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Mary Kay Bonoma

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Susan Miceli

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Matt Quinn

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Jean Schmid

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Mary Wilkie

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Eric Fine

Director of Sales & Marketing


Christine DeSousa

Assistant Director of 

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David Cohen

Member Relations Manager



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Ashley Brandon

Executive Director
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Emilee Lyons

Event Manager
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Crini Cieski

Director of Special Events


Samantha Vitale

Special Events Senior Project Manager


Megan Krumwiede

Special Events Project Manager



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Terrell Johnson

Executive Director

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Kari Kramer

ProStart® Program Manager

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