by Terence Baker | January 01, 2007


Kupferschmidt goes to Doe Fund

Kirsten Kupferschmidt has joined the Manhattan-based Doe Fund, a nonprofit organization that finds employment for homeless people, as director of special events. She will be in charge of 20 to 25 events a year, including Doe’s annual fundraising gala. Formerly, she was director of special events and individual giving at the Brooklyn-based Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens.

Krzmarzick appointed at SCORE Association

Karen Krzmarzick, CAE, CMP, has been named vice president of field operations at the Washington, D.C.-based SCORE Association, a nonprofit counseling organization for small businesses. She formerly served as assistant director of education for the Alexandria, Va.-based American Society for Industrial Security.


Cheryl Deem has been appointed senior director, client management, at Chicago-based association management company SmithBucklin.

Mark Haley has been promoted to vice president of facilities at the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. Also promoted was Chris Meyer, to vice president of convention sales.

Julia K. Hansen has been named director of sales and marketing at the 428-room Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

James Jessie has been promoted at the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau to vice president of sales. The bureau also promoted John Harmon to director of resort sales, Ted Pennison to director of convention sales, Pamela Plonsky to convention services and housing coordinator, and Jan Thomas to associate director of convention services.

Michelle Laredo-Torres is the new director of conference services at the 187-room Glen Cove (N.Y.) Mansion Hotel & Conference Center.

Michael A. Valentino has joined the 345-room Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu as director of group sales.

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Jack VoorheesI saved on cost by letting the chef create some new menus around our budget.

Jack Voorhees is director of educational programs and services at the Bloomington, Ind.-based nonprofit Association of College Unions International (, founded in 1914. Voorhees has held the post since 2005.

What is the ACUI about? Our core purpose is to be the leader in advancing community-building programs on university campuses. Our members are students as well as college-union and student-activities professionals, and we now have some 4,000 individual members in 800 institutions. Professionals expand their horizons and education by attending seminars and institute programs, while students concentrate on developing skills in programs such as leadership and hate-crime prevention.

What do you do at the association? I am the meeting planner for our annual conference. I started at the ACUI planning leisure-oriented student programs, such as bowling, billiards, table tennis, clay targets, etc., but when our associate executive director resigned, I began filling his responsibilities, which included organizing professional development programs.

Can you tell us about a recent adventure in planning? I asked the Kansas City Marriott Downtown if it would be willing to prepare four entrees in a “tasting style” dinner. The chef presented each entree, and we rated the dishes as they do on TV’s Iron Chef. Thankfully, the chef thought it was a charming idea. I saved on cost by letting the chef create some new menus around our budget. It also helped develop my partnership with hotel staff.