Chapter Leadership

Matthew Bonavita

Matthew Bonavita, President

Rhythm In Motion, President and Founder

Matt Bonavita transcends the role of average DJ entertainer with unique combination of theatricality, sensitivity, an endless supply of fresh music ideas and over two decades of professional DJ experience.

As owner and lead Disc Jockey for his company, Rhythm In Motion, Matt and his staff have performed at a wide array of venues and events, from some of the hottest night clubs in New York City to Saturday Night Live After Parties, Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” premiere party and corporate, nonprofit and private events

Matt joined the New York Metro Chapter of the International Live Events Association in 2008. Since his initial sign up he has been a featured speaker at the Northeast Regional Education conference, ILEA Live 2018, a committee member, a Board member, VP of membership and now Chapter President.

Matt credits his exposure and education through ILEA with the growth of Rhythm In Motion. With over 19 years’ experience in all types of events, Matt values the vision, flow and vibe of every event that Rhythm In Motion is entrusted with and always uses his event experience and his skills to make it a live event to remember.

Jaclyn Zendrian

Jaclyn Zendrian, President Elect / Treasurer
CurePSP, Vice President for Events

Jaclyn Zendrian currently serves as the Vice President for Events at CurePSP. CurePSP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to awareness, education, care, and cure for devastating prime of life neurodegenerative diseases. Jaclyn began working in events in 2008 at The Johns Hopkins University, Neurology Development Department as a Development Coordinator. After leaving Johns Hopkins, Jaclyn became Project Manager at a continuing medical education organization, Med-IQ.

Jaclyn has a BA in Business and an MA in Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She also has her Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate from Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and St. Louis University.She lives in Jersey City with her two cats, Friday and Josie. If she’s not reading a good book she’s also volunteering with the International Live Events Association (ILEA) or drinking a better glass of wine with good friends.

Jessica Alton

Jessica Alton, Immediate Past President 

Thomas Preti Events, Event Director

Jessica Alton is an Event Director at Thomas Preti Events.  She has selling and crafting events with Thomas Preti for 15 years.  Jessica started planning events long before joining Thomas Preti.  Always loving to entertain, she parlayed her passion for throwing parties into a career. Her favorite part about event planning is being able to extend her circle of events (and budget) making every day a celebration.

Prior to joining Thomas Preti she pursued careers in technology and media.  She worked for CMP Media and founded an internet commerce company.  She graduated from Union College in Schenectady NY and has her masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Ally Masi

Ally Masi, Vice President of Communications


Ally is a marketing professional specializing in corporate executive events. Her current role at Salesforce, the world’s leading CRM technology company, focuses on delivering high-touch, executive-level customer thought leadership and experiences to drive measurable business results. Prior to Salesforce, Ally spent 8 years at W2O, an integrated marketing and communications agency, where she designed and executed meaningful live experiences including media events, sponsorship activations, product launches, conferences and more for the agency and its healthcare and technology clients. Ally has been a member of ILEA since 2016 and received the 2017 Rising Star award.


Carline Beaubrun, CSEP, Vice President of Education and Programs

Events By Carline, Founder and Event Designer
Carline Beaubrun is a certified event management professional and is a proud graduate of the George Washington University School of Business, the Owner and Creative Director of Events By Carline a full service event production company. She began her career in the event industry more than fifteen years ago creating custom decor and exceptional experiences for social events. Carline is best known for her creative ideas, themes, unexpected decor accents and exquisite attention to every detail.

Carline’s passion for the event industry has enabled her to become the founder and host of Event Pros Let’s Talk, a social media platform where she, event industry professionals and leaders share their event industry knowledge and experiences. She also teaches event design workshops nationwide.


Fernando Coelho, Vice President for Membership
LA Photo Party.

Fernando is currently the client relations manager at LA Photo Party, “turning clients into friends and competitors into partners” is his motto. Coming into the event industry from a law enforcement career was a difficult task to say the least but ILEA was the perfect place to expand his network and grow that family.

When he is not at an event, Fernando is a certified yoga instructor and is busy raising his six year old son.

Carl Bambina

Carl Bambina, Director
High Style Rentals

I have worked with event producers, wedding/venue planners, and live event designers for over 16 years.  My years of experience include working first in production, then moving on a sales manager, and currently as Vice President of Salem for High Style Rentals.

I understand that each event presents unique challenges, whether it involves special logistics or a High End client.  Together with the High Style Rental's team of specialists, we apply out experience and talents to complete any task out client's require.


Melissa Blazejewski, Director of Education and Programs

BlazeEvents, Owner and Director of Events

Melissa Blazejewski is the Owner and Director of Events at BlazeEvents, an event planning, management and consulting company supporting clients in various industries. Melissa has been organizing corporate events for 9 years, deciding to open her own business in a 2017, which was always a dream of hers.

