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 Judy Rucinski, CMP at (


Committee Job Descriptions

VP of Membership: Judy Rucinski, CMPNYSUT
518-213-6000 x6627,
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, advisor and counselor to assigned Committees. Communicate MPI’s programs and incentives to both members and member prospects.
Director of Membership: Colleen Whitaker, Hilton Garden Inn Troy &The Rensselaer Banquet & Conference Center
Responsible for maintaining an active and ongoing campaign to recruit and retain chapter members.  Encourage member involvement in committees.

Director of Leadership Development: Melissa Carter, Marriott Courtyard, Lake George
Manages and is responsible for the tracking, support and growth of our chapter volunteers as they progress through leadership in the chapter.

Chair of Retention: Shannon Perry, 
Lucky Strike Social
Committee Roles: New Member Orientation, New Member Onboarding, Member Renewals

Chair of Recruitment: Kayla Kreis, Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau
518-584-1531 x108,
Committee Roles: Prospect Outreach, Non-Member Attendance, Affiliate Member Program

Database Coordinator / Special Projects: Janine Vellucci, The Williams Inn