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Announcing the Proposed 2023 Board of Directors Slate

Dear GMC Members,

It is my honor to put forth this proposed slate for the 2023 calendar year. The PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter nominating committee met to determine the final slate of 2023 board officers and directors for open positions.

PCMA bylaws require the official announcement of the proposed slate to be sent to its membership. The nominating process, according to the bylaws, allows for additional nominations for any officer or director position by members who submit a petition. The petition is required to be signed by 5% of members from the membership category appropriate to the position and submitted to chapter staff.

Unless there are additional nomination petitions from the membership, the following officers and directors will be deemed elected and will take office January 1, 2023.


Molly Witges, CMP, DES
Senior Director, Customer Engagement – Questex
GMC Immediate Past President and Nominating Committee Chair




President (2023)
Kelly Jena, CMP, DES
Meeting Event Manager
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

President-Elect (2023)
Yolanda Simmons-Battle, MA, NCC, CMP
Senior Manager, Meetings

Secretary (2023-2024)
Dawn Amaskane, CMP, DES, CAE
Associate Vice President, Administrative Affairs
American Osteopathic Association

Treasurer (2022-2023)
Tamara Jones
Senior Director, Conventions & Tradeshows
Choose Chicago

Immediate Past President (2023)
Kristi Casale, CMP, DMCP
Vice President of Meetings and Continuing Education
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry​​​​

Planner Directors:

Colleen Bagnasco, CAE, CMP (2022-2023)
Vice President of Strategic Event Management and Professional Relations & Development
Association Management Center

Phillip Ridley, CMP (2022-2023)
Meetings Manager
Emergency Nurses Association

Bonnie Stetz (2023-2024)
Director, Conference Experience Strategy
National Association of REALTORS®

Supplier Directors:

Joni Opperman (2023-2024)
Director of Sales – Association Group Sales
Hilton Worldwide

Sherry Vale (2023-2024)
Regional Director of Sales, Midwest
Visit Baltimore

Lindsay Williams, CMP (2022-2023)
Sales Manager

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