Maria Covell | CEO

Maria's passion for events began at age 10, when she organized a charity carnival in her backyard, and that passion grew into a 30 year career rooted in the principle of serving others. Honesty, integrity, and unparalleled organizational skills coupled with the warmth and friendliness of a true "people" person are the hallmarks of Maria's success. Maria is equally as passionate about family.  When not planning events for others, you'll find her spending time with her four children, husband (pictured on right) and two dogs.


Tara McNamara | Director

Business Development

A Washington, D.C. area native, Tara holds degrees in Business, Culinary Arts, and Hotel Management.  After 25 years in the luxury hotels, Tara joined the DMC world.  Tara is a self-described “connector” within the hospitality industry and is an active member of PCMA and FICP.  When not building on relationships, Tara can be found in the kitchen or out enjoying culinary delights at one of Washington D.C.’s

many great restaurants.


Brittany Shane | Account Manager

A native to the Washington, DC area, after graduating from the University of Maryland, Brittany set out to pursue her passion for events. She started her career at one of DC's premier caterers, where she planned and executed social events, corporate events and weddings. After 4 years gaining valuable experience, she switched gears to focus on corporate event planning and joined the Capital City Events team. With her exceptionally likeable personality, Brittany found her niche as part of the Sales Team where she thrives in creating remarkable and unique experiences for clients. When Brittany is not spending time with her work family, she enjoys quality time with her family and 3 little nieces who live close by.

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Stephanie Beam | Event Manager

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Stephanie has always had a passion for people and events. After receiving a degree in Communications from Virginia Tech she made the move to Washington, D.C. and has worked in the event arena for the past eight years. With experience working with corporate clients, associations, and convention and visitors’ bureaus, she always strives to provide a unique and amazing experience for her clients. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys eating her way through the district’s restaurants and relaxing in

Fenwick Island, DE.

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Tim Covell | President

Bringing over 25 years of experience leading organizations in effective revenue growth and market positions, Tim joined Capital City Events in 2003. He is responsible for all sales and marketing activities for the company and can be found passionately promoting our destination management industry and has served multiple leadership roles for the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI).


Christina Miller | Senior

Event Design

An Ohio native, Christina moved to Washington, D.C. in 2008 and set her sights on pursuing a career in event management. Christina has spent the past 11 years taking in all the city has to offer and immersing herself in the hospitality industry. Working with various local DMC's and one of the area’s leading transportation providers has given her a keen eye when it comes to logistics. When she's not creating events that intrigue and excite clients, she loves getting out to enjoy all that the Virginia countryside has to offer with her husband, little boy and dog Snuggles!


Tori Hamed | Account Manager

Tori started her journey in event planning and hospitality while studying in college and has never looked back! Throughout the past 8 years, Tori has held various roles working on fundraising galas and events, non-profit meeting planning, and venue management, all preparing her for her role at Capital City Events. Her favorite things outside of the office include traveling abroad, dining out at some of DC's hidden neighborhood gems, working out so she can continue to dine out, and spending time outside, preferably at the beach!


Cheri Salasznyk | General Manager

Cheri brings more than 15 years of corporate event, wedding, and catering experiences to the team. Having spent more than a decade at Capital City Events, Cheri is the backbone of the team and has the knowledge, history, and experience to provide clients with the Capital City Events experience every time! As the General Manager, Cheri's acute attention to detail and organizational skills help keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. Outside of the office, you can find her spending time with her husband and two children and enjoying time by the ocean.


Mary Kate Cappadona | Senior

Event Manager

Growing up in Washington, D.C., Mary Kate has always sought to make people happy and enjoy the moment. After attending Tulane University in New Orleans and gaining invaluable experience working on Capitol Hill, Mary Kate discovered her love of events.  Her versatile skill set allows her to efficiently execute simultaneous projects of various size and scope while establishing a network of ongoing relationships with clients and vendors across the country. When she’s not creating memorable events, Mary Kate enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children, exploring nearby local towns, vineyards and beaches.


Amy Langevin | Event Manager

Amy has years of experience in successfully executing a wide range of events, from corporate events and galas, to weddings and local charity races. She finds it immensely gratifying to witness her clients’ reactions when they see their events come to life.   Outside of event planning, Amy has a passion for physical fitness, health and wellness. You will also find Amy and her husband on the sidelines of just about every sporting event, supporting and cheering on their 4 active boys.

Join Our Team!

We love to meet creative, enthusiastic, and productive people who’d like to be part of our team. To learn more about career opportunities at Capital City Events, please e-mail your resumé to and don’t forget to tell us a little bit about yourself!

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