Brian Loutitt, MBA'06
Executive Creative Director, Interactive Events
Brian Loutitt has over 20 years of experience and is a seasoned event professional with expertise in both the non-profit and education sectors. Since 2007, he has been the Senior Director for University Events for Northeastern, supporting the University’s strategic mission. Prior to that, Brian served as Director of Advancement Communications and Events and the Director of Development Events. In his current capacity, he directs his staff in the production and management of events that range from multimedia galas to the public launching of the University’s largest comprehensive campaign ever.
Prior to Northeastern, Brian held increasingly responsible positions as the Director of Cultural Programming at The French Library and Cultural Center of Boston, Director of Special Events at Boston Ballet and Director of Special Events for the AIDS Action Committee, which included producing the AIDS Walk.
Brian earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Northeastern in 2006, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Boston University.
Executive Director, University Events
As Executive Director of University Events, Rebecca oversees the University Events team and works in collaboration with University leadership to develop a comprehensive strategy to garner maximum exposure and support for the University’s goals and priorities.
Prior to joining Northeastern University Rebecca served as Director of Special Events for the Brown University Division of Advancement. During her time at Brown Rebecca worked to design, plan, execute and evaluated events for the engagement, cultivation, recognition and stewardship of donors and alumni on-campus, regionally and internationally. She also created, communicated and implemented events protocols for the advancement division.
Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Emerson College and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cycling and embarking on adventures with her daughter.
Senior Associate Director of Events
Suzanne Feeley joined Northeastern in 2004 and she is currently the Associate Director of Advancement Events. She coordinates and manages internal and external events at Northeastern. Suzanne produces an array of events including: the President’s Recognition Awards Dinner, 25-Year Associates Luncheon, Annual Beanpot Reception, City Year Conference and President’s Holiday Reception for Faculty and Staff, among others.
Suzanne earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Endicott College. Prior to Northeastern University, she served as the Event Manager at F1 Boston, one of New England’s most complete entertainment and event venues and a state of the art exhibition and conference facility. Special events at F1 Boston ranged from corporate team building, product launches, client outings and sales meetings to bar/bat mitzvahs and holiday parties. While working at F1 Boston, Suzanne volunteered at Stage One Productions, an event production company based in Canton, MA. She helped produce many large-scale events for an array of high-end clients, including The Commonwealth Institute, Lupus Foundation, Rosie’s Place, YWCA, The Institute for Ethics and Integrity in Sport and Vicki Kennedy’s Common Sense on Kids and Guns Foundation. Suzanne prides herself on her attention to detail, creativity, dependability and outstanding service to her clients.
Michele is the Assistant Director of University Events and came to Northeastern with over 12 years of experience in the event planning industry. The focus of her role is to produce high quality special events for the University and also oversee the Presidential Ambassador Corps Program. This program enlists Northeastern University students to serve as representatives of the University at events throughout the year.
Previous to Northeastern, Michele was an event manager for Brown University and Hopple Popple, Inc. With a combined experience in higher education and private events, mixed with a passion for what she does, Michele is able to work with any and all clients, locations and budgets, while keeping it fun along the way.
Michele holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University and has plans to enroll in a graduate program at Northeastern so she can become a Husky! When she is not working, she is enjoying family time with her husband, Chris, and their four sons, Chris Jr., Brodie, Ace and Dean.
With over seven years of event management and fundraising experience, Jon has led events across the country focusing on high end meetings and large dinner gala events.In his role on the University Events team, Jon’s focus will be on events at the University President’s residence and other events on campus, Previous to Northeastern, Jon was a Philanthropy Officer on the event fundraising team at the Jimmy Fund, managing events including youth sport fundraising initiatives, senior leadership event briefings and other donor events. When planning events, Jon always goes into planning with the focus on the guest experience first, always envisioning what the event will look like at the end while in the planning stages. Seeing a guest smile as they walk out the door of an event brings the most joy for Jon.
Jon holds a Bachelor of Science, in Sports Event and Entertainment Management as well as an M.B.A; both from Johnson & Wales University. It is Jon’s goal to join the Husky family and enroll in the Doctorate of Education, Organization Leadership program at NEU in the future to further his education and provide opportunities to lead his career further. In his free time, Jon enjoys listening and learning about new music through attending concerts with his wife Elizabeth, or spending time outdoors and traveling with their dog Lola.
Assistant Director of Events Operations
Amanda Lipacis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University with a major in Video Production and a minor in Fine Arts concentration in jewelry. Her current position at Northeastern University is Assistant Director of Events Operations where she is a liaison to all support services and vendors, provides guest list management, tracks extensive budgets, and ensures that vendors are paid in a timely manner, maintaining good relationships. She takes special interest in event projects that involve intricate video productions.
