Our Team

Andrea Newmes is a Corporate Event Producer at Eventustry. Eventustry produces corporate events by providing the very best executive and hospitality experience. This unique approach to event planning is unmatched in the industry and specializes in corporate meetings/trainings, employee appreciation galas, trade shows and conventions. At Eventustry, we take pride in every event and consider your company/brand image in every decision made.
Andrea’s background incorporates the understanding of a wide scope of industries allowing her to tailor each event to the mindset and expectation of each company/client. She takes pride in providing phenomenal experiences that echo her meticulous attention to details with every event and every client. Andrea also provides a networking platform to foster new business endeavors, provide opportunities to nurture existing client relationships, and promote growth and success for any size company. 847-845-2738 www.eventustry.com

Cheryl Wedell has a veteran of both the healthcare and retail industries with a diverse background as a dental hygienist and owner and operator of a successful corporate gift basket company.

Presently, she is an independent consultant with Arbonne International and is pursuing her passion for health and wellness by providing superior nutritional and personal care products that are botanical, vegan and organic. Her approach is to counsel and guide clients towards products that are pure, safe get results and will save them money.

It is an honor for her to work with the Arbonne and have the opportunity to serve as a mentor and leader to others; to be able to teach, train, encourage, support and empower people. I help them stay in the game, redefine their “story” of what is possible and ultimately to discover and walk in their greatness. Link

Emily Schuman is a senior at Columbia College Chicago where she is in the process of obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Born and raised in Chicago, she is very passionate about the city and the well-being of its people. Emily is currently interning at J. Noel Public Relations, where she works in event management and publicity. Emily’s passion lies in volunteer and charity work, helping others in every way she can.


Franklin Drob is a wellness professional, yoga master instructor and businessman. He is the president of InsideSmiles.com, Chicago’s 1st Social Network for Health and Wellness and the Owner of FranklinsWay.com a mind, body & social signature events and adventure company. He specializes in Emotional Intelligence (EQI) curriculum development and management team training. Franklin’s work has been featured in both Corporate Wellness Magazine and Illinois Association of Curriculum Development.  Link


Janiece Noel is the principal of J. Noel Public Relations focusing in fashion, lifestyle and luxury brands.  J. Noel PR’s specialty is media relations, event planning and management, marketing and branding, and publicity representation.  Seeing the rise of a brand is what drives her. Janiece has a degree in Business Administration with Marketing Emphasis from Regis University.  Additionally, she has contributed to local and national media. The company client base spans from not only Chicago, but Kansas City, Los Angeles and New York as well.  Fitness and wellness is a personal passion as she enjoys running, water sports, pilates, weights and healthy cooking. She is an avid supporter of charities involving healthy lifestyles, children and education.  The next endeavor is publishing her first                                                                  novel. Link

Jeff Conway is the Producer & Correspondent for 24/7, the top-rated entertainment show airing Saturday nights on NBC and daily on the NBC Nonstop Channel. His most notable TV interviews to date include Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds & Jodie Foster. Jeff takes great pride in finding ways to relax his celebrity interviewees, so viewers are able to experience a side of the celebrity not often seen. A few months ago, Jeff took Shea Vaughn’s “SheaNetics” class for a special 24/7 fitness TV feature. He cherished the experience and the calm, yet energetic vibe Shea embodies, which made him interested in contributing alongside an incredibly impacting & positive group with Healthy Initiative. Link 2012 Emmy Nominated 24/7 Correspondent

Katie Cahnmann has always loved fashion, meeting new people, and being creative. In 2010 she co-founded Now You Know Events (www.knowyouknowevents.com)- a website created to share great events in the city of Chicago. Now You Know lists more Chicago events than anyone & shares info on where to eat, drink & shop in Chicago. NYK has it all!  A native of the windy city with a curious and observant mind, Katie is always in the know making her the perfect concierge for the city of Chicago. She is also a full-time high school guidance counselor for a charter school providing students social-emotional support & advocacy, heading student government, and chairing the events committee. Katie’s substantial counseling and event planning experience provides her with excellent social and customer service skills; a gift for event design, organization and promotion; and determination and focus for each of her endeavors.  She has a graduate degree in guidance & counseling from The University of Georgia and completed post-graduate work in school counseling at Northern Illinois University.

