Membership Team

The Membership Team is charged with total member care to include recruitment, retention and recognition. The committee works to encourage Northeastern New York meeting industry professionals to become members of our chapter. Upon joining, the team welcomes and orients new members, and ensures a ROI through member engagement at both the local and global level. Finally, this team is responsible to design and execute the annual membership event that recognizes members for outstanding service to the chapter and/or industry.

Interested in becoming a member of MPI’s Northeastern New York Chapter or joining the Membership Team? Contact Melissa Carter at

Committee Job Descriptions

VP of Membership
Provide direction and leadership to maintain and increase MPI membership. Work with chapter administrator to maintain a current roster of Chapter members and prospects. Act as coach, adviser and counselor to assigned Committees. Communicate MPI’s programs and incentives to both members and member prospects.

Melissa Carter, Area Director of Sales
Springhill Suites & Fairfield Inn New York LaGuardia
Direct: 518-337-6526

Director of Membership
Responsible for maintaining an active and ongoing campaign to recruit and retain chapter members.  Encourage member involvement in committees.

Colleen Whitaker, Director of Sales
Courtyard by Marriott Saratoga Springs and Excelsior Springs Event Center
Direct: 518-953-1992

Director of Leadership Development
Manages and is responsible for the tracking, support and growth of our chapter volunteers as they progress through leadership in the chapter.

Kayla Kreis, Wedding Market Manager – Sales Coordinator
Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau

Direct: 518-584-1531 ext. 108

Chair of Recruitment
Alysha Bigelow, Director of Sales
Courtyard Albany Clifton Park
Direct: 518.579.6151

Chair of Retention
New Member Orientation, New Member Onboarding, Member Renewals

Shannon Perry, Event Sales Manager
Lucky Strike Social
Direct: 518-556-3360

Chair of Membership Events
Judy Rucinski, CMP, Meeting Planner
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)

Office: 518-213-6000

Database Coordinator / Special Projects
Janine Vellucci, Catering Sales Manager
The Williams Inn

Direct: 413-458-9371

Inquiries / Special Projects
Jenilyn Mescall, CMP, National Sales Manager

Visit Buffal Niagara
Direct: 716.218.2947