The principal purpose of the Greater Midwest Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association shall be to increase the effectiveness of meetings and conventions through member industry education and promotion of the value of the meetings industry in the Midwest Region.

Board of Directors

Rachael Riggs - President -

WellBeing Leader
Maritz Global events

Molly Witges - President-Elect -

Director, Strategic Solutions
Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company

Kelly Jena - Treasurer -

Meeting Manager
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Jennifer Sommers - Secretary -

Key Account Director

Douglas Dvorak - Immediate Past President -

Director of Sales - Midwest Region
Visit Fort Worth

Dawn Amaskane - Director -

Associate Vice President, Administrative Affairs
American Osteopathic Association

Donna Bongiovanni - Director -

Global Director - Americas
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Greg Burton - Director -

Director of Business Intelligence

Mia Friel - Director -

Director of Meetings

Jeff Gassaway - Director -

Director, Convention Sales, Midwest Region
Visit Salt Lake

Tamara Jones - Director -

Director, Association Sales
Choose Chicago

Bob Kobosky, DES - Director -

Vice President Global Accounts

Deborah Ross - Director -

Chief Executive Officer
National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Frank Passanante - 2020 PCMA Board Liaison -

Senior Vice President - Hilton Worldwide Sales - Americas
Hilton Worldwide

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Committee Leadership

Awards Committee:

Chair, Laura Reali, American Hospitality Association
Vice Chair, Annemarie Heidbuechel, Maritim Hotels

Chapter Relations Committee:

Chair, David Almond, Associated Luxury Hotels International
Vice Chair, Jenny Meyer, Marriott Global Sales Organization

Vice Chair, Wendy Friewald, ACT/EPOCAD

Communications Committee

Co-Chair, Caroline Price, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Co-Chair, Kelly Stancato, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Community Services Committee

Chair, Jennifer Nelson, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
Vice Chair, Shaun Pirrera, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company

Education Committee

Chair, Becky Svientek, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Vice Chair, Joe Wilush, onPeak|GES

Events Committee

Chair, Sherry Vale, Visit Baltimore
Vice Chair, Jenny Lynch, Visit Indy

Membership Committee

Chair, Marisa Villalba, American College of Surgeons
Vice Chair, Michael Steffen, American Bar Association

Sponsorship Committee

Chair, Sarah McKinney, Alzheimer’s Association
Vice Chair, Maddie DaMario, Reno-Sparks Convention and Authority Center

Student Membership Committee

Chair, Lindsay Williams, GES
Vice Chair, Colleen Bingle, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Past Presidents

2019 Douglas Dvorak

2017 Sandy Reynolds

2015 Catherine Mills

2013 Colleen Donohoe

2011 David Almond

2009 Michael McCurry

2007 Teri Jarvie

2005 John Folks

2003 Teri Tonioli

2001 Laurie Fitzgerald

1999 Laurie Behncke

1997 Lisa Sykes

1995 Diane Dale

1993 Barbara Connell

2018 Murray Ryan

2016 Hilary Rosenthal

2014 Julie Mullins

2012 Katie Bender

2010 Scott Romane

2008 Paul Miller

2006 Andrea Field

2004 Lora Stanley

2002 Louise Polchelski

2000 Nancy Kay Olson

1998 Dick Barton

1996 Paul Jay

1994 Charles Watts

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