Mary Ann Dilling, CFEE serves as the President and CEO. She previously served as the Director of Events and Hospitality and Business Development at the Experimental Aircraft Association for 7 festival seasons. She supervised eight different areas: Events Sales, Food and Beverage, Supply Chain, Events, Audio Visual, Exhibiting, Advertising and Sponsorship. With her teams, she is able to produce over 300 events, 4 million dollars in food and beverage sales, 11.6 million in business development.
She also was the executive director of Fond du Lac Festivals for 11 festival seasons. Fond du Lac Festivals is a nonprofit organization that produces Taste of Fond du Lac, Light Up the City, and Walleye Weekend a Free Family Festival.
She is a member of International Festivals and Events Association and was the chair of the Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Board of Director for Wisconsin United Way.
Mary Ann has also been involved in the production of events including the San Jose Holiday Parade, San Jose, CA, Kentucky Derby Princesses, Louisville, KY, Dubai Food Festival, Taste of Dubai, and McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, Chicago IL.
Speaking engagements include Wisconsin Tourism Conferences, Chamber of Commerce Key Note Speaker, Prince Edward Island, Canada; California/Nevada Festivals and Events Association, Calfest, Michigan Festivals and Events Association, and International Festivals and Events Association.
Ryan Surprise serves as the Marketing and Corporate Outreach Specialist at OAUW. He has several years of experience in the digital marketing world and is an accomplished writer. He previously worked for Dealersocket as a content specialist in downtown Oshkosh before taking on this role. His time spent lending a hand at multiple volunteers events across the Oshkosh area has helped him build roots in the community.
Terri St. Lawrence serves as the impact and outreach specialist. She oversees the investment and impact process and assists with partner campaigns. Terri joins the United Way team with 20 years of partnership and business development, community health outreach and engagement, community benefit and health promotion and program development.
Terri is passionate about being part of a team that makes it possible to positively impact the lives in our community at all life stages.