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and have passion for our profession

Laura Ritchie Portz, MBA, CAE, works with several AMPED clients and industries, overseeing general administration, governance, membership data, meeting planning, marketing and more. A born and bred Badger, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree and MBA from UW-Madison and holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American ...Society of Association Executives. More
Michelle Czosek has more than 20 years of experience managing a variety of professional and trade associations. She has her hands in many areas of association management, including education, event planning, membership and governance. 
Marechiel Santos-Lang has experience providing leadership and program management for national and international medical, trade and scientific associations. In 2010, she was named one of InBusiness magazine’s Forty under Forty List of Emerging Leaders. She is one of  twelve American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Diversity Execut...ive Leadership Program (DELP) Class of 2015-2017 scholars. DELP is a prestigious two-year program that recognizes individuals from under-represented identity groups who demonstrate exemplary leadership skills and a commitment to advancing the association community. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community. At AMPED Marechiel serves as the associate director for the Americas Committee for Treatment & Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) and executive director of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).  More
Seth Pfaehler, owner of Project42 Graphic Design, develops high-impact websites for AMPED and its clients. Building on a solid foundation of design principles, Pfaehler creates elegant, contemporary sites that swiftly deliver information and elevate the organization's online presence.
Trisha Larson supports AMPED President/CEO Lynda Patterson, while also handling various tasks for the rest of the AMPED team. She provides administrative assistance and maintains a level of organization essential to the success of the office. She enjoys learning about each of our clients by assisting with various client-related tasks as delegated. ...Trisha has a degree in meeting and event management and more than ten years’ experience in customer service, management, and event coordination. More
Emily’s contributions played an essential role in the success of a recent international science meeting with over 8,000 attendees. Her commitment to excellence in customer service is evident in her daily interactions and problem solving skills. Emily’s skills include meeting logistics, partner relations, and Spanish fluency, making her invaluable member of the team with a wide range of abilities. More
Having worked in communications for more than 20 years, Kristin is a talented graphic designer, as well as a skilled writer and editor. She has an eye for striking design, a knack for emerging media and a passion for generating positive results for all of AMPED clients. Kristin holds a bachelor's degree in business from UW-Madison.
Before joining AMPED in early 2015, Natalie spent several years at a Chicago-area AMC where she worked with nearly a dozen associations, perfecting her event planning and membership service skills. She has a degree in hospitality management from Eastern Illinois University.
Julie Gaier is a former TV news journalist who works in media relations for The Ritterbusch Group, a full-service marketing firm based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Connect with her at or via Twitter @JulieGaier.
Tony has served associations, nonprofits, and government entities for 20 years as a supplier partner. Now he has become an association professional himself. He's excited and thankful to continue serving associations and their members. With a diverse background in sales, marketing, expertise in technology, and social media savvy, Tony considers him...self a marketing technologist. One of his professional accomplishments was leading a team that developed, marketed, and launched a social media platform. He currently serves as an online community manager and marketing manager for AMPED’s client partners. More
Allison joined the AMPED team after graduating from Edgewood College with a double major in business management and marketing. She has experience in marketing, brand management, event planning and proposal coordination. Alli enjoys working in a fast paced environment, coming up with creative solutions and collaborating with others.
Prior to joining AMPED, Amanda Safa worked for nonprofits in the Chicago and Ann Arbor, Michigan area, planning fundraisers, meetings and special events. Her attention to detail, organizational skills and dedication to creating valuable and positive experiences lend to her passion for event planning and management. Safa earned a bachelor's degree f...rom Iowa State University and a master's degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago. More
Terry Driscoll has over 23 years experience in executive level administration. She started her career in the U.S. Navy as a personnel specialist and went on to earn her associate of arts degree from National University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her enthusiasm for learning has led to a wide-range of professional accomplishments in areas such as customer ...service, accounting, (OSHA) safety, graphic design, meeting management and event planning. She is currently working toward the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. More
With over 20 years of diverse experience, Chris Caple joined AMPED as a meeting manager in 2015. Her background includes corporate sales for hotels, partner development with convention and visitors bureaus, and corporate and association meeting planning, as well as planning and executing several local Madison based events. By working closely with d...iverse teams, Chris is adept at responding to changing circumstances with an authentic desire to build and nurture productive relationships with clients and suppliers. She earned a bachelors degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More
Jen Brydges is a passionate leader who enjoys strategic planning, program management, governance and creating operational efficiencies. She has created and executed successful growth plans for both nonprofit and private sector organizations. Jen has bachelor’s degrees in political science and public administration from the University Wisconsi...n-Green Bay and a master’s degree in political science from California State University-Los Angeles. More
Diana provides executive administrative support to Lynda Patterson, president/CEO of AMPED and the entire dynamic association management company team. Her versatile professional experience has included customer service, lending, financial branch management and office management. In recent years, Diana has lent her creative hand to nonprofits by pro...ducing inviting environments for special events and fundraisers. She has also been involved in some freelance wedding coordination. Diana holds a BA in business-marketing. More
Family: Grew up in Milwaukee as the youngest of three. Is the youngest child spoiled? Maybe, but I’m also the funniest. I’m known in the office for . . . Being the newbie, terrible dad puns and my weird obsession with Irish folk bands.My superpower: Telling stories. Brush with greatness: I’ve met the ...Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Jonas Brothers…not at the same time. Professional accomplishment I’m most proud of: Landing a great job right after graduation and not moving back in with my parents.Favorite thing about working at AMPED: The people. I knew I had found a great office when realizing that “going for a doughnut run” involved lots of doughnuts and little running. Kara Miller has a degree in History and Communications from UW-Madison. More
Aaron's passion, expertise, metrics-driven planning and results in marketing, SEO and social media are assets to all of our clients Aaron also has extensive experience with database management and optimization to grow engagement from existing members, while also building brand awareness throughout the industry. Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge of... working with scientific organizations from the supplier side in the area of abstract management. More
As the managing director of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, Christina McCoy amplifies the voice of an industry of nearly 60 million fantasy sports players in North America, as well as companies that provide programs, products and services to a fast growing $7 billion industry. An ASAE NextGen Scholar, she was recently featured in Meetings and... Conventions Magazine as one of 15 young professionals to watch. McCoy also serves as chair of ASAE’s Young Professionals Committee. Christina earned her Certified Association Executive designation in 2017. More
Michael Battaglia is the account executive in our DC office. He leads two national trade associations for AMPED and consults with the International Council for Small Business in global events and journal management. Michael brings ten years of association experience and a passion for small business and entrepreneurship issues.