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2023-2024 MPISSN Slate of Incoming
Board of Directors

Provided to the membership February 1, 2023

The Sacramento Sierra Nevada Nominating Committee has selected the following individuals, whom we believe to have the skills, dedication and integrity to provide outstanding leadership to our chapter during their term of office. Please be aware that as a member in good standing you have the right to review and challenge the slate of directors as indicated in the chapter bylaws. If positions remain uncontested, the slate of officers will be considered approved by the unanimous vote after 30 days. Please congratulate and thank these members for their service.

OFFICERS:

The following slate of officers is elected by the Chapter Board of Directors. They are identified in this communication so members can view the full board proposed for the upcoming term.

President
Lauren Goff, CMP, CGMP
Medtronic
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

President Elect
Marques Davison
Capitol Events Center
July 1, 2023-June30, 2024

Immediate Past President
Lauren Siring, CMP, CGMP
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

DIRECTORS (Board Members)

The following slate of Board members is elected by the membership of the Chapter.  This slate will be deemed elected by unanimous vote unless the slate is challenged as outlined in the chapter bylaws.

VP of Membership
Marie Cicogni
Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown Arena
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

Director of Recruitment and Retention
OPEN
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

VP of Education
Lauren Pontier
HelmsBriscoe
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

Director of Education
OPEN
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

VP of Marketing and Communications
Nikki Smith
CVENT
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

Director of Marketing and Communications
Karla Najera
The San Francisco Peninsula, DMO
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

Director of Events
Maria Dempsey, CMM, DES, CSW
San Mateo Marriott
July 1, 2023- June 30, 2024

Director of Strategic Alliance
Jovan Samonte
PremiumShotz
July 1, 2023- June 30, 2024

VP of Finance
Christina Bauders, CAE, CMP
Compass Management Solutions
July 1, 2023- June 30, 2024

Please direct any questions to: Sulema Peterson, Immediate Past President at sulema@spetersonassoc.com.
A copy of the Chapter bylaws can be viewed here.
Meet the MPISSN Incoming Board

Meet the MPISSN Incoming Board

By MPISSN

As your 2021-2022 MPISSN Board, we are looking forward to this upcoming year as we embrace this year's theme - Succeeding Together!  

  Sulema P.Sulema Peterson | MPISSN President

Thank you for the confidence that you have placed in me and I look forward to serving you as this year’s MPISSN President! My focus this year is to lead our chapter as we navigate the re-opening of California and our industry meetings and events. We have a  great team in our Board of Directors, all very talented individuals that are committed to helping our chapter and members succeed this year.  I currently serve as Executive Director of a non-profit association, the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS). I assist with all aspects of day to day business,  membership retention/recruitment and produce all events and meetings. I’ll be celebrating my 20th year with the group next year and am so grateful for the time I’ve been with them.   Of late, you’ll find me hiking our beautiful Sierra Nevada’s nearby in Auburn and El Dorado Hills with my family, spending time at the Old Sugar Mill wine tasting and listening to fun music and walking my morning route around Land Park. Walking has saved me this past year and helped me lose 45 lbs., it’s been a game changer for me with my mental health and fitness during the pandemic. If you are every looking for a walking partner, let me know, I’d love to walk and talk with you! I'm looking forward to serving our chapter and getting to know our members this year. Please be sure to reach out to me, would love to connect with each of you! 

  Lauren Siring | President-Elect
Lauren Siring
Part of my position as MPISSN President Elect is to ensure our members are supported along with our board of directors.  In my role with the Monterey County CVB I partner with meeting planners to maximize our community for memorable group programs within the diverse destination.   You can find me enjoying some of my favorite things Monterey: beach time with my husband and dog, wine tasting and kayaking in the bay. In the coming year I'm looking forward to serving with our esteemed volunteers and providing meaningful experiences for our MPISSN membership.

   

Rachel HickersonRachel Hickerson, CMP | Immediate Past President
While it is bittersweet that this will be my final year on the board (at least for now!), I am so excited to see our rebound from the crazy that was 2020!  This team has so much passion and dedication, we have a great year ahead of us!  My current favorite things are wine, my frambly (friends that are really now like family) and anything related to mermaids (they are real!), unicorns or pineapples.  Hey, it’s the little things to remind us to not take everything so serious!

   

Christine FeenstraChristine Feenstra | VP Education & Events
I look forward to the challenge of navigating a post COVID-19 events industry with my amazing MPISSN colleagues and to my second term on the board. I am approaching my 4 year anniversary at Head Start California as Director of Events & Education. My hobbies include thrift shopping, all things Bravo and a newer obsession with my Peloton. My husband and I have a 13 year old son and 4 mutts that keep us on our toes.

  Lindsay PossLindsay Poss, CMP | VP Finance
I'm excited to be serving my second year on the board!  I am the Director of Meetings and Events for CalSAE (California Society of Association Executives), and currently my three favorite things are hiking with my family, planning a trip home to visit my family in Kansas over the summer, and my kids being back in school. 😊 I'm looking forward to planning my first in person event since March 2020, coming up in August 2021.
   

amy_headshot_2018_squareAmy Orr, CMP | VP Communications
Hello fellow MPI members!  I look forward to being your VP Communications this year to support our chapter as we return to in person meetings and events while also incorporating lessons and new technologies learned in 2020.  I love being a planner connecting people through events – in person or virtual.  My other passions are traveling with my husband and two children and my new hobby of stand up paddle-boarding!   I’m looking forward to our industry’s comeback year and can’t wait to see everyone at our upcoming events!

 
  Alisha ScullyAlisha Scully | VP Membership
I am excited to continue on the board of MPISSN for my third year!  I am the Director of Sales for the soon to be opening Exchange Sacramento, Curio Collection by Hilton.  I am the proud mama of a rambunctious toddler and am loving getting to watch her grow up.  I look forward to watching our industry rebound this year and seeing our industry thrive again!
   

Katrina DuncanKatrina Duncan, CMM | Director of Education
I am passionate about creating community, growing organizations and events and bringing people together around shared objectives.
I’m looking forward to my first year on the board! My favorites things – latest passions are pickleball, Santa Barbara an I always enjoy traveling and hanging out with family & friends


   

Leena RiggsLeena Riggs, - Director of Special Events
So excited to be serving on the MPISSN Board this year! I am the Marketing Manager for Visit Rancho Cordova. I spend my time caring for my dogs, gardening, watching horror classics and wine tasting in the Sierra Foothills!.


   

Marques DavisonMarques Davison- Director of Recruitment & Retention
I can't wait to participate in my first year on the board after being a chair since my 1st year in MPISSN. I  specialize in Vl support with 10+ years experience as a sound technician, stage manager, event director and M.C. As the co-slammaster of the Sacramento Slam Team (Sacunified Slam) I enjoy performing poetry and teaching youth workshops.

   

SkyeSkye Menezes, CMP- Director of Public Relations & Communications
I'm excited to be serving my second year on the board! I am a meeting planner for the California Medical Association, and currently my three favorite things are my Peloton, any gin cocktail, and a hiking with friends. I'm looking forward to a year of connecting!


We are still building our sub-commitees - joining a committee or being a committee chair is a great way to get involved in MPISSN!  If you're interested in getting involved - let us know!  JOIN A COMMITTEE TODAY

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