Prior to BlazeEvents, Melissa worked for Undertone, a digital advertising and technology company both in New York and Chicago. She also worked for NewsCred, a content marketing software company as Head of Global Events. Her experience in the corporate event industry has enabled her to think tactically and strategically to measure and drive success for her clients.

Melissa graduated from The University of Delaware with a degree in Mass Media Communication and currently resides in New York City. She joined the ILEA NYC Board of Directors in 2019. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore the city and spend time with family and friends.

Sarah Bondar, Director at Large

The Charles Group, Inc., Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer at The Charles Group, Inc. Sarah is not only responsible for overseeing business and staffing operations, she also manages key client accounts and produces memorable events and meetings globally for corporate, nonprofit and association clients. Sarah has a passion for designing large scale events with a WOW factor and is responsible for producing many of the events that have won multiple ILEA Garden State Awards for The Charles Group in the categories of ‘Best Event Design/Décor’ and ‘Best Planner of a Corporate or Non-Profit Event’.

Prior to joining The Charles Group in 2013, Sarah worked for a global events management company (Universal WorldEvents) producing large meetings, incentives and conferences in almost every country in the world. At one point in her life travel was so fast paced that she would often wake up onsite at events not recalling in which country she was at that time! She was transferred to UWE’s US office in November 2008 and now calls the United States her permanent home. Sarah graduated from the prestigious UK Center for Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University in England where she received an Events Management Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. She brings to the board over 15 years of experience in the event industry.

Michael Friedman, Director At Large

Business Development Manager, Zak Events

Michael Friedman is the Business Development Manager at ZAK Events, a premier event design and production company. His job is to grow the ZAK Events business, acting as an ambassador between potential clients and the ZAK Events team while strategically building relationships with venues and vendors alike. He was first drawn to events in high school when he single-handedly organized a fundraiser that brought a headlining comedian to his small home town in Massachusetts to raise money for a band trip to Carnegie Hall. From there, he organized numerous golf tournaments and fundraisers as a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

After graduating, a fortuitous overseas encounter with a New York City event designer David Beahm lead to his move to New York City, where he quickly fell in love with the art of connecting people in the industry. In his first year in the city, he brokered event deals with numerous corporate and non-profit clients, including a Van Cleef and Arpels’ 5th Avenue installation, the Guild Hall Summer Gala, and two projects with the Rolls-Royce Motorcars of North America. Before joining the ZAK Events team, Michael also spent time with the Wildlife Conservation Society, working with corporate and social clients hosting events at the Central Park Zoo, forging more relationships with caterers, planners and other event professionals along the way.

Michael lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his boyfriend and cat and enjoys entertaining his friends whenever he can. When he’s not in New York, you can often find him spending time with his family outside of Boston, or waterskiing at his family cottage in the middle-of-nowhere, Maine.

Sabrina Shore, Director of Communications

CEO & Founder of Influence Digital Solutions

Multi-faceted business woman with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for growing businesses of all sizes through social media marketing, web re-design, and email content. Her clients include a few of New York’s most outstanding event planning, design, and production professionals.

Sabrina graduated cum laude in 2011 with a BA in Tourism and Hospitality and an MS Tourism Management in 2013. Since then, Sabrina has lived in multiple countries, traveled around the world and worked in many different fields, such as an international travel agent, college professor, researcher, and hotel associate. This has given her new perspectives and knowledge about what it means to be a world citizen, which allows her to connect every company to its target market. Currently, she resides in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NY.

Elaina Luparello

Elaina Luparello, Director

Cirque Central, Founder and Creative Director

Elaina Luparello is the founder and creative director of Cirque Central.

With a background in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Elaina delved into the world of performance, aerial and entertainment after graduate school.  

She was one of the founding board members of US Aerial which served as a platform to unite the circus and aerial arts in America.

While training and performing throughout the US and abroad she established a network of talent, mentors and experience in the event world which she utilized to create Cirque Central in 2015.

Elaina has since been extraordinarily lucky and grateful to be able to help elevate the live event experience by adding unique and engaging entertainment enhancements. 


Jeff Wibben, Director

Founder & CEO -  Golf Pro Delivered, LLC

Jeff is a PGA Professional and Founder of Golf Pro Delivered, a mobile-golf-event company that brings portable golf simulators and PGA Pros to corporate events around the country.  From rooftops in NYC, to backyards in California, his portable golf setups allow his team to introduce golf to people that normally wouldn't go to a golf course.  The company has a focus on professional service and instruction, and also prides itself on being one of the most world-class entertainment additions to Fortune 500 Company event lineups.  To date. Jeff and his team have given over 10,000 golf lessons.

Jeff is passionate about creating positive change, and he loves helping people.  His personal mission through GPD is helping more people experience golf, especially women and minorities, because he's seen how much it'll help enrich your life.  Since graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2013, Jeff developed his golf teaching philosophies while working as a pro at Pebble Beach in California, and in 2016 - started his dream of owning his own business.  His life motto is - Leave every person, place, and thing better off than you found them.