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Event Planning Instructors

Heather Herrig

  • UGA

Heather Herrig, CMP, is the president of Every Last Detail, a full-service corporate events and meetings firm dedicated to high-touch, seamless, and strategic events. For Heather, it's all about bringing people together, and helping organizations achieve more as a result. In addition to event planning and management, Heather's diverse career includes work in marketing, corporate communications, and organizational strategy - allowing her to offer clients a comprehensive array of services. She joined the field of meeting and conference planning full-time in 2005, though she had been planning events well before her first official position in the industry.

Heather always had a passion for the creativity, organization, and detail that go into planning, so having the opportunity to do this work full-time was a perfect fit. With experience that includes local, domestic, and international destinations; small, medium, and large attendee sizes; and numerous types of meetings and events from tradeshows to board meetings and from conferences to incentive trips, Heather has loved every new occasion to expand her planning horizons.

Heather enjoys learning and growing in the industry and seizes every opportunity to develop her planning skills and build industry relationships. Professional memberships include Meeting Professionals International/MPI, the Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals (Heather currently serves on the Board), and Senior Professionals Industry Network/SPIN (Heather contributes to their Small Business Community). Heather is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides outside of Atlanta with her husband and two daughters. When not spending time on her business, or with her family, you can usually find her savoring Atlanta's many culinary offerings or deeply engrossed in a crossword puzzle.

Ida Kroell

  • MA Communications
  • MA Event Management

Ida Kroell is originally from Denmark and has a Master's Degree in Communications and Event Management (in Danish; Performance Design). Ida has performed successfully within the events industry for 14 years and has organized and executed virtual and in-person small and large-scale conferences, events, and weddings in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

In 2014, Ida founded a global Event Planning and Production Company based in New York. Prior to the launch of her first business, she was the Congress and Communications Manager at a well-renown, international company. She just recently sold her second company; a 5-star Wedding and Event Venue and Bed & Breakfast near Atlanta called Georgia Palms and Gardens which she built from the ground and up. In 2022, she opened the high-end wine and tapas bar Elixir. 

Teaching Event Planning and Business is her greatest passion as it provides her with the opportunity to pass on all the knowledge and experiences she has in her luggage as an international planner.

Leslie DeRamus

Leslie DeRamus is the owner and principal event planner of LesLo Events, a luxury event management firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 10 years of event experience, producing luxury weddings and events, Leslie holds a Master's in Management with a background in marketing and corporate event planning. 

Leslie has produced events for Fortune 500 companies, has been voted Top 3 Wedding Planner in Atlanta, and has been featured in various publications such as Bravo TV, Modern Luxury, Southern Bride, and more. As a certified event planner, Leslie’s biggest reward is to see all of the hard work come to life on event day.