Our Team

Sure you can plan an event yourself, but is that the best use of your time when so much is on the line? Qualified professionals make the difference between an event that is remembered because of the slip-ups and an event that is simply memorable. Meet the people who put the “amazing” in A-mazing Events.

Joey Reader – President & Founder

Joey began her career in human resources management and discovered her skills at teambuilding, planning, and record-keeping were ideally suited to a career in creative professional event planning. Joey is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Venture Center entrepreneur program. She is highly skilled at planning and managing complex events down to the minute details. Her clients benefit from her expertise in identifying event goals, listening to their vision, tracking details, and managing changes. She has a clairvoyant knowledge of resources and vendors, which makes A-mazing Events a true leader in the event planning industry. In addition to managing several key accounts for over 10 years, Joey enjoys coaching each member of her team to new levels of success and professional satisfaction.

Megan Vande Hey – Project Manager

Megan is the queen of the planning spreadsheet. If there is an important detail, Megan deals with it. If something appears forgotten, she follows up well before it falls by the wayside. Megan manages data for complete trade shows of two hundred exhibitors to intimate events where the smallest touches make the biggest impact. Her enthusiasm with event planning is not a surprise, as she completed her degree in the Meeting and Event Planning program through Fox Valley Technical College. Megan has been with the A-mazing Events team for over 5 years.

Kara Lendved – Project Manager

As the first employee of A-mazing Events, Kara has moved up the ladder to her current role as Project Manager for our Organizational Management division. In addition to managing this division Kara will put her Event Manager hat on and oversee the execution of several events throughout the year. Every day, she demonstrates her gratitude for being part of our team, and that upbeat attitude flows through all her work. A treasured team-player, Kara is known for her intuitive thinking and can often get things managed before her co-workers or clients even think to ask!

Nicole Hartjes – Project Manager

Nicole loves meeting new people, creating fun experiences, and perfecting the intricate details! She has an extensive background in meeting and event management as she has earned a business bachelor’s degree in marketing and sales from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, an associate degree in meeting and event management from Madison Area Technical College and has over five years of professional experience in corporate event planning. Nicole has a diverse portfolio of clients to whom she is helping bring their visionary events to life. Nicole’s personable approach and positive, can-do attitude are huge assets when collaborating with any team.

Jenny Schipper – Project Manager

Jenny started her career at A-mazing Events in 2019 as an intern before she assumed her role of Event Coordinator. Just three short years later, Jenny is looking forward to continuing growing in her journey within A-mazing Events as our newest Project Manager. She is excited for the opportunity to be more hands-on with clients in the event planning process. Jenny also manages social media and marketing for many clients (and our company!). As a well-organized person, she loves the confidence of going into an event with the details covered—and that is why our clients love her, too.

Erica Schall – Event Coordinator

As an event coordinator, Erica supports our project managers with logistics, registration, supplier coordination, as well as sponsors and speaker coordination.  She enjoys utilizing her creativity and collaborating with her co-workers to ensure the vision of the event is well-executed and exceeds expectations on event day!

Kelly Garrett – Graphic Design & Event Coordinator Intern

Kelly works hard to ensure all the fine-tune details are completed. As our intern, she finalizes necessary tasks for events, making sure even the smallest of details are pieced together for event day. You can often find Kelly gathering any materials needed and assisting in all event preparation. Kelly is currently a student at UW-Oshkosh, where she will graduate in May of 2024 with a degree in marketing and a digital marketing emphasis.

Laurie Schmidt – Office Administrator

Upon entering our A-mazing Events office, Laurie will be the first smiling, friendly face you see. Behind our front desk, as our Office Administrator, Laurie will not only greet clients, but also support our team by keeping our office operations running smoothly. Amongst other responsibilities, Laure will also be the go-to-gal for all our Equipment and Linen Rentals.

Jody Giordana – Bookkeeper

As our bookkeeper, Jody is an organized and efficient individual that keeps the financials of our company tracked and recorded. Along with crunching numbers, she sees that our talented event partners and employees are taken care of and paid on time.

Current Openings

Event Coordinator (full time) click here to view job description

Please email your cover letter and resume to Joey Reader at j.reader@a-mazingevents.com