Phoenix NACE December Newsletter Print

President's Report

A Letter From the President:

Looking back at the past year, I take a breath, as so many things come to mind. Of course, the effects of Covid-19, is in the forefront. It has affected absolutely each and every one of us. It was extremely hard and challenging with all of the shifting, recreating and the unknowns. Though in the end we have ALL been able to RISE UP and overcome this to the best of our abilities, because that’s what we do! We overcome!

As event specialists, it is natural to take challenges, and we know there will always be challenges, and make them opportunities. Opportunities to create new paths that otherwise would have not been seen or presented. I consider all of the new paths created, blessings. I know that I have so many blessings to be thankful for this year including the opportunity to rebrand, create our own video content and focus on the inner workings of our business. And this has proven to be priceless.

However, a frontrunner of those blessings is hands down, Phoenix NACE. Phoenix NACE has allowed us as a community to stay connected, to stay educated and to provide a forum of collaboration and support for one another. Phoenix NACE has provided so much opportunity to reinvent our programs and bring in magical content, compliments of NACE National. We planned 13 virtual events, along with 3 in-person, and one family experience at the Phoenix Zoo. That's 17 events! Phoenix NACE has allowed me to grow professionally in ways I never would have anticipated. This truly has been a phenomenal year of growth for us and we thank you all for your involvement in it and for supporting our chapter.  

2020 was just a stepping stone for 2021, which is going to be invigorating and filled with even more opportunity and joy! Our board is planning on January and February being virtual events, in a different fashion, with the hope of March being an actual in person meeting. We will keep you updated as we all know that our in-person meetings can quickly change back to virtual. We will also be hosting our 2020 awards event in 2021 as it is important to the Phoenix NACE board to honor our winners in person.

Thank you so much to all of you and most importantly to our amazing board members who have been so wonderful to collaborate with this year.

If anyone is interested in joining the board in 2021, we have a few opportunities to get involved! Please reach out to me!

Cheers to 2021!



Your Phoenix NACE Chapter President

Kellie Mendoza

Amoroma Productions

[email protected]

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Thank you to our renewing members:

Melissa Balthazor - AC Hotel Downtown
Ginia Lucas, CPCE - Festive Events and Rentals 
Sandra Campbell - Fable Photo and Video
Dawn Petersen, CPCE - XO Dawn Designs 
Darwin Mann - NAU Faculty
Nikki Jorgensen - Events by NJ
Tony Medlock - PJs Flowers and Events
Julie Brown Pflueger, CPCE - Check It DONE Events
David Cronin - Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Sandra Bohn - Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Noelle Salinas - Fresh From The Kitchen
Barbara Grace - Ray the DJ 
Michael Stavros - M Culinary Concepts
Karen Gordon - Goodshuffle Pro 
Mallory Mullen - Goodshuffle Pro
Amber Allen CPCE - Hotel Valley Ho
Kellie Mendoza CPCE - Amoroma Productions
Marisa Asdurian - The Helm by Beth Helmestetter
Francine Kades - The Balloon PeopleSandra Campbell - Fable Photo and Video 
Delores Row - DePoy Studios 
Jasmine Schowalter - NAU
Bailey Michaels - NAU
Jaci Maggio - NAU
Josh Ranker - NAU
Mikayla Harang - NAU

2020 New Members:

Eric Friedman - Corporate Presentation network
Jaime Figueroa - Divinity Event Productions
Michael Tabaka - SRP PERA
Raymie Grimm - U of Arizona Student Union
Alexandra Ortega - U of Arizona Student Union
Lisa Naik - U of Arizona Student Union
Klaas DeWaal - Catering Magazine
Heidi Maxwell - Merestone
Bryce Kulzar - NAU
Lindsey Bragg - NAU
Sarina Sommers - NAU
Kaitlyn Staley - NAU
Jasmin Zuniga - NAU
Leslie Lejar - Leslie Ann Photography
Stephanie Calderon - Casino Del Sol
Johnique Woods - U of A Student Union - Student
Angelique Leon - University of Arizona - Corporate
Stephanie Bixby - University of Arizona - Corporate
Melissa Hall - Doubletree by Hilton North
Joseph Isaacs - Buzz Pop
Ben Glass - Curate
Natasha Zapanta - Freshbooks
Adam Hoffman - Freshbooks
Caitlin Sullivan - Instawork
Mallory Mullen - Goodshuffle

NACE NATIONAL Membership programs:

The National Board has enacted several resources and measures to maintain our strong, vibrant community. Below are two options for both new and renewing members. 

