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 -

Manager Meeting and Convention Sales - Midwest/Chicago
Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau

Molly Witges - President-Elect -

Director, Strategic Solutions
Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company

Kelly Jena - Treasurer -

Director, Meetings and Client Services
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 -

Director of Meetings and Travel
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
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jeffrey Gassaway - Director -

Director of Convention Sales Midwest Region
Visit Salt Lake

Tamara Jones - Director -

Director, Association Sales
Choose Chicago

Bob Kobosky - Director -

Vice President Global Accounts

Frank Passanante - 2020 PCMA Board Liaison -

Senior Vice President - Hilton Worldwide Sales - Americas
Hilton Worldwide

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Committee Leadership

Awards Committee:

Chair, Dionne Hulsey, Shepard Exposition Services, Inc.
Vice Chair, Laura Reali, American Hospital Association

Chapter Relations Committee:

Chair, Judy Larson, Society of Simulation in Healthcare
Vice Chair, David Almond, Associated Luxury Hotels International

Communications Committee

Chair, Quincy Jones, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
Vice Chair, Michelle Jones, American Osteopathic Association

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, Jamie Heidorn, Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vice Chair, Rebecca Svientek, American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Events Committee

Chair, Greg Burton, onPeak
Vice Chair, Sherry Vale, Destination Cleveland

Membership Committee

Chair, Marisa Villalba, American College of Surgeons
Vice Chair, Elizabeth Ziola, Verde Events, Inc

Sponsorship Committee

Co-Chair, Laura Jelinek, American Osteopathic Association
Co-Chair, Sarah McKinney, Alzheimer’s Association
Co-Vice Chair, Kim Himes, Las Convention and Visitors Authority
Co-Vice Chair, Maddie Metcalf, Reno-Sparks Convention and Authority Center

Student Membership Committee

Chair, Mia Friel, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Vice Chair, Lindsay Williams, GES

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