Career is distinguished by the ability to develop comprehensive solutions to ensure delivery of events and projects on time and within budget

  • Event professional/certified wedding planner
  • Project manager
  • High-energy problem solver
  • Effective communicator

Work History

Work History
Jan 2011 - Present

Event Manager

eHealth Initiative

  • Lead meeting planner for two annual conferences with over 300 attendees and about 12 exhibit booths
  • Lead meeting planner for other company events including board meetings, retreats, receptions, etc.
  • Negotiate all contracts related to the conferences/events, including hotel, food, A/V, photographer, exhibits, etc.
  • Develop, write and distribute all meeting marketing materials
  • Serve as in-house point of contact for all attendees and speakers
  • Lead post-event close out, including bill reconciliation, budget tracking, communications and event evaluations
Feb 2010 - Jan 2011

Program Support Coordinator

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Lead meeting planner for three annual development workshops for a medical credentialing examination
  • Negotiate hotel contracts, handle all catering and private dining arrangements, oversee event space both in office and at hotel, handle all meeting logistics
  • Lead post-event close out, including bill reconciliation, budget tracking, communications and event evaluations
  • Lead¬†monthly department audit
  • Handle all departmental administrative tasks
Sep 2008 - May 2009

Wedding Planner and Owner

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, LLC
  • As founder of wedding planning company, was responsible for all aspects of company start-up including company incorporation, composing company contracts, website development and marketing materials
  • Developed solid network of wedding professionals through attendance at industry events
Jul 2006 - Feb 2008

Associate Project Manager

Applera Corporation
  • Successfully managed global projects, including communication campaigns, outside vendors, budgets, and remote teams
  • Provided comprehensive management of IT project portfolio by working with business partners, meeting with key project stakeholders, and generating portfolio metrics
  • Mentored project managers during the project cycle and at key milestones to assess project progress
  • Facilitated and developed materials for monthly Project Review Board meetings, interacting with management from across the corporation
  • Skillfully led global training across the corporation on project portfolio management, internal project-related software and methodology
  • Discovered and implemented optimizations to portfolio management and project methodology
Jan 2003 - Mar 2005

Executive Compensation Analyst

CNF Inc.
  • Managed all executive communications including writing, peer review, and distribution related to executive benefit plans. Coordinated projects with internal staff and external vendors.
  • Communicated with project stakeholders, and increased satisfaction through timely updates and complaint resolution
  • Responsible for all Board of Director communications, including meeting notices, deferral letters, grant packages, etc.
Sep 2000 - Jan 2003

Executive Assistant

CNF Inc.
  • Managed numerous internal corporate meetings including food and beverage, audio/visual and travel arrangements for visitors
  • Jun 1998 - Feb 2000

    Meeting Consultant

    The KEVRIC Company Inc.
    • Developed RFP responses for CDC and NIH meetings - won majority of bids for contracts valued up to $750,000 each
    • Lead planner on meetings ranging in size from 10 to 800 participants. Partnered with clients to define meeting requirements, developed timelines and budgets, and supervised planning team, including outside contractors. Earned repeat business from key government clients
    • Secured $800,000 contract to plan meeting logistics for the US Air Force's annual meeting
    Nov 1996 - Jun 1998

    Exhibit Hall Manager

    American Academy of Optometry
    • Managed 200-booth exhibit hall for 7-day, 4,000-attendee national convention. Recruited exhibitors and coordinated all aspects of the event with exhibitors, board committee, and vendors¬†
    • Coordinated meeting logistics for the national conference. Supervised meeting team including vendors, hotel and convention center staff, and internal and volunteer staff. Worked to ensure total attendee satisfaction by answering questions and resolving complaints in a timely manner
    • Created Exhibits Committee Advisory Group designed to drive exhibitor recruitment. Served as staff liaison
    • Administered membership activities including new member applications and credentialing programs





    Problem solving


    Project management

    Event planning


    Dec 2007 - Dec 2012

    Certified Professional Wedding Planner

    Wedding Planning Institute