Our Team

Sarah Vlcek, CAE

Account Director

Sarah Vlcek

Sarah Vlcek, CAE, serves as an Account Director at SAM, with a focus on member relations and membership strategies for clients. Sarah joined the SAM team in 2019 after working for various local, state, and national nonprofit associations in both Austin and Chicago over more than 15 years. Having worked with association members from a variety of industries, including philanthropy, law, and health care, Sarah is adept at serving diverse membership bases to help make associations the strongest and best they can be.

Sarah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in French. She is a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). After a lifetime in the Midwest, Sarah made Austin her home in 2015.

Partners/Roles: Association Director, Fast-Growth School Coalition (FGSC); Member Engagement Manager, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT); Association Manager, Texas Public Power Association (TPPA)

Outside of work, I love...
travel, photography, comedy shows, and podcasts.

My SAM superpower is... 
building relationships and trust with my association members and constituents.

Collaborator (Predictive Index), INFP (Meyers Briggs), The Dreamer (Adobe Creative Type)

What inspires me about working with associations:
 I love seeing something come together from beginning to end for the greater good and meeting inspiring people while doing it.

Favorite SAM core value:
Practice empathy.