MEET OUR TEAM
Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO of Slink Events has 18 years of experience in fundraising, event planning, marketing and branding. Lindsay’s experience in sports marketing began in 2004 when she interned with the Anthony Munoz Foundation and the Marvin Lewis Community Fund (MLCF). She then joined the MLCF in 2005 when Coach Lewis formed his own 501 c (3). She helped Coach Lewis and then Executive Director, Sharon Thomas, build the organization from the ground up, quickly taking it from an initial $10,000 donation from the Bengals to one million dollars in donations. Lindsay was instrumental in the development of fundraising and marketing strategies and program development.
When Ms. Thomas was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Lindsay’s duties increased significantly, and when Ms. Thomas’ hard-fought battle ended two years later, Lindsay was named Interim Executive Director. During this time, she added the inaugural Marvin Lewis Youth Football Camp and the Learning Is Cool program and, decreased organizational expenses, while maintaining a focus on quality.
When an Executive Director was named, Lindsay assumed the role of Assistant Director, focusing primarily on relationship- building and fundraising, working with nearly 100 partner organizations to orchestrate major special events. She cultivated the Marvin Lewis Golf Classic into one of the most premiere events of its kind; her successful decision to shorten the outing to 14 holes allowed for a more relaxed and enjoyable outing and even helped raise more money at the post play auction! Another of Lindsay’s signature events, Football 101, was named “Best One-of-a-Kind Experience” in Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best of the City” Award.
In 2014 with Coach Lewis' blessing she founded Slink Events and Consulting to help other organizations raise money through fundraising events. Her expertise in the field has helped organizations raise millions of dollars through various events such as golf outings, sports clinics, private parties, galas, live auctions and much more. She has also assisted several notable NFL players and coaches build their presence in the community helping to start their foundations and/or enhancing their brands and events to put them at the forefront of philanthropy.
Lindsay fuels her passion for event planning with creativity, attention to detail, energy, and, of course, spreadsheets. She thinks outside the box to put fresh, new ideas into play at each event, and she is absolutely committed to giving her clients an unforgettable experience.
Lindsay is a proud graduate of the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!) with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Communications. While studying at UD she was also a member of the varsity women’s softball team. She lives in Evendale with her husband and children.
Director of Operations
Alex Simons joined Slink Events & Consulting in early 2023 as the Director of Business Development after spending 13 years with the Cincinnati Bengals where she was part of four different lines of business and countless cross-functional projects that shaped her experience in events, fan engagement, sports marketing & philanthropy. She spent her first five seasons with the Bengals responsible for Paul Brown Stadium’s 150+ private events where she helped oversee the building operations for a number of multi-million-dollar concert productions. In 2015 she moved to the premium seating and suite services team where her understanding of the business side of sports started to take shape. In 2018 she accepted the role of Director of Partnership Activation where she and her team were responsible for year-round activation of the 100+ sponsorship deals. She spent her final 3 years with the Bengals building out and leading their first ever Community Engagement Department.
Director of Design
Melanie has been working for and with Lindsay since 2013! She was hired on at the Marvin Lewis Community Fund (MLCF) her sophomore year of college. During this time Mel worked with Lindsay to help bring the Slink Events brand to life. After college Mel set herself up to take on freelance work and they have worked closely since then to help execute clients' game plans for their events. Everything from print design, digital graphics, social media, billboards, award/trophy design and website design; this collaboration can help you with any and everything your event needs.
Director of Finance
A seasoned financial accountant with over 31 years of experience in both the profit and non-profit industries, including five years working with the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, Shawn serves as the accountant for the Sam Hubbard Foundation. Shawn is a proud graduate of Miami University’s Farmer Business School. She lives in Loveland, Ohio with her husband and four children. With all four children now in college, she is finding more time for reading and volunteering.
Director of Special Projects