Shana founded Aspire Event Management in January 2018 after working 11 years for nonprofits as a marketing and events professional. Her desire to share her passion and success with other organizations were the driving forces behind starting her own company. She has proven to be an expert at managing event logistics and elevating overall event experiences. She specializes in creating revenue-generating sponsorship and exhibit programs that have increased revenues as much as 447%. Shana is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and holds a degree in marketing.  She is a respected event professional known for her grace under pressure and commitment to executing successful events.


Alexis Garland is the Creative Director for Weddings by ASPIRE. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management with a minor in Hospitality Management. Alexis also