CONTACT Katie: kcahnmann@acetechnical.org / Now You Know Events: Katie@nowyouknowevents.com, 773-599-0779 – www.nowYOUknowevents.com

Liquid 9 (L9) is a collaborative team of creative professionals leading the industry in audio & video production. L9 was born on the concept of personal attention to our clients in a boutique atmosphere, and, despite our financial growth, we live by it every day.

L9 enjoys attracting work on a national and international scale. With offices in both Kansas City and Chicago, L9 allows its clients the flexibility to work where they want to work, when they want to work there, and with whatever talent they want to work with. Our roster of artists goes beyond the “button pushing” mentality of so much of our competition. Our artists bring unique and experienced points of view to each project. Every project we do is personally overseen and touched by the partners of the business, so there is a high level of accountability to all of our clients. Link

Sandi Berger is a certified fitness trainer, certified life coach and published author.   She is a force of high energy who is absolutely motivated to achieve success with her clients.  Her 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry speaks for itself.  She is very driven and very positive in her approach. You will walk away from each session with her wanting more!  Sandi holds certifications with the I.F.A and A.S.F.A. Link


Stephanie Mansour is Chicago’s premier, private personal trainer and coach for women. She combines yoga, pilates, personal training, and body image & confidence coaching to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Her proven holistic programs help clients to lose weight, understand their bodies, and gain confidence. Through aerobic exercise, diet changes and changing your beliefs, you can have the life you want—once and for all. This is not a simple diet and workout program. Step it Up with Steph is all about understanding your physical, mental, and emotional self. She helps women in person throughout the Chicago area and globally over the phone and internet to unleash their muscle power, burn off the calories and strengthen and tone their bodies—the right way. Link

Shannon Connell is a certified Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga teacher. She recently moved to Chicago after living for 8 years in New York City where she owned her own yoga studio, The Fierce Club. Over the past 15 years, Shannon has studied and practiced Hatha, Bikram, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga and found that the open, vigorous flow of Vinyasa yoga was where her heart and creative energy thrived. Her classes are a combination of traditional yoga poses as well as interesting and fun Vinyasa flows that are designed to strengthen, detoxify and challenge you to go within. Shannon’s philosophy is real world and her creatively flowing classes ask you to tap into your inner child to play, expand and enjoy while giving you a challenging workout.


Theresa D’Ambrose is quickly becoming one of the next generation’s sought-after voices in the conversation around wellness and nutrition and is quickly revolutionizing how people can take action and claim stake to their own health, happiness and success. With over ten years of nutrition and wellness training and a blazing hot trail of successful client-to-coaching breakthroughs, her innovative platform of programs and intuitive coaching philosophy takes wellness beyond the plate, focusing on whole food nutrition, restoring digestive balance and illuminating the interconnections between how we feed our bodies, and our souls. A self-proclaimed wellness warrior, Theresa’s ‘soul work’ is in the community, teaching people how to take their first steps toward health and wellness. She speaks at free workshops and lectures throughout the Midwest and will soon launch her grassroots online community, The Foundation Room. A devoted yogi and relentless advocate, Theresa is committed to creating fresh and empowering spaces for everyone to discover their path to true vibrant health.  Contact: (312) 298-9440   www.innerbalancenutrition.com

Christopher Foltz is a leading communication strategist, international renowned motivational speaker, award winning producer, and globally celebrated brand catalyst. Specializing in strategic partnerships, brand positioning, message development, and corporate non-profit/philanthropic programs, Chris has served as a publicist for many global industry leaders including Shea Vaughn. Link