National Standing Committees

NACE national committees are representative groups of NACE members working together to offer the national board guidance on programs and policies pertaining to strategic initiatives. Committee members serve at the discretion of the board and may review and suggest policies and programs if they are aligned with the organization’s strategic direction. National committee efforts are led by committee chairs who bring the committees’ suggestions to the board for review and approval. Committees meet at least once a month as well as at Experience Conference. The time and commitment volunteers spend on national endeavors creates an invaluable network of knowledge and expertise to help cultivate an environment of learning and growth for our members and organization as a whole.

Interested in serving on a NACE national committee? Be on the lookout for our call for volunteers this fall. Contact if you have any additional questions.

The Awards Committee is responsible for setting awards criteria for chapter and industry awards. The annual NACE One Awards program is held each year in July.

  • The Awards committee will work to identify and standardize the methods in which the organization recognizes professional and chapter work.
  • The committee will continually work to review and improve on the NACE awards program.
  • The committee will review and judge all awards to ensure award program integrity.

Committee Chair: Timothy Hill, iDesignMeetings
Board Liaison: Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, CMP, NACE President-Elect

Committee Members:
Caitlin Miner, CPCE, Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Aram S. Orchanian, Kataram Studios
Jean Marie Peak, The Do Seum
Fausto A. Pifferrer, Blue Elephant Events and Catering
Sonia Y. Rivera, DFW Airport Marriott
Michele Schwartz, Magical Destinations Travel
Leigh E. Tidwell, CSEP AFR Event Furnishings
Jill Vidal-Raines, CPCE, EB Inc.
Nikki Whitt Belch, Fancy This Photography
Travis Davidson, Qwick
Claudia E. G. de Velasco, A Day To Remember
Pam Haythe, Hampton Inn and Suites Southpark at Phillips Place

This committee meets once a month or as needed.

The Business Development committee works to develop a solid plan for the overall success of the future business partnerships in our industry and beyond.

  • Come up with a strategic plan for past, present, and future Business Partners and recommend a streamlined approach to secure future partnerships
  • Committee to discuss the pros and cons of custom-tailored vs. specific level of partners with add-ons as a bonus option.
  • Recommendations to the board should include ideas for the various levels of partner sponsorship, what potential additions partners may like to see, possible costs structure and the future of tradeshows and where the NACE one should strive to be by 2018.

Committee Chair: Karen Gordon, Goodshuffle Pro
Board Liaison: Lisa Carruth, CPCE, NACE Secretary

Committee Members:
Robbin Chapman, Levy Restaurants
Dana J. Kadwell, C and D Events
Kay Kolbo, Alicart Restaurant Group
Gretchen McHale-Aregood, The Fillmore Philadelphia
Matthew W. Schenk, M Place Productions
Samantha Radandt, B & R Events, LLC
Lindsay Wolf, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino
Chris Meyer, The BrandBooth

This committee meets once a month or as needed.

The Certification committee works to continue the advancement of the CPCE certification by recommending standards and creating new programs based on NACE’s strategic plan that assist candidates in attaining the certification.

  • Approval policies and training of CPCE trainers along with the approved CPCE training materials.
  • CPCE policy issues including guidelines, procedures, recognition, and outreach.
  • CPCE exam writing including analyzing current exam questions and the creation of new questions.
  • CPCE competencies and body of knowledge to rewrite the CPCE Professional Reference Guide on a 3-year schedule.

Committee Chair: Michelle Dunnick, CPCE, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Board Liaison: James Filtz, CPCE, CMP, NACE Vice President

Committee Members:
Christina L. Alvarado, CPCE, Pearl
Alicia Crosby, CPCE, The Baltimore Museum of Art
Mikayla Dhein, CPCE, Milwaukee Hotel Collection
Emily H. Evanoff, CPCE, Eversheds Sutherland
Lexi Herman, CPCE, Timuquana Country Club
Mary Ann Kenmotsu, CPCE, Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
Sarabeth Quattlebaum, CPCE, Sarabeth Events
Aaron Shook, CPCE, Ocean5

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

The Chapter Leaders’ Council (CLC) is comprised of all of chapter leaders. It plays an integral role in creating training programs and offer support to help chapters operate appropriately and efficiently.
The council collaborates with the organization by providing support and input on national strategic initiatives that affect members at the local level. The council is represented by a Chair that sits on the National Board as a voting member, a Vice Chair, and a committee of members who mentor current leaders as well as scan the health and welfare of all NACE chapters to recommend appropriate training, tools, and resources to help NACE achieve its mission and goals.


  • CLC Chair will sit on the NACE National Board as a voting member.
  • Work with the NACE staff to organize and lead committee members to evaluate tools and resources that are currently available as well as what might be needed.
  • Provide input on chapter leader education, including the NACE Evolve conferences for chapter leaders.
  • Encourage a culture of mentorship and support within the chapter leadership.
  • Carry out the duties of this position as decided by the president with the advice and consent of the board of directors.

Council Chair: Karen Tucker, CPCE, Relish Catering Co.
Vice Chair: Justen Hix, CPCE, Pyramid Hotel Group

Committee Members:

Dawn Peterson, CPCE, XO Dawn Designs
Sarah James, CPCE, Omni Hotels
Aaron Shook, CPCE, Oceans 5
Kristen O’Connor, CPCE, Capers Catering
Jill Vidal-Raines, CPCE, EB Inc.

