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MPI Upstate New York Committees

Communications Team

The Communications Team is charged with chapter marketing and member and/or industry news for the Upstate New York chapter. This team generates public awareness of MPI Global and Chapter activities through several channels including web, social media and print.

Interested in joining the Communications Team? Contact Alicia Perez Osur, Vice President of Communications at

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Education Team

The Education Team is responsible for the design and execution of 6-monthly education programs per year to include the Chapter’s signature event – Fall Focus! We partner with speakers to deliver strong educational content that is appealing to both planners and suppliers. Team tasks include, but are not limited to, preparing an annual request for proposal to solicit program host venues, recommending and securing speakers and applying for Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) continuing education hours. This team works closely with the chapter administrator on event logistics for registration and web listing, and the communications team for overall event marketing. 

Interested in joining the Education Team? Contact Marissa Streun, Vice President of Education at

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Finance Team

The Finance Team is charged with providing financial oversight for the chapter members’ monetary resources through a variety of activities. Traditional tasks include budgeting, financial reporting and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies. This team also is charged with maintaining current partner relationships as well as securing and fulfilling new chapter partnerships.

Interested in joining the Finance Committee? Contact Sam Toscano at

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Membership Team

The Membership Team is charged with total member care to include recruitment, retention and recognition. The committee works to encourage Northeastern New York meeting industry professionals to become members of our chapter. Upon joining, the team welcomes and orients new members, and ensures a ROI through member engagement at both the local and global level. Finally, this team is responsible to design and execute the annual membership event that recognizes members for outstanding service to the chapter and/or industry.

Interested in becoming a member of MPI’s Upstate New York Chapter or joining the Membership Team? Contact Wendy Ford, Vice President of Membership at

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Special Events

The Special Events Team, a crucial component of the Chapter, is charged with design and execution of social and networking events to increase member value and generate chapter revenue. This includes Cocktails and Connection events throughout the year, including the Chapter’s premiere social event – The Chapter's third annual Gala, which will be held in March 2020.

Interested in joining the Special Events Team? Contact Jessica Joralemon-Syron, CMP, VP of Special Events, at; Susan Baker, Director of Special Events at or Alysha Bigelow, Director of Leadership Development at

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The Sponsorship Team is charged with maintaining current partner relationships as well as securing and fulfilling new chapter partnerships.

Interested in joining the Sponsorship Committee? Contact Kelli Gormley at

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