Founder, Robert J. Achermann, JD – A well-known and respected advocate, Bob has worked in government relations and association management for nearly 40 years. A founding partner of Advocacy and Management Group, under his guidance, AMG continues to grow in its breadth and expertise. From Washington, DC to Sacramento, he has represented a variety of trade, industry and professional associations as well as individual corporations. He has extensive legislative experience, working with elected officials, state and federal agencies, and private industry, tackling difficult policy issues in the areas of healthcare, occupational licensing and regulation, business taxes and regulation. Bob assists our clients in navigating the state budget process and other state government funding issues. He has also led numerous association clients and provides them with unmatched executive expertise and guidance. Bob received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento, and his Juris Doctor from the McGeorge School of Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association.
Chief Financial Officer, Kim Andosca – Kim is a results-oriented team leader with substantial experience in operations management, membership marketing, project management and publishing. She has more than 30 years’ professional experience in senior nonprofit management positions, both statewide and nationally. Among her leadership accomplishments, she is experienced in nonprofit financial analysis and budget preparation. She continually manages the critical organizational and strategic components of many project management assignments and administrative challenges facing her client associations. Kim’s longevity in the nonprofit arena has permitted her to develop a true understanding of every aspect of nonprofit work. She is a recognized authority and qualified expert in nonprofit organization development and management. Kim is a member of the California Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association Executives.
Chief Operations Officer, Gloria Peterson – Gloria’s association management career spans two decades. She has managed all aspects of client association relations and has extensive executive leadership and operational experience. She has managed a variety of associations including 501c6 and 501c3 organizations. Gloria provides executive leadership, acts as liaison with outside resources, manages professional alliances and oversees project management with an emphasis on communications, social media campaigns, print publications, website redesign, professional development projects, and membership development. She also has experience in working with government agencies for healthcare reimbursement, licensing and California sales tax issues. She is a member of the California Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association Executives.
Senior Association Executive, Dave Butler, IOM – Dave joined AMG in July 2015. He previously served nine years as CEO of Sacramento Metro Chamber-affiliated NextEd, a not-for-profit organization that works to develop employer education partnerships serving the six-county Sacramento region. Prior to NextEd, he served as the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy and as legislative staff for State Senators Tim Leslie and Cathie Wright. He currently serves on the Rocklin City Council, to which he was elected in November 2012. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA in 1983.
Senior Association Executive, Megan MacNee – Megan joined AMG in October 2019 and brings over a decade of experience in association and non-profit management. She’s previously served in key roles at Donate Life California, the California Building Industry, and the California State Assembly. Megan graduated from the University of Southern California with her Master of Public Administration and graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Senior Association Executive & Director of Marketing, Matthew Peralta, CAE – Matthew re-joined AMG in 2021, after having previously been with the company from 2015-2019, and brings nearly a decade of professional legislative, communications, and association experience. He began his career in the California State Assembly, first as a legislative aide for Assembly Members Brian Maienschein and Frank Bigelow, and later as a communications consultant, specializing in writing and media relations. He then went on to serve several of AMG’s statewide association clients in the role of deputy executive director before joining BOMA Silicon Valley to serve as their executive director. Committed to the association profession and community, Matthew serves on the communications and annual conference committees of the California Society of Association Executives, and he earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credentials from the American Society of Association Executives in 2020. Outside of the office, Matthew enjoys reading, exercising, and frequenting local sushi and Mexican restaurants with his partner and pet Golden Retriever.
Senior Account Executive, Jon Walters – Jon leads the operations team for AMG’s largest client. His results-based experience brings more than 25 years of customer service, technical support, operations, knowledge management and process improvement skills to the table. Jon has worked as a consultant, team-member and executive in the software, medical hardware, education, recycling, legal and aerospace industries and he formerly directed one of the first electronics recycling non-profits in California. Prior to joining AMG Jon built a thriving service and support operation from the ground up, serving over 16,000 law firms across the nation. He earned his Six Sigma green belt in 2008, is certified in the Net Promoter Score methodology, and still entertains his hobby as a skilled magician. Jon’s extensive experience in operations and team leadership allow him to continuously increase the effectiveness and efficiency of a thriving and growing group of skilled and diverse specialists. His natural talents include communications, customer advocacy, problem resolution and project management.
Association Executive; Meeting and Events Manager, Rachel Hickerson, CMP – Rachel joined AMG with over 12 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 revolve 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 overall management of several of the hotel’s largest and most high-profile organizations and guests.
Association Executive, Anne Mullinax – Prior to joining AMG in January 2020, Anne served for over 6 years as the Association Services Director for a Sacramento-based firm. Her primary clients included trade associations representing firefighters and veterans. In that role, Anne supervised all levels of services provided to the clients including fiscal, policy development, membership, grant management, and event planning. She also brings in excess of 15 years of experience in the public sector where she developed strong project management, budget, and Board governance skills. Anne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Association Executive; Creative Writer and Publications Manager, Katelyn Peyser – Kate joined AMG in May of 2016 and serves as Deputy Executive Director for multiple clients, as the Creative Writer and Publications Manager. She is responsible for writing press releases, op-eds, talking points, and fact sheets, while managing and editing our clients’ publications. Before joining AMG, she worked in the California Legislature as a Communications Consultant, specializing in writing and developing strategic messaging for policy proposals. Kate graduated from Sacramento State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.
Accounting Manager, Nito Goolan – Nito is one of the senior accounting mangers at AMG. She has over 15 years of experience in trust account and non-profit accounting and more than 25 years of accounting experience. She has functioned in the capacity of Vice President of Finance and Controller managing a staff of 14 and multiple branch locations throughout the State of California and Arizona.
