National Standing Committees

NACE national committees are representative groups of NACE members working together to offer the NACE 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 the NACE Experience Conference. The time and commitment volunteers spend on national endeavors create an invaluable network of knowledge and expertise to help cultivate an environment of learning and growth for our members and the 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.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee contributes to the increased recognition of the innovation and creativity of catering and event professionals through the NACE One Awards program. Work on this committee includes writing awards criteria, testing application systems, creating marketing plans, and recruiting judges. The committee also helps identify key trends and creative elements and create content that educations and inspires catering and event professionals.

Committee Chair: Leigh Tidwell, CSEP
Board Liaison: Amber Allen, CPCE

Committee Members:
Jamie Adams, CPCE
Linwood Campbell, CPCE
Deanna Powers
Alecia Huynh

This committee meets once a month or as needed.

Black Caucus Committee

Chair: Aleya Harris CPCE

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The Black Caucus Committee facilitates networking and the exchange of ideas among Black members of NACE. The Caucus provides recommendations to the NACE National board to advance the Black Community within NACE. Members of this committee must be a NACE member in good standing.

Interested in joining us? Click here to access our zoom calls. In order to join, your membership must be in good standing. We meet monthly for one-hour calls. Learn More Here.

Chair: Aleya Harris, CPCE


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The Foundation of NACE and Black Caucus Committee have partnered together to offer a Black CPCE scholarship program. This program is funded by donations from individual NACE members  This program was created so that Black NACE members have more opportunities to be in positions of leadership within the vibrant community of NACE. Applications are now open and we encourage you to apply! Click here.

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Certification and Education Committee

The Certification and Education Committee enjoys sharing their ideas and knowledge about how to grow and develop the certification program and its policies and procedures. Members of  this committee hold the CPCE credential. This committee also has a direct impact on the NACE National’s Experience conference education, online education programming, and webinars by brainstorming content ideas and themes, and reviewing speaker proposals and presentations.

Committee Chair: Lynn Graham, CPCE
Board Liaison: Michelle Dunnick, MBA, CPCE

Committee Members:
Lyndsey Bunn, CPCE
Desiree Kelly, CPCE
Julie Brown Pflueger, CPCE
Shanina Meeks
Stacey Messina, CPCE
Troy Adams
Marci Guttenberg, CPCE

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

Chapter Leaders Council

The Chapter Leaders’ Council (CLC) has a vital role in the development and support of chapter leaders and connecting chapter leaders with the national organization. Members of this committee musts hold the CPCE credential and have served as a NACE Chapter President.

Council Chair: Sarah James, CPCE
Vice Chair: Dana Kadwell, CPCE

Committee Members:
Stephanie Olivares, CPCE
Tia McAlister, CPCE
Caitlin Mell, CPCE
Monica Newby, CPCE
Scott Malouche
Erin Kenyan

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

Conference Advisory

The Conference Advisory Committee consults and provides feedback for the future planning, themes, trends and goals for the Experience conference. They enjoy monitoring and identifying industry trends and supporting local chapter volunteers in order to provide recommendations for a framework for the planning of the conference. This is a fun group of NACE members! This committee begins in July and ends in July because of the conference planning cycle.

Committee Chair: Steve Kemble
Board Liaison: Amber Allen, CPCE

Committee Members:
Andy Bomberger, CPCE
Carol Dekkers, P.Eng, Cicerone Level 1
Michele Edison, CPCE
Scott Malouche, IMM
Cindy Marshall, CPCE

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

Member Engagement

The Member Engagement Committee is a new committee, formerly the Marketing and Technology Committee. This committee helps NACE study and understand member segments and identify strategies and tactics for engaging with those segments. The outputs of this committee assist the work of other NACE committees in creating additional value for NACE members and services.

Committee Chair: Aleya Harris, CPCE
Board Liaison: Jill Vidal-Raines, CPCE

Committee Members:
Christie Osborne
Lilian Shen, MBA, PMP
Hunter Beals, CPCE, CWP
Thomas Whelan

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

Membership Recruitment, Retention and Value

The Membership Recruitment, Retention and Value committee is a new committee, formerly called the Membership committee. The work of this committee helps to improve engagement with members nationwide. Members of this committee have been a NACE member for 3 or more years. This committee helps create ideas that benefit members at a national level and support membership recruitment and retention across the organization.

Committee Chair:Aram Orchanian
Board Liaison: Jill Vidal-Raines, CPCE

Committee Members:
Allison Meyer-Tucker, CPCE
Kay Kolbo
Jennifer Burns
Megan Estrada

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.

Nominations and Elections

The Nominations and Elections Committee is a representative of the NACE members on a broad level. They enjoy encouraging other members to volunteer and plan and execute the national elections. This committee helps NACE plan and execute the annual nominations and elections process, while learning more about governance and elections.

Committee Chair: Doug Quattrini, CPCE
Board Liaison: Morgan Montgomery, CPCE, CMP

Committee Members:
Gary Baumann, CPCE
Dana Kadwell, CPCE
Katie McNulty, CPCE
Karen Tucker, CPCE

This committee will meet once a month or as needed.