Speakers & Presenters
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Session Presenters and Panelists
Principal Consultant, IncubatorU
Session: How Maupin's World Class Venue Came to Life Through a Simple 5 Step Methodology- Who is Next?
Janis Breedlove is Vice President of Events & Experiences with Sports Events & Tourism Association, responsible for event design and logistics. She earned her MBA and BS from Portland State University. Prior to joining Sports ETA in January 2020, Janis was Executive Director of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission.
Curriculum Manager, National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security
Session: Risk Management for Event Safety
Michael is Manager of Curriculum for the National Center for Spectator Sports, Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. He oversees the curriculum development of all domestic and international training courses. Michael is former law enforcement/SWAT and has conducted training events and exercises at a local, state, national, and international level.
Jessica Gabriel is the Communications Director at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. Prior, she was with TrackTown USA for close to seven years, ending her time there as the Senior Director of Marketing. Jessi received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota. While there, she was also a D1 student-athlete in track and field and then a volunteer assistant coach in the sprints and jumps.
Jennifer Hartley is well-known in local sports circles, serving in leadership roles at Babe Ruth Baseball and more recently as Tournament Director for the Pacific Northwest Cal Ripken Regional Baseball Tournament in 2019 and 2021. She currently serves on the Willamette Valley Youth Football and Cheer board of directors.
Jessica assists sports event planners in the promotion and production of sports events across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. She facilities venue coordination, sports event microsites, team and staff information and housing. Additionally, Jessica organizes and conducts the annual Oregon Sports Summit, a educational conference for sports event planners and industry professionals.
Joey leads the development of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region as a premier sports event destination. Through his partnership with community leaders, venue managers and regional sports teams and clubs, he advocates for leveraging existing sports assets and developing local sports venues. His work facilitates the growth of sports tourism through marketing, strategic partnerships and hosting sports events.
Jill Mestler has been an integral part of the Oregon Track Club since 2001, beginning as the OTC All Comers Volunteer Coordinator and as the Meet Director since 2005. She coordinates and plans 10 “all comers” track and field events annually. She is also an active member of the youth xc committee and helps organize their programming which includes hosting practices and additional meets.
Teresa is currently the Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships for Travel Oregon after beginning her tenure as the Director of International Sales and Marketing in 2005. Before that time, she honed her hospitality and tourism skills at Travel Portland as the European Sales Manager and as Director of Sales at Kimpton Group Hotels.
Brian J Owen is currently the CEO of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. A significant aspect of Brian’s job is creating and running successful events. Helping event promoters of all event types has become Brian’s passion. He uses his experiences from community-focused gatherings to significant sporting events. His pride and joy event is the one and only “Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament.”
Kimberly Parker is a Regional Supervisor for Major League Baseball, responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations administration and components of governance for 24 Minor League teams. She earned her BA and MBA from Western Illinois University. Prior to joining MLB, Kimberly was the first female General Manager of the Burlington Bees, a former Minor League team in Burlington, Iowa.
Claire grew up in New Zealand and realized her love for emergency medicine while working and assisting during the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. She completed her Wilderness First Responder course in 2013 and her Wilderness EMT course in 2017. Shortly after, she moved to Bend, OR and began working at Adventure Medics as an EMT and then quickly transitioned into the role of Event EMS Manager.
William Wyckoff has owned and operated Eclectic Edge Racing for the past 34 years. His company has been involved with over 5,000 events, through either production or timing and announcing. During his career in Colorado and Oregon, he has worked as a Race Director for 300 events, including the Eugene Butte to Butte
Alli Young is in her fifth year as the Director of Operations for the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). As DOO, she oversees 15 NWAC Championship events and additional special events. She also oversees the NWAC marketing and branding including website and social media along with the NWAC Director of Athletic Communications.