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Live Event Awards Judging Committee


Linda VajiLinda Vaji, Director System Events & Volunteer Services
Geisinger Health, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA

Linda Vaji is the Director of System Events and Volunteer Management at Geisinger Health.  For more than 20 years, Linda has worked in the events industry in both higher education and healthcare in Pennsylvania.  Linda and her team complete more than 100 events each year, ranging from 10 to 3000+ attendees.  In June 2018, she and her team received the Gold Stevie® Award for Best Live Event from The American Business Awards®.  Linda was also named Smart Women on the Smart Meetings Magazine Top 100 for 2018.
   Linda is an executive board member of the Association for Women in Events (AWE). She resides in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with her husband John and has two sons, Nathan and Zachery.


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Melinda Curley, Founder and Executive Producer
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Belinda-Jane Dolan, CEO
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Sarah Farrell, Director of Sales
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Katharine Goldman, Owner/Creative Director
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Kate Gwozdz, Senior Manager, Events Marketing
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Daniel J. Hadel, Director of Marketing
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Debby Henry, Marketing Manager
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Bob Kersten, Senior Brand Strategist
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David Kolundzija, Manager, EMEA
Juniper Networks, Addlestone, Surrey, United Kingdom

Dan  Lobring, Vice President, Marketing Communications
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Caroline Meyers, Marketing Resources
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Andrea Michaels, President
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Jackie Reau, CEO
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Lisa Reimer, Director of Travel and Meetings Vertical
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David Saef, SVP, Strategy
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Joe Thoma, President and CEO
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