Aaron Wolowiec

Aaron Wolowiec

Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Wolowiec is a learning strategist and meetings coach for leading trade associations and individual membership societies across the United States. Committed to the latest research and trends on learning, intentional networking environments and meaningful transfer exercises, he launched Event Garde, a professional development consultancy, in 2011.

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Jennifer Amin

Director, Member & Partner Relations

Location

Washington, D.C.

Bio

Jennifer Amin is a membership and client relations professional who works with associations and membership organizations to build and streamline their membership processes to ensure successful engagement, retention and member acquisition.

Jennifer began her career as an agent and publicist in the music industry where she managed media relations, as well as tour and album release publicity for several world-renowned musicians. She also negotiated crossover roles for musicians in television, Broadway and film.

Jennifer decided to leave the entertainment industry and transitioned her relationship management skills into
leading successful development, engagement and retention campaigns within membership organizations. She most notably led business development efforts for the ultra-high net worth, global membership organization, Institute for Private Investors. She is consistently recognized for her ability to identify current
and future needs within customer relations and member services, including growth strategies, member benefits and programs, and retention techniques.

Jennifer has studied at New York University and the Wharton School of Business.

Born and raised in the foothills of Colorado, she spent eight years living and working in New York City. In 2016, Jennifer relocated to the D.C. area with her husband and three pets, and is now enjoying the slower pace of suburban life. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys painting, traveling, hiking and camping, and is also an avid scuba diver.

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Lindsay Gross

Director, Facilitation Services

Location

East Lansing, MI

Credentials

  • Masters in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University
  • Licensed Macro and Clinical Social Worker by the State of Michigan

  • Certified ToP Facilitator

Bio

Lindsay is an experienced meeting facilitator with over a decade of experience working with multidisciplinary groups, assisting them with goal setting/action planning, and creating an engaging environment that allows for consensus building. She has worked with professionals from both the public and private sector to help them work towards gaining common vision and achieve their goals. Lindsay is known for working with challenging groups to conduct needs assessments, system’s analysis and work together to co-create actionable recommendations for improvement. Lindsay is also an experienced public speaker and trainer, presenting at national conferences on a variety of topics related to overall system change and how to engage with communities.

Lindsay is a graduate of Michigan State University with both her bachelors and masters in Social Work. She is licensed by the State of Michigan in both clinical and macro level social work. Lindsay was recently elected Treasurer of the Technology of Participation Network Board.

Cally Hill

Cally Hill

Director, Finance & Administration

Credentials

CTA

Location

Lansing, MI

Bio

Cally facilitates a number of financial recordkeeping responsibilities in collaboration with the organization’s accountant. Prior to joining Event Garde, Cally worked for a statewide trade association. Her responsibilities included customer service, project management and event planning.

Kate Pojeta

Kate Pojeta, CMP

Director, Meetings & Technology

Location & Hometown

St. Clair Shores, MI

Bio

Early in her career, Kate served as association coordinator for the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, where she managed two associations and focused on developing leadership students and advisers. Coordinating about 40 conferences, meetings and camps annually gave her extensive experiences in event and information management. On top of the conferences, boards, marketing, membership and other duties that came with the job, Kate was also responsible for the association’s in-house technology projects and websites. Then she had kids! “To make a long story short, I exited the world of long hours, overnights and weekends at an association and traded it for world of longer hours, nights and weekends working for myself - but with kids underfoot.” During early motherhood, Kate focused on consulting for clients from both business and association worlds on technology tools, as well as computer tech support, website development, and database management. Now she works with Event Garde clients on their conventions, exhibitions, technology projects and more!

Tim Berghuis

Tim Berghuis

Manager, Finance

Location

Grand Rapids, MI

Credentials

B.A., Calvin College

M.B.A., Grand Valley State University

Bio

I’ve worked in accounting for more than 30 years, starting at Calvin College, my Alma Mater, in 1983. After spending 18 years there, I changed jobs to work at Stepping Stones Montessori School and began my master’s studies at Grand Valley State University. Shortly after earning my degree in 2007 I started working for Grand Rapids Public Schools in their human resources office. I started my own accounting company – Tim Berghuis, Accountant – as a part-time venture while I changed jobs to work at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). In 2014 I finally realized my dream to become completely self-employed. My wife, Jill, and I also run an AirBNB operation from our home in the lively Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Alina Cooper

Manager, Client Projects

Location

​Jacksonville, FL

Credentials

  • Certified Association Executive (CAE)
  • Credentialing Specialist

Bio

Alina is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with extensive experience in the credentialing industry. Most recently, she served as business development director for a test vendor where she assisted certification and licensure programs in their missions to positively impact, serve and measure applicant competency through verified assessment practices, innovative delivery solutions and support services. Prior to entering the testing arena, Alina served the not-for-profit sector, enriching customer service, educational programs and professional development programs with her knowledge and enthusiasm.

As director of certification for the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Alina was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the certification department for more than 12,000 certificants. She oversaw certification products, delivery operations, candidate compliance, exam development, accreditation activities, vendor contracts/relationships and reporting.

Alina also managed the Business Law and Workers Compensation Sections of The Florida Bar. She was responsible for meeting planning, budgets, continuing legal education programs, certification and various membership development functions. During her tenure at The Florida Bar, she gained valuable knowledge in program planning, development, marketing and communication, and developed a deep appreciation for volunteer boards.

