2016-2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Donna DeFrancesco, President
Donna DeFrancesco is an award winning Wedding and Event Planner, and the owner of Majestic Moments Event Planning. Donna has worked in the events industry for over 8 years.
She is dedicated to providing her clients with the comfort that allows them to enjoy the party too. Always having a passion for planning and design, Donna is a Certified Wedding and Event Planner and a Preston Bailey Certified Wedding and Event Designer.
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Marni Gold, Immediate Past President
Marni’s career started as a vocalist after she attended the University of Central Florida and achieved a Bachelor Of Music Performance.
Then as a teacher after earning her Masters Degree in Education from U of PX. She has traveled all over the world acting and performing Opera and Musical Theater.
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Patty Stern, VP of Education & Programs
Patty was a pioneer in the meeting & event industry with technology, embracing the role that strategic marketing plays to generate excitement, increase attendance at events and conferences and streamline the process. She is the creative trust behind PattyStern.Com, which houses three service divisions: Patty Stern Creative, DMM Group Meetings & Events and her latest endeavor, Ladies Who Lunch NYC Spouse Programs & Client Events.
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Anthony Gerardi, Treasurer
Anthony Gerardi has been in the entertainment industry for 26 years. He started as a hobby and eventually became a business owner. In 1990 he opened Partners In Sound Productions and over the years the company grew so much that Anthony, along with his partners started The Partners In Sound Entertainment Group. The company is made up of 5 divisions and each company specializes in different aspects of the industry. Platinum Entertainment performs exclusively at Wedding celebrations.
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Allan Katz, President Elect
Allan Katz is the owner of Comprehensive Wealth Management Group, LLC, Allan is very
involved in the local community, both on a professional and personal level.
Allan is a member of the New York Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, where he
does extensive work with the Pro Bono program, the FPA's Mentoring Program and
MoneyWorks Program as well as volunteering in various high schools for W!SE.
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Veronica Yankowski, VP of Membership
Veronica L. Yankowski is an international award-winning photographer specializing in documentary style events, soulful portraits, and empowering boudoir.
Veronica began her career in 1996 after earning her degree in journalism (cum laude) from Rider University.
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Diane Rozas, Director of Education & Programs
Jerry Arduino, Director of Education & Programs
Jerry Arduino opened Beardsley Events in 2006 initially as a Company that distributes supplies and décor for the Event/Party Industry.
In early 2007 he expanded to add Event Planning for Themed Parties, Reunions, Galas, Corporate, Wedding and Social Events to its services. Jerry holds a certification as an International Event and Wedding Planning Professional (IEWP)
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