Meet the Team that Brings Amazing Events to Life


Photo: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Photo: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Sharokina Pazand

Event Director & EXPERIENCE VISIONARY


Events are all about an experience. They're about encompassing all of the senses. A time to be fully present. Creating memories, friendships, and learning things to keep with you for a lifetime.  I learned this from a young age as I attended parties and weddings with my family.  I loved the excitement and planning involved. I remember the music and how when all of the guests arrived at an event, the first thing they did after greeting everyone was start dancing, eating amazing, food, greeting loved ones, and laughing. It was an energizing environment that everyone wanted to be a part of. I knew in my soul that the events world was where I needed to be.  I left my corporate job and started the company at 24 years old because I realized I needed to live out my passion of creating an amazing event experience for each and every person I came across. That's how Citygirl Events was born.

Photo: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Photo: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Kerrie Gallagher

SENIOR Event Planner & DESIGNER


I grew up appreciating all things beautiful. This includes not only nature and art but people and events as well. What is more beautiful than bringing loved ones together? All of my life I have found beauty in details, the smiles, the laughter, even the tears. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Roosevelt University and taught early childhood for many years. I left teaching many years ago, after realizing that I needed to pursue a more artistic and fulfilling path for myself. I continued my education in both fine arts and design. I found a way to marry my love of education and planning with my love for creating beauty. Thus a wedding planner was born. I possess a thoughtful approach and have excellent communication skills, couple those skills with my love for design, and voila... we have a great event.

Photo: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Photo: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Monika Heppe

EVENT PLANNER


I find my inspiration for events all over the place, but what I love most is to travel all over the world and bring back small details to use in my events to make them uniquely elegant. After receiving my bachelors from the University of Illinois, I intended to find my way into the corporate sector before realizing the hospitality industry is where I truly belong. I have amassed almost 15 years of experience in the event industry: starting as a young catering captain to creating & selling a raw loft venue to designing & selling boutique event rentals and most importantly - wedding planning. I have a love for all things hospitality and making sure every last detail is perfect and every last guest has a smile on their face. There is no request too big or small on someone's wedding day.


Photo: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

Photo: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

Kiera Lau

EVENT COORDINATOR
 

My love for working in events brought me to Citygirl as an assistant 3 years ago, and I couldn’t be more excited to work as a coordinator today. I’m a Chicago native and graduate of Illinois State University. In addition to events, my background consists of marketing and communications. I knew that I wanted to work in events while interning in event planning for a non-profit during college. Who knew you could have a job that is so much fun! Being the youngest of four daughters, I have the special skill of listening to many requests at once and handling a large amount of chaos - all with a smile on my face.

Photo: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

Photo: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

Matt Davis

EVENT COORDINATOR
 

This is a dream job to help plan and execute unique and romantic weddings, proposals, and events, and I am thankful and excited to be a part of the Citygirl Team as the resident Cityguy! With a background and education in fine arts and over 15 years of experience in hospitality, I bring an artistic eye to event coordination and a meticulous attention to detail to the planning table.  When I proposed to my wife, I wanted to make that day just as special as she was and is to me, and when we planned our wedding, we wanted it to be a showcase of who we were as a couple and of our love for each other.  My goal as an event planner is to help others share and celebrate the love they have for each other by crafting and creating tailored events and carefully coordinating a plan to ensure every detail of the special day has been met.

Photo: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

Photo: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

Brianna España

OFFICE & PLANNING COORDINATOR
 

My love of learning has led me to gain experience in theater, military procedures, logistics, music, hospitality, and organization to name a few. I enjoy building relationships with all of our clients and the wonderful vendors that we have the honor of working with each year. The thing I love most about being a part of the Citygirl team is our willingness to go above and beyond to make your day the best possible day it can be. Whether it's getting wedding transportation set up so guests arrive on time or organizing venue tours - I truly enjoy assisting our planners to ensure your day goes off without a hitch! 


Photo: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Photo: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Sadie

CITYGIRL GREETER & OFFICIAL EVENT PLANNING BEAGLE


Meet Sadie, the greeter and honorary event planner dog at the Citygirl studio! She loves long walks on the beach, taking naps, and most importantly greeting each of our visitors that come to the Citygirl studio. To learn more about Sadie, you can meet her in person at Citygirl or you can follow her adventures on Instagram as Sadie the City Dog!