Accounting Manager, Denise King – Denise joined AMG in June of 2017 and brings over 36 years of accounting experience from various organizations. She is responsible for maintaining clients’ accounting records, financial statements and annual budgets while preparing quarterly reports for board of directors meetings. Denise also has a degree in business administration.
Accounting Manager, Kim Montgomery – Kim has over 38 years of experience in finance in various fields, Non Profit, International Corporations – Ag Industry, worked with attorney’s, Property Management. She has coordinated and prepared financials for CPA review and has assisted with audits.
Human Resource and Operations Manager, Ellen Snapp – Ellen joined AMG in 2020. For 13 years she was the Vice President of Operations for a retail and wholesale coffee chain. In that position, she oversaw the management, staff, and daily operations of seven coffeehouses. In 2016 she relocated to Sacramento where she was the Office Manager for one of the largest wholesale lumber distributors in California. While employed there, Ellen assisted in the daily operations of the Sacramento Office by managing administrative staff, making decisions for the benefit of the office, and working as the Human Resource Liaison for the Headquarters based in Cerritos. Ellen brings her varied and dynamic set of skills to AMG by, among other tasks, handling all human resources, by leading the team in new software implementations and by tweaking company procedures for consistent success. When not in the office, Ellen enjoys making sweet memories with family and friends.
Manager, Communications, Publications and IT, Ryan King – A staff member since 2011, Ryan is AMG’s on-site IT manager. He brings knowledge developed over 13 years working in IT support. His expertise spans the computer, nonprofit and retail industries, allowing him to quickly identify and solve our clients’ complex technical problems. Ryan also works to ensure that clients’ membership, financial, and other data are stored securely both on- and off-site.
Digital & Social Media Manager, Sarah Spencer – Sarah joined AMG in October of 2013 as a membership services staff person and then transitioned in to the role of managing the social media profiles for all of AMG’s clients in 2015. She is also responsible for coordinating email marketing campaigns and managing website updates for multiple clients. Before joining AMG, she interned at various nonprofit organizations managing their websites and social media. Sarah graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics.
Events, Exhibit & Sponsorship Management, Nicole Agnone – Nicole joined AMG in 2018 with over 15 years of management experience in operations and client relations. As the former Executive Director she brings experience in non-profit association management. As a Business Analyst for Hewlett-Packard, Nicole was a project lead for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Nicole has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Sacramento. At AMG Nicole is responsible for managing exhibitors and assisting in event management.
Meeting & Events Manager, Becky McGuire – Becky joined AMG with over 30 years of experience and knowledge in the meetings management industry. The past ten years she spent planning conventions for up to 3,500 attendees and managing over 250 workshops. Becky served as chair-person for countless high-profile industry events, culminating in her award of Meeting Professionals International Sacramento Sierra Nevada 2010-2011 Chapter Leader Award, of the 2001 Supplier of the Year for the California Society of Association of Executives.
Meeting & Events Manager, Natalie Perry – Natalie brings 8 years of meeting and event management experience to AMG. She previously worked for the California New Car Dealers Association planning their Annual Meeting and Lobby Day, Annual Convention, and educational seminars. There she was responsible for strategically planning, budgeting, booking and contract negotiation, speaker procurement, marketing, registration and event logistics. Natalie graduated from California State University, Fresno in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Administration and a certificate in Special Event Planning.
Meeting & Events Manager, Felicia Price, CMP – Felicia Price, CMP brings over 25 years of association meeting and event management experience, previously working for the California Physical Therapy Association and LeadingAge California as Director of Meetings and Events. She brings with her a vast array of knowledge in managing and executing event logistics, tradeshows and continuing education programs. Felicia holds a Certificate in Meeting Planning from California State University, Sacramento and earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Events Industry Council. She is an active member of Meeting Professionals International Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
CME Coordinator, Elizabeth Vang – Elizabeth joined AMG in 2019. She has over 8 years of experience in managing and coordinating various programs, events, projects, and meetings. She enjoys creating and implementing systems of efficiency. At her last job, Elizabeth coordinated events for 67 organizations simultaneously. This included performing educational presentations for multiple organizations and maintaining strong communication with clients, vendors and volunteers. She is currently responsible for supporting the Continuing Medical Education (CME) compliance coordination and reporting for all Advocacy & Management Company client programs. Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business from California State University, Sacramento.
Membership Services Supervisor, Evan Wise – Evan joined AMG in March of 2017 and brings over 15 years of customer service and employee management skills along with him. He is responsible for all membership activities, projects, and support for some of AMG’s clients. Evan graduated from Sacramento State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies and American Sign Language.
Membership Services, Benjamin Ichimaru – Ben joined AMG in June 2019, bringing 8 years of customer service and technical support experience with him. Ben currently provides membership services and support for AMG’s clients. Ben graduated from the University of California, Davis in December 2019 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Communications and a Minor in English.
Membership Services, Allie Johnson – Allie joined AMG in 2019 with over 10 years of customer service experience in several different fields, including animal rescue and professional fundraising for non-profits. She graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and Communications, with an emphasis in Practical and Professional Ethics. At AMG, Allie is responsible for the membership and daily administrative tasks for multiple associations.
Operations & Client Support Assistant, Amenda Yang – Amenda Yang joined AMG in April 2017 and brings over 13 years of administrative experience working for various member associations. She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, including scheduling, correspondence, and personalized administrative support to senior management and several board of directors. At AMG, she is responsible for providing administrative support to senior managers, event management staff, and managing all office supplies. Amenda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento.
Executive Assistant, Maryam Muska- Maryam Muska joined AMG in February 2021 and brings over 4 years of administrative experience in several different fields like law, government, public institutions, and non profits. Maryam has experience with all administrative tasks, event planning and management, and support to board of directors. She graduated in UCLA in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
We also gratefully acknowledge the more than 20 additional AMG staff members who work on large client projects and programs.