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David Stumph, CSE’s Executive Director

David Stumph
David Stumph

Members have seen David Stumph at the annual meeting, announcing the winners in the drawings held in the exhibit hall or answering questions at the CSE registration booth. David has worked with CSE for a number of years and has taken part in some of the recent changes in the administration of CSE.

David was a hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War and decided when his army tour was finished to find a career in which he could continue to use his health-care background. He went to school to become a physician assistant at the University of Illinois, only to discover that Illinois wasn’t even licensing physician assistants at that time. His education moved toward administration with an emphasis in health care, and that resulted in his working in health-care quality management for a number of years. At one point, he was elected treasurer of a new association that focused on health-care quality. The organization grew quickly, and a couple of years later, he was hired to manage it. He administered the association part time at first, while keeping his full-time hospital administration position. As the organization grew, it needed more resources. David “looked around” and joined an association-management company; he set up the management business to work with the association, which “took off”. David was executive director of the National Association for Healthcare Quality for 14 years and was the architect of its certification program.

David decided to set up his own company in Chicago in 1992; he later merged with another company. Finally, he sold his interest, and he and his wife purchased the Resource Center for Associations in Denver. The associations are all in scientific fields or health care. In 2014, they sold their company to the Kellen Company. David is now executive director for CSE and also provides oversight of other associations managed by the Kellen Company, including the American Association for the History of Nursing, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors.

David has lived in Colorado since 2005 with his wife, Kristi (known as Kristi Klinke to many CSE members). Kristi worked closely with David for many years as director of membership for all the clients of the Resource Center. David’s large family includes a daughter and her husband and a stepson and his wife, who live in Chicago, and Kristi’s daughter and her husband and 13-month-old son, who live in Bothell, Washington. David’s older son and his wife live in the San Francisco area and are expecting a child in November. His younger son and his wife live in Los Angeles and are expecting a child in October.

During his leisure time, David is a golfer and enjoys playing his collection of guitars. David was a folk singer in Chicago during the years he spent there and is an avid music fan. He loves to travel and is able to travel frequently because of the many meetings he attends; he would like to travel internationally more. It’s also fun for him to attend the shows performed by his son’s rock-and-roll band, Fall Out Boy, when it’s in town rather than touring the country or internationally. In his early 20s, David aspired to have his own band, so he gets some vicarious enjoyment from watching his son’s.

David likes working and talking with people, so say hello to him at meetings. He enjoys CSE, mostly because of his interactions with the people who participate in committees and attend the meetings. The “cool thing” is that the group works all year to fit the puzzle pieces together to organize the annual meeting, and it all comes together in an exciting way. He feels fortunate to be able to share in the joy of those who have worked throughout the year to create a successful meeting for all who participate.