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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!

Mailing address:
National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21044
P: Zoiper Click2Dial410-290-5410
F: Zoiper Click2Dial410-630-5768


Sylvia Buell

Membership Experience
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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, CAE, CMP

Executive Director
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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, CAE 

Director of Membership, Chapter and Partner Relations 
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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

Programs and Operations Director
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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

Program Coordinator
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I support NACE's education and certification programs including the Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation and Business Academy online courses. I also support education and registration for NACE's Experience Conference.


Jenna Goins

Membership Engagement Manager
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    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

Marketing and
Technology Manager

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    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.

Erika Prechtel

Foundation Administrator
    I support the operations and donor relations for the Foundation of NACE. I also work closely with the NACE team to foster and ensure alignment between the two organizations.

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