This chapter is a local division of the Association of Bridal Consultants and focuses on the needs of members in the Maryland and District of Columbia. As one of the largest chapters, we pride ourselves on being a supportive group of individuals making a noticeable impact on the special events industry!
Master Wedding Planner, Shelby Tuck-Horton, has been a wedding planner for more than 25 years. Since starting her wedding planning company, Exquisite Expressions and Events, she has assisted in the planning and design of hundreds of weddings. Because of her love of weddings, especially wedding ceremonies, she recently became ordained and also performs wedding ceremonies.
In addition to serving as State Manager, Shelby is also the ABC Director of Education. For over ten years, she has been an Adjunct Instructor at Prince George’s Community College where she teaches the Wedding Planner Certification course.
Our Leadership Team is comprised of the State Manager, all of our Committee Chairs, Director of our Local Area Networking Groups and Special Coordinators.
The purpose of this team is to foster both internal members and external industry partners that will allow our local member to further their business through the benefits of an ABC membership.
Meet our Leadership Team...
Are you interested in collaborating with our chapter to get your products out to our planners and colleagues? Reach out to our team to find out how you can partner with our current initiatives!
This team is all about connecting with our members on all levels. They welcome new members. They check on members we have not seen for a while. They work to get our members involved in the activities of our chapter, as well as other ABC opportunities.
Chair: Olenthia Boardley
Olenthia is responsible for reaching out to connect with local wedding professionals to introduce them to ABC and educate them about the benefits of joining the Association.
Chair: Corliss McCain
Corliss works closely with the ABC MD/DC State Manager to organize the program content for the chapter meetings.
Chair: Vashonda Arrington
VaShonda is responsible for coordinating our charity donations. It is one of our chapter initiatives to make an annual donation of products and supplies to a women’s shelter.
Chair: Yvette Albury
This committee is responsible for coordinating social activities for our members to network while having fun. This committee is also responsible for coordinating our annual Fact Caravans, which are day long tours of properties that make for excellent wedding and event venues.
Chair: Ilene White, AWP
The Scholarship Committee reviews all scholarship applications to ensure that they meet the requirements of our guidelines. Based on the clearly defined guidelines and scoring guidance, the committee is responsible for selecting the qualified recipients.
This committee is responsible for obtaining the best options for our meeting venues. This committee is also responsible for the design and decor for each meeting.
Chair: Sharlena Graves
This committee is responsible for obtaining sponsorships for items to go into swag bags given to attendees at our ABC MD/DC Annual State Meeting held in February of each year.
Chair: Sylvia Miller
The Fundraising Committee is responsible for our annual fundraising efforts to benefit our Dezi Grant Scholarship Fund. The scholarship pays the registration fee for the ABC Annual Conference. To date, 19 members have been awarded the scholarship.
Director: Tia Robinson, MWP
The Baltimore LNG is created to connect with those in the Baltimore City, county and the surrounding areas.
Director: Jessica A. Robinson, MWP
The Southern Maryland LNG is created to connect with those in Charles, Calvert, St, Mary's and lower Prince George's counties.
MD/DC CHAPTER QUARTERLY MEETING
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Historic West Baden Springs Hotel &
French Lick Resort
Monday, November 1 - Thursday, November 4, 2021