Meet the Team that Brings Amazing Events to Life



Sharokina Pazand


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.


Kerrie Gallagher


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.

Monika Heppe


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.



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!