Our Team

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ZERLENE MEKDECI (Director & Lead Planner)

Zerlene

  • PMI Certified Project Manager (PMP)
  • WPIC Certified Wedding Planner (WPICC)
  • Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS)
  • Certified Travel Counselor

After a successful decade in IT project management , working with budgets from a few thousand to over a million dollars, Zerlene decided it was high time to marry her skills with her passion for weddings and all other things celebratory.  Hence Impresario was born.

A perfectionist who is extremely organized and detail-oriented, Zerlene loves nothing more than to make the dreams of her clients an impressive reality, no matter what the occasion or budget (like a Fairy Godmother… but without the wand!).

An avid learner, Zerlene holds B.Sc. and N.D. degrees, as well as several professional certifications.  Married with two energetic (!) children, she enjoys salsa dancing, gardening, travel and fine dining, especially with international cuisine.  She is also proud supporter of several international humanitarian agencies (Humanitarian Coalition, Save A Family Plan, Ratanak International) & environmental groups (Greenpeace) and has been a key volunteer with local animal rescue groups such as Abbey Cat Adoptions.

 

karenKAREN APPALSAMY (Lead Planner)

  • WPIC Certified Wedding Planner (WPICC)
  • Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS)
  • Accredited Home & Business Stager
  • Indian Wedding Specialist
  • Corporate Event Specialist

Following two decades in the Toronto Financial Industry, Karen has traded in numbers for flowers and coffee for champagne.

With strong business and financial acumen, diverse customer service skills, and as an Accredited Home and Business Stager,  Karen brings a wide variety of skills and experience to Impresario Events.

She is described as being detailed oriented, motivated and outgoing. She works well under pressure for her clients.  Karen has great interpersonal skills and builds relationships easily.

Currently Karen resides in Ajax with her family.  She enjoys traveling, international dining and helping out in the community.   She is involved in various volunteer groups and charities, which provides help and services to seniors and kids.

 

ASSOCIATES & ASSISTANTS


Glenda2-sizedGLENDA KROLL

  • Founder of Glenda Kroll Events
  • Corporate Event Specialist
  • Jewish Wedding and Event Specialist

Glenda brings to Impresario a wealth of experience in putting together corporate events, as well as milestone events for charities and the Jewish community (weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc.). The Founder and Director of her own Wedding & Event Planning company, she has joined forces with Impresario to bring additional cultural diversity and perspective to the team.

She is a perfectionist who deeply cares about her work and making sure every event exceeds expectations.

She enjoys the company of her children and friends, and lives each day to the fullest.

 


PatriciaPATRICIA STESKY

  • WPIC Certified Wedding Planner (WPICC)

Patricia is a hopeless romantic and has always loved weddings. She is ambitious, friendly and loves helping people. Her creativity, calm demeanor and positive attitude make her a pleasure to work with and a valuable member of the Impresario team.

An experienced bridal fashion consultant, she has worked with hundreds of brides to help them find their perfect dress!

In her spare time, Patricia loves to promote health & nutrition, read, practice yoga, spend time with loved ones and be an active member of her Ukrainian community. She has been a Ukrainian folk dancer with the dynamic Barvinok School of Ukrainian Dance in Mississauga for over 22 years and has had the privilege of touring and dancing throughout Ukraine, Ontario and various cities in the U.S. Patricia’s passion for her heritage is what has kept her dancing all these years and what will continue to drive her to keep dancing for many years to come!


Michelle

MICHELLE ROBBINS

  • WPIC Certified Wedding Planner (WPICC)

Another team member with formal project management training and experience, Michelle is not only experienced with weddings but also larger events such as charitable galas, fashion shows and concerts.

Highly driven and very detail-focused, Michelle brings a considerable amount of energy and enthusiasm for every wedding and event that she is a part of.

In her spare time she loves to bake and spend time with her family and friends.