OUR TEAM

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Beth McCullough Adas

Beth McCullough Adas is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with close to 20 years of experience coordinating a wide range of meetings and special events. She has been with Steppe Solutions since 2011 and has worked closely with many of our clients at the University of Michigan as well as other area non-profits.  Beth spent nine years working at the University of Chicago in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations with positions in alumni relations, fundraising, and event planning.  One of the highlights of her career took place at The University of Chicago where she managed the Inauguration activities for the University’s 13th president - overseeing a series of events that included over 10,000 guests.  She enjoys building strong relationships with both clients and vendors and working together as a team to produce a successful event that meets and exceeds our client's goals.  Beth received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Jodi Brzustowicz

Jodi Brzustowicz joined the Steppe Solutions team in 2018. With experience in event management, marketing, and social media campaigns & analytics, she brings with her a passion for planning event logistics and a dedication to building relationships with clients in order to produce innovative events from concept to execution. While her most recent experience was in planning and executing multi-day trade shows as part of the marketing department for an international company in the food service industry, she has coordinated a wide range of events across various sectors including academic, non-profit, and commercial trade shows. Jodi has gained an appreciation for the vital role that strong organizational skills, attention to detail and budget management skills play in guaranteeing each event is extraordinary. Jodi holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing from University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Laura Olech

Laura Olech joined Steppe Solutions in 2012, bringing years of experience in fundraising, event planning and marketing.  Before joining Steppe Solutions, Laura spent four years as a major gift fundraiser for the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  In this role, she partnered with physicians to solicit funding for their departments and programs through private donors and national foundations. Laura’s understanding of development and the importance of each interaction with guests - from invitations, to e-mail communications, to greeting them at a registration table - makes her a valuable partner to our clients.  She has a strategic approach to planning, and a keen eye for detail, which will be experienced by event guests and appreciated by clients.  Laura studied Public Relations at Western Michigan University, focusing her studies in the non-profit sector.

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Jean Steppe

Jean Steppe founded Steppe Solutions in 2001.  Jean has had a diverse professional resume that includes positions as program director with Artrain USA, a visual arts exhibition that travels the country by train; an artist representative with a national musical performance booking agency; and stints as a UPS driver and a landscaper. Jean's career choices have always balanced her intrigue with new challenges, her creative talents and her penchant for bringing organization and structure to new situations.  Steppe Solutions is the perfect culmination of these interests. She truly enjoys the process of building relationships with new clients, strategizing each new project, and executing a plan for meeting the client's needs in the best way possible. She has managed hundreds of events, and the satisfaction of an event that exceeds client expectations never grows old.

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Carey Viviano

Carey Viviano joined Steppe Solutions in 2011.  Her unique career has spanned from dressing up as the Papa Romano's company mascot at store grand openings to planning events for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the University of Michigan Business School.  Carey provides exceptional customer service to our clients, and works closely with all of our vendors across events to ensure that our events are executed seamlessly.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business from Eastern Michigan University.

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