This award serves to recognize and reward ASCLS members who have demonstrated their leadership potential to the organization, and to provide these members with structured mentoring.

The Key to the Future Program is administered by the ASCLS Leadership Development Committee and is intended to assist constituent societies in the development of potential leaders to serve at local, state, regional and national levels of the Society. Additionally, the program encourages appointments and nominations of these highly motivated members to positions of responsibility within the organization that will further their leadership development.

Award: Recipients receive recognition and a unique Key to the Future pin at the annual ASCLS meeting. Constituent societies are encouraged to appoint/elect awardees as delegates to the ASCLS Annual Meeting.

Each constituent society should recognize their nominees by announcing their names at the constituent society’s annual Awards Ceremony and presenting them with a unique item designated exclusively for this purpose. The names of the winners should be published in the constituent society newsletter.

Nomination deadline: May 1

Nominees are from a constituent (state) society. Each constituent society may recognize a maximum of three members per year.

Method of nomination by a constituent society is to be determined by that constituent society. ASCLS recommends the current constituent society president be involved, with a suggested committee composition including the president, past president, president-elect and the previous year’s recipients.

Key to the Future Recognition Program Online Nomination Form

Questions may be directed to


  • Must be a new member (within three years), or a longstanding member who has recently increased his/her activity with the society
  • Must be an ASCLS member in the Professional, Ascending Professional, or Developing Professional categories of membership
  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential by directing at least one task force or project, chairing a committee with significant tasks, or performing exceptionally as a constituent society Board member or local/chapter officer; outcomes of this involvement must be considered outstanding, creative and of high quality
  • Must not have received this award previously

Previous Keys to the Future Recipients

Download a list of previous Keys to the Future Awardees

2022 Recipients

Region 1

New York

Camille Parnell

Region 2

Capitol Area Society (DC)

Graciela Lopez Gamboa

Carol Rentas


Morgan Nikol


Jessica Thoericht

Justin Washington

New Jersey

Michele Sloma


Heather Herrington

Stephanie Thum

Region 3


Kaci Cottingham

Michelle Wallace


Maridaliz Rodriguez Rosado

North Carolina

Shawn Luby

David Takamiya

Region 4


Elizabeth Fisher


Christopher Swartz


Angela Adamski

Mattie Brechbiel

Katelyn Farrar

Region 5


Austin Korczak

Tori Nemitz

Alexander Shaw

North Dakota

Kelsey Dees

Elizabeth Jones

South Dakota

Kassandra Erickson

April Nelsen


Kathryn Golab

Region 6


Sarah Taylor


Carlee Roberts


Kelly Gambino

Philip Tran

Region 7


Alexa Garlington

Region 8


Ayla Avalos-Morales

Kayla Snide


Merrick Cowdell

Shannon Ristrem


Anna Adams

Sarah Steinberg


Region 10


Joyce Iwata

Paul Kim

Marni Wild