EIC announces inaugural class of CMP Fellows

i By April 6, 2022 No Comments

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has announced its inaugural class of CMP Fellows following the launch of the new program last year.

Sixty-five event professionals—64 from the United States and one from Canada—were awarded the designation.

The CMP Fellows program recognizes and rewards CMPs and/or Emeritus who continue to make a significant investment towards the betterment of the events industry and the community of people working within it.

CMP Fellows will benefit from access to exclusive networking opportunities, peer-to-peer collaborations and opportunities at EIC and other industry events.

“We developed the CMP Fellows program to offer unique peer-to-peer experiences and a forum for collaboration for those CMPs that had demonstrated exemplary leadership, a commitment to lifelong learning and to recognize and reward the long-term achievements, as part of our commitment to supporting and showcasing the value of ongoing professional education,” said Amy Calvert, CEO, EIC. “The caliber of applications was truly humbling, and it was inspiring and motivating to read about the achievements and dedication of all of those who applied. Each of our 65 inductees has very clearly proven their long-standing commitment to furthering our industry and supporting others, and I offer them my warmest congratulations on being announced as our inaugural class of CMP Fellows.”

Events Industry Council CMP Governance Commission Chair Steve Lorenz, CMP, HMCC said: “Reviewing the applications for our CMP Fellows program has been an extremely affirmative experience. It is an honour to be able to celebrate the achievements, commitment and contributions of our 2022 class of CMP Fellows and I look forward to seeing them continue to share their expertise with others to ensure a bright future for our industry.”

The inaugural CMP Fellows are:


  • Mariela McIlwraith, CMP – Events Industry Council & Meeting Change (Guelph, Ontario)


  • Barbara Connell, CMP, CAE – Solutions by Connell, LLC (Wheaton, IL)
  • Lisa J. Mikita, CMP, CAE – Association Management Systems (Elgin, IL)
  • Melody Kebe, CMP, CGMP – Defense Information Sys Agency (Temple Hills, MD)
  • Rob Webb, CMP, CVEP, MBA – Envision, EMI (Reston, VA)
  • Derrick M. Johnson, CMP, DES – Talley Management Group (Washington, DC)
  • Gary Murakami, CMP, CMM, DES, GTP, GLP – Teneo Hospitality Group (San Francisco, CA)
  • Timothy Glanzer, CMP – Elevated Meeting Solutions (Henderson, NV)
  • Gary Lee McCreary, CMP, CPCE, CSEP – The Venetian|The Palazzo (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Lauren Nilssen, CMP, CMM, CAE, AFSP – National Society of Accountants (Arlington, VA)
  • Stephanie Jones, CMP, CAE, DES – Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, VA)
  • Alisa Peters, CMP, CMM – Maritz Global Events (Winter Garden, FL)
  • Theresa Breining, CMP, CMM, CED – Breining Group LLC (Encinitas, CA)
  • Janet Sperstad, CMP – Madison College (Madison, WI)
  • Geralyn Krist, CMP, DES – ConferenceDirect (Shawnee, KS)
  • Katie Riggs, CMP, CAE, CMM – Raybourn Group International (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Nancy Zavada, CMP – MeetGreen (Portland, OR)
  • Amanda Cecil, CMP, PhD – Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Benoit Sauvage, CMP, DCMP, CITP, CIS – Connect DMC (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • Kerry Crockett, CMP, MBA, CAE, DES – Insurance Accounting and Systems Association, Inc. (Grovetown, GA)
  • Heidi Longton, CMP, CMM, DES – New York State School Boards Association (Latham, NY)
  • JodieAnn Cady, CMP, CTA – Freelance Meeting and Event Professional (Mason, MI)
  • Susan Arts, CMP, HMCC – Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, Inc. (Caledonia, WI)
  • Laura Steele, CMP – OneStream Software (Atlanta, GA)
  • Crystal Walker, CMP, CHSP, CFMP – Dayton/Montgomery County CVB (Dayton, OH)
  • Erin Tench, CMP, CMM – American Podiatric Medical Association (Bethesda, MD)
  • Jody Brandes, CMP, HMCC, CMM – Genentech South (San Francisco, CA)
  • Karen Waggoner, CMP Emeritus, CMM – Self Employed (Portland, OR)
  • Desiree Knight, CMP, CAE, DES – AREMA (Upper Marlboro, MD)
  • Wilfred Grusich, CMP, FASAE – Associated Luxury Hotels International (Chicago, IL)
  • Kimberly Greene, CMP, DES – Thermo Fisher Scientific (Rockville, MD)
  • Christine Faiman, CMP – Marriott International (Vienna, VA)
  • Kristin Mirabal, CMP, CAE, DES – WorkForce Software (Miami, FL)
  • Kelli Donahoe, CMP – Orange County Convention Center (Oakmont, PA)
  • Heather Seasholtz, CMP, DES – Conference Managers (Cochranville, PA)
  • Elizabeth Kretchmer, CMP – Strategic Meeting Manager, LLC (Highlands Ranch, CO)
  • Monica Grinage, CMP – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Houston, TX)
  • Elisabeth Surmont, CMP – 360 Live Media (Highland Park, NJ)
  • Lynn Miles, CMP, CFMP – The Ocean Center Convention Complex (Ponce Inlet, FL)
  • Johnnie White, CMP, MBA, CAE – American Society of Appraisers (Burke, VA)
  • Aaron Wolowiec, CMP, CAE, CTF/MT, CDP – Event Garde LLC (Lewisville, TX)
  • Jennie Campbell, CMP Emeritus, CMM, PMP – Stewart Steelwood Investments, LLC (Metairie, LA)
  • Michael Lynn, CMP – Global PEC Academy (Heath, TX)
  • Karen Gonzales, CMP – IAEE (Littleton, CO)
  • Joanne Joham, CMP, CMM, DES – Global Strategies (Manalapan, NJ)
  • Mary Cornett, CMP – American Society of Nutrition (Alexandria, VA)
  • Michelle Allgauer, CMP – Financial Services Institute (Alexandria, VA)
  • Angela Layton, CMP – Meeting Professionals International (Joelton, TN)
  • Marcus Eng, CMP, DES – American Public Transportation Association (Washington, DC)
  • Robert Smith, CMP, CMM, DES – American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC)
  • Andrea Peterson, CMP – Metropolitan State University of Denver & ASAP Meetings & Events (Castle Rock, CO)
  • Cornelia Horner, CMP – American Land Title Association (Washington, DC)
  • Mary-Ann Urbanovich, CMP – American Express Global Business Travel (Berwyn, PA)
  • Lori Goldfarb, CMP – World Class Corporate Events, Inc. (Renton, WA)
  • Kerry Friel-Minor, CMP – New York Marriott Downtown (Jericho, NY)
  • Emilie Perkins, CMP, CAE, CMM, PMP, CED – Raybourn Group International, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Molly Johnson, CMP, QAS – Wilmington & Beaches CVB  (Wilmington, NC)
  • Meredith Flanagan, CMP, CMM, CPCE – Gensler (Alexandria, VA)
  • Elreatha Woodard, CMP, CMP-HC – Association for Professionals in Infection Control (Waldorf, MD)
  • Jennifer Veselko, CMP – Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa (Leroy, OH)
  • Allison Kinsley, CMP, CMM, CED – Kinsley Meetings (Littleton, CO)
  • Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM – IAEE (Dallas, TX)
  • MaryAnne Bobrow, CMP, CMM – Bobrow Associates (Citrus Heights, CA)
  • Scott Mifsud, CMP, DMCP – Just Right! Destination Management (Las Vegas, NV)
  • David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA – IAEE (Dallas, TX)