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Committees, Task Forces and Advisory Councils

As an MPI volunteer, you will have the opportunity to network with peers and assist with the implementation of MPI’s Vision and Mission.

Standing Committees | Task Forces | Advisory Councils

Standing Committees-Board Level


2017 Objective: Assist the MPI Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities relating to the quality and integrity of MPI’s financial reporting processes and accounting practices and the performance, qualifications, and independence of MPI’s independent auditors.

  • Chair: Gerrit Jessen, CMP, CMM – MCI Deutschland
  • Brian Stevens – ConferenceDirect
  • Fiona Pelham – Sustainable Events Ltd. & Positive Impact
  • Amanda Armstrong, CMP – Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
  • Annette Gregg, CMP, CMM, MBA – AlliedPRA
  • Steve O'Malley – Maritz Travel
  • Ken Sanders – Freeman Audio Visual Solutions

Task Forces: Created for a defined and time limited purpose.


2017 Objective: Diversity and inclusion is an important priority for MPI. The Task Force will assist in understanding the multicultural communities underrepresented in the meetings industry and our membership to help build relationships and foster an environment for education and inclusion. Raise awareness around issues that may impact minority groups within the meeting and event community and provide guidance for MPI’s diversity initiatives and engagement on diversity-related issues.

  • Chair: Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES - West Wing Events
  • Timothy Bennett – HelmsBriscoe
  • Jason Cohen – AccorHotels North America
  • Maribel Alcantara Denner - Marriott International
  • Danny Findley - DSC
  • Gigi Gleason, CMP - Autodesk, Inc.
  • Brandon Johnson - Hilton Norfolk | The Main
  • Barry Cesar Kessinger - Chinook Winds Casino Resort
  • David Kliman, CMM - The Kliman Group
  • Lai-Yin Lee Rodriguez - Official Events Division, Office of Protocol, Global Affairs Canada
  • Tara Liaschenko, CMM - The Link Event Professionals, Inc.
  • Alexa Etalia Lopez - Texas Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Jorge Rivas, CDMP - Prospanica
  • Larissa Schultz - LIS Meeting Strategies
  • Soraya Shahrak, CMP - AAR
  • Adrienne Tooley, CMP - Koncept Events

Staff Liaison: Sonya Thorpe Cobb, Manager of Communications

Board Liaison: Fiona Pelham – Sustainable Events Ltd. & Positive Impact


2017 Objective: Advise MPI around relevant education through reviewing and validating speaker proposals for MPI’s signature live events (e.g. WEC, EMEC, Smart Monday, etc.) and act as a sounding board, providing input for topics, advice on speakers, and educational format.

  • Chair: Katie Lynn Conoyer, CMP - Spectra Venue Management / St. Charles Convention Center
  • Tamar Bach – South Florida Chapter
  • Tracey Bloom – Speak, Inc.
  • Tania Camacho Ham - The Little Nell
  • Kerri H Charas - Sara Pandolfi & Co.
  • Clarissa Emrich-Mosbey, CMM - Creative Meetings & Events Inc
  • Monica Grinage-Prince, CMP, CMM - International Facility Management Association
  • Andrea MJ Luoma, Ph.D - Johnson & Wales University and Accommodare Consulting & Coaching
  • Johanna McQuoid, CMP, CMM, MBA - IHS Markit
  • Chantal Sargent - Consulting Engineers of Alberta
  • Sarah Scheer, CMP - American Family Insurance
  • Chaoyue Zhao - Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Staff Liaison: Miranda Van Bruck, Events Program Director and Lori Pugh, CMM, Manager of Event Production & Design


2017 Objective: Review and identify opportunities for improved connections for the Meeting Ambassador Program, which provides relationships between experienced members and new conference attendees at MPI signature events.

  • Chair: Elizabeth A. Kretchmer, CMP, CMM – Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • Shari S. Bricks, CMP - Bond Association Management
  • Diane A. Deyerler, CMP - Deyerler & Watanabe LLC
  • Melissa A. Dull, CMP - Travel Management Partners
  • Donna V. Masiulewicz, CMP - Timeline Meetings and Events LLC
  • Alicia Miller, CMP - SEANC
  • Glenn H. Panner - Chess Weekend
  • Janette Rached, CMP, - CLCCI, Ottawa

Staff Liaison: Miranda Van Bruck, Events Program Director and Lori Pugh, CMM, Manager of Event Production & Design


2017 Objective: MPI is committed to the success of our members and assisting them in advancing their careers. The Mentoring Program Task Force will outline the need and interest for a potential mentoring program at the global level. Members will participate in research and develop a program proposal and recommendation that best meets the needs of MPI members.

