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   VA VOICE: February 2023 (UPDATED)


  • President's Message
  • Leadership News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Featured News
  • Membership



TMO                                          MPI-Virginia                          c/o Christine Irwin                    1307 W Moorhead Street, Suite 207
Charlotte, NC 28208






Greetings from Steve Tewksbury,
your 2022-2023 President for MPI-Virginia.

With 70-degree days in February it is hard to believe we are still in winter in Virginia, but as you often hear, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around for a couple of hours.” In our Commonwealth we are fortunate to have such varied geographic and weather zones, so easily accessible. For my friends at Wintergreen and Massanutten, I wish you cool enough weather to prolong your snow season and for my friends in hotels and properties across the state, may you have enough atmospheric variety to highlight your uniqueness and showcase signature hot and cool beverages and amazing culinary delights.

Speaking delights....




We want to celebrate YOU!

We love our members and want to celebrate each 5-year milestone that you're with our chapter. If you have not received a lapel pin that correlates with your years of membership, we'd like to make that right by properly recognizing you at this year's Annual Conference. Please see Megan Hazzard or reach out via email at to confirm and she'll make sure to include you in this year's membership milestone presentation during our awards gala on August 10th at the Annual Conference! 



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Lauran Dangler
Crestline Hotels & Resorts
29 years

Anita Chapman, CMP
Jefferson Lab

28 years

Mary C. Kidd, CMP CAE
Halycon Management, LLC
28 years

Wendy Evalle
Hilton Garden Inn

8 years

Cheryl Morales
Newport News Tourism
7 years

Farleigh Fitzgerald
Federal Reserve Bank Richmond
1 year

Martina James
Bellatrix Consulting
1 year

Danielle Woerner
Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
1 year

Edilia Bendel
1 year

Rosie Bugarin, CMP
Meeting Strategies International
1 year

Donna Casanave
Corkscrew, LLC
1 year


Pamela Melita
Swedish Match North America

Michelle Mook
Groovin Gourmets

Laura Pelletier
Springhill Suites by Marriott

Kristin Pettway
Drive Smart

Megan Seagram
Seagram's Systems Audio/Visual

Kelsey Thompson
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Lyndsi Hale
Mountain Lake Lodge


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