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Shannon Pfarr Thompson

Shannon Pfarr Thompson
Vice President of Events and Professional Development

P: (651) 290-6277

Shannon joined Ewald Consulting in 1999 and currently serves as Vice President of Meeting and Event Management, and Professional Development. Shannon has expertise in project management, strategic planning and board relations. Over the years she has served as the lead account executive for several Ewald Consulting clients. Shannon’s career includes experience as the committee administrator for the Transportation and Transit Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives and acting as a Family Services Specialist for the Head Start program. Shannon holds a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame, and graduated with a dual major in political science and sociology. She earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and in 2005 she achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.

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Vicki Thein

Vicki Thein, CMP
Director of Events

P: (651) 265-7849

Vicki has over twelve years of meeting planning experience with eight of those years focusing on continuing medical education. She received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation through the Events Industry Council in 2008 and is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Vicki graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Public Relations. She also completed the Event Management certificate program from the University of San Diego/The George Washington University.

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Amanda Beneke

Amanda Beneke
Event Manager

P: (651) 290-6286

Amanda brings more than eight years of event planning experience to Ewald Consulting. She thrives on creating and delivering outstanding events for her clients. Her work at Ewald includes leading and executing the event planning process for clients on the local, national and international levels. Amanda also has her B.A. in Communication from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

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Sarah Ewald

Sarah Ewald
Event Manager

P: (651) 379-7301

Sarah began working with Ewald Consulting in 2013 as part of the Professional Development team. Since then she has served as part of the Finance and Accounting team, the Business Development and Sales team and currently as an Event Manager. In this role Sarah is able to leverage her deep knowledge of Ewald Consulting and its clients in order to implement outstanding events. Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota.

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Michelle Harris

Michelle Harris
Event Manager

P: (651) 203-7245



Jill Tichy

Jill Tichy
Event Manager

P: (651) 290-7855

Jill joined Ewald Consulting in July 2018 and brings more than 3 years of experience in the event planning industry. She is determined to create an energetic and positive environment for all events along with ensuring that the execution of those events far exceeds expectations. Jill graduated from Augsburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a concentration in Management Information Systems.

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Anna Buan

Anna Buan
Event Coordinator

P: (651) 288-3421

Anna joined Ewald Consulting in July of 2019 after graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. She was involved with many non-profits in the Fargo/Moorhead area including being a communications/events intern with Habitat for Humanity and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On campus, Anna led the planning of Concordia’s homecoming in 2018 and was heavily involved in many other student organizations. Anna is excited to extend her passion working with non-profits and planning events to the Event Team at Ewald.

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Grace Gothers

Grace Gothers
Event Coordinator

P: (651) 203-7247

Grace joined Ewald Consulting as an Events Coordinator in July 2019. She began with the team after moving from Connecticut where she served as an Events & Communication Coordinator for a Regional Chamber of Commerce. Grace graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Event Management.

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Jade Reno

Jade Reno
Event Coordinator

P: (651) 203-7247

Jade joined Ewald Consulting in June 2019 as an Event Coordinator. Previously, she worked for a corporate event management company and has gained event experience in a wide range of areas; weddings, special events, sporting events and non-profits. Jade is from Lincoln, NE and graduated from Iowa State University where she studied Event Management and Communication Studies.

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