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Kate-Page_200pxHello MPI New England and Happy Spring! 

I’ve always loved the energy of spring with flowers in bloom and warm sunny days, which tends to put an extra bounce in your step. This year that energy feels more palpable after months of virtual events and work-ing from home. We’re seeing shots in arms, guidelines opening up for events, expanded outdoor dining and fans in stands for sporting events. On a personal note, while Red Sox Opening Day looked very different with masks, social distancing and only 12% capacity, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to have baseball back and be at Fenway Park for it!

I’m also very excited to hopefully see many of you (not just from the shoulders up!) at Fenway for our June Annual Event, meeting safely in person! This is always a fun event celebrating the past year, honoring our annual award winners, and kicking off the new year with the induction of the 2021-2022 Board of Directors. Submissions for our Annual Awards are opening soon, so get ready to submit a self-nomination or nominate a peer!



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In March, MPI New England offered a Lunch & Learn series with consultant David Salcfas and Visit Lauderdale’s Agnieszka (Agnes) Zaranski. One of the topics was “Mastering the Art of the Interview to get the job YOU deserve.” Can you name the five Ws of a job interview? Do you know what the STAR interview process is? Don’t miss out!


We are likely all exhausted from learning new tricks of the trade that enabled the events industry to survive quarantines and travel restrictions. Zoom? Got it. Gamification? Check. High-end production and A/V to keep attendees engaged? Yes, our budgets definitely felt that hit. Now it’s time to focus 
on what’s next and some trends that will influence the events industry in 2021. 


April Membership Meet Up EventFor the March Membership Meet Up, MPI New England kicked off St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a Luck O’ the Irish Game night sponsored by Visit Lauderdale.  

We had a great showing of members who gathered virtually, decked in their most festive green and ready for some friendly competition. After learning about our chapter's committees and volunteer opportunities, the group launched into a trivia extravaganza hosted by Feet First Eventertainment.  From a dance off, to "Name that Famous Movie Line," the competition was tough! But it was the Red Team that ended the evening victorious — congrats to Kate Sklarski, Aaron, Jessica, Jessica and Ellen.

You can still check out our website for committee descriptions and contacts, as well as this video from Feet First which gives a great overview of the Game Show Extravaganza that we experienced.


While the Office of the President isn’t technically a committee, a great deal is managed by the President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President. Here’s a quick overview of their key responsibilities.

  • The President serves as chair of the Chapter Board of Directors and serves as an ex-officio member on all committees except the Board Slate Committee. The President also serves as a member of the International Council of Chapter Presidents.
  • The President-Elect oversees the Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, which is responsible for advocating for equity in our community and empowering members to take positive inclusive action.
  • The Immediate Past President (IPP) oversees the Board Slate Committee, which interviews new applicants and returning board members to create the slate for the next year, with a goal of ensuring a strong year of leadership within our MPI community. The IPP also oversees the Annual Spring Awards Committee.

To learn more about serving on any of these committees, please contact

Congratulations to the recently-elected MPI New England 2021-2022 Board of Directors!
Chapter President: Kate Page, CMP
President-Elect: Marjorie Lane, VEMM
Immediate Past President: Ainsley C. Onstott, CMP, DMCP
Vice President, Finance & Administration: Hollie Herrick
Vice President, Education: Katie Butler, CMP
Vice President, Institute: Michele Yebba
Vice President, Membership: Joseph Souza
Vice President, Special Projects: Kate Sklarski
Vice President, Marketing & Communications: Taylor Grinnell
Director, Special Projects: Bethany Murphy, CMP
Director, Institute: Johnice Veals, HMCC
Director, Education: Jodi Boland, CHSP, MBA
Director, In-Kind Sponsorship: Amy Hubbard, CMM, CMP
Director, Marketing & Communications: Ellen Ouellette
Director, Chapter Advancement: Tom Fitzgerald Jr., CMP


Johnice Veals, incoming Director, Institute

How and when did you get your start in the events industry?

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Honestly, I fell into it. My first job was working in the Human Resources Department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I started as a Training Coordinator, planning conferences and workshops all over the state. I loved it so much I started looking for more event-focused positions — and I haven’t stopped. It’s truly a dream job for me. 

What is your current position and how has your MPI membership helped you in your career path? 
I’m currently Meetings and Events Senior Manager at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. I’m responsible for the planning and execution of executive meetings, companywide events, and employee engagement initiatives. I think everyone knows MPI can help build your network, and I love that, but the biggest impact for me is the educational opportunities. They’ve helped me gain new skills and enrich my knowledge as a planner.


Donald Dunham, 33 years
Ileana Castillo, 20 years
Lori Chase, 15 years
Christine Tascione, 15 years
Jason McClellan, CMP, 9 years
Kathleen O'Reilly, 9 years
Abigail Durmaz, 6 years
Leslie Kosky, CHE, 6 years
Holly Roderick, CMP, 6 years
Beth Steucek, 6 years
Kimberly Gallagher, 5 years
Kara Bishop, CMP, 4 years
Kelly Cronan, 4 years
Carrie Campbell, 3 years
Katie Calvert, 2 years
Jim Tomasso, 2 years
Marianna Wood, 2 years
Heidi Adler, 1 year
Samantha Belanger, 1 year
Benji Fox, 1 year
Katey Hobbs, 1 year
Karyn Lee, HMCC, 1 year
Vanessa Michael, 1 year
Christine Ray, 1 year
Tiffany Rhodes, 1 year
Leigh Ronan, 1 year
Lisa Shea, 1 year
Courtney Sheehy, 1 year
Tubtim Tangney, 1 year
Janaye Taylor, 1 year 

May 26, 2021
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Networking & Tie-Dye Event
June 21, 2021
Evening, time TBD
Annual Awards & Board Induction
Fenway Park

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The Cvent Source: Group Business Insights, March 2021 Snapshot
Get the most up-to-date sourcing insights around RFP volume, market performance, booking windows, and more.

Hi there,
There have been strong signs of progress as we close out the first quarter of 2021. RFP volume has been the highest we have seen in a full year, conversion continues to run strong, and larger meetings are being sourced more than usual. For those of you who missed our March group business update, or those who would like to revisit the data, the latest snapshot report is now available.

Download and share the takeaways on the latest group business insights and trends.

You’ll get the latest data around:
  • RFP momentum through mid-March
  • ADR analysis by market, chain scale, and organization type
  • 2021 and 2022 pace figures for key markets
  • Updates for weddings and business transient
  • …and more!
Best Regards,
[WATCH] The Cvent Source, March 2021 On-Demand Webinar
Missed March’s live webinar? You can now watch the full presentation on your own time to get all of the latest insights on sourcing for meetings, weddings, and business transient.

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