Episode 14 • 01/05/2023

Christina Lewellen, Executive Director of ATLIS, on How Governance Powers Her Association

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What does it mean to have a contemporary culture? How do you avoid massive turnover and burnout in today’s challenging workplace environments? How does governance fuel an organization?

In the latest episode of Associations Thrive, host Joanna Pineda interviews Christina Lewellen, Executive Director of The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS). Christina introduce ATLIS, shares her journey to becoming ED, and then shares how ATLIS is thriving through:

  • An equal and healthy relationship between the Board and the ATLIS Executive Director
  • A Board that provides strategic guidance and isn’t afraid to question their policies and practices when appropriate
  • A high performing staff that is loving ATLIS’ contemporary culture
  • A four-day work week


About Christina Lewellen

Christina is a seasoned association executive who has served industries ranging from window manufacturers to court reporters to proposal writers. She brings a data-driven framework to business planning and strategy, having earned her MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives. She was named the Executive Director of ATLIS in 2019, and serves in a variety of ways as an advocate for independent schools and their leadership teams.

About the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools

ATLIS is a community of technology leaders, technology support teams, and a wide variety of people in other areas of administration and independent school leadership and staff. In addition to their curated content collections, online and in-person events, publications and more, ATLIS members are constantly sharing ideas, advice, and sometimes simply lending a sympathetic ear.

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