Meet the Team

Chris Hammer HeadshotChristine Hammer

Director of Special Events

Chris brings over 25 years of event planning experience to her role as Director. Originally from Cleveland, she moved to the DMV in the late 80’s after beginning her career in events with a Cleveland department store, and over the years honed her event planning and management skills with Long & Foster Realtors, Children’s National Medical Center and others.

Chris began her career at Georgetown Law in the Advancement office over 10 years ago, and moved into her current role in 2015, getting her back to her professional passion!

She’s the proud mom of two young adult daughters, can find an appropriate Harry Potter quote for almost any situation and obsesses every spring over the eagle cam at the National Arboretum, watching the eaglets and educating her colleagues about all things related to bald eagles!

Ian Mayne HeadshotIan Mayne

Associate Director

Ian is a native of San Francisco, CA and joined Georgetown Law in the Office of Special Events in 2015. He attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory S.F. and received his Bachelors in Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

He brings a long and wide range of events experience to our team, from working for Stanford University, the San Francisco 49ers, the NFL, and many other clients to provide excellent service for successful events. He prides himself in being calm, cool, and collected during the stress of planning events.

Deborah Gales

Assistant Director

Deb Gales is a proud native of the great state of New York, hailing from the borough of Brooklyn. She migrated to the DMV area in 2012 and is a double Hoya, having gotten both her undergrad and graduate degrees from Georgetown.

She began her events career as a Coordinator and has since moved on to Assistant Director. Her passion for both academia and event planning blends well with the culture of the Office of Special Events at the Law Center.

Fun facts – Deb has resided in North America, Central America, South America and Europe and remains an avid traveler and student of the world!

Clara Kelly Headshot

Clara Kelly

Event Coordinator

Clara Kelly is a proud Hufflepuff who serves the Special Events team as an Event Coordinator. She received her bachelors in American History from the University of Vermont in 2015, but is excited to be back in her hometown working for Georgetown!

Before coming back in 2016, she worked for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce as a young professional liaison and a junior lobbyist.

She absolutely loves this Georgetown Law community and truly enjoys event planning and execution. She is a gym addict and loves basketball and historical shows. The quickest way to her heart is with a chocolate chip cookie, a big cup of coffee, and Downton Abbey.

Olivia Jallits HeadshotOlivia Jallits

Event Coordinator

A native of the Washington, DC area, Olivia joined the Special Events team in the Fall of 2019. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary with a double major in Anthropology, and Psychology.

Prior to her time at the Law Center, she worked in Development at both The Nature Conservancy and George Washington University Law School. Focusing her passion for event planning, she joined a corporate event planning firm prior to moving back to higher education at the Georgetown Law Center, where she is able to combine her event planning skills with her desire to work in the non-profit arena.

Olivia considers herself a Slytherin, avid Washington Capitals fan, and follows all members of the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen on instagram.

Bridie Burke HeadshotBridie Burke

Special Events Assistant

Born and raised in the Georgetown area, Bridie joined the Special Events team in the fall of 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing at East Carolina University in 2018 with a minor in Graphic Design.

Prior to her time at Georgetown Law, she worked as an Event Marketing Intern with the National Association of Broadcasters, and as an intern in Orlando with the Walt Disney Company.

She competed as a Division I athlete with ECU’s Swimming & Diving team, is a lover of all things Disney, and an avid Washington Nationals fan.

Beverly SappBeverly Sapp Portrait

Manager of Scheduling and Student Programs

As Scheduling Manager, Beverly supports the room scheduling functions at the Law Center.  She is responsible for researching space availability, assigning spaces and ensuring that rooms are scheduled in a timely manner.  She holds a B.S. in Music Education from the University of South Florida, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Georgetown University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Beverly worked in the fields of teaching and meeting planning. Beverly is currently pursing her Master’s in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

Nancy AkosahNancy Akosah standing outdoors and smiling at the camera

Scheduling and Event Management Assistant

Nancy is the acting liaison between the Office of Student Life, the Audiovisual department, and the Facilities Management department. In addition to assigning space within the Law Center, Nancy ensures that all Audiovisual and Facility event requests are met. Prior to working at Georgetown, Nancy worked for a start-up company and various non-profit organizations as an event coordinator. Her passion for event management is fueled by her B.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from C.U.N.Y. Baruch College. Nancy is currently pursuing her Master’s in Global Hospitality Leadership from Georgetown University.