Joanne S. Barry, CAE, executive director of the New York State Society of CPAs, has been named the 2012 Outstanding Association Executive by the New York Society of Association Executives.  Barry will receive her award at the association's Annual Synergy Awards Luncheon and Celebration of Community Service on April 18 here.

The awards are given based on contributions to the management function of the nominee's organization; contributions to community professional, civic, charitable and service organizations; and significant contributions to the association/not-for-profit management profession.

Barry became ED of the NYSSCPA in 2010, after a 25-year career in communications with the society, including a stint as deputy ED and several communications management positions. She also serves on the board of directors of the CPA Society Executives Association and its Emerging Issues and Mission Task Forces, and is a trustee of the American Institute of CPAs Foundation. Over the course of her career, she has won more than 20 awards for communications programs.

Barry holds a Bachelor's in English Literature with a Journalism concentration from Montclair State University, and a Master's in Management and Urban Policy with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from The New School for Social Research in New York.

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