Prior to joining Northeastern, Amanda was a Stage Manager and Camera Operator at Sports Channel America, Local Sales Coordinator at Fox Television in New York City and National Sales Coordinator at HRP in Philadelphia, which represented 52 national television stations. Amanda belongs to professional art and craft organizations including: the Long Island Craftsman’s Guild and the American Association of Latvian Artists.
Christine Cyphers joined Northeastern University in Fall 2017 and is currently the Events Coordinator with University Events. Having earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University in 2012, Christine studied Hospitality and Tourism with a focus on event planning. She is currently in pursuit of her Masters of Sciences degree in Project Management at the College of Professional Studies.
Prior to joining the events team in Spring 2019, Christine worked as a Development Associate in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences development office here at Northeastern. In her role, she planned numerous development and health sciences related events. Before enlisting in the Northeastern family, Christine was the Guest Relations Manager at Singing Hills Christian Camp and Conference Center in New Hampshire. She has a niche for coordinating guests and events, and takes on each project with special care.
When not at work, Christine enjoys anything outdoors, painting landscapes, and supporting Manchester United.
With a unique professional background that sits at the intersection of management, customer service, and hospitality, Thao’s expertise lies at the same place as her passion: Event Coordinator. During her four years’ service cutting her teeth as an Event Planner at New England Wellness Solutions, Thao gained a reputation for delivering quality, high-impact experiences that aligned perfectly with the vision of the diverse clientele she served. At Northeastern University, where she is now, she delivers a diverse portfolio of targeted events. In addition to planning events she also oversees the Presidential Ambassador Corps Program with Michele Calnan. This program provides class-leading representation to the Office of the President; enhancing the reputation of the University and growing awareness at designated events in doing so.
A University of Massachusetts alumni with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2016, she hopes to return to the academic arena in the near future to formalize her professional event planning experience with a relevant postgraduate qualification.
When she is not working, Thao can be found undertaking less stressful pursuits, including knitting and baking. Her specialty is beautiful fondant cakes.
Events Data & Systems Coordinator
Neeve received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in 2016 from Wheaton College (MA) with a focus in Arts Administration and English. Neeve has a uniquely blended background of experience gained primarily in New York City, having worked with professional dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as well as Guilford Publications, a publishing house in Manhattan, NY.
Neeve is originally from Southeastern Massachusetts and relocated back to the area in the summer of 2018, joining the Northeastern University Events team shortly thereafter. She hopes to utilize her administrative and marketing skills in combination with her artistic background to assist in executing creative and unique events for the Northeastern Community both domestically and internationally.
Tyler interfaces at all levels of the event planning process, working with vendors, clients, and key university stakeholders to develop creative and unique events for an expansive audience. Tyler brings more than six years of University experience to his current position, which involves supporting domestic and international events such as leadership and community engagement programs.
Prior to joining University Events, Tyler spent 5 years working with Tufts’ senior leadership team to implement university wide projects and strategic initiatives for the Provost such as the data-intensive studies center (DISC) and the University’s strategic plan. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism at UMass Amherst, focusing on marketing and digital technologies. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Northeastern where he hopes to parlay concentrations in data analytics and finance into an exciting career of working with people.
Tyler enjoys cooking for his family, hiking, and exploring every nook and cranny of the world with his journal and camera.
Kell Schneider, SSH'17
Manager, Design and Marketing
Kell Schneider joined the events team full-time in 2017 after spending four years as a design assistant work-study in the Events office. She fuses her English degree and design skills to tackle creative event needs from several angles. She has designed creative assets and collateral, both digital and print, for a wide variety of events, including: the inaugural Global Leadership Summits in Paris, Shanghai, and Mumbai; Women Who Empower conferences around the globe; Torch; and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences celebration. Kell’s creative skills extend beyond the screen and include custom handlettering, calligraphy, and engraving – which add distinctive flair and personal touch to all the events her team works on.
When you work with Kell, you trust that her creative solutions, strong vendor relationships, and fast pace will bring you to the finish line in top form. When not at her desk, Kell spends her time fostering a small creative business, planning trips, and reading books about typography.
Design and Marketing Co-op
Mariam Alsadek is the Event’s teams’ second ever co-op for Spring 2020. She is a rising senior in Northeastern with a major in Graphic and Information Design and a minor in Business Administration.
Prior to working with the Events team, Mariam worked as a design intern in the summer of 2018 with The Modist in Dubai, UAE, a London-based online boutique store and magazine. Mariam has also teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2019 to create designs for their annual conference called SciTech created by the MIT Arab Student Organization. Mariam’s love for graphic design grew from her 2-year rigorous art studies in Higher Level Visual Arts during her International Baccalaureate (IB) program in high school. Mariam has created over 10 studios that consisted a range of media, from paintings to sculptures. These years of practice in studio art had then translated to digital designs.
When not at work, Mariam spends her time creating digital designs and adventuring with her family.