Alina is a proud graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Communication.

Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill

Manager, Social Communications

Location

Lansing, MI

Credentials

B.S., CTA

Bio

Jenny manages Event Garde’s social media presence by regularly posting to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Additionally, she maintains thousands of contacts in the firm’s database. Jenny earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University (CMU) and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for Greater Lansing. When not supporting Event Garde clients, Jenny spoils her dogs, Mylee and Lillie.

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Tracy Koenig-Poches

Manager, Instructional Design

Location

Portage, WI

Credentials

  • Certificate of Instructional Design, University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • M.A., English, University of South Dakota

Bio

Tracy is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and holds a master’s degree in English. She has spent the majority of her career in the high school classroom where she taught English and French courses. She has also designed and taught English courses for Madison College and the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. Tracy is a self-proclaimed techie and has trained teachers K-12 on how to effectively integrate technology into the classroom. She is also a Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer and enjoys coaching others on lifting and mobility techniques.

Ben Kotenberg

Ben Kotenberg

Manager, Instructional Design

Location & Hometown

Oshkosh, WI

Credentials

MS

Bio

Ben is a graduate of Illinois State University and holds a master’s degree in communication. During his graduate work, Ben completed Illinois State’s instructor training program and conducted original research on athletes in crisis, family businesses and small group communication. In addition to his work with Event Garde, Ben is an instructor for the University of Wisconsin where he teaches courses to traditional and adult degree learners in communication, management and information technology. Ben is also a staff member for the Health Information, Management and Technology joint venture program between the University of Wisconsin System and Bellin College of nursing where he helps prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders. Ben enjoys producing educational and small business promotional videos and can often be found looking through the viewfinder of a video camera or cutting together the latest shots in the editing bay. Ben and his wife, Annie, are avid travelers. After visiting all seven continents, they are on to their next goal of kayaking in all of the world’s oceans.

Kristen Parker

Kristen Parker

Manager, Digital Content

Location

Lansing, MI

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a specialization in Political Science, Michigan State University
  • New Media Driver’s License – Michigan State University

Bio

Kristen joined Event Garde in June 2013 as digital content manager and is responsible for Event Garde’s various communication platforms, including the blog and newsletter. She also works for Michigan State University’s public relations office. Kristen is experienced in several key communication disciplines, including publications, print media, media relations, and issues communications. She is the former editor of an international trade publication and the former communications director for a nonprofit health care association. Kristen is a 2000 graduate of MSU’s journalism program.

Adrienne Segundo

Adrienne Segundo

Manager, Credentialing

Location

Littleton, CO

Credentials

IOM

Bio

Adrienne is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM) program based in Athens, GA. She’s also a recipient of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) credentialing specialist certificate. In addition to her work with Event Garde, Adrienne and her husband, Keith, own a boutique association management company (AMC) specializing in the development and maintenance of certification programs. Based in Littleton, CO, Adrienne serves as its chief operating officer and chairman. Previously, she served as the director of credentialing and operations for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), as well as chief staff executive to multiple national association certification programs via Partners in Association Management. Adrienne has extensive experience in exam development, ANSI ISO 17024 accreditation, NCCA accreditation, education audits and credential marketing.

Jennifer Grau

Jennifer Grau

Karla Gutierrez

Karla Gutierrez

Tom Morrison

Tom Morrison

CEO of Metal Treating Institute Management

Holly Duckworth

Holly Duckworth

Aplebaum

Lowell Aplebaum

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Jessica Pettitt

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Jenny Stanfield

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John Rampton

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Jamie Notter

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Samantha Whitehorne

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Heidi Brumbach

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Sarah Lugo

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Samantha Moore

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Kevin Whorton

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Kelly Van Dyke

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Courtenay Allen

Philip Forte

Philip Forte

President, Blue Sky eLearn

24 Seven

24 Seven

Talent and recruitment agency

Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark

Manager of Online Marketing, Naylor Association Solutions

Angie Ahrens

Angie Ahrens

Senior Director of Meetings and Events, Connect Meetings

Jeff Cobb and Calista Steele

Jeff Cobb and Calista Steele

Cindy Parker

Cindy Parker

Content Specialist, Shift Learning

Stephen Meyer

Stephen Meyer

CEO, Rapid Learning Institute

Ellen Burns-Johnson

Ellen Burns-Johnson

Tracy King

Tracy King

Chief learning strategist and founder at InspireEd

Buck Dodd

Bucky Dodd

Heather Carnes

Heather Carnes

Sarah Sain

Sarah Sain

Sarah Sain, senior content strategy and development manager, Naylor Association Solutions

WBT Systems

WBT Systems

Marianne Stenger

Marianne Stenger

Dave Lutz

Dave Lutz

Founder of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

Sherry Marts

Sherry Marts

Kristen Johnson Brogan

Kristen Johnson Brogan

Preston Guyton

Preston Guyton

Broker in charge/managing partner, CRG Companies Inc.

Johnathan Brown

Johnathan Brown

CTO, Results at Hand Software

Lisa Link

Lisa Link

executive director of enrollment for Cornerstone University's Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Office

Dana Saal

Dana Saal

Founder, Saal Meeting Consulting

Elizabeth Engel

Elizabeth Weaver Engel

CEO and Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC

Sohini Baliga

Sohini Baliga

Director of Communications, Taxpayers for Common Sense