Lisa-Marie Haygood, Executive Director of the Cherokee County Educational Foundation has earned the Certified Association Executive designation.

The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, the applicant must have experience with non-profit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass an examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,500 professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies .

Haygood has served as the Foundation Executive Director since 2017, and has a long history of advocating for excellence in public schools throughout the state of Georgia, NCCA officials said.

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