August 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: People August 2002

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August 2002

Edited By Terence Baker

  Coffee With...Cynthia Kruska

Cynthia Kruska

Cynthia Kruska is the program administrator for the Michigan Judicial Institute, an organization that serves the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing, the state’s capital. She designs and plans continuing education seminars and events for the court’s administrators and, sometimes, for the justices themselves.

What attracted you to the legal side of planning? Initially, I worked for Grand Valley State University [in Allendale, Mich.] organizing career development programs for the school’s 12,000 students. However, I have a master’s degree in judicial administration from the University of Denver Law School, so my current role is better suited for me. I’ve been here since 1988 and enjoying every moment.

What is your role at the institute? The team I work for is one of the largest such institutes in the country, with 19 staff members. Other colleagues keep an eye on the state legislature and update the court’s procedural books. Then it is my job to plan appropriate educational seminars. I also organize distance-learning courses and administrative seminars.

Is there a downside to the job? Being part of state government can be challenging. At the moment, budgets are very tight, and I spend a lot of time applying for grants. Sometimes it is a matter of learning to be creative with the budgets you have.

How do you manage to relax? I love gardening. I have several gardens at my home; my goal is to get rid of all my lawn and turn it into gardens. I’m about halfway there. I also like hiking and sightseeing around Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is so beautiful, especially the Mackinac Bridge, which is truly divine.

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Zint joins MetLife Investors as vice president
Peter Todd Zint, CMP, CMM, has been named vice president, corporate relations and events, for Newport Beach, Va.-based MetLife Investors, a subsidiary of MetLife. Previously, Zint served as director of corporate events at AXA Distributors, a subsidiary of AXA Financial, in New York City.

Leake signs on at Jackson Marketing Group
Pat Leake has joined Atlanta-based Jackson Marketing Group, a global event management company, as director of conference services. Leake was last employed at McGettigan Partners, also in Atlanta.

  • Austin Frost has been promoted to regional director of sales and marketing at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. He is based in London and oversees the chain’s sales offices in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia.
  • Sally Henderson is retiring from her post as director of sales for the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau after 18 years of service. Promoted Lysa Lewin takes over the position.
  • Renee J. Karlin has been named sales manager at the 500-room Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The property opens this October.
  • Lauren LoBue has joined the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Convention & Visitors Bureau as convention sales manager.
  • Marilyn McDermott has been appointed New York sales manager at the 107-room Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina in Montauk, N.Y.
  • Mary Rocereto has been named director of sales and marketing at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.
  • Candice Taylor joins the 487-room Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa as its director of group sales. Sharon Griffin has been hired as the hotel’s sales manager, with responsibility for clients in Washington, D.C., and the Southeast.
  • Pat Westcott has been appointed director of national accounts for Omni Hotels. She is based in Denver.
  • If you would like notice of a career move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Terence Baker, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:
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