Carnegie Mellon University

Conference & Event Services

Your Headquarters for Effortless Events

Conference & Event Services

Monica Galmarini

Monica Galmarini

Director

Email
412-268-9643

Monica has been a part of the Conference and Event Services team since 2007 and genuinely looks forward to the variety that comes with every new event and each new day working at CMU. She is a Slippery Rock University alumna where she received a B.S. in Sport Management and where her knack for event planning began. Prior to CMU, Monica started her career at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Ft. Myers, FL as the Assistant Manager of Alico Arena where she had the opportunity to assist in the planning of the University Lecture Series featuring guest speakers General Colin Powell and Mikhail Gorbachev. When Monica is not planning events on campus, she enjoys attending sporting events, dining at new restaurants in Pittsburgh and spending quality time with her family.
Jena Grgurich

Jena Grgurich

Administrative Assistant

Email
412-268-1125

Jena started with Conferences & Events in March 2019, but has been working at Carnegie Mellon University since June 2018. She graduated in May 2018 from Seton Hill University, where she obtained her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Before Carnegie Mellon, Jena was a Special Programs intern with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, working on both Hallmark’s First Night Pittsburgh and The Three Rivers Arts Festival. When Jena is not working at CES, you can find her House Managing at City Theatre, studying for her Masters in Arts Management, playing with dogs, or doing yoga. Jena is so excited to be a part of the CES team and she loves her work and her co-workers dearly.

McKenzie Popatak

McKenzie Popatak

Assistant Director

Email
412-268-4709

McKenzie is the newest member to Conference and Event Services joining the team in October 2019. She is a 2017 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Communication. Prior to CMU, McKenzie was the Manager of Guest Services at Daytona International Speedway and then transitioned to the Admissions team at Slippery Rock University. What McKenzie enjoys most about the event industry is building lasting relationships with her clients and being a part of turning their vision into a reality. She is very excited to be a part of the culture here at CMU. When she is not working, McKenzie enjoys trying new restaurants, local coffee shops, and attending Pittsburgh sporting events!
Jaime Rzepecki

Jaime Rzepecki

Assistant Director

Email
412-268-1620

Although Jaime has only been with Conference & Event Services since October 2016, she is anything but new to CMU. Jaime has learned the ins-and-outs of campus throughout her nine years with the university where she has held various roles. Above all, Jaime’s favorite aspect of her current role with CES is that it allows her to simultaneously peruse two of her biggest passions: problem solving and helping others. As a service industry vet, having the opportunity to work in a high-stress environment was instrumental in helping her master the skills of multitasking, time management, and efficient customer service. When she’s not in the office, Jaime can be found experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen or going on adventures with her fiancé and two dogs, Lucy and Prudence.  Amidst her demanding schedule, Jaime always carves out the time to devote as an event volunteer and a part-time foster mom to Biggies Bullies, a foster home based bully breed rescue here in Pittsburgh.
Chelsea Skinner

Chelsea Skinner

Assistant Director

Email
412-268-9552

Chelsea joined the Carnegie Mellon community in May 2017 and truly enjoys the art of anticipating her clients’ needs before they do. The face-to-face interaction with clients and campus partners is one of her favorite aspects of the job. Chelsea believes that the difference between a good event and a great event is the attention to detail. Prior to joining CMU, Chelsea planned large fundraising events for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in both Columbus, OH and Sacramento, CA. Chelsea is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Event Planning. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys spending time outdoors with her yellow lab – Chevie, scrapbooking with her mom, and trying new restaurants around the city with her husband, Bryan.
Beth Yazemboski

Beth Yazemboski

Senior Director of Strategy for Event and Program Development

Email
412-268-1125

Beth joined CMU in 1997. In her current role, she leads Conference & Event Services and Pre-College Summer Studies. One of the most enjoyable aspects within her role is the opportunity to work with so many members of the campus community including the interactions with prospective students and parents. Prior to CMU, she spent 8 years at Penn State University in various financial roles within the College of Engineering. Beth received her undergraduate degree in Business Management, with a minor in Human Resource Management, at Carlow University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter. Favorite family affairs are beekeeping, cooking, baking, playing board games and cards. Beth and her family are avid cat lovers!