New National Board announced for US Society of Government Meeting Professionals

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New National Board announced for US Society of Government Meeting Professionals

The US Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) has announced its newly elected National Board of Directors and Gilmer Institute of Learning trustees for 2021-2023.

The newly elected leaders will be installed virtually in June and recognised at the upcoming 39th Annual National Education Conference (NEC), September 21-23 2021 in Huntsville, Alabama.

Missouri Government Meeting Planner Annette Wallace (pictured), CMP, CGMP, was elected president. Wallace serves as event manager for the Hawthorn Foundation in co-operation with the Missouri Governor’s Office where she organises the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development and the Kit Bond Citizen Leadership Award Dinner.

“My experience managing non-profit associations and my 15+ years in government meeting planning has given me insight into association boards, an appreciation for working with volunteers, and understanding of the value of being a member of an association,” said Wallace. “I plan to continue improving SGMP’s educational opportunities to grow leaders, resulting in highly qualified government meeting planners and suppliers across the nation. All the obstacles we have faced this last year have shown me how important it is to be a member of SGMP.” 

The new SGMP National Board of Directors for 2021-2023 includes:

  • President: Annette Wallace, CMP, CGMP (Jefferson City, Missouri)
  • First vice-president: Dina Fong, CGMP (Sacramento, California)
  • Second vice-president: Chris McLaughlin, CGMP (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • Treasurer: Mark Richardson, CGMP (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Secretary: Char Alexander, CGMP, CTA, GMS (Lansing, Michigan)
  • Director: Michelle Hawkins, CGMP (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Director: Lorie Jaegers, CGMP, CTA (Columbia, Missouri)
  • Director: Christine Pribbernow, CGMP (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
  • Immediate past president: Michelle Milligan, MSW, LMSW, CGMP (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Executive director/Ex-officio: Pamela Valenzuela, CAE (Alexandria, Virginia).

SGMP’s educational arm, the Gilmer Institute of Learning (GIL), will welcome three newly elected members, each for a two-year term:

  • Wayne Callis, CGMP (Norfolk, Virginia)
  • Tecumseh Deloney, CGMP (Washington, DC)
  • Kathleen Ryan, CGMP (Washington, DC)

Continuing as GIL trustees are the following:

  • Henry Harper, CGMP (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Mary Robinson, CDME, CGMP (Howell, Michigan)

SGMP president Annette Wallace will serve as the group’s advisory chair. The GIL leads the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) certification, education and programming, scholarships and fundraising for the Society.

SGMP executive director Pamela Valenzuela, CAE, said: “The disruptions of the last year and shifts to more hybrid and virtual meetings show how valuable it is to have a professional home for government meeting professionals who train, plan, learn and collaborate together to create and manage ethical, high-impact, economical government meetings and events that drive our nation’s economy forward.”

Each leader’s two-year term of office begins on July 1, 2021. Visit to learn more.

The SGMP was founded in 1981 and is the only national organisation in the United States dedicated exclusively to individuals who plan and execute government meetings.

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