Friends of Marlene Committee

Friends of Marlene Committee


Barbara Connell: Chief Operating Officer, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Mary Beth Nowak: Director, Meeting Management, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Committee Members:

Martin D. Balogh; Associate Executive Director, Meetings and Travel Group, American Bar Association

Rhonda Chesney; Regional Director of Sales, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Jenna Cummins; Director, Strategic Accounts, Experient

Laura Downes Andryk; Executive Director, Arthroscopy Association of North America

Rose Dubrovich; Vice President of Business Development, onPeak/GES

Catherine A. Dunlap; Chair of Technical Committee, O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission

Jean Ferrone;  Meeting Consultant; Retired Director of Conference Services and Meeting Planning, American Dental Association

Laura Jelinek; Associate Vice President of Meetings and Travel, American Osteopathic Association

Susan R. Katz; Business Event Professional, Trade Show, Meeting and Convention Consulting

Michelle Mason; President and CEO, Association Forum  

Felix Nespodzwiezanski; Retired Director, Convention and Meetings, American College of Surgeons

Mary Patton; Hospitality Sales Leader

Francine Pepitone; Vice President Business Development, InnerWorkings, Inc, Founder of Friends of Marlene

Deidre Ross; Retired (most recently Director Convention and Meetings Planning at AVMA

Murray M Ryan; Director of National Accounts Midwest, Hiltons of Washington, D.C

James H. Sweeney; Retired CEO, American Dental Association’s for profit subsidiary, ADA Business Enterprises, Inc.

Christopher Wehking; Chief Program Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists



Associate Committee


Jennifer Kimball; Consultant

Committee Members:

Mandy Marneris;  Trade Show & Meetings Senior Manager, ISSA

MJ Meisenheimer;  Oasis Financial

Maddie Metcalf; American Osteopathic Association

Cassie Niespodziewanski; National Restaurant Association

Annie Palmerson;  Coyote Logistics

Maddie Palmerson

Kristina Simkins; Director of Product Development onPeak

Kelly Snyder, CMP; Director of Meetings, Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Maddie Wehking; Rockit Ranch Productions

Joe Wilush; Director of Sales - Client Relations onPeak

If you would like to learn more about the Friends of Marlene or  Gilda’s Club Chicago, please contact please contact Nadia Garcia at (312) 464-9900. Or, contact the Friends of Marlene Committee Chair, Francine Pepitone, at 312-676-6814.

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