Meet The Team

Meet the Team

Bill Pawlucy, CAE

Founder & President

William Pawlucy, CAE, MPA, IOM, MBNQA serves as Founder and President of Association Options, a global management consulting firm which helps nonprofit associations in strategic planning, board development, management assessments & searches and special long-term projects. His clients include the American Epilepsy Society, the American Evaluation Association, the American Association for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the International Positive Psychology Association and many others.

Prior to launching his company, Pawlucy served as Director, Sales Channel Development for TD Ameritrade. His key role was to build a “company within a company” for the organization. He also served as CEO/president of Amedco, a medical certification/accreditation management company; vice president of new client development at SmithBucklin; and second in command of another top-five association management company. For the media giant Viacom, he was a pioneer for the development of the retail entertainment arm in Central Europe and Asia. He holds a master’s degree in public administration (MPA), is a certified association executive (CAE), and a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute graduate and faculty (IOM)

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Stacey Barnes

Director of Research and Operations

Stacey Barnes serves as Director of Research and Operations of Association Options, LLC. She brings with her diverse non-profit experience including program development, efficiency planning, strategic planning and project management.

Prior to joining Association Options, Stacey held several different positions in the nonprofit space including Executive Director of a scientific organization, Assistant Executive Director of two larger healthcare associations and Senior Education Manager. She began her non-profit career serving as New Business Development Coordinator working with Bill Pawlucy at a previous management company.

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Longwood University in Virginia.

Carolyn Keating Haynes

Research and Development Specialist

Carolyn brings valuable educational and professional experience to the team.  After graduating from James Madison University with a double major in Psychology and Communication Sciences, she went on to work as a Program Director for an educational center.  It was there that she found her passion for developing and leading quality community programs.  She earned a Masters of Administration degree from Gallaudet University, which focused on non-profit management.  After interning at the American Cancer Society, she was hired full time as the Mission Delivery Manager.  She served this role in both the DC and Richmond, Virginia markets.

Kate West Moran

Research Specialist, Paris Office

Kate joined Association Options in  2017 to provide support with project management, research, and analysis. She brings with her diverse non-profit experience in the United States and Middle East, including program design and implementation, assessment, and evaluation.

Previously, Kate served as a Program Assistant for the Middle East and North Africa at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to strengthen democracy and promote market-oriented economic reform, and as the International Development Coordinator for the AlManarah Association for Arab Persons with Disabilities in Nazareth, Israel. She has worked with non-profits and business associations throughout the Middle East, including in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories, on initiatives related to organizational governance and management, strategic planning, and entrepreneurship/enterprise development.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently based in Paris, France, she will attend Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris) in the fall to obtain a Master of Arts in International Development.

Kelly Meier

Manager of Operations

Kelly Meier grew up in California and graduated from California Polytechnic University with a degree in Industrial Technology. She worked as a Manufacturing Engineer at Cisco Systems in San Jose and Life Fitness in Minnesota before switching into Technical Recruiting. Her diverse work experience, driven character and positive attitude enable her get the job done effectively. In her spare time Kelly loves running and spending time with her family. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four kids.


Kris Peterson

Administrative Director

A life-long Minnesotan, Kris attended Wright County Technical School for a Business Management degree. She spent 10 years working in private business.  Kris oversees all the critical aspects of day to day accounting, administrative systems and communications for both business and association clients. Her ability to manage demanding environments, deadlines and keen understanding of the unique needs of each client is key to her success. Outside of work, Kris is a dedicated Mom who loves to spend time with her daughters and husband, Bill. The family loves to spend time at the lake boating and having fun together in the summer. In the cold months of a MN winter, time is spent cooking and relaxing between snow shoveling!

Jennifer Blees

Administration/Account Management

Born and raised in Minnesota, Jenn attended MN State University, Mankato where she studied Business and later went on to Bryman Institute.  She started her career in an administrative role handling day to day business operations.  Through hard work and dedication, Jenn worked her way into account management and now provides direct service and oversight to both business and association clientele. Her ability to multi-task and work under pressure to meet deadlines is an admired trait.  When not working,  Jenn loves spending time with her family and friends, baking, and playing tennis.