2013 Board of Directors



Trudy Singh, CMP
Co-Founder &
Chairman

NYC & Company, www.nycgo.com
Director of Sales


Trudy Singh, CMP is Regional Director of Sales for NYC & Company, New York City's official tourism marketing organization. A transplanted New Yorker and graduate of Drexel University, Trudy is a seasoned professional in the hospitality industry. She has held several positions in the industry ranging from Banquet Manager to Regional Sales Manager before joining the Washington, DC office of NYC & Company. This background makes her particularly effective in offering solutions to the meeting and convention planner. In her current position with NYC & Company, Trudy manages the satellite office operations in addition to soliciting key Mid Atlantic accounts to bring their meetings to New York City. She serves as a primary resource for meeting planners, tour operators, travel agents, and individual visitors interested in New York City. She also acts as a liaison for the convention industry customers to member hotels, restaurants, attractions, venues, and service providers-offering such services as familiarization tours, site inspections, promotional materials, and housing services. Trudy serves on the Board of Directors for the Network of Latino Meeting Professionals
() and as an advisor for the Northern Virginia Community College Travel and Tourism Program. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program for the Capital Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). She is a former Board Member and active participant in the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP). Trudy is also a member of several other industry associations, including Meeting Planners International (MPI), the Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPs), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP).




Tina S. Kenia
Vice Chairman

National Association of Clean Water Agencies, http://www.nacwa.org/
Manager, Meetings & Conferences


Tina S. Kenia is currently the Manager of Meetings & Conferences at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). NACWA represents the interests of America's clean water utilities as the leading advocate for responsible national policies that advance clean water. In this role, Tina is responsible for managing speaker activities, contractual arrangements, and logistical programming for meetings. In addition, she is responsible for developing, designing and implementing marketing campaigns for all NACWA programs, conferences and conventions. Prior to her time at NACWA, Tina began working at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2008. As the Manager of Event Services, she executed the Annual Convention & Expo, the Annual Legislative Conference, the Latina Leaders Summit, Board of Director Meetings, USHCC Foundation BizFests and Chamber Trainings as well as various other events. She collaborated with the Controller, President and CEO to manage budgets for all events, reducing costs by over $150,000 through vetting budget conscious options without compromising quality. Tina also worked alongside the Corporate Relations Vice President, to provide corporate sponsors with exceptional customer service and ensure they receive their event-related deliverables.

Tina has worked on meetings, from 50 to 4,000 people, showcasing VIP speakers ranging from President Barack Obama, to other elected government officials and celebrities. She is also a member of ASAE and is a Business of Meetings CertificateTM Graduate. Tina has a Bachelors in Finance and International Business with a Minor in Spanish from the George Washington University.




Jennifer Lisette Lucio
Secretary

305 Communications and Events
President, CEO, and Founder


A minority public relations and events management executive for more than 10 years, Jennifer established 305 Communications and Events in January of 2006. Jennifer has assisted clients on all aspects of their event including budgeting, vendor and site selection, logistical matters, marketing materials, government advance and security, protocol, production and audio visual, script and speech writing, speaker invitations, and onsite management. Events include dozens of multi-day conventions with thousands of attendees, galas, receptions, workshops and briefings in cities all over the world, with VIP guests including President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush, Members of Congress, Ambassadors, and Foreign Heads of State. She is an active member of several trade organizations including, Meeting Planners International (MPI), the International Special Events Society (ISES), Young Hospitality Industry Professionals (YHIP), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Capital Communicators Group (CCG), and the Hispanic Public Relations Association.




Maria Fischer Millet
Treasurer

National Council of La Raza, www.nclr.org
Senior Event and Meeting Planner


Maria Fischer Millet is a Senior Event and Meeting Planner with the Strategic Communications Group (SCG) at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Maria has been with NCLR since spring of 2003, when she worked in NCLR's Education department as the Marketing and Meeting Planner for all of education program trainings and institutes. In 2005, Maria joined SCG's Events and Meeting team, which is responsible for the development, management, production, and execution of the NCLR Capital Awards and NCLR Annual Conference, and for the management of event logistics for the NCLR ALMA Awards®. In addition to her responsibilities as the workshop, housing, and catering coordinator for the NCLR Annual Conference-attended each year by more than 25,000 people-Maria also helps organize all local, regional, and national NCLR meetings and events throughout the year.

Maria started her career as a Public Relations Junior Account Executive, managing the President and CEO's calendar of events for Crawford Public Relations in Washington, DC. Through research she conducted on the venues and events that would facilitate proper attendance and visibility for Crawford's clients, Maria nurtured her appreciation for the event and meeting planning industry. Washington, DC is where she pursued her event and meeting planning career, transitioning to a position as a project manager at a political communications firm, MSHC Partners, before joining NCLR.

Maria earned her bachelor's of science degree in Communication and Marketing from the University of Mobile in Alabama. Her descent is Nicaraguan American, and she is a proud wife and the mother of Valentina Marie! Maria is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has been an active member of the The Network since it was founded back in 2005, and she is proud to be a member of their team!




Chastain Smith

Administrative Office of the US Courts, Office of Defender Services Training Branch, http://www.uscourts.gov
Meetings Manager


Chastain Smith is a Meeting Manager at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC), Office of Defender Services Training Branch. Chastain has been with the AOUSC since April 2006. She manages all the logistics for continuing legal education programs for Federal Defender Organization staff and CJA panel attorneys who represent clients facing capital charges. Chastain started her career in the hospitality industry in November 1999 when she joined the team at the Courtyard by Marriott. This is when she started to get a taste of the industry. After leaving the Courtyard by Marriott, Chastain headed off to Physician Insurers Association of America where she assisted their meetings department with registration, program brochure design, continuing education and on-site duties. This prepared Chastain and enabled her to start her career in meeting planning. Chastain is a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) and attends many industry trainings and events. In her spare time, Chastain enjoys volunteering, traveling, networking, cultural festivals and so much more.


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