Concierge service from the initial call to the final follow-up

OLC’s event management team are meeting planning and medical/surgical education specialists, drawing on nearly 50 years of professional experience to handle all of your meeting or event needs.

Whether the goal is to produce a laboratory skills training for medical professionals, a corporate offsite or a livestream event viewed internally or worldwide, the OLC event management team works with you to create and facilitate an ideal learning and meeting environment.

Your event management team works with you throughout the planning process to understand preferences and specific requirements as the event or training takes shape. With ongoing communication and collaboration from the initial scheduling to the final follow-up, our event management team ensures every aspect of the planning, timing and execution meets the highest standards and delivers a successful outcome.

Lise’ A. Puckorius
Lisé A. Puckorius
CEO

As CEO of the OLC Education & Conference Center, Lisé manages and oversees day-to-day operations. She has worked in the meetings and event industry for more than 20 years, with extensive experience in event planning and education management, including serving as the global event strategist for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), senior vice president of event services at SmithBucklin, and working at AT Kearney and the Chicago Convention Bureau.

Jeri Busch
Jeri Busch
Office Coordinator

A veteran in meeting planning, coordination, and operations throughout her career, Jeri brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure success. Now, as Office Coordinator and a “Jeri of all trades,” she supervises the OLC’s accounting, and assists with sales and marketing. When she isn’t applying her creativity and attention to detail for clients and the OLC, Jeri enjoys making jewelry, drawing, playing board games, and reading.

Frank Contacessi
Frank Contacessi
Lab Coordinator

A former account executive in the healthcare and medical industry, Frank manages the set-up and run of show for medical labs at the OLC, coordinating all details and lab equipment needs. Frank says the best part of working at the OLC is “getting to see all the new medical advances and technological innovations.” Always up for an adventure, Frank once drove a monster truck through an entire monster truck course.

Ellen Kaimakis
Ellen Kaimakis
Lab Manager

Ellen began her career in the healthcare industry, working in sales support, bio-skills events and planning meetings. A former client who hosted medical education events at the OLC for over 15 years, Ellen joined when the opportunity arose to direct lab events and manage the lab team. She enjoys working with clients to address the ever-changing needs of medical education and meetings. Ellen spends her time outside of the lab working on her micro-farm and making home-grown salsa and garlic powder.

Kathy Klabacha
Kathy Klabacha
Office Manager

Kathy knows the importance of strategic pre-planning to deliver a meeting beyond expectations, having served as a medical meeting planner before joining the OLC. She uses her experience to find the best ideas and solutions to achieve the desired goals on-budget and on-schedule. Kathy’s love of everything outdoors has taken her to 29 of the U.S. national parks – exactly half-way to her goal of visiting all 58.

Josh Koehn
Josh Koehn
Head Houseman

Working behind the scenes at the OLC for the last four years, Josh ensures all meeting and event orders are followed to a “T” – determining the best set-up and timeline, managing the execution, and directing final tear-down and clean-up. Josh’s extensive background includes mortuary science experience and is a published author who collects and restores old video games.

Jimmy Konrad
Jimmy Konrad
Operations Coordinator

Jimmy manages the “front of the house” for the OLC, serving as a key client liaison before, during, and after meetings on critical details including food & beverage, AV, room set, and more. He says, “I love working with my clients and having the ability to learn something new each day.” A pediatric cancer survivor, Jimmy also says being a part of the OLC “gives you feelings that you are part of the greater good.”

Michael Owca
Michael Owca
Lab Associate

As part of the OLC’s “front of house” team, Michael supervises the venue’s rigorous preparedness and protections to maintain a clean and safe environment across all spaces. A long-time health and wellness enthusiast, he enjoys seeing first-hand new medical innovation and technique trainings at the OLC. Michael also lends his palate as a former chef and Le Cordon Bleu Chicago graduate to assist clients with their catering and food & beverage selections.