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Featured GMIC APEX Trainers
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Meet the GMIC APEX Featured Trainers

 Danielle Adams is a certified meeting professional (CMP) with over 20 years of experience in event planning and management. Her passion for sustainability resulted in a position as one of 14 MPI members trained to deliver MPI’s CSR Sessions – Knowledge, Measurement and Strategy, as well as a representative on the US TAG 250 for the ISO 20121 Sustainable Event Standard Development.  She is a contributing writer for Prevue Magazine and green/sustainable resource for the editor.                           Contact: Danielle Adams 

Lindsay Arell, LEED AP O+M | Sustainable Programs Manager, Colorado Convention Center /SMG & Principal and Founder, Arell Logic

Lindsay Arell is president of Arell Logic, a consulting firm that helps venues and facilities evaluate their operation and implement sustainable practice. Her goal is to develop programs that not only reduce a venue’s environmental impact, but also provide cost savings. Arell Logic sustainable project management delivers value by modifying practices of energy consumption, waste reduction/diversion, water conservation, air quality; while also engaging with the local community to form strategic partnerships.

Contact: Lindsay Arell 
   Midori Connolly is CEO and Chief AVGirl at Pulse Staging and Events. Pulse Staging is best known for producing the industry's first set of guidelines for sustainable AudioVisual Staging – becoming the solid industry expert on the topic of green AV for live events. She is a Platinum Speaker for MPI, Green AV Columnist for rAVe, AVGirl advice columnist for, Director on the Green Meetings Industry Council international Board of Directors and served on InfoComm International's first-ever Green AV Task Force. She’s an expert at hybrid meeting production for clients such as PCMA and BMW and is devoted to making AV technology more human, approachable and sustainable.   When not speaking, writing or creating AudioVisual wonders, Midori can be found golfing, riding horses, or even racing the world’s first veggie-oil offroad car with her two children and husband in sunny San Diego, CA.

Amanda L. Gourgue, CMP, LEED AP is a revolutionist! She started her own company called Meeting Revolution. It is a meeting and event company that specializes in environmental friendly meetings. Meeting Revolution also assists meeting facilities in becoming socially responsible.                                                                      Contact: Amanda Gourgue:  

Diana Graling, CMM CMP CSEP

Diana Graling CMM, CMP, CSEP is an award-winning certified meetings and special events professional who has earned accolades and international awards managing events for corporations, international associations, and not-for-profit agencies. Diana is an active leader and educator in the industry, serving on the boards of various meetings and events associations.

Diana was selected as the lead instructor and developer for GMIC's Foundations for Sustainable Event Planning course. This course provides the business context to sustainability integration and prepares participants to be ready for ISO 20121 courses and GMIC's APEX/ASTM 7 Steps to Integration Course.
Contact: Diana Graling 
 Judy Kucharuk self-professed control freak, it is not unusual that Judy chose the event planning and project management business as a career path.   After witnessing firsthand the excessive waste that resulted from the large scale events she was managing, Judy became intrigued with the green meeting trend and shortly thereafter joined the Green Meeting Industry Council. She was hooked and hasn’t turned back. "I like a challenge and have come to specialize in creating innovative green events in some of the most northern communities where there isn’t a lot of basic eco-infrastructure like recycling programs.” A firm believer that "silence is acceptance”, Kucharuk educates wherever she goes. She developed a green event workshop titled "Learn to Meet Green” where participants are treated to an enthusiastic session that is both humorous and inspiring. As a thought-provoking keynote speaker, Judy leaves her audience feeling good about the world in which they live.                                                                                         Contact Judy :
 Katherine Manfredi, CMM Presentations come to life as Katherine Manfredi draws upon 20+ years of diverse event management and training experience. With the distinct honor of being the sole person selected and trained to deliver all three of these key industry programs, Katherine is qualified as: a Platinum Series Speaker for MPI’s three Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs for Meeting Professional’s International (MPI) - Knowledge, Measurement and Strategic CSR, an Accredited Trainer for MPI’s Global Training programs for the Global Certification in Business Meetings & Events at select universities worldwide, and an Approved GMIC Trainer for the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards 7 Steps to Integration®.
Contact Katherine:

Beverly Oviedo, CMP

Beverly Oviedo is a certified meeting professional and founder of Sustainable Solutions by Design, a company developed to help organizations integrate sustainable practices into their organizational culture.

Ms. Oviedo has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Chico, in Instructional Design and Technology; a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communication Design, with an option in Graphic Design and Web; and a minor in Tourism. She has completed her Masters Degree in the Science of Instructional Design and Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Presidio Graduate School Executive Program in Sustainable Management, in San Francisco and an internationally accredited sustainability manager by the Sustainable Event Alliance of Australia. Contact Beverly Oviedo

 Deborah Popely, Senior Director, Organizational Development and Training, Delta Institute   "Making meeting and events more sustainable is critical, because it influences the practices of so many sectors of the economy.  The APEX standard will help drive the transformation of this industry along the supply chain. Being an official trainer, equipped with the latest information and tools, will make a big difference for me in helping customers understand the importance of the green meetings and events movement"         Contact Deb:

Amy Spatrisano, CMP is a principal of MeetGreen®, a BS 8901 Sustainable Events certified conference management and consulting firm specializing in green meetings. Internationally recognized as a leader in the sustainable meeting and event management field, Amy has been named one of "The 25 Most Powerful in the Meetings Industry", acknowledged as one of the "Growing Green Leaders” and included in the list of Eco-Leaders. She is cofounder of the Green Meeting Industry Council, is co-author of "Simple Steps to Green Meetings and Events”. In addition, she chaired the APEX Green Meetings and Events Practice Panel work in partnership with ASTM to develop green meeting standards for the meetings industry. Amy is currently a member of the working group for the Global Reporting Initiative’s Event Organizers Sector Supplement.She is longtime MPI member having served as chapter president, chair of the International Chapter Leadership Committee and as an International Board of Directors.                       Contact Amy:

 Andrew Walker is an Event Strategist at Eco-Efficient Events (E3) Limited based in London, England. He launched the company with the belief we have an amazing opportunity to create business events that increase learning, motivation, networking, productivity and social legacy, while reducing waste, emissions, energy/water consumption, and cost. In addition to serving on the GMIC Board, Andrew sits on the MPI CSR Advisory Council and is actively involved in the ISO 20121 standard development process as a member of the Canadian National Mirror Committee.  Andrew is also in the final phase of his Master in Environmental Studies (MES) at Toronto’s York University, specializing in Sustainable Meeting and Event Management, and expects to graduate in June 2012. Contact Andrew:

Johanna Walsh, is an eco-event planner and consultant based in New York City and San Francisco. She is the founder and manager of Twirl Management, a firm that develops and promotes environmentally responsible opportunities for events. Twirl Management is a Certified Green Business by the City & County of San Francisco. Walsh is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Northern California Chapter of the Green Meeting Industry Council, a member of APEX Green Meeting Standards A/V Committee and the ISO 20120 Sustainable Events Management Group.

Contact Johanna: