was founded in 1987 by Jill Davey as an event planning
and graphic design company. We work with a consistent
group of employees and associates, some are detailed
Many people ask how we are able to manage both events and
design. We feel they are mutually supportive: having
an in-house graphic design department helps us to
fully develop the look and feel of each event and
to bring continuity through all the event collateral
and décor, while keeping costs to a minimum.
Jill Davey, Principal
Jill has the unique ability to provide both vision
for the big-picture creative parts of an event or
design project, while also overseeing the all-important
details. Events and design for nonprofit organizations
have been her focus. Prior to starting JPD, Jill worked
in the music industry as a graphic designer, artist/tour
manager and concert producer. She brings creativity,
energy and enthusiasm to her projects and clients.
Suzanne Harkless, Business Manager
Suzanne oversees the financial aspects of JPD’s
events and design projects. She manages the systems
for billing, scheduling, staffing, and contracts.
She was a corporate event manager for 20 years and
she brings a wealth of experience to JPD from that
Stacy Vajta, Project Manager
Stacy Vajta has been managing events for over 10 years:
hi-tech corporate trade shows, large conferences,
sales incentives as well as craft fairs, auctions
and special events. Her incredible attention to detail
and budget helps our clients rest assured they are
in good hands!
Amy Larson, Project Manager
Amy has managed events and conferences since
1984. Her event management experience encompasses
corporate, nonprofit and public-sector clients. Programs
have included corporate and scientific meetings, premier
client events and fundraisers, and events and field
trips to remote areas. Whether the program is
"black tie optional" or "flashlights
recommended," Amy focuses on producing a memorable
experience for guests.
Jessika Diamond, Project Manager
Jessika is used to taking on large complex projects
and making the events run smoothly, including four
years as the director of an international, 25-show
music competition. She also founded & runs the
10-year-old Northern Harmony Canadian A cappella Festival
in Edmonton, AB (Canada). Jessika worked full-time
as an Event Manager for JPD before leaving to run
the Special Events Department for the Mill Valley
Film Festival on a part-time basis, remaining as a
part-time project manager for JPD fundraising events.
Penny Werner, Graphic Designer
Penny has worked as a designer and art director for
over ten years, and her previous experiences have
included teaching English and elementary school art.
She is thrilled to be working with the excellent clients
that come to JPD for help, and will hold your hand
through the process of turning your vision into a
Nicole Vasgerdsian, Graphic Designer
Nicole has worked for JPD as both an employee and
contract designer. She has years of experience with
a variety of graphic design and prior experience in
an advertising agency.
Eric Ronning, Web Specialist
Eric works with the JPD design team to satisfy our clients by developing and implementing custom websites. With over fourteen years experience in the teaching of graphics and web development, he strives to bring the latest innovations to our projects. Ericís expertise and experience allow him to create sites that are technologically advanced yet individually unique.
Donna Ferina, Office Manager
Donna has been the office manager at JPD for 7 years.
She assists with events and design projects as needed
and is often the first person many people speak to
when they call the office. She brings her caring attention
to all our client and staff needs.