In 2017, Shawn P. McLaughlin, AIF, became CEO and owner of MSP. Subsequently, he acquired KMG in 2020 and serves as CEO. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry, he has extensive knowledge in the nonprofit community and in helping organizations reach their financial goals. Shawn is also the founder and CEO of McLaughlin Ryder Investments, Inc. His philosophy is to focus on the long-term relationships with and successes of each of his clients, his staff members, and the community. Shawn’s emphasis on exceptional service and high ethical standards has garnered the respect and loyalty of his clients.
- Virginia College Savings Plan, chairman of the board, 2009–2018
- Virginia Council on Economic Education, member of board of directors
- Inova Health System, former member of the Inova Health System Board of Trustees, past chairman of the
- Inova Foundation, past chairman of Investments Subcommittee
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), elected member of District 9 for one term and appointed to Small Firms Advisory Committee
- Basilica of St. Mary Parish, chairman of the Finance Council
- Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, chairman of the board of directors
- Georgetown University Alumni Association Board of Governors, member of board, member of Finance Committee, and member of Communications Committee
- AMC Institute, member of board of directors
- In 2020, completed the Foundations of Association Management course
Jackie King, J.D.
Jackie King currently serves as the president of KMG and has been the executive director of theUnited Veterinary Services Association since 2002, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) since 2009, and the Pet Care Trust since 2018. She has worked in association management for 18 years, encompassing leadership roles in project and program management, strategic planning and implementation, administrative management, budgeting and financial management, meeting and event management, and communications on behalf of all her client organizations.
KMG was founded by Jackie and her husband, Steve King, in 2012. Steve turned the reins of KMG over to Jackie in January 2019 when he became CEO for the American Pet Products Association, based in Stamford, Connecticut.
In July 2020, Jackie sold KMG to Management Solutions Plus (MSP), an AMCI accredited association management company based in Rockville, Maryland. Shawn McLaughlin, owner and CEO of MSP, will be the CEO of KMG. KMG will operate as a division of MSP through 2021.
Jackie has participated in media relations and crisis management training on behalf of SMART and has become the spokesperson for the association, participating in multiple media interviews. This training has prepared her to work with client associations to convey strong and clear messaging about the organizations to members and the public at-large. She has also conducted numerous interviews with television and radio stations on behalf of SMART and has been featured in several videos on behalf of the association.
Jackie is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives and is a past chair of the Association Education Alliance and the Small Business Legislative Council. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Baltimore School of Law and is a member of the Maryland Bar.
Jackie loves to spend time with her family and her new COVID beagle pup, Chase. She loves boating on the Patuxent River at her happy place near Solomons, Maryland.
Celeste M. Powers, CAE
Senior Account Executive
Celeste Powers, CAE, joined KMG in November 2018 and currently serves as senior account executive and president of the Pet Industry Distributors Association. She has been in the nonprofit and association management industry for 30 years, with 20 plus years in executive director roles. She is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Delaware and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), earning ASAE's Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1999.
Celeste brings extensive experience in building strong volunteer/staff teams, increasing the bottom line with improved member services and benefits, and developing business and strategic plans to optimize an organization’s effectiveness.
For the last three years, Celeste has been a volunteer for the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) of Wayne, Pennsylvania, whose mission is to help women and girls successfully navigate life’s transitions and inspire others to do the same. For two years she served as chair of WRC’s Leadership Luncheon Committee and as a member of its board.
Celeste is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science.
Marci L. Hickey, CMP, DES
Executive Vice President, Meetings & Member Services
Marci L. Hickey has over 20 years of association, membership, marketing, and meeting management experience. In addition to her role as executive vice president of Meetings & Member Services for KMG, she serves as chapter administrator for the Association of Fundraising Professionals–Maryland Chapter and as director of Meetings & Member Services for the Pet Industry Distributors Association.
Marci has been a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), as designated by the Convention Industry Council, since 2004, recertifying most recently in 2019. In 2020, she added the designation of Digital Events Specialist (DES) through the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). This certification recognizes knowledge in the production of livestream and digital events. Marci holds a B.S. in mass communications, summa cum laude, from Towson University and is a member of PCMA, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Maryland Society of Association Executives. She previously served on the board of directors for the PCMA Chesapeake Chapter as a director, treasurer, and president.
