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Kate Pope | President

Member Since: 2014
Current Business: Owner, Kate Pope Photography



What does ILEA mean to you?

Education. Relationships. Growth.

Developing + nurturing relationships is - undoubtedly - a huge benefit of any member's active involvement in ILEA, but beyond that, to me, ILEA means fostering growth + professionalism in all event professionals by providing education + opportunities, both on the local and international level. I believe that this access to high-level, quality education pushes ILEA members, like me, to provide a higher-level of service to our customers and community, which in turn strengthens the special event industry as a whole.

What's one thing you'd like members + future members to know about you?

I'm not a natural blonde. KIDDING! You already knew that.

I take my leadership role in this organization very seriously and I am always open to hearing how we can make your experience as an ILEA member better. If you have ideas, then I want to hear them. If I can introduce you to someone, then ask me. If you want to get involved, then - by all means - let's make that happen!

Chapter Involvement:
• 2016-2017 President-Elect, Trinity Awards Committee
• 2016-2017 Core Value Award for Education
• 2017 Triangle Wine Committee, Photography
• 2016 Vice President of Programs & Education
• 2015 Director of Programs & Education
• 2015 Trinity Award Winner, Best Editorial




Meridith Walters, CSEP | Immediate Past President

Member Since: 2010
Current Business: General Manager,
Rocky Top Hospitality


Chapter Involvement:


• 2015-2017 President
• 2014-2015 President-Elect, TWE Committee Volunteer Chair, Trinity Committee
• 2015 Core Value Award for Inspiration
• 2013-2014 Vice President of Communications, TWE Commitee Volunteer Chair, Trinity Commitee Co-Chair
• 2013 Esprit Nominee for Best Event Photography
• 2012-2013 Vice President of Communications, TWE Committee Volunteer Co-Chair
• 2012 Esprit Award Winner for Best Event Photography
• 2012 Order of the Lemmon Recipient
• 2011-2012 Director of Proceedings, Trinity Committee Chair, TWE Committee Volunteer Chair






Beth Earley | VP of Programs & Education

Member Since: 2009
Current Business: Sales Manager, Traine Raleigh


What does ILEA mean to you?

I joined ILEA Raleigh Durham as I was new to the Raleigh area and wanted to introduce myself to the industry. Everyone has been truly amazing and I have valued all of my relationships I have made and continue to look forward to making more down the road. I decided to join the board to make a difference in the growing industry that I love so much; I have a passion for events and want to make Raleigh Durham a strong desirable chapter.

What's one thing you'd like members + future members to know about you?

My one and only child is going off to college in the fall and I am about to be an empty-nester. She is truly my best friend and I haven’t lived alone since before she was born! ☹

Chapter Involvement:


• 2016-2017 Director at Large
• 2016-2017 Triangle Wine Committee




Keri Gloth | Vice President of MarCom

Member Since: 2016
Current Business: Event Coordinator, Raleigh Chamber


What does ILEA mean to you?


To me, ILEA means PASSION. Our ILEA Chapter is so full of passion and I do not think I am the only member who thrives off of that! I felt it the moment I walked into my first Educational Meeting in 2016. ILEA brings together those passionate, like-minded event professionals to exchange ideas and information, while building relationships and growing businesses. As a member, I want to help educate our Chapter professionals on the positive impact that being an ILEA Member may have on them & their business. I want to help create excitement among our current members and I want to be able to do that though communication.

What's one thing you'd like members + future members to know about you?

This may come as a surprise ... but I was a part of the competitive cheerleading world starting at the young age of 5 and continued on through my collegiate career. My experience as an athlete and a coach in the sport has taught me many valuable lessons that I apply to my professional and personal life daily. Want to talk camaraderie and team building activities among team members? Or learn how to keep a giant smile on your face while yawning? Maybe you just want to learn about the world of events within the cheerleading industry? Or hey, what about wanting to know the technique behind a back tuck? I am happy to chat with you about it all.. and then some!

Chapter Involvement:

• 2016-2017 Director at Large
• 2016-2017 Trinity Awards Committee






Donnell Perry | Director of Membership

Member Since: 2016
Current Business: Owner, Donnell Perry Photography


What does ILEA mean to you?

