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: Jill Vidal-Raines, CPCE, EB Inc
Board Liaison: Doug Quattrini, CPCE, Event Producer, Sensational Host

Committee Members:

Dana Blaugrund, CPCE, Wolfgang Puck Catering
Jodi Harris, Sight & Sound Events
Timothy Hill, iDesignMeetings
Nate Nelson, Leforce Entertainment
Kelly Ann Peck, Something Fabulous
Sonia Rivera, DFW Airport Marriott South
Kendra Smith Houghton, Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation
Richard Portney, CPCE, Trenton Country Club
Ryan Pflumm, CPCE, CSEP, SPIN
Katie Mcnulty, K.P. Mcnulty LLC

This committee meets once a month or as needed.
Committee Charter

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.

Chair: Vince Dreffs, CPCE, Chief Success Officer, Dreffs for Success LLC
Board Liaison: James Filtz, CPCE, Director of Meetings and Special Events, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

Committee Members:
Kimberly Templeton, Sales and Marketing Manager, Hard Rock Café Lake Tahoe
Natalie Wriston, Business Development Manager, Imperial Cost Control
Eric Ostrow, Owner, Miami Pure Catering

This committee meets once a month or as needed.
Committee Charter

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.

Chair: Jermaine Bozier, CPCE, Director of Catering, ARAMARK-Higher Education
Board Liaison: Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, Co-Owner, Paisley & Jade

Committee Members:
Michelle Dunnick, CPCE, Special Events Manager, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Cindy Marshall, CPCE, Nana Management Services/University of Alaska Catering
Larry Moore, CPCE, Director of Catering, University Catering, Ohio State University
Stephanie Olivares, CPCE, Catering Sales Manager, Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
Joshua Riggs, CPCE, Associate Director of Private Events, Denver Botanic Gardens
Michael Testagrossa, CPCE, Catering Convention Services, Caesars Palace
Valerie Ward, CPCE, Director, Marketing & Events, Blackwell Street Management Company/American Tobacco
Monica Newby, CPCE, Catering Director, A Grand Affaire Catering

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.
Committee Charter

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: Lisa Curruth, CPCE, BraeBurn Country Club
Vice Chair: Karen Tucker, CPCE, Relish Catering Co.

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.
Committee Charter

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.

Chair: Alicia Crosby, CPCE, Private Events and Program Planning Manager, The Baltimore Museum of Art
Board Liaison: Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, Co-Owner, Paisley & Jade

Committee Members:
Karen Bippert, CPCE, Director of Sales & Marketing, Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
Dana Briggs, Owner, Elegantly Yours Events
Meghan Ely, Owner, OFD Consulting
Danielle Emich, Catering Sales Manager, Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown Inner Harbor
Katie Enciso, CPCE, Director of Catering Operations, The Ohio State University
Annette Fulmore, Director of Catering, Phoenix Park Hotel
Kate Montgomery, CPCE, Director of Events, Detroit Golf Club
Iris Oliveira, Founder, Once Upon An Iris
Trish Simitakos, Owner, Trish Star Events
Nick Waller, CPCE, Instructor – Dining Manager, University of Delaware – Vita Nova Restaurant Lab
Mandy Weiss, Sales Coordinator, Buca di Beppo

This committee meets once a month or as needed.
Committee Charter

The Conference Advisory Committee consults and provides feedback for future planning, themes, trends and goals for the Experience Conference.

Overall Role and Purpose
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.

Chair: Sid Stoper, Account Executive, J&S Audio Visual, Inc.
Board Liaison: Amber Allen, CPCE, Director of Catering and Conference Services, Hotel Valley Ho

Committee Members:
Jackie Campbell, CPCE, Director, UC San Diego, Conferences Services
Dawn Peterson, CPCE
Margery Reinheardt, CPCE, Director of Catering, Hilton Houston Post Oak
Adam Rineer, CPCE, CMP, Director of Convention Services, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Michelle Stansfield, CPCE, Planner, Chic Productions

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

Committee Chair: Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, Paisley & Jade

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: TBD

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: Joe Mahoney, CPCE, Senior Partner, HospitalityStaff
Chair: Linwood Campbell, CPCE, DFS, Director of Catering, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Curio by Hilton

Kevin Dennis, CPCE, JWIC, Owner, Fantasy Sound Event Services
Lyn Gleasure, CPCE, CMP, Event Manager, Bedrock Detroit
Gil Hall, CPCE, CMP, President/Owner, GT & H Hospitality Consultants
Anne Roy, CPCE, Director of Sales & Marketing, Public Relations, The Boathouse & Casa Del Barco
Domenick Savino, CPCE, CEO/General Manager, Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center

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.

Chair: Aaron Shook, CPCE, General Manager, Ocean5
Board Liaison: James Filtz, CPCE, Director of Meetings and Special Events, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC​

Committee Members:
Alexis Crow, Event Sales and Marketing Outreach, Giorgios Group
Corey Frier, Assistant Events Sales Manager, National Aquarium
Lori Kochendorfer, Account Executive, All Occasions Event Rental
Kameela Lewis, Owner, Tutus & Bowties Events
Jorge Tovar, Account Executive, J&S Audio Visual

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.
Committee Charter

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

Chair: Erin Oeser Goodell, CHE, Instructional Assistant Professor, Hilton College at University of Houston
Board Liaison: Doug Quattrini, CPCE, Event Producer, Sensational Host Caterers​

Committee Members:
Carl Brashears, Owner/Disc Jockey, Classic Collective DJs
Julie Brown-Pflueger, CPCE, Wedding and Special Events, Check It DONE Events
Brett Ihde, CPCE, Director of Sales, Magnificent Events
Caitlin Mell, CPCE, Event Coordinator, Field Club of Omaha
Anna Oakes, Student, University of Houston

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.
Committeee Charter

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