Leadership

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 Inc.

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
IHG

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
onPeak|GES

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
ConferenceDirect

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, Destination Cleveland
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

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