Meet the Team
The Stansfeld people encompass the perfect blend of strategic talents including administration, digital technology, and marketing skills which have set the foundation for the company’s 30 years of success.
Michael J. Fischer
Michael J. Fischer has over 30 years of experience in helping organizations grow in a strategic manner. In 1997, Mr. Fischer founded Thinsolutions. His leadership and vision allowed Thinsolutions to evolve from a pioneering Cleveland network management company to an enterprising technology services provider offering a breadth of technology services.
The success behind Stansfeld has been in combining Mike’s knack for strategic growth combined with his wife Molly’s penchant for proactive administration and detail. Mike and Molly envisioned Stansfeld as a company that client organizations could turn to when they want to grow. By utilizing Stansfeld’s digital marketing expertise and business insight, associations are uniquely positioned to grow, both in revenue and member experience.
Mike has been honored to appear on the cover of Crain’s Cleveland Business magazine (2001) and was a member of Crain’s 2002 “40 Under 40” class of individuals making waves in the Cleveland business community. Mr. Fischer was honored in 2013 with “The Exit of the Year Award” presented by the Exit Planning Institute for the accomplished sale of Thinsolutions to Konica Minolta.
Mr. Fischer is currently a non-operating Partner of SaaS Factory, which includes a SaaS venture fund and a portfolio of online software businesses.
Mr. Fischer has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University, College of Business and an MBA from The Ohio State University.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Molly attended Notre Dame College, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Upon graduating, she took a position as the Assistant Basketball Coach for her alma mater.
While coaching, Molly also worked at a local CPA and financial advising firm. She was responsible for creating their digital marketing strategy, website, newsletters, and other marketing materials.
She moved into event coordination with JP Sports and Entertainment, an agency offering turnkey event management expertise, sponsorship activation, corporate hospitality, and consulting services. With this position, she assisted in the scheduling and maintaining of communications with vendors and participants, monitored event timelines, purchased items for events, coordinated, communicated, and helped edit and streamline publications.
She has coordinated, executed, and managed some high-end celebrity events such as The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at ARIA in Las Vegas and the Notah Begay Ill Foundation Challenge in Syracuse. Molly worked to ensure each of these events went off successfully and without fault.
At Stansfeld, Molly is in charge of the overall operations of the company, including administration and finance.
Molly’s main strengths are that she is a detail-oriented professional and has a passion for planning and executing projects. She has used her marketing and coordinating skills to help with a variety of projects, ensuring each is more successful than the last.
Melissa is a dedicated, motivated professional with a proven track record of effectively managing large-scale projects and implementing innovative operational processes that enhance efficiencies. She is an out-of-the-box, analytical thinker and creative problem-solver committed to making continuous improvements in process, communication, and client satisfaction in order to enable growth.
As a business development professional, Melissa has had extensive exposure to a wide range of products and services across various industries while always making sure her clients get what they need. She takes pride in having a unique skill set, consistently informed by a driving focus on customer service.
Originally from Grand Island, Nebraska, Melissa has spent the majority of her career in the healthcare industry where she has managed staff and focused on overall business management. She received her associate degree in Applied Science and is currently putting the finishing touches on her bachelor’s degree.
As Stansfeld’s Business Development Director, Melissa has a dual role, working with clients on various strategic projects and taking the lead toward ensuring that Stansfeld’s new clients are given the utmost attention and care.
Arianna Z. Vassallo
Originally from Galveston, Texas, Arianna grew up in Illinois and Connecticut. She attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in International Affairs.
During her time at Northeastern, Arianna completed two six-month internships for the Brookline Police Department and the New England Innocence Project, respectively. While there, she acted as an executive assistant and managed each organization’s social media.
After graduation, Arianna relocated to Austin, Texas where she worked for several years as a paralegal, gaining experience in office management, legal practices, and task management. She then returned to school, part-time, to earn a web development certificate from Austin Community College.
As an Account Manager, Arianna excels in organization, web development, and e-commerce. She is an avid reader and writer, which is clearly displayed in her professional communications. She enjoys learning, problem-solving, and executing successful projects for her clients.
Reyna graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Mass Communication – Electronic Media. While in college, Reyna held positions as a public relations representative and on-air personality/audio producer for the campus radio station. After graduation, she secured a full-time job with her alma mater as the Programs and Events Coordinator for Community Relations.
She quickly moved up in the University Advancement division with several positions in different areas including Annual Giving, Alumni Affairs, and the Vice President’s office, all having leadership and administrative roles. Upon her final year at the university, Reyna was the Events Manager for the Vice President, executing successful events for university alumni, donors, and friends.
Reyna has been a part of the Stansfeld, LLC team since 2018. She is the lead event manager for client events including state and national annual conferences, local events, and board meetings.
Reyna is an active member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) and hosts a weekly industry-specific podcast called The Event Umbrella.
Ari has spent most of her career in hospitality, managing luxury branded hotels where guests expect and deserve the best.
Ari graduated from Central Michigan University, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in hospitality. Her attention to detail and careful execution of managed processes have led her teams to be consistently recognized among the best in the world’s largest luxury brands. Ari excels at creating processes that allow associates to understand their roles and execute them flawlessly.
For Stansfeld, Ari leads internal technology advancements and spearheads the improvement of internal and client processes. Ari also assists with a spectrum of client projects as needs arise.
Hannah Joy De Vries
Hannah Joy de Vries graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Psychology and minor in communication. During her undergraduate study, Hannah Joy took on an internship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) assisting those with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) in an assisted living home. Working her way up from intern, she then became the medical coordinator of one campus where she found her niche in organization and coordinating. She is currently enrolled in Texas State’s Master of Professional Counseling program with an emphasis on Clinical and Mental Health where she is pursuing a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license.
Hannah Joy is and Executive Assistant with Stansfeld aiding Ari Vassallo in website upkeep, fielding emails and phone calls as well as other administrative duties.
JoAnn is an energetic and enthusiastic professional who brings more than 25 years of successful corporate, association, and non-profit management and event planning experience.
Throughout her career, JoAnn has had the opportunity to be a part of a variety of businesses from small start-up companies to major corporations. She is noted for successfully developing and implementing logistical production plans, establishing solid relationships with vendors and customers, and facilitating marketing and promotional efforts to maximize ROI while ensuring seamless execution and participant satisfaction.
JoAnn’s expertise and focus in the event planning arena gives Stansfeld’s clients the ability to have the best venues and events at the best possible price.
JoAnn is passionate about sharing her expertise and ongoing collective knowledge with her clients and business partners. She is an active member of Christian Meetings & Convention Association (CMCA) and the National Small Business Association (NSBA), has served on numerous boards throughout her career and is also a certified Notary Public in the State of Texas.
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