Gail A. Brooks, CMP

Vice President, Client Services

Gail Brooks joined the WMR team in 2006. With over 30 years of association management experience, she has served as a meeting planner in the nonprofit arena throughout her career.  Additionally, Gail has worked extensively in chapter relations, professional certification, membership unification, training school coordination, tradeshow management and association consulting. Gail is a dynamic and innovative professional with vast experience in customer service, logistical arrangements and project management.

Gail currently serves as the Director of Meetings & Special Events for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Chicago (AFP Chicago), Executive Director for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events – Midwestern Chapter (IAEE-Midwestern Chapter), and Associate Director for the Chicago Compensation Association (CCA). She is a former chair of the Association Forum of Chicagoland’s, Holiday Showcase.

Parthavi Das

VP Operations & Client Strategies

Parthavi Das has over eighteen years of experience in association management. She was the Chief of Staff at WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) where she oversaw strategy and operations. She was responsible for the development and execution of WICT advocacy initiatives, membership and chapter services and implementing the strategic plan for the organization. She led the PAR Initiative, WICT's effort to measure and support the advancement of women in the cable and telecommunications industry based on Pay equity, Advancement opportunities, and Resources for work/life integration. In addition, Parthavi managed the WICT recognition awards program.

Prior to joining WICT, Parthavi worked at international telecommunications organizations where she researched telecom policy issues. She has also worked as a consultant to nonprofits helping them to advance their advocacy programs. In addition she served on YWCA’s committee in Charleston, SC to launch their inaugural #WhatWomenBring event to the honor the top female leaders in South Carolina.

Parthavi has been recognized on CableFax’s Most Influential Minorities, Most Powerful Women and Women on the Move lists. She is a graduate of WICT's Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. She earned a master’s degree in Telecommunication from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree in Communication from Northwestern University.

Parthavi serves at the Senior Director for Content and Connectivity Human Resources (C2HR).

 

Becky Gilbert

Manager, Membership & Registration Services

Becky Gilbert comes to WMR with experience in association and project management, business consulting, event planning and promotional product knowledge. She has helped associations and businesses in implementing strategies to reduce costs, increase revenue and improve customer loyalty. 

Becky is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and serves as the Manager of Membership and Registration for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter (AFP Chicago), the Chicago Compensation Association (CCA) and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events – Midwestern Chapter (IAEE – Midwestern Chapter).

 

Colleen Gorniak

Program and Communications Administrator 

Colleen Gorniak joined the WMR team in July 2015.  Colleen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she earned her degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising.  Throughout college she worked on several projects that helped better her writing ability and communication skills.  In addition, she provided service to the community through her work with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at local nursing homes. 

Colleen serves as the Communications and Program Administrator for the American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter (AIA NEI) and Content and Connectivity Human Resources (C2HR).  

 

Jackie Peiffer

Manager, Communications and Programs

Jackie joined WMR in June 2018. She has a wide range of experience in marketing and communications as well as in association and project management. She’s done everything from e-blasts to planning ribbon cutting events, from graphic design, web marketing to copywriting, and print production. Jackie is an insightful professional with a strong blend of technical and communication skills. As manager, she is responsible for working with staff, volunteer committees and the Board of Directors to develop and implement communications strategies and tactics for their associations.

Jackie serves as Manager, Communications and Programs for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Chicago (AFP Chicago), the International Association of Exhibitions and Events – Midwestern Chapter (IAEE-Midwestern Chapter), and the Chicago Compensation Association (CCA).

 

Sandy Provo

Accounting and Office Manager

Sandy comes to WMR after nine years at LANSA Inc where she worked on global accounting including audits and North American contracts.  Sandy has over 25 years of accounting/bookkeeping experience as well as over 15 years of office management and administrative experience.  She enjoys the challenge and variety of a split position between two business disciplines. 

Sandy held various positions at companies including Stellar Orthotics & Prosthetics, Panattoni Development Company, Simon Marketing, Inc., John Casablancas and E. Besler and Company. 

Over the course of her career she has coordinated office moves, organized accounting records, created filing systems and implemented process changes resulting in organizational efficiencies.  She has worked in custom accounting programs, QuickBooks, Microsoft Great Plains and Sage Intacct as well as the Microsoft Office Suite of products. 

Sandy earned her Associates Degree in Executive Accounting from Northwestern College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and extensive volunteer work with not-for-profits including Girl Scouts of America, her church and various local sports organizations. 

 

Christine Teed

Client Services Manager
 

Christine Teed joined the WMR team in April of 2008, providing strong administrative and customer service skills. She provides WMR associations with assistance in developing and implementing membership, programs, board support and meetings.

Currently, Chris serves as the Administrative Director for The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA), Chicago Council on Planned Giving (CCPG) and The Communications Network (TCN). Prior to joining WMR, she was the Office Manager at WERC, a non-profit association of warehouse professionals.

Jennifer Wenthen

Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer has been a VP Accounting/Controller for 20 years for small-to-mid sized entrepreneurial firms specializing in start-up IT, Investment Management, Professional Services, and Private Equity. She has significant experience transitioning organizations through all phases of operations –rapid growth, downsizing, expansion into off-shore consulting, spinning off a start-up company, fundraising, and acquisition due diligence. Her contributions led to the successful acquisition by a Fortune 500 Company.

In her roles, Jennifer has worked with management at all levels, and in all areas, and oversaw all of the accounting and fiscal responsibilities.  She is the primary liaison to outside auditors and tax professionals, and also oversees compliance and regulatory procedures and guidelines.  Her experience has given her extensive knowledge of Quickbooks, financial spreadsheets and other managerial reporting software.  In addition, Jennifer has experience in payroll administration, benefits and human resources. 

Jennifer has an MBA in Finance from DePaul University and a BS in Accounting from Miami University.

Pamela V. Williams, CAE

President
 

Pamela Williams has over 30 years of experience in the association management field and has worked with both stand-alone and multi-management firms. She has served in management and executive positions with numerous local and national 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 organizations since she joined the professional community in 1979. In addition, Pam spent several years as an account executive and senior staff member at the association management firm PM Haeger & Associates, where she worked exclusively with one major client while also consulting with other associations and Haeger management.

She has direct personal experience as a volunteer on not-for-profit boards. Her significant volunteer leadership experience includes serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Association Forum of Chicagoland (2004-2005); member of the Forum’s Board of Directors (2000 – 2006; Executive Committee 2002 - 2006); and Chair of the Forum's Finance and Nominating Committees. Pam currently serves as a judge for the American Society of Association Executive’s (ASAE) “Power of A” Awards and is a volunteer for the local arts group Young Naperville Singers.

In addition to her role as President of WMR, Pam is the Executive Director of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Chicago (AFP Chicago) and Content and Connectivity Human Resources (C2HR). She earned the Certified Association Executive designation (CAE) in 1998 from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is also a member of The Association Forum, ASAE, the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP), and Board Source.