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As of January 1, 2014, Cornerstone Communications Group is the association management firm for the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. Cornerstone offers a buffet of services in the disciplines of government relations, public and media relations and association management. Cornerstone has served clients in Georgia and the southeast since 1991.
Founding CCG principal James E. “Jet” Toney has earned 38 years experience working for and with elected and appointed government officials. He has managed multiple client organizations as an executive and strategist since 1995. Jet is a cum laude graduate in Newspapers from the University of Georgia and has consulted on more than 200 electoral campaigns at the local, state and Congressional level.
In a groundbreaking commitment to support licensure expansion, practice issue resolution and federal affairs, AAAA hired Mr. Jeremy Betts as the organization’s first Director of State Affairs. The engagement represents the completion of an 18-month strategic initiative by the AAAA Board to bring full-time advocacy to undergird state academy work throughout the country. Betts brings a decade of hands-on, state-level public policy development and lobbying experience to AAAA’s advocacy initiatives. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Georgia State University’s political science department, Betts was top policy staff for the Georgia House Health and Human Services and, later, policy counsel to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He has consulted on numerous election campaigns and worked for one of the southeast’s largest lobbying and government relations companies. .
Stephanie is the Director of Member Services for the AAAA. She is a former employee of the Georgia Senate and Secretary of State and has experience in offices ranging from business to government and political to non-profit. She graduated from The University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.
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Felicia is responsible for formulating operational strategies and objectives which ensure CCG meets its goals and operates successfully. She joined Cornerstone in 2016, bringing experience in public administration, non-profit management and professional meeting planning. Felicia is a graduate of NC State University (B.A. in Technical Communication) and South University where she received a Masters in Public Administration. She holds professional certifications from Duke University in non-profit management and meeting planning from the Convention Industry Council.
LeAnn keeps AAAA’s books and ensures compliance with state and federal record-keeping and tax filing. LeAnn has successfully integrated online member dues payment and registration activities with organizational accounting for several entities. Her attention to detail ensures annual meetings and other revenue events run smoothly and on budget.