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NACE Headquarters staff works to fulfill the NACE mission and help NACE members and chapters whenever needed. Our diverse and talented team is eager to hear from you!

Staff Photos by Dave McIntosh Photographics

Mailing address:
National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21044
P: 410-290-5410
F: 410-630-5768

Sylvia Buell

Sylvia Buell

Membership Experience Coordinator
Ext 222

I am the first point of contact for membership services including membership applications and renewals and provide administrative assistance to NACE’s 44+ chapters.

Lawrence Leonard

Lawrence Leonard, CAE, CMP

Executive Director
Ext. 231

I oversee our entire association operations in addition to managing the governance, strategic planning, vision and long-term goals of the association. I am the primary liaison with the Board of Directors and manage the NACE Foundation.

Cathi Horner

Cathi Horner, CAE

Director, Chapter & Partner Relations
Ext. 221

I work in partnership with the NACE team on strategies to build and deliver member value, strengthen and grow our chapters, and the development and expansion of our business partner/sponsorship program.

Anne Harper

Anne Harper

Director, Programs & Operations
Ext 240

I oversee NACE’s education and certification programs including the CPCE program and the logistics, volunteers, and education for the Experience Conference.  In addition, I also provide support for the operations of the organization including human resources, technology, accounting, and administration.

Crystal Irwin

Crystal Irwin

Program Coordinator
Ext 226

Also known as the “CPCE Concierge,” I support NACE’s education and certification programs including the Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation, CPCE Fast Track and NACE online courses. I also support education and registration for the NACE Experience Conference.

Jenna Goins

Jenna Goins, CAE

Membership Engagement Manager
Ext 227

I am responsible for supporting the delivery of member services and programs. I create and deliver affinity programs and all membership benefit programs and drive promotions to grow membership.

Anna Silveira

Anna Silveira

Marketing and Technology Manager
Ext 225

I support the marketing and communication efforts of the organization as well as manage the social media outlets and campaigns. In addition, I work closely with the team on association technology projects, such as the website.

Amanda Scharff

Amanda Scharff

Chapter and Partner Relations Coordinator
Ext 228

I support NACE Chapters and Chapter Leaders to continue to grow and strengthen chapters. I also assist business partners and the sponsorship program.

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