems Manager

A staff member since 2011, Ryan King is AMG’s on-site IT manager. He brings knowledge developed over the last 12 years working in IT support. His IT experience spans the Computer, Nonprofit and Retail industries. Ryan’s expertise delivers strong technical solutions that solve business problems, and ensures safe innovation in the ever changing world of technology.

Melody Correia, CSA Membership Data Manager

A staff member since 2009, Melody Taylor is the on-site software support for our association management software (AMS) system. She is expertly trained in our data systems and assists all staff with reporting, facilitating special programming needs, accounting and database questions, and training. She also manages special AMS related projects. Her years with AMG have afforded her experience with several AMG clients allowing her the ability to facilitate efficient procedural development. Additionally, she is the membership director for the California Funeral Directors Association and provides assistance to the accounting manager.


Rachel Hickerson, CSA Event Manager

Rachel Hickerson joined AMG with over twelve years of association conference and meeting management experience, working with the California Cattlemen’s Association and California Veterinary Medical Association. Earlier in her career she also held the position of Executive Director of the Shasta County Farm Bureau. Her areas of focus have always revolved around overall execution of meetings and conferences, contract negotiation, tradeshow management, and speaker and sponsor procurement. Ms. Hickerson also spent over six years as a Convention Services Manager at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, where she was responsible for the complete management of some of the hotel’s largest and most high profile groups.

Lauren Stoddard, CSA Education Specialist

A staff member since 2012, Lauren is the continuing medical education coordinator and meeting manager to four of AMG’s healthcare industry clients. Over the past few years, Lauren has served as meeting manager and Interim Executive Director for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX (CA). Coordinating the many details of large educational events intrastate, interstate, and in Mexico has been Lauren’s area of expertise.


One Capitol Mall, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 290-5830
Fax: (916) 444-7462

David Butler – dbutler@csahq.org
Loni Schwabenland – lschwabenland@csahq.org
Ryan King – rking@csahq.org
Melody Correia – mcorreia@csahq.org
Rachel Hickerson – rhickerson@csahq.org
Lauren Stoddard – lstoddard@csahq.org

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