Chapter Leadership

Jaclyn Zendrian

Jaclyn Zendrian, President
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.

Sabrina Shore, President Elect

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.

Matthew Bonavita

Matthew Bonavita, Immediate Past 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 Immediate Past 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.


Yvonne McNair, MBA, CSEP, Vice President of Programs & Education

Captivate Marketing Group (CMG), Founder and Chief Experience Officer

Captivate Marketing Group is led by, Yvonne McNair who is a highly creative, certified and Emmy nominated event producer and entertainment marketing professional. Yvonne has a proven track record of conceptualizing and orchestrating small and large production events, marketing campaigns and programs to effectively create business development opportunities increasing revenue and growth. Yvonne has worked behind the scenes with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Learn more about Yvonne...

Michael Friedman, Vice President for Communications

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.


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.


Carline Beaubrun, CSEP, Director

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.


Melissa Blazejewski, Director

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.


Mark Catuogo, Director

MC Event Consulting LLC, Founder

Mark is an accomplished Event planner who has earned a reputation for himself and his company, MC Event Consulting.  Mark has over five years of experience and has worked in all aspects of the industry.  After earning a Bachelors in Business Administration at Iona College, Mark’s passion for events and helping companies led him to serve in the private and non-profit sector.  He is currently getting a double masters in Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security at American Military University.  Mark’s passion for events and safety has led him to obtain certifications in Crisis and Disaster Management at American Military University, OSHA, ALICE active shooter training, MPI- Emergency Preparedness For Meetings and Events, MPI- Event Crisis Communications Specialist.

Before devoting himself to his business full-time, he worked, planned, and consulted on events for major companies. Mark’s gift of organization, attention to detail, creative imagination, concept design, and contagious enthusiasm have earned him a reputation for unparalleled excellence as an event planner.

Mark is an active member of the event industry and believes in giving back to the community and industry.  Mark is also a Board member for the SEARCH foundation.


Matias Letelier, Director

Fun Corporate Magic, Founder

Matias Letelier is a Chilean-American illusionist and mentalist, founder of Fun Corporate Magic. With over 22 years of experience, Matias’ unique blend of top-notch magic, mentalism, and tech-magic has helped him become one of New York’s favorite entertainers.

Even though he lives in New York, Matias constantly travels around the world to perform at corporate & private events, trade shows, colleges, along with his residency at the famous McKittrick Hotel in NY where he performs Speakeasy Magic five times a week.

With performances for AMAZON, Red Bull, HP, J.P.Morgan, SONY, Volkswagen, Heineken, IBM, BMW, Veuve Clicquot, Amex, Deloitte and AT&T to name a few, Matias’ charming accent and exceptional talent have delighted thousands of people across the USA.

Matias was lucky to found ILEA in 2018, and since then has become more active, bringing a new magical perspective to the group. 

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.