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ILEA Indiana Chapter


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There are opportunities for all levels of experience and commitment.
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ILEA Indiana 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Jessica McCormick
Eventfull Planning

President Elect
Neely Slawson
Nameless Catering

Immediate Past President
Amy Payne
Aimed Photography

VP of Communications
Tony Schaab
The Sixpence

VP of Programs
Lauren Loya
Thomas Caterers of Distinction

VP of Membership
Christina Hudacin
Special Occasion Designs

Director of Communications
Jenny Sampson
JP Parker Flowers

Director of Programs
Sarah Farthing
All in the Details

Director of Programs
Kacie Coats
Horizon Convention Center


Kelly Early
Thomas Caterers of Distinction


Our Vision

Our vision expresses our place in the world. It captures our reason for being and defines our direction as an association.


Our Values

Our brand values are a set of principles that we believe in; that define who we are, what we do and how we do it. Our brand values also help us to craft what we say and how we say. Each of our values are communicated internally throughout the organization and carefully explained. We tell people what our values mean to them and how they can share them.

Our core values are:






Our Mission

The International Live Events Association provides members and stakeholders:

  • Collaborative networking
  • Education and professional development
  • Inspiration
  • Outward awareness and credibility
To ensure a thriving global creative events profession. 

The History of International Live Event Association

ILEA, formally the International Special Events Society, was founded in 1989 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ILEA works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. ILEA has grown to involve over 5,500 members active in over 51 chapters throughout the world. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.

For over 30 years ILEA has been a valued and trusted partner in the events industry. An industry that generates over $200 billion for the global economy and supports over four million jobs.

ILEA members are regarded as the very best in what they do, creating a powerful and influential community of event professionals around the world, working together to find new ways to communicate through the power of live events.

As our association continues to expand and engage, reaching new audiences and markets around the globe, so the ILEA brand continues to evolve. Today, we have a new brand vision and story to tell our clients, colleagues, suppliers and partners. ILEA is changing. We are launching our new vision to become a community of creative event professionals. A community that values creativity as part of our culture and our spirit. A community that is looking to the future with confidence and anticipation, and looking back at our achievements with pride.


Debbie Locklear 1989
Betsy Wiersma CSEP 1990
Sherri Mills 1991
Lynne Mositner 1992
Kevin Markey 1993
Gary Bravard 1994
Mary Kate Myers 1995
Jill Martin 1996
Melissa Cooper Bingham 1996
Melissa Cooper Bingham 1997-1998
Jim King 1998-1999
Deanna L. Bunten 1999-2000
Sally Cooksey CSEP 2000-2001
Mark Thorton 2001-2002
Kelly Early CSEP 2003-2004
Gene Huddleson 2004-2005
Leslie Swathwood 2005-2006
Vince Early CSEP 2006-2007
Kari Strolberg CSEP 2007-2008
Dee Haddad CSEP 2008-2009
Monica Richard MWP 2009-2010
Jim Cerone WED 2010-2011
Jennifer Barenie 2011-2012
Mike King 2012-2013
Sarah Mullins DMCP 2013-2014
Jason Ryan 2014-2015
Kristin Hornberger 2015-2016
Chris LaMar 2016-2017
Kate Edwards CSEP, CMP 2017-2018
Megan Johnston CSEP, DMCP 2018-2019
Amanda Roell 2019-2020
Amy Payne 2020-2021
Amy Payne 2021-2022
Jessica McCormick 2022-2023