Marci also serves as KMG’s “Chief Wizarding Officer,” lending her expertise on all things Harry Potter.
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations
In her role as KMG's financial director, Debbie Dacre is responsible for the company's financial and accounting management, handling everything from accounts payable to investment strategies for KMG’s client associations. Debbie has worked in financial management for 35 years and has specialized in trade and charitable associations for the past 28 years. She regularly attends webinars and seminars to keep her up to date on the latest tax and accounting issues that impact nonprofit associations.
Debbie’s role is to oversee the daily aspects of the financial health of KMG’s client associations. At year end, she works with each organization’s CPA to prepare year-end financials and Form 990 returns and assists boards with budgeting and long-term investments. Debbie also maintains all records and files needed to keep KMG’s client associations in compliance with IRS and state tax rules and regulations.
In her spare time, Debbie loves to spend time with her large family of four siblings, in-laws, 17 nieces and nephews, and 16 great nieces and nephews. Her love of cooking and baking is always evident at these family gatherings. She also enjoys time with her son watching movies, eating out at restaurants, and antiquing.
Heather Lester, CMP
Director of Meetings & Member Services
Heather Lester, CMP, has over 10 years of experience in the meetings and hospitality industry and currently serves as the director of Meetings & Member Services for KMG as well as for the United Veterinary Services Association and the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association.
In 2016, Heather earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Convention Industry Council. She is an active member of the Professional Convention Management Association and the American Society of Association Executives. Prior to KMG, she worked in sales for the Baltimore Convention Center and Ripken Professional Baseball.
Heather is our resident Baltimore Orioles super fan! When she’s not in the office, you can find her cheering for the O’s both home and away.
Meetings and Member Services Coordinator
Nina Bull serves as association coordinator for multiple clients. Nina has over 12 years of experience in association management, including member services, event planning, customer service, and database support. Prior to KMG, Nina worked for Erickson Retirement Community as well as for retail chains, where she was focused on customer service and management.
Nina earned her BBA with a concentration in hospitality and tourism management from Strayer University.
Meetings and Member Services Coordinator
Casey Joseph joined KMG in August 2008, amassing 12 years of experience in the association management industry working in member services, event planning, customer service, and administrative support. She currently serves as the association coordinator for the United Veterinary Services Association and the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association. Casey is a member of the Association of Meeting Professionals. She received her A.A. with a concentration in accounting and a B.S. in business administration.
Casey is very active in her children’s education and assisting with their school activities. She is secretary of the PTA and in her spare time enjoys being an independent business consultant.
Christine Small has been with the Pets in the Classroom program of the Pet Care Trust for three years, first as the grant coordinator and now as program director. Christine strives to provide the highest level of customer service. Knowing that teachers are extremely busy, the experience they have with the program needs to be easy and stress-free. Christine’s favorite part of the job is reading the many cards and letters from appreciative teachers and students.
In her free time, Christine enjoys traveling, taking Zumba classes, cooking, going to the beach with her family, and visiting her two grown sons.
Grant Coordinator & Accountant
Stephanie Griffith enthusiastically stepped into the role of grant coordinator for the Pets in the Classroom program to make a positive difference in the lives of teachers and students. Stephanie works hard to provide exceptional customer service to the many teachers involved in the program and loves to see the wonderful impact that the pets have on the classroom experience of students and the teachers alike. In addition to her tasks as grant coordinator, Stephanie oversees the donation management database system for the Pets in the Classroom donation campaigns and also assists with accounting support for various MSP clients.
As a pet lover herself, Stephanie is excited and proud to see the program grow and evolve. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors, and she has a passion for fitness and nutrition.
Patti Cassidy serves as an assistant of accounting services for KMG and all KMG clients. She processes all accounts receivable, accounts payable, and month end bank reconciliations. Patti also procures W-9’s from vendors and prepares the system for the generation of year end 1099’s.
Patti has 28 years of experience in the financial services industry including auditing, governmental accounting, and nonprofit accounting. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from York College of Pennsylvania.
Patti is an avid Baltimore Ravens fan from Draft Day through the Super Bowl each year. She also co-captains a team of 100+ people who are active in raising awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation through The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland.
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