  • Chair: Olimpia Ponno – Olimpia Ponno Consultancy
  • Cherry Abel - Texas Association of Assessing Officers
  • Connie Brewer - Coastal Hospitality
  • Leanne Calderwood - Helmsbriscoe
  • Barbara Cummins, CMP, CMM - PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Angie DeKlein, CMP, CMM, CAE, CEM - National Defense Industry Association
  • Sherry L. DeLaGarza, CMP, CMM - Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Molly Johnson, CMP - Wilmington and Beaches CVB
  • Ashely King, CMP - Veritas Technologies
  • Kerry Lambert, CMP - Cvent
  • Selina Christine Mullenax - Exhilarate, LLC
  • Silvia Zamora, CMP, CMM - Virtuoso, Ltd.

Staff Liaison: Diane Hawkins, Vice President of People, Performance, and Administrative Services and Thomas Blasucci, Manager of People & Performance

Board Liaison: Anne Hamilton – Walt Disney Company


2017 Objective: Will provide early-stage development, focused input, and guidance to staff concerning the design and plans to support medical meeting professionals through MPI-MD, our medical meeting division.

  • Chair: Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC – Maritz Travel
  • Jacqueline Beaulieu, HMCC – BlueHive Inc.
  • Mary Davar, CMP, CMM, MBA, HMCC – Merck ESS Meeting Services
  • Kathi Donovan, CMP, HMCC - Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Mozelle Goodwin, CMP, HMCC - Eisai Inc.
  • Isabelle Gordon - Bayer Healthcare
  • Bonnie Grant, HMCC - Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences
  • Deborah Hinson, HMCC - The Hinson Group
  • Michael Mahoney, HMCC – Genentech
  • Kathleene S. Opperman, MS - Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Taya Paige, HMCC - ITA Group
  • Charlene Rabideau, CMM, HMCC - BCD M&E (Meetings & Events)
  • Chelsea Rowe, HMCC - Baxter Healthcare Corporation
  • Cheryl Smith, HMCC, MA - Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Debi Smith, HMCC, CMP, CMM - McKesson Corporation
  • Michael Varlotta - Janssen Immunology
  • Bonnie Weiss - Hyatt Hotels
  • Maggie Young, CMP – Medtronic
  • Tanya Zuckerman, CMM, CMP – Bayer CropScience
  • Jennifer Kamins, CMP, HMCC - Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
  • Diana McClure, CMP, HMCC - Hilton Worldwide

Staff Liaison: Melinda Burdette, CMP, Event Logistics Lead Manager

Board Liaison: Steve O'Malley – Maritz Travel


2017 Objective: Participate in the identification of new educational opportunities for the MPI community, including certificate opportunities, JV partnership programs, curriculum development and review of course materials. Evaluate and develop opportunities for higher education partnerships. Advise management on the professional development strategy and roadmap.

  • Chair: Janis Ross, CMP - Eugene, Cascades & Coast - Travel Lane County
  • Kindra Bess, CMP - International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Joy DesMarais-Lanz, MA, HMCC - Synergos AMC
  • Carrie Donahue - KPMG LLP
  • Michael Downs, CMP, CAE - Kiwanis International
  • Donald G England, CMM - PSAV
  • Dianne Heffernan, CMP, CTC - Protravel International/ProEvents
  • Angela Layton, CMP, CMM - NASBA
  • Kevin Lin - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Jessica Rienecker, CTA, CTP, CMM, HMCC - Visit Anaheim
  • Sara Rothenberg – Greater Orlando Chapter
  • Carly Silberstein, DES - Redstone Agency Inc.
  • Karin Weber, PhD - Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Lois Wilkins, CMP - Euromoney Institutional Investor

Staff Liaison: Kristi Casey Sanders, DES, HMCC, Director of Professional Development


2017 Objective: Review and judge entries for RISE Awards in individual, community, and organizational categories. Provide recommendations for the annual award winners to the International Board of Directors.

  • Chair: Krzysztof Celuch, PhD, CMM, CITE, CIS, HMCC – Warsaw School of Tourism & Hospitality Management
  • Penny Allphin, CHME - Aris Hospitality
  • Elizabeth Baranik, CMP - Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
  • Brigitte Boone - @dmire
  • Daniela Caputo – Montreal Event Planner
  • John Ehlenfeldt - Visit Huntington Beach
  • Lori Goldfarb - World Class Corporate Events, Inc.
  • Lyndi Smith, CMP - BBC Destination Management
  • Jill Stark, CCTE, CGMP, CMM - Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Staff Liaison: Holly McCauley, Volunteer Experience Lead and Rachel Schelter, Volunteer Experience Coordinator

Board Liaison: Jason Carroll - Tampa Riverwalk Organization


2017 Objective: Security and risk management are crucial topics for all meeting professionals. Assist in the identification and understanding of the needs of members, inventory of products and information as well as recommending tools, education, and resources necessary to equip our members to be well informed on these issues and prepared for the execution of their own meeting and events.

