Elise Ravenscroft, Event Director
Elise brings to her role more than 18 years of event management and production expertise. She has produced numerous galas, dinners, groundbreakings, memorial unveilings, congressional receptions, large scale entertainment productions, conferences, concerts, political rallies, and marathon walks. She has directed events at The White House; The Supreme Court, The United States Capitol; Departments of Education; Homeland Security and State; and for NASA, The Armed Forces, and Diplomatic Embassies. She has handled protocol and security details for the aforementioned and also for the U.S Press Corp & International Media, high-ranking U.S. Government Officials, Ambassadors and foreign delegations. Ravenscroft has worked with presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush; vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden; former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush; secretaries of state Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice; Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Antonin Scalia; world leaders Nelson Mandela, Ban Ki-Moon, and Queen Sylvia of Sweden; performers such as Annie Lennox, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Julian Lennon; and celebrities like Ted Turner, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, George Lucas, Tom Brokaw, Gary Sinise and Ashley Judd.
Paige Shahryary, Event Sales Manager
Paige is a graduate from George Mason University and brings a fresh view on sales initiatives. She has acquired an understanding of research, public relations, and strong communication skills through various positions in the events industry. Desired to further explore her interests in communication and event planning, she became the Special Events Assistant for The American Heart Association. Paige managed over one thousand guests at their annual fundraising gala. Shahryary was in charge of securing donations for this monumental event which raised more $1 million in one night. Currently, Paige is an Event Sales Manager for IMPACT where she works for clients such as Union Stage and Jammin Java while serving her favorite non-profit, Meant 2 Live Foundation. She is also the owner of Paige Ashley Photography.
Julie Vient, Event Planner
Julie has been working as an event planner since 2012. She has helped to run not only weddings but concerts and fundraisers. It was at an early age while playing the piano for special events and weddings that Julie first realized her love for creating memorable moments and experiences. Over the years Julie began to work in events on a part time basis both in floral services and as a musician while graduating with a master’s degree in piano from the University of Miami in 2003. She went on to develop strong communication, project management and customer service skills in the corporate setting. Her diverse background uniquely positions her to provide creative solutions and quickly address issues that may arise throughout the course of an event. Her organization and attention to detail provides a stress-free experience while her creative background ensures your day is uniquely special and exactly as you want it!
Maria Jacoby, Wedding Planner
Maria has over a decade of event management experience which she combines with over a decade of project management and consulting experience, producing organization and leadership. She utilizes these skills on each event she directs and brings an unmatched attention to detail. Maria brings an extensive knowledge of event vendor options in the Washington, DC area and is a fierce negotiator for her clients, ensuring they receive the best price and service available. By planning events of every kind, Maria has been valued by clients for the quality and delivery of each event. Maria develops an organized approach that brings calm and assurance to her clients throughout the planning and execution process. Her ability to incorporate even the smallest details enhance each event and highlight Maria’s passion for taking an event from “good” to “great.” Maria is known for her creative flair and ability to design and execute one-of-a-kind events that reflect the values of her clients. She has a passion for perfection and unique talent for creating individualized and memorable events.
Christine Fam, Operations Director
Previously having worked for start-ups, Christine thrives on the unequivocal pace of new ventures as well as organizing the chaos that ensues. With over 16 years of experience in business operations and human resources, she is an operational veteran. She holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Criminology, as well as Master’s level certificates in Project Management and Homeland Security Management. As IMPACT’s Director of Operations, she is excited to use her expertise in workflow analysis and business strategy. An adventurer with a passion for saving the world, Christine loves grammar, cleaning, jigsaw puzzles, and Excel spreadsheets. She has panache for traveling, both domestically across the United States by car and internationally via all methods minus ballooning. Motto: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:9,10) Christine uses this as motivation in her service as Mission Director of Meant 2 Live Foundation.
Natalie Kudrle, Marketing & Events Associate
Natalie started with IMPACT in May and is the newest to join the team. She moved to Washington DC from Minnesota looking to get involved in marketing and events. She graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. Her favorite part about college was planning business development events for other students, leading her to pursue planning events full time. She has previously worked for the Voice of America, English National Ballet, Lloyd Management Property Management, and OutPerform Selling in various marketing roles. Along with her background in marketing, she has worked as a restaurant manager, server, cook, retail associate, and substitute teacher. She is excited to utilize her diverse skillset to make an IMPACT!
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