The Membership Support Program - Is still available! This program helps existing members experiencing financial hardship stay connected to the NACE community and all the resources and support NACE offers.

New Member Campaign - This program helps new members by providing 15 months for the price of 12.

How to Use These ProgramsIf you would like to enroll in either program, please contact the national office at , via chat at  or by phone at 410-290-5410.

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November Meeting Recap

Our November meeting was held at the amazing Phoenix Zoo!! It was very bittersweet as the Phoenix NACE Board decided that due to the pandemic, we should not continue with our regular program. With that, we made the event a Zoo Light experience for all Members, Non-Members, Families and Guests!

Although we dearly missed the opportunity to have our annual wine dinner and annual financial meeting together, we knew that taking the proper safeguards for our community was more important.

Thank you to the everyone for your patience and for your participation in the Phoenix Zoo's most famous Zoo Light's Event! Deborah Beggs our Programs Chair and Kellie Mendoza, CPCE our President were able to at least greet everyone at the door and hand out tickets in person. 

Thank you so much as well as the Phoenix Zoo for your commitment to NACE!

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cpce Scholarship winner announcement!

This year Phoenix NACE provided another CPCE Scholarship opportunity and would like to announce that the winner is: 

Nicole Jorgensen with Events with NJ 

Congrats Nicole!! We are so excited for you to become a CPCE in 2021!!!

CPCE is an incredible way for an existing NACE Member to become a Certified Professional In Catering and Events! The scholarship, a $525 value, is such an amazing way to to achieve additional professional growth and to set yourself apart from the rest of the industry! If you have any questions about CPCE, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Vice President Jo Ann M. Grant, CPCE or our President Kellie Mendoza, CPCE. 

Here is the link to the NACE National website where you can learn more about CPCE:

Thank you so much!!

Kellie Mendoza, CPCE - Chapter President - [email protected]

Jo Ann M. Grant, CPCE - Chapter Vice President - [email protected]

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Community Service

Earlier this year, the Phoenix NACE Board chose the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) as our 2020-2021 Charity. We are very excited to partner with this amazing organization. 

If you are interested in donating, they are accepting towels and blankets. Any of our board members would be happy to pick up these items and take them to the shelter.  

Website Information:

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From NACE National

The national website has a ton of helpful resources and additional information to check out. Flag this page for future reading!

Here are some of the topics: 

  • Understanding and Monitoring Covid - 19 News & Resources
  • Why NACE? and Becoming a Member
  • Member Support Services 
  • New Member and Renewing Membership Options
  • CPCE 
  • Catering and Event Trends
  • Entreprenuership
  • NACE Scholarships & Grants
  • NACE National Board & Code of Ethics
  • About Foundation

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Meet the Board

President –Kellie Mendoza, CPCE, Amoroma Productions

Vice President – Jo Ann M. Grant, CPCE, Apropos Creations

Treasurer – Sandi Campbell, Fable Photo & Video

Immediate Past President – Allison Chapin, CPCE, Hotel Valley Ho

Programs Chair – Cristina Depoy, Depoy Studios

Programs Chair – Deborah Beggs

Fundraising Chair – Deloris Rowe, Depoy Studios

Community Service Chair - Dawn Peterson, CPCE

Membership Chair– Julie Brown Pflueger, CPCE, Check It DONE Events!

Communications Chair – Nicole Jorgenson, Events With NJ

Social Media Committee - Joyceln Edwards, Northern Arizona University

Hospitality Chair – Tony Medlock, AIFD, PFCI, PJs Flowers & Events

NAU Student Chapter Liaison – Darwin Mann, Northern Arizona University

** We are looking for the following positions: Director of Communications, Director of Social Media and Director of Fudraising! All great positions for involvement on the board!**

Your Phoenix NACE Board is here to connect! Please dont hesitate to reach out to any of us to assist with any questions about NACE or just to say hello and check in!

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Social Media

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information, updates, and  posts on Phoenix NACE!



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Thank You!

Thank you so very much for taking the time to read and enjoy this newsletter! We appreciate you all so very much! 


Your Phoenix NACE Chapter President

Kellie Mendoza, CPCE

[email protected]

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