During and after her Economics, Marketing and Sales Study (1999 – 2003) at the University of Applied Science (HES) in Amsterdam, Tessa worked in the hospitality industry. In 2006 she reinforced the banqueting department of the four star Novotel Amsterdam City Center, where she further developed her organizational and hospitality skills. In 2008 Tessa joined the Status Plus team in the Netherlands. Tessa oversaw many meetings for national and international associations, as well as events commissioned by the Dutch government agencies.
In 2009, Tessa expanded her focus to include association management, which was a great fit for both Tessa and Status Plus. Over the years, Tessa has developed comprehensive knowledge of association management which includes but is not limited to, medical non-profit associations, organizational development, financial management, membership management, fundraising strategies, and meeting organization.
In 2013, after moving to the United States, Tessa rose to her current position as COO of Status Plus Inc., based in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. Moreover, she currently is appointed as the Executive Director of the Scientific Network of Female Sexual Health and Cancer, and as Associate Executive Director for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), and the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA).
Clients value Tessa for her relentless dedication, her persistence and her eagerness to help clients move forward.
Tessa is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. She lives with her husband and two lovely children in Lakeville, MN.