OUR MISSION:

1. To support our nonprofit clients through innovative solutions;

2. To always bring a "can do" determination to overcoming challenges and supporting each clients' members and goals;

3. To maintain an intellectual curiosity and a value for our own professional development, ensuring we bring timely, relevant, industry-leading knowledge to support our clients' goals and practices;

4. To positively impact our client associations' members in their professional success.


OUR TEAM: 

 
 
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Sarah Woody Bibens,
Owner and President

Executive Director, Western Nursery and Landscape Association

B.S. Forest Management, cum laude, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Sarah Woody Bibens founded Woody Bibens and Associates in 1989. During that time she has served as the Executive Director of multiple associations and consulted on various projects. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management, affording her insight and interest in the larger horticulture industry.

Sarah is passionate about many outdoor activities, especially running. She has the Abbott World Major Marathons, running in Tokyo, Berlin, London, Boston, New York, and Chicago. She qualified again for the 2019 Boston Marathon.


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Emily Bibens Chung,
CAE, MPhil, Vice President

Manages the Raleigh, NC office
Executive Director, SynRG, LLC
Executive Director, Perennial Plant Association

Emily is a second generation association executive and began "helping" plan conferences at 5 years old. Currently, she is Vice President of Woody Bibens & Associates and serves as Executive Director for two of WBA's clients.

Emily is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and has a MPhil Management from University of Cambridge's Judge School of Business. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language with Honors from William Jewell College where she was part of the Oxbridge Honors Program and a Pryor Leadership Program Fellow.

Emily maintains professional membership with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC).

Board and Committee work: 
Director, Association Executives of North Carolina

Member of ASAE's Professional Development Section Council for 2013-2016

Past Chair of AENC's Young Professionals committee


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Tia Nusbaum,
Events Manager

B.S. Horticulture, Minor in Visual Communications, The Ohio State University

Tia assists all of our clients with event planning and management. She's an expert at working with venues and planning committees to design effective events that run smoothly. Between her knowledge of the horticulture industry and her incredible event planning skills, Tia is a perfect fit with the Woody Bibens & Associates' team!


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Rachaele Andrews,
Membership Manager

M.Ed. Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

B.A. Strategic Communications, Minor in Sport and Event Management, Elon University

Rachaele assists all of our clients with member services and registration management. If you call the office, you'll likely talk with Rachaele! Rachaele also works closely with our young professionals groups, working to engage students and young professionals as new association members.


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Taylor O’Donnell,
Marketing & Communications Manager

B.A. Industrial Design, Summa Cum Laude, Columbus College of Art & Design

A.S. Electronic Media Technology, Honors Graduate, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College

Taylor manages all of the marketing and communications for Woody Bibens & Associates' clients. She's a design wiz and creates professional yet approachable brands for our clients.


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Callie Kirkegaard,
Special Projects Manager

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University

Callie assists clients with event planning and management and she works closely with Emily on the management of SynRG, LLC and the Perennial Plant Association.

With a technical background, she applies a systems thinking approach and likes using data to drive improvement. Callie is a recent Midwestern transplant working out of Portland, Maine.


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Bear Chung,
Canine Mascot Extraordinaire

Bear is Emily's co-worker and side-kick.  A mini-Schnoodle, he is 20 pounds of fluffy energy and cuddles.  In addition to being the office clown, he helps care for the 60+ varieties of plants in Emily and husband Chris' yard.  His hidden talent – only barking when Emily is on the phone!