Ali is the President and Wedding Planner of Engaging Events by Ali, Inc and Elevage Events, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to being the National President of Wish Upon a Wedding, Ali is also the Founding President of the Chicago Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding. Her other volunteer areas are working with Step Up and donating time at her church for special projects. Ali is a dedicated self-starter who is goal-oriented, has a professional and positive attitude, and takes a proactive approach to everything she does.
A self-proclaimed “black belt” of project management and multi-tasking, Lacy Branch draws upon her myriad of personal and professional skills to create the most important events Owner and Chief Event Stylist of Lacy Branch Events. Lacy’s background in project management and corporate events honed her discerning eye and efficiency in coordination and execution of projects and large-scale events. Lacy Branch Events affords the honor to serve her clients and bring their dreams to life. Lacy is also the Founding President of the St. Louis Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding.
Isis earned a BA in Economics & Psychology from Rutgers University and received her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Temple University-Fox School of Business.
Isis’ unique experience in accounting and planning large scale weddings makes her an asset in her role as Treasurer on the National Board of Wish Upon a Wedding. Isis also serves as Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter and is a founding member of the local chapter’s Board of Directors.
Keri Durkin is the SVP of Licensee Operations for a major furniture company based in Tampa, FL. Prior to making Tampa her home she worked for a home retailer based in Chicago. Keri started volunteering for Wish Upon A Wedding in 2012 as a member of the Chicago Chapter serving as the Fundraising Chair. In addition to acting as the National Fundraising Chair, she volunteers with her daughter at the local humane society. She tries to make volunteering a family affair as her three daughters can be found volunteering at the WUW Chicago Gala and enjoying the opportunity to serve others.
Allie Markman is the Owner of Divine & You, a wedding and event planning company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to Wish Upon a Wedding, Allie's volunteer experience includes the YouthLink Young Professionals Board and also serves as the President of the Jewish and Family Children Service of Minneapolis NextGen Board.
Amy La Sala is the Associate Director of PR for “Off Madison Ave”, a marketing and advertising firm where behavior design powers their core. They create beautiful, functional and compelling solutions engineered to optimize the three primary variables of human behavior: the desire to take action, the ease of making a decision and the motivation to do so. When you’re ready to see what’s possible, Amy and her agency is ready to make it happen.
Amy understands the importance of being organized and paying attention to detail in the day-to-day management of client and media relationships. In addition, Amy's focused work ethic and passion for Wish Upon a Wedding has made her a perfect addition to the Branding and Social Media strategy team.
Laura Grier is the owner and lead photographer for Beautiful Day Photography and Laura Grier Travel in Los Angeles, California. She is the Indiana Jones of adventure, travel, and destination wedding photography. A self-proclaimed jet-setter at heart, Laura has been a globe-trotter from an early age having grown up internationally with two parents that worked for the CIA. She graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in Photojournalism and Art Photography and in 2003 founded Beautiful Day Photography, based in Los Angeles and specializing in destination weddings and events. Her ability to channel her storytelling into a chic, vibrant perspective, has made her a veteran International photographer, shooting weddings on 6 of the 7 continents. Laura has blended her photographic skills and passion for writing as a regular Travel photojournalist for the Huffington Post, Venuelust, Galavante Travel, as well as other travel publications. Laura is very passionate about Women’s Education and mentors and speaks frequently at Canon Headquarters, Creative Live, WPPI, Catersource, Wedding MBA, Zenfolio, Event Solutions, and taught a photojournalism program with the Step Up Women's Network in Los Angeles.
Brian Leahy is a different kind of photographer. A laid-back California guy with a passion for people and travel, Brian uses his camera as a tool to communicate with his clients. His outgoing nature, relaxed style, and knack for capturing candid moments has made him one of the most sought-after photographers in California, for local events and destination weddings around the world. For Brian, photography is more than just the end result, it's about the experience too.
Passionate about speaking and branding, Brian loves to utilize his natural networking skills to cultivate his community while helping others to enhance their brand and build a successful business. Because of his sought after techniques, Wish Upon a Wedding welcomes him into their new role as Brand Director.
Kasey Kobel-Conyers is the owner and principal designer of Bliss Wedding and Event Design. Kasey has worked for some really fantastic companies before launching Bliss in 2006. Her time working for Walt Disney World Co. in Orlando, Florida was one of her favorites. She began her event planning career in 2000 working for AmeriCheer and AmeriDance, coordinating cheer and dance championships across the nation. She also spent several years working for EXPRESS, producing luxury events and leadership meetings for the fashion forward brand. Now she combines her talents as the Wish Coordinator for Wish Upon a Wedding, helping to turn people’s wedding wishes into reality.
Alyssa is a senior member of the Events Team for a major consulting firm. Although she is based out of New York, her work often has her traveling all over the country. With 10 years in the business focusing on high-end events, Alyssa has an extensive knowledge of food and wine. She is extremely organized, professional, and savvy. Her sunny disposition and positive attitude have her clients referring to her as a "ray of sunshine."