Management Team

Kevin Bragaw, CPA

Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience managing Accounting and Finance Operations for Associations.  Kevin began his Association Management career with the Chicago Bar Association, where he spent 9 years managing all aspects of their financial operations. Most recently, he spent 5 years with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association where he led a team in managing portions of the day to day financial operations.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Linda Cullison

Linda is Director of Development for the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. Linda has been in association management since 2004. Prior to joining EAI, she was Industry Relations Manager for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Linda also has 20 years' experience working in the convention and tradeshow industry.

Her commitment is to provide accurate and concise information about corporate sponsorship opportunities that are available for support; enabling corporate partners to reach thousands of key industry decision makers. She secures funding for annual meetings and other projects, has helped grow client revenues and ensures corporate partners meet their marketing objectives.

Linda is a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland.

Jean Foellmer

Jean has 20 years of experience in association management, including 14 years with EAI. Prior to joining EAI, she was with the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Jean is the Director of Exhibits for all EAI clients. She is responsible for all aspects of exhibit management for meetings with up to 300 exhibiting companies.

Karla Kaschub

Karla is the Director of Membership Services for EAI and it’s clients. She oversees every aspect of the Member Services department including billing and collecting annual dues, application processing, database management and statistical reporting on the membership. Her commitment is to provide superior customer service to all of EAI’s clients. Prior to her position of Director of Membership Services, Karla was the Assistant Director of I.T. for EAI and it’s clients.

Jeff Kiva

Jeff has more than 10 years experience in association management as the Director of Information Technology for EAI and its clients.

His expertise in computer hardware, networking, database and internet systems serves EAI clients well in the management of data and websites, MS SQL, MS networking and iMIS, one of the leading association management software packages.

Nancy Ryan, CAE

Nancy is the Director of Communications for EAI and the Associate Executive Director for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She has over 20 years of association management experience focused in administration, internal and external communications and governance.

Prior to joining EAI, Nancy was the Director of Public Relations for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She has led numerous award-winning national public education and branding campaigns. Nancy is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and member of the American Society of Association Executives.

Gina Seegers

Gina has more than 25 years of experience in association management including more than 20 years as Director of Meetings and Conventions for EAI clients.

Gina effectively oversees EAI's meetings department and is an expert in contract negotiation, site selection, and meeting development and production.

She manages logistical arrangements for several annual scientific meetings including coordination with convention centers, hotels and contracted vendors.

Additional responsibilities include meeting space assignment, audio visual requirements, trade show coordination, food and beverage arrangements, telecommunications, security, transportation and overall show design.

Kevin Smith, MA, MBA

Kevin has 20 years of health care administration experience with one of Chicago's largest health care systems, and nearly 20 years executive-level association management experience with professional health care associations, both nationally and internationally.

He is the Executive Director of the Academy of Osseointegration and its Foundation, an international dental society that has grown from 3,800 members to roughly 6,000 since EAI began managing the Academy in May 2000. The organization has experienced net assets of over $14 million representing an increase of over 974 percent under Kevin’s leadership.

Kevin's background also includes designing national training programs, scientific journal publishing and managing a national certification program. His expertise includes developing comprehensive non-dues business ventures, developing and implementing strategic plans,  building collaborative and profitable business relationships with related professional organizations and corporations, orchestrating scientific consensus conferences and summits, initiating successful global membership expansion and initiating fundraising. membership recruitment, and retention campaigns.

Kevin holds a master's degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.