Current Scientific/Medical Society Clients:
Managing Director of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS) as of November, 2016. Joan Oefner and her “Virtual Office” have replaced the staff at FASEB in Bethesda, USA, which had managed the ICIS since 1996. Please visit the Society’s new website which includes an online association management system, online Newsletter, Member Directory and is linked to the Society’s Social Media pages. The Annual Meetings are now branded to the Society’s website as a sub-domain (www.boston.cytokinesociety.org).
International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP), Joan Oefner has been appointed the Managing Director and is transitioning the society from their previous management
company in Texas to her Virtual Office in New Jersey,USA and Regensburg, Germany as of December 1, 2017. Please visit the website we recently re-designed for more information: www.isdp.org The first order of business is to set up a new online association management system using www.x-cd.com for membership, meeting registration, abstract submission and online programming. The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP) is an international non-profit organization which encourages research on the development of behavior in all organisms including man, with special attention to the effects of biological factors operating at any level of organization. The society holds annual meetings to facilitate communication of research results and theory in the area of Developmental Psychobiology. The ISDP strongly supports and encourages young scientists with travel awards, networking and meeting events designed specifically for the students.
Conference Manager & Website Designer, 9th International Conference on Tularemia, October 16-19, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.
Symposium Manager & Website Designer and Virtual Meeting, 8th International Cancer Metastasis Congress, October 23-25, 2019 in San Francisco.
Association Management Success Stories:
Society for Molecular Imaging, (2002 – 2006) Served as the founding Executive Director as the society’s membership grew from 200 – 1,250 full, student & industry members and meeting attendance grew year on year from 650 to 1,250 participants. Organized their annual meetings in San Francisco, St. Louis, Cologne, Germany and the Big Island, Hawaii with each meeting drawing increased attendance, abstract submissions, support from industry and adding to the Society’s financial reserves while becoming the “internationally renowned platform for reporting on the most important advances in molecular imaging”(Christopher Contag, PhD, President of SMI from 2002-2003). Managed the society with a Virtual Office, with both a German and Texas base, until the society began having joint meetings in 2007 with a clinically oriented affiliated society. As of 2011, the joint meeting became the merged World Molecular Imaging Society, WMIS. In 2014, I was contracted to design interest group web portals for the Early Stage Professionals in Molecular Imaging Sciences www.micareer.wmis.org (an online career portal).
North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging (NASCI), (1993-2005) NASCI was founded in 1972 and had never had a professional staff until hiring me as their first Executive Director in 1993 to help achieve the Society’s goal to revitalize the field of Cardiac Imaging. By 2005 the membership grew to 450 members and annual meeting surpassed 550 participants. NASCI is now managed by the American College of Radiology. Member Growth – 90 members in 1993, grew to 450 by 2005.
CASSS (1996 – 2001) Provided full-service association management and meeting planning for 2-3 international symposia per year as the society’s annual budget grew from $20,000 to over $800,000. The growth of this society, from what was once known as the California Separation Science Society (CaSSS), to their current standing as CASSS, an International Separation Science Society, is what fueled the growth of Rhema Association Management, enabling us to hire three full-time employees, including an experienced meeting planner and a CPA who are still working for the Society, which we transitioned to a freestanding management model in 2001. Since moving to Germany, I have had the pleasure of planning CASSS’s first two European CMC Strategy Forum meetings (Brussels in 2007 & Paris in 2008) as well as the 21st International Ion Chromatography Symposium in Dublin in 2009. They are now holding meetings all over the world in support of their mission to enable a global community of industry, academic and regulatory professionals to work together to resolve scientific challenges in the field of bio-pharmaceutical development and regulation.
San Francisco Neurological Society (2002 – 2005) Provided full-service association management including planning an annual weekend CME conference and 4-5 dinner meetings per year. Set up their website and converted the society’s membership & registration to an online system that is still in use today.
Southwest Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (1993 – 2000) Provided full-service association management and planning for the annual CME meeting and exhibition, 400-600 participants. The trick with this society was to keep up the industry support and meeting attendance when the society met in unpopular cities within the Chapter, or in a city that was far away from the membership base in Texas. Meetings in Houston, San Antonio, Austin and to a lesser extent, Dallas, were always successful, but every other year the meeting had to be in one of the other states in the Chapter. We managed to have successful meetings in Albuquerque, New Orleans, and Santa Fe, by negotiating really good rates at excellent venues and emphasizing the unique aspects of those venues in all marketing materials. Our key employee, Charles Metzger, who moved first to Santa Rosa, CA, then to Texas, is still managing the society which is now the SW Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
Customized Online Job Boards
A customized job board added directly to the Society’s website. All revenues remain with the Society and the jobs are focused on the Society’s membership, academic & regulatory institutions as well as industry partners.
In the case of the MI Career job board, the entire site is dedicated to Postdocs. A job fair is held at the Society’s annual meeting where participating Principle Investigators make appointments to meet with Postdocs that are interested in their positions.