Board of Directors


The Board of Directors exists to provide strategic direction, set policy, ensure the association’s financial viability, provide sufficient resource allocation and oversee the performance of the Executive Director. Directors are elected by the membership. The board works as a unit to govern the association and serve the best interests of the profession as a whole. It also oversees the Executive Director who employs a professional staff to carry out the board’s directives.


Marcia Merando, LLIF, FLMI, LUTCF

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Director of Marketing
Frankenmuth Insurance
Frankenmuth, Mich.
(989) 652-6121


Wayne Robinson, CMP CMM

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Assistant Vice President
FM Global
Johnston, R.I.
(401) 415-1271

Past Chair

Joseph Scully

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Senior Director
John Hancock Financial Services
Boston, Mass.
(617) 663-4226

Michael Burke, CMP

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Director, Conference & Travel Services
The Hanover Insurance Group
Worcester, Mass.
(508) 855-2344

Allison Cooper

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Vice President
LPL Financial
Fort Mill, S.C.
(704) 249-5270

Sherri Lindenberg

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Senior Vice President, Marketing
Parsippany, N.J.
(973) 461-2153

Erin Longo, CMP

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Director, Conference and Meeting Services
Newark, N.J.
(973) 802-2911

Lynn Schwandt

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Senior Event Planner
Thrivent Financial
Appleton, Wisc.
(920) 628-6711

Katie Senkowski, CMP

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Manager, Meetings and Events
Neptune, N.J.
(732) 922-7441


Executive Director

Steve Bova, CAE

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Executive Director
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners
Chicago, Ill.
(312) 245-1023

View a list of past presidents/chairpersons.

Eligibility, Nomination & Election

2019 board candidate nominations are now open.
Applications are due to Executive Director Steve Bova no later than Friday, August 17, 2018.

To be considered for board service, all candidates must:
  1. Be an FICP meetings professional member in good standing for two continuous years or more.
  2. Be able to maintain their corporate and/or meeting planning responsibilities as well as their FICP Board Member responsibilities.
  3. Be a strategic thinker focused on the big picture and future outcomes.
  4. Have the full support of their company's management, since being an FICP Board Member requires additional work and occasional travel.
  5. Have at least five years of work experience in the meeting planning profession.
  6. Have not served on the board of directors in the previous two years.
Director terms are for three years and typically include the additional responsibility of serving as chair of an FICP committee or event team. Candidate applications will be kept on file and placed in consideration for three consecutive years.