ILEA means community and building relationships. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and ILEA has blessed me with the opportunity to meet some amazing event professionals in our chapter. It’s been a great experience and I’m excited about the future.

What's one thing you'd like members + future members to know about you?
I’m a people person and if we haven’t met please introduce yourself to me.

Chapter Involvement:
• 2016-2017 Director at Large
• 2017 Triangle Wine Committee, Photography




William J. Allen | Director of Spirit of Excellence

Member Since: 2003
Current Business: Director of Catering,
Dillon's Cafe Citrix - Raleigh



What does ILEA mean to you?

ILEA is about building relationships within the event industry both locally AND internationally.

What's one thing you'd like members + future members to know about you?

I believe it is important to pay it forward when it comes to sharing event experience & knowledge with the next generation of event superstars.

Chapter Involvement:

• 2015-2017 Director of Spirit of Excellence
• 2016-2017 Triangle Wine Committee, Catering Chair
• 2013-2014 Order of the Lemmon Recipient
• 2013-2014 Triangle Wine Committee, Catering Chair
• 2003-2010 Triangle Wine Committee, Catering Chair
• 2003-2005 Vice President of Communications
• Representing Mitchell's Catering & Events: 1 Esprit Nomination; 6 Trinity Awards






Christine Steffes | Director at Large

Member Since: 2016
Current Business: Owner / Lead Coordinator, Steffes Events


What does ILEA mean to you?


ILEA has been a crucial stepping stone in the growing of my business. I am a member of ILEA to continue to build and strengthen relationships with the stellar vendors who belong to the group, and to keep myself educated and up to date on industry trends, standards, and changes.

What's one thing you'd like members + future members to know about you?

I LOVE planning parties and events, and I especially love any events hosted by the SPCA because I am a HUGE dog/animal lover!
Chapter Involvement:

• 2016-2017 Programs & Education Committee




Angie Wright | Co-Director of Fundraising

Member Since: 2006
Current Business: Owner,
Chic Details

Chapter Involvement:


• 2014-2017 Co-Director of Fundraising, TWE Committee Chair
• 2013-2014 Order of the Lemmon Recipient
• 2013-2014 Director at Large, Fundraising Chair
• 2013 President’s Award Recipient – Most Diplomatic
• 2012-2013 Director at Large, Fundraising Chair
• 2010-2012 Director at Large, Fundraising Chair
• 2007-2009 Served on Membership, Programs and Fundraising Committees






Rick Bryda | Director of Finance

Member Since: 2001
Current Business: President, Total Production Services, Inc.


What does ILEA mean to you?


ILEA gives me the opportunity to meet more customers and vendors then I would be able to meet any other way.

What's one thing you'd like members + future members to know about you?

As the owner of Total Production Services, I am proud to say that we have been in business for 20 years.


Chapter Involvement:


• 2015-2017 Director of Finance
• 2017 Trinity Award Committee, Committee Chair
• 2014 Rick Bryda Distinguished Service Award
• 2012 Trinity Award Winner
• 2011 Order of the Lemmon Award Recipient
• 2010 Order of the Lemmon Award Recipient
• 2010-2011 Vice President of Communications
• 2012-2013 Director at Large, Fundraising Chair
• 2010-2012 Director at Large, Fundraising Chair
• 2007-2009 Served on Membership, Programs and Fundraising Committee




Lewis Bordeau | Co-Director of Fundraising

Member Since: 2000
Current Business: President,Lewis Bordeau Enterprises



What does ILEA mean to you?

My involvement in ILEA, especially as an active Board member, has allowed me the opportunity to:
• enhance my passion for the Hospitality special events business; and
• share my experience, training and expertise with potential, future Event Planners.

What's one thing you'd like members + future members to know about you?

I would be extremely gratified to know that ILEA members would contact me for direction on any subject pertaining to the special event business that could help their career.

Chapter Involvement:

• 2014-2017 Co-Director of Fundraising, TWE Committee Chair
• 2014 Trinity Award Winner for Best Team Effort, Budget $75,000-$200,000
• 2011-2014 Triangle Wine Committee, Co-Chair
• 2011-2012 Order of the Lemmon Award Recipient
• 2010-2011 Director at Large
• 2002-2003 Director at Large