Our Team

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The Special Events Team offers a truly exceptional experience through personalized customer service, hand-crafted cuisine and custom cocktails. Revenue generated through the Special Events Department supports the operation, preservation and mission of the historic Ebell. This support allows The Ebell to remain accessible and inclusive of all women, regardless of social status, and also supports the philanthropic, educational and social services.

Anessa Birkemeier

Director of Catering & Special Events

Catering genius, problem solver, event magician, counselor, enforcer, cake cutter extraordinaire

Random fact about you – My pet bird has his own Facebook Fan page and Instagram account: @passionfruitbird

Duane Davidson

Banquet Manager

As a special event manager / banquet manager, I’m guided from a quote by Dr. Maya Angelou:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Katie Mastores

Senior Events Coordinator

Collaborative, lively, inquisitive, dedicated note-taker, lover of bold colors & new ideas.

Dream dinner party guests – Florence Welch, Amy Poehler, Florence Pugh, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Goodall, Erik Larson

Thanh Tran

Projects and Account Coordinator

Detail-oriented, problem solver, charismatic, fast learner, empathetic, straight shooter.

“You can’t make anything good without good ingredients.” – Anonymous

Yulita Zavada

Senior Event Coordinator

Pragmatic, creative, solution-oriented, confident, empathetic, and ambitious.

My dream dinner party would consist of David Lynch, Jane Fonda, Marina Abramovich, Frida Kahlo, Stevie Nicks, Donald Glover, and Joan Didion.

Alexis Hernandez

Sales & Marketing

Determined, brave, loyal, honest, ambitious, professional, focused, magnetic, intense, confident, motivated…you can find more adjectives if you google “Scorpio.”

“Life is too short to live the same day twice.”

Bre Flores

Special Events Coordinator

Creative Organizer, Attentive Listener, Design & Decor Oriented, and Cultural Activist

“The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.” -Kobe “Bean” Bryant

Amanda Kelly

Special Events Administrative Assistant

Collaborative, efficacious, adaptable, patient, genuine, lover of creativity and aesthetic design

Dream party guests: Amy Poehler, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Fonda, Lizzo, Adele, and Drew Barrymore

Percy Cifuentes

Beverage Manager

Client focused and detail oriented. Hospitality professional, performance driven with an emphasis on client experiences

Fun fact: Loving dog dad to a 5 yr old blind pitbull, Nico!