AASD Leadership


AASD is governed by an Executive Advisory Council (EAC) whose members are elected annually by APHSA’S state and local public agency membership. Members of the EAC serve staggered, two-year terms, and are elected at AASD’s annual education conference.

AASD Bylaws
The bylaws in the link below apply to the affinity group American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) as established within and staffed by the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). The bylaws are intended to support the affinity group in carrying out its purpose, serving its target audience, organizing its leadership body and establishing its operating processes. The bylaws are in conformance with and subject to the APHSA governing bylaws.
View AASD Bylaws (Revised August 2020)

AASD EAC 2020 Members


Belit Burke, Self-Sufficiency Program Design Administrator
OR Department of Human Services

Second Vice Chair

Lisa Cowell, Program Director 4
TN Department of Human Services

Secretary and Treasurer

Cathy Buhrig, Director, Bureau of Policy
PA Department of Human Services

Immediate Past Chair

David Locklear, Deputy Director, Economic and Family, Division of Social Services
NC Department of Health and Human Services

AASD Regional Representatives

Mid-Atlantic Representative

Larry Braasch, Assistant Division Director
NJ Department of Human Services

Anthea Seymour, Administrator
DC Department of Human Services

Mid-West Representative

Tikki Brown, Community Economic Opportunity and Nutrition Assistance Director
MN Department of Human Services

Dawn Sweeney, Food Assistance Program State Administrative Manager
MI Department of Health and Human Services

Mountain Plains Representative

Stephanie Beasley, Children and Family Services Director
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Teri ChastenSNAP Manager
Colorado CO Department of Human Services

Northeast Regional Representative

Nola WardSNAP Director
MA Department of Transitional Assistance

Daniel Giacomi, Program Manager
CT Department of Social Services

Southeast Regional Representative

Kimberlin Donald, Program Director
GA Department of Human Services

Jason Dunn, Director
KY Department of Community Based Services

Southwest Regional Representative

Linda Cavitt, Deputy Director-Programs
OK Department of Human Services

Wayne Salter, Deputy Executive Commissioner
TX Health and Human Services Commission

Western Regional Representative

Kristin Matthews, SNAP Program Manager
ID Department of Health and Welfare

Ezra Paskus, Food Programs & Policy Administrator
WA Department of Social and Health Services

At-Large Representative

Thomas Hedderman, Director of Food & Nutrition Policy
NY State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Melissa Wolf, Assistant Deputy Director
MO Department of Social Services

APHSA Staff Liasion

APHSA Staff liasion

Chloe Green, Policy Associate, Food and Nutrition Services
American Public Human Services Association

Matthew Lyons, Director, Policy & Research
American Public Human Services Association