The PCMA nominating committee met August 29, 2019 in Chicago to determine the final slate of 2020 board officers and directors for open positions.

PCMA bylaws require the official announcement of the proposed slate to be sent to its membership by October 1, 2019. The nominating process, according to the bylaws (Article XII, Section 1(d)), allows for additional nominations for any officer or director position by members who submit a petition. The petition is required to be signed by 5% of members from the membership category appropriate to the position and submitted to PCMA’s president and CEO no later than the close of business on November 1, 2019.

Unless there are additional nomination petitions from the membership, the following officers and directors will be deemed elected and will take office immediately following 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders.

The 2020 event takes place January 5-8 in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

Contact Sherrif Karamat, CAE, PCMA president and CEO, at +1 312-423-7210 or for petition details and procedures.

PCMA’s nominating committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on its 2020 Board of Directors:


Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES

Vice President, Events and Education

Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)

Term: 2020


Kirsten Olean, CAE

Director of Meetings

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Term: 2020


Kelly M. Ricker

Executive Vice President, Events & Learning


Term: 2020

Immediate Past Chair:

Gregory A. O’Dell

President and Chief Executive Officer

Events DC

Term: 2020

The following individuals will begin serving three-year terms (2020-2022):

Lisa Astorga, CMP, DES

Director of Meetings

International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Ben Erwin



Bianca Ferrer

Experience Designer + Executive Producer

Bianca Ferrer Creative

Diane Kovats, CAE, CMP, DES

Executive Director

International Society for Computational Biology

Paula Rowntree

Head of Events & Experience

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Ana María Viscasillas, CDME

Chief Visionary

Business Tourism Services

The following individuals are currently serving terms as Directors:

Neil Brownlee

Head of Business Events


Term: 2018-2020

Robert Heard, MBA, CAE

Associate Executive Director

American College of Emergency Physicians

Term: 2019 – 2021

Derrick Johnson, CMP, DES

Senior Director of Meetings

The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

Term: 2019 – 2021

Desirée Knight, CMP, CAE

Director, Education and Meetings

American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association

Term: 2019 – 2021

Amilie Parent, CPA, CA

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Showcare Event Solutions

Term: 2019 – 2021

Frank Passanante

Senior Vice President

Hilton Worldwide Sales – Americas

Term: 2019 – 2021

Carolyn Pund, CMP, CMM

Senior Manager, Global SMM and Event Business Operations

Cisco Systems Inc.

Term: 2018–2020

Kathleen Ratcliffe


Explore St. Louis

Term: 2018–2020

Valerie Sumner


VRS Meetings and Events, Inc.

Term: 2020–Foundation Chair

Megan Tate, CMM, DES

Vice President, Meeting and Events Planning Manager

Wells Fargo

Term: 2018–2020

Christine Trimmer


Term: 2018–2020