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

The Education committee works to continue the advancement of NACE’s education programs by identifying new market segments, recommending speakers and education topics, reviewing speaker presentations and developing and reviewing original content.

Committee Chair: Michelle Stansfield, CPCE, Chic Productions
Board Liaison: James Filtz, CPCE, CMP, NACE Vice President

Committee Members:
Lyndsey Bunn, CPCE, Grand Sierra Resort
Vincent E. Dreffs, Dreffs For Success LLC
Julie Ellis, The Chef’s Table
Lynn Graham, lynn graham designs
Marci Guttenberg, An Affair to Remember by Marci, LLC
Ginia Lucas, Y-Knot Party  & Rentals
Tia McAlister, Complete Weddings + Events
Mitchell R. Meconi, CPCE, South Point Hotel and Casino
Stephanie Olivares, CPCE, True Flavors
Nicole Peters, Ventura Rental Party & Events
Trish Simitakos, Trish Star Events
Michael Testagrossa, CPCE, Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Valerie Ward, CPCE, Blackwell Street Management Company, LLC

This committee meets once a month or as needed.

The Conference Advisory Committee consults and provides feedback for future planning, themes, trends and goals for the Experience Conference. This committee’s year is July-July to accommodate the Experience conference planning cycle.

The NACE Experience Conference Advisory Committee consults and provides feedback for the future planning, themes, trends and goals for the Experience Conference and makes recommendations to the Board, staff and other committees, including the Education Committee regarding the overall development and advancement of the Experience Conference. This is a committee that consults and advises only.

The Experience Conference Advisory Committee will monitor and identify industry trends, business development opportunities and partnership opportunities in order to provide recommendations for a framework for current and future planning of the Experience Conference.

Committee Chair:Adam Rineer, CPCE, CMP, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Board Liaison: Lisa Carruth, CPCE, NACE Secretary

Committee Members:
Dawn Peterson, CPCE, XO, Dawn
Margery Reinheardt, CPCE, Hilton Houston Post Oak
Michele Edison, Convention Services Director
Andy Bomberger, CPCE, Whitney Peak Hotel
Steve Kemble, Steve Kemble Event Design
Cindy Marshall, CPCE, University of Alaska Anchorage

The Finance committee develops and monitors NACE’s annual budget, income and expenditures. It is comprised of the president,  vice president, and secretary-treasurer.

Committee Chair: Amber Allen, CPCE

Committee Members:
Lisa Carruth, CPCE
James Filtz, CPCE,  CMP

The Investment committee reviews NACE’s financial situation and works on a regular basis with the investment advisor to monitor the association’s financial standing and current investment accounts.

Committee Chair: Amber Allen, CPCE

Committee Members:
Ed DiAntonio, CPCE, CMP
Karen Tucker, CPCE

The Governance committee upholds the standards and integrity of NACE’s national election process. It coordinates election efforts, reviews all potential candidates for elections to ensure they meet the minimum criteria required for each position and conducts the election process at Experience Conference, where elections take place every year.

This Committee provides for the board’s effectiveness and continuing development, particularly in succession planning, preparation of candidates for approval by the membership, annual reviews of national and chapter bylaws, the association’s code of ethics, and NACE’s standard operations procedures and policies for both the national board and chapters.

Board Liaison: Ed DiAntonio, CPCE, CMP, NACE Past-President
Committee Chair: Donnell Bayot Ph.D., CPCE, CHE, CFBE, The International School of Hospitality

Committee Members:
Lyn Gleasure, CPCE, Bedrock Detroit
Erin O. Goodell, University of Houston Hilton College
Caitlin Mell, CPCE, Field Club of Omaha
Julie Brown Pflueger, CPCE, Check It DONE Events
Joshua Riggs, CPCE, Denver Botanic Gardens

The committee will meet a minimum of four times annually, (and when necessary at the call of the committee chair, with 24-hours business day notice, Monday – Friday) including one face to face meeting in conjunction with the annual Experience Conference.

The Marketing and Technology committee shall advise and work with staff on encouraging engagement in the NACE community and improving and expanding the delivery of NACE messaging, programs, resources and technology.

Committee Chair: Aleya Harris, CPCE, The Social Media Pantry
Board Liaison: Amber Allen, CPCE, NACE Treasurer

Committee Members:
Heather Chambers, Battery Wharf Hotel
Jared DineenShanstrom, The Westin Mission Hills
Olivia C. Fagerman, Johanna Terry Events
Christie Osborne, Mountainside Media
Renee Pool, CPCE, House of Hough
Kimberly Rhodes, Hitched Events

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

NACE will be an engaged membership organization for the catering and events industry.
• The Membership Committee will look at ways to implement potential changes to bring up the retention rate 3 percentage points a year within the association
• The committee will discuss methods to improve retention within the association; decide if the benefits currently being offered are in the best interest to drive membership, and what we can do to give members what they are looking for with their NACE Membership
• The Board would like recommendations from the committee on what is needed to improve our retention rates, which will, in turn, drive new membership

Committee Chair: Katie McNulty, CPCE, K. P. McNulty LLC
Board Liaison: Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, CMP, NACE President-Elect

Committee Members:
Kay Kolbo, Alicart Restaurant Group
Sarah E. Portela, Quail Hollow Club
Tracy Suit, Hilton Charlotte Center City
Brett Ihde, CPCE, Revel In 96
Tracy Diehl, Events Etcetera

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

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