Our Team

We work hard. We have fun. We exceed expectations. Every time.

We produce events nationwide and have resources that enable us to create amazing events wherever our clients need us. Our approach helps our clients to advance their mission, message and brand to their audiences through memorable experiences and interactions.

What sets Tolo Events apart? We’re one of very few event companies that creates, designs and oversees all key elements of an event experience. This enables our clients’ vision to be cohesive and the planning process to be seamless.

MEET THE TEAM

Shelly Tolo

Shelly Tolo

President

 Shelly launched Tolo Events in 2002 after a 12-year career as a development officer and event planner for nonprofit organizations. Her business mission is to maximize events through strategic planning and creating fabulous atmospheres and programs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in nonprofit organizations. In addition to her business savvy, Shelly has a keen eye for design and is recognized as a leading event designer in the industry. In 2023, Shelly was inducted in the Washington State Festival and Events Association’s Hall of Fame.

Shelly@toloevents.com

Liz Sexton

Liz Sexton

Senior Event Producer

Liz is passionate about helping her clients produce meaningful and flawless live events. Having planned over 250 events in her career, she excels at navigating the minute details of a large event, from guest experience to program planning to vendor management. Prior to joining Tolo Events, Liz spent 12 years working in development & special events at non-profit organizations across the country including Washington National Opera and The Smithsonian Associates. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School for Public Policy. Three truths and zero lies about Liz; she was trained as an opera singer, is passionate about renovating her old house, and has an adorable daughter named Evie Lou.
liz@toloevents.com

Audrey Newman

Audrey Newman

Senior Event Designer

Audrey brings a distinctive style and design to the Tolo Events Team.  She has a fresh outlook, enthusiasm for design, an amazing eye for detail and an understanding of time management, which allows her to execute any project flawlessly.  Audrey has spent her entire career in the hospitality industry, with the last 10 years in a design capacity. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. When Audrey is not designing events, she is busy chasing her 4 year old twin boys around, listening to podcasts, or day dreaming about a nap.

Audrey@toloevents.com

Stephanie Whelham

Stephanie Whelham

Event Coordinator

Stephanie has been planning and supporting event production since 2003. When working at Tolo Events she will usually be found behind the scenes making the project managers vision come to life. Her resume involves all aspects of event planning for commercial, and non-profit large companies and small. Stephanie has a degree from Washington State University in Recreation and Leisure and was formerly the Program Director at Edmonds Boys & Girls Club. When she’s not setting or striking an event, she likes traveling and enjoying life with her husband and their four kids. If you are wondering why Stephanie is always smiling it’s because she is looking forward to her next beach vacation with her husband, making memories with her four kids, planning a Wet Your Whistle get together with her girlfriends or reaching a new goal on her Peloton.

Kristin Roberts

Kristin Roberts

Senior Event Producer

Kristin brings a meticulous and detail-oriented approach to producing events. She believes that every event should be a reflection of the client’s vision and personality. From conceptualizing themes to coordinating vendors and managing timelines, she strives to ensure that everything runs smoothly and seamlessly. Kristin has a strong background in project management from her 14-year career in the telecommunications industry. She then made the shift to the event industry 10 years ago, while completing her MBA program from Chapman University. When Kristin is not working, one of her favorite activities is practicing yoga. Yoga has become an important part of Kristin’s day to day, providing her with a sense of peace and balance. And you cannot forget about her love for her dog Nala, she is her true angel!

 

Athina Mangouras

Athina Mangouras

Senior Event Designer

Athina is committed to excellence, customer service and professionalism. Being in the event industry for 30+ years, Athina understands the challenges, emotions, and successes involved in creating, designing, and producing a well curated event . She is dedicated to bringing positive results by creatively collaborating with her clients to achieve their goals no matter how lofty. Mastering the life work balance, Athina recharges by designing gardens, listening to true crime podcasts & cooking.
Athina is Bi-Lingual: Advanced fluency level in Greek.
Athina’s life motto: Failure Doesn’t Live Here!

 

Natalie Fanony

Natalie Fanony

Office & Staffing Manager

Natalie Fanony is an accomplished professional with a unique blend of creativity, perseverance, and a genuine passion for events. She graduated from Marymount University with a degree in Business Administration, focusing on Marketing. Her academic journey provided the foundation for her commitment to excellence and continuous learning. With a successful track record in both the government and private sectors, Natalie has gained expertise in event management and project coordination. As the office and staffing manager, she brings all the elements of Tolo Events together to deliver a magical experience. In her downtime she enjoys spending quality time with her family and attending live music events.

Jessica Quande

Jessica Quande

Event Assistant

Jessica Quande has been working with Tolo Events since 2018. Growing up she always aspired to become an event & wedding planner so working for Tolo Events has allowed her dream to become reality! Quande is an integral part of the behind the scenes team.  From prepping materials in the warehouse, loading trucks, setting and striking events, to playing dress up at Galas, she is always ready to help in whatever way she can to ensure our clients enjoy the most memorable events. When not assisting team Tolo, Quande can be found dancing and running her own company, CTY Fitness. She loves to travel with her friends & never misses an episode of 90 Day Fiancé (with a good glass of wine of course).

 

Alina Santiago

Alina Santiago

Event Assistant

Originally from the picturesque landscapes of Romania, Alina seamlessly blends business management expertise, armed with a Bachelor’s Degree, with a certified knack for Event Planning from Edmonds College. Alina proudly wears the badge of bilingualism, jokingly claiming fluency in both the intricate dialect of event jargon and brings a professional touch infused with passion, creativity, and a dash of wanderlust. When she’s not sprinkling her magic touch on Tolo’s events, you might find her in the heart of nature, sipping a 5 am coffee under the canvas of her tent or off chasing trains, both literally and figuratively, exploring new destinations with an insatiable curiosity.

Lona Parks

Lona Parks

Event Assistant

Lona joined Tolo Events in 2022, bringing a fresh perspective and a commitment to crafting seamless and unforgettable experiences. She holds a degree in Information Systems from the University of Washington that helps her to combine technical expertise and creativity seamlessly. Lona plays a pivotal role in on-site setups, material logistics, and provides essential administrative support to our team. Beyond her professional endeavors, Lona enjoys concerts, horror films, and the companionship of her feline friend.

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