  • Chair: Tyra Hilliard, PhD, Eq., CMP - College of Coastal Georgia
  • Ginny Fountain, CMP, CMM - North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives
  • Kathleen Ann Haase, CMP, CMM - American Express Meetings & Events
  • Nancy Henkel, CMP - Water Quality Association
  • Faith Hubbard - T. Rowe Price
  • Sheryl Korn, CMP - Amway
  • Jennifer Woods, CMP - CFA Institute
  • Brad Bronenkamp, CMM – Teeradata
  • Alan Kleinfeld, CMP, CMM, MTA – Arrive Management Group

Staff Liaison: Matthew Marcial, CAE, CMP, Vice President, Education & Events and Virginia Hall, Program Manager

Board Liaison: Kevin Olsen – Keyway, LLC


2017 Objective: The Task Force will help engage in the development and review of education and programming available for the senior meeting planner segment and provide direction and guidance on how to engage and expand MPI’s senior planner community.

  • Chair: Terri Breining, CMP, CMM - Breining Group, LLC
  • Michelle Allgauer, CAE, CMM, CMP - Allgauer Institute
  • Dahlton Bennington, CMP, CMM - PROfound Planning
  • Michael Bergman - HelmsBriscoe
  • Ariel Crohn - Coverys
  • Cathy DosSantos, CMP, SMMC, HMCC - Maritz Travel
  • Laura Garcia, MBA, CMP - Oracle
  • TJ Johnson - International Legal Technology Association
  • Sherry McKinney, CMP - Anthem
  • Donna Meyreles - Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Sandy Pizzarusso - Fiserv, Inc.
  • Erin Tench, CMP - Pink Zone
  • Kathleen Zwart - Florida Blue

Staff Liaison: Matthew Marcial, CAE, CMP, Vice President, Education & Events and Virginia Hall, Program Manager

Board Liaison: Annette Gregg - AlliedPRA


2017 Objective: Identify opportunities and provide recommendations to increase MPI student club presence at colleges and universities and develop recommendations to ensure club sustainability through faculty connections. Use the student club network for the promotion of the Future Leaders Forum. Explore options for further university partnership.

  • Chair: Sean McCray - The International School of Hospitality
  • Rosemary Ashlie - Canadian Federation of Agriculture
  • Viola Elizabeth Hardy - Perimeter College @ Georgia State University
  • Julianne Maines - Bowlmor AMF
  • Lynn Miedzik - Canada Health Infoway
  • Bob Nelson, CMP - Scottrade Financial Services, Inc.

Staff Liaison: Tracy Levi, Membership Acquisition Team Lead and Nikki Daniel, Marketing Manager

Board Liaison: Courtney Stanley - Courtney Stanley Consulting

Advisory Councils: Role is to assist management in activating the board’s strategic vision for the organization.


2017 Objective: Advise management on how MPI can provide value at the chapter level to help with member retention, member acquisition, and provide feedback and input regarding MPI global initiatives and strategy.

  • Chair – Michelle Johnson - The Anchor Group, LLC
  • Tom Andrika - Fourth Wall Events
  • Melanie Clifford - SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • Melanie Cook - MGM Resorts International
  • Mark Cooper - IACC
  • Frank Fricano, CMP - Bridgewater Marriott
  • Tammy Gilbert Cardona, CMP - Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
  • Heather Hernandez - Visit Houston
  • Margie Johnston - RevenueResources
  • Wendy Klein, CMP, FMP - Concept Restaurants
  • Tammy Kockaya, CMP, CMM - KPMG LLP
  • Bill Kubiak, CSEP - Freeman Audio Visual
  • Cynthia Jeanne Lamont - Mount Royal University
  • Anne Madden, CMP, HMCC - Maritz Travel
  • Denise Mongoven - Disney
  • Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP, CMM - MGM Resorts International
  • Rodolfo Musco - Motivation & Events
  • Miguel Reis Neves, CMP - IMEX Goup
  • Jill Rasco - Attendee Management, Inc.
  • Matthew J. Wales, CMP - American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Julie Ann Wibbenmeyer - Aramark at Washington University - Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center

Staff Liaison: Holly Dotson, CMP, Director of Chapter Operations and Bryan Garza, Director of Member Acquisition & Retention

Board Liaison: Angie Callaway – Touch Associates


2017 Objective: Assist in the generation of ideas and the evaluation of content for MPI publications that is most relevant to MPI members. Contribute to the review and outline of the TMP Readers Survey.

  • Chair – K.C. Hopson, MS, CMP - EventRebels
  • Sarah Bondar - The Charles Group, Inc.
  • Sunny Butler - The Garland
  • Sherry Cummins - Duncan Disposal Systems, Inc.
  • April Ferguson, CMP, CMM - BCD M&E Onsite @ Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Karen Kuzsel - The Psychic Lady
  • Benjamin Prom, CDS - ConferenceDirect
  • Terri Woodin - Meeting Sites Resource
  • Fergal O'Sullivan, CMP, CASE - Marriott International

Staff Liaison: Rich Luna, Director of Publishing

Board Liaison: Marti Winer – Drew University