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

Kristi Casale, CMP, DMCP - President -

Vice President of Meetings and CE
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Kelly Jena, CMP, DES - President-Elect -

Meeting Manager
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Molly Witges, CMP, DES - Immediate Past-President -

Senior Director, Customer Engagement
Questex Media Group

Jennifer Sommers - Secretary -

Key Account Director

Tamara Jones - Treasurer -

Senior Director, Conventions & Tradeshows
Choose Chicago

Kris Jebson - Director -

Director, Global Sales
MGM Resorts International

Christine Melendes, CAE - Director -

PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter

Lindsay Williams, CMP - Director -

Senior Manager, Business Development

Colleen Bagnasco, CAE, CMP - Director -

Executive Director, Strategic Event Management
Association Management Center

Norma Taylor, CMP - Director -

Regional Director
Tourisme Montreal

Phillip Ridley, CMP - Director -

Meeting Operations Manager
Emergency Nurses Association

Jacky Meracle, CAE, CMP, DES - Admin -

Director, Chapter Engagement

Committee Leadership

Awards Committee:

Co-Chair, Becky Williams, Assistive Technology Industry Association
Co-Chair, Barbara Thavis, Hilton

Community Services Committee

Co-Chair, Wendy Carranza, CMP, American Orthopaedic Foot, and Ankle Society
Co-Chair, Patty Olejnik, CED, DES, Maritz Global Events

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Committee

Chair, Cherai Lewis, Independent

Member Engagement Committee

Co-Chair, Kara Patten, PMP, Maritz Global Events
Co-Chair, Patti Beese, National Restaurant Association

Student Subcommittee

Chair, Colleen Bingle, CMP, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Marketing Committee:

Co-Chair, Angela Jonker, CMP, DES, Emergency Nurses Association
Co-Chair, Sherry Vale, Visit Baltimore

Professional Development Committee

Co-Chair, Joni Opperman, Hilton
Co-Chair, Bonnie Stetz, CMP, National Association of Realtors

Experience Subcommittee


Sponsorship & Industry Relations Committee

Co-Chair, Bre Glisan, Caesars Entertainment
Co-Chair, Adrienne Nudo, Hawai’i Visitors Bureau

Past Presidents

2020 Rachael Riggs

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

2021 Molly Witges

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

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