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: Melissa Carter, Courtyard Marriott Lake George
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.

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: Kayla Kreis, Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau
518-584-1531 ext 108,
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: Brian Maggiotto, Taconic, a Kimpton Hotel
Committee Roles: Prospect Outreach, Non-Member Attendance, Affiliate Member Program

Chair of Student Members: Atul Rai, Rivers Casino

Chair of Membership Events:  Judy Rucinski, CMP, NYSUT

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

Inquiries: Jennifer Gregory, MBA, National Sales Director, Visit Buffalo Niagara

888-228-93369 ext. 279,