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

Molly Witges - President -

Director, Strategic Solutions
Maritz Global Events Inc.

Kristi Casale - President-Elect -

Senior Director of Meetings and CE
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Kelly Jena - Treasurer -

Meeting Manager
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Jennifer Sommers - Secretary -

Key Account Director

Chris Gowe - Immediate Past President -

WellBeing Leader
Maritz Global Events Inc.

Mia Friel - Director of Marketing -

Director of Meetings
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Kris Jebson - Director of Membership Engagement -

Director, Global Sales
Mgm Resorts International

Tamara Jones - Director of Community Service & IDE Taskforce -

Director, Association Sales
Choose Chicago

Bob Kobosky - Director of Awards -

Vice President Global Accounts

Christine Melendes - Director of Professional Development -

Senior VP, Events & Strategic Projects
Association for Corporate Growth

Norma Taylor - Director of Sponsorship & Industry Relations -

Regional Manager
Tourisme Montreal

Frank Passanante - 2021 PCMA Board Liaison -

Senior Vice President - Hilton Worldwide Sales - Americas
Hilton Worldwide

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Committee Leadership

Awards Committee:

Co-Chair, Patricia Olejnik, CED Association of Legal Administrators
Co-Chair, Barbara Thavis, Hilton

Community Services Committee

Co-Chair, Wendy Carranza, CMP, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Co-Chair, Aileen Laracuente Rivera, CIS, MS Total Hospitality Industry Solutions

Member Engagement Committee

Chair, Lindsay Williams, GES – Global Experience Specialists

Student Subcommittee

Chair, Colleen Bingle, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Regional Subcommittee

Chair, Wendy Freiwald, ACT/EXPOCAD

Marketing Committee:

Co-Chair, Alli Shebeck, DMCP, PRA Business Events
Co-Chair, Julianne Touhy, American Bar Association

Professional Development Committee

Co-Chair, Joe Wilush, onPeak
Co-Chair, Sherry Vale, Visit Baltimore

Experience Subcommittee

Chair, Bonnie Stetz, CMP, National Association of Realtors

Sponsorship & Industry Relations Committee

Chair, Roz Stuttley, CMP, Choose Chicago

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Taskforce

Chair, Yolanda Simmons Battle, CMP, AHIMA

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

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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