• MPI Michigan Chapter Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

    POSTED July 28, 2022
    Photo credit: Photo courtesy of MPI Michigan/Debbie Hughes, CMP, MPI Michigan president

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Michigan chapter inaugurated a new board of directors during its Celebration! gala at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City in June 2022. 

The organization of meeting professionals offers education, leadership training, scholarships, and professional development for its members. Each year, MPI Michigan also hosts industry events and networking forums, including a Mid-Winter Symposium and the MIP Great Lakes Education Summit.

The 2022-23 board members are:

Debbie Hughes, CMP, president (Michigan District LCMS) 

Jenn Morden, CMP, CTA, president elect (Connect Space Inc) 

Karalee McKinstry, immediate past president (Consumers Energy) 

Brett Bowman, vice president, finance (Traverse City Tourism) 

Sarah Dysinger, CMP, CTA, vice president, education (Treeline Associates) 

Kim Corcoran, CMP, vice president, Membership (Destination Michigan) 

Jennifer Berkemeier, vice president, Leadership Development (Huntington Place) 

Cathy Mayhew, CTA, vice president, Communications (AGC Michigan) 

Stacy Yerby, CGMP, director of strategic partnerships (AMS) 

Dorothy Dean, Director of Monthly Meetings (Mount Pleasant Area CVB) 

Lindsay Kirchinger, CMP, director of Regional Conference (Michigan Economic Development Corporation) 

Kara Zimmer, director of member care (Boyne Resorts) 

Linda Bahr, CMM, CMP, director of fundraising and special events (Raising the Bahr Events) 

Mary Gettel, CMP, director of social media (Health Care Association of Michigan) 

Elizabeth Pike, CMP, chapter admin (Treeline Associates) 

For more information, visit mpi.org/chapters/michigan


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Michigan hospitality industry professionals were recognized by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) for being top leaders during its annual Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner held recently at St. John’s Resort in Plymouth.

“It’s a wonderful occasion to be able to celebrate the achievements of some of the finest in our industry,” says MRLA President and CEO Justin Winslow. “These individuals have made an impact on the guest experience, their coworkers, and respective organizations.”


Marcy Simpson is the new executive director of the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. A lifelong southwest Michigan resident, she succeeds Millicent Huminsky, who recently retired after serving the council for 37 years. Brandi Tucker has been appointed to fill Simpson’s previous role as office manager. Sarah Steffens has also joined the organization, replacing Tucker as group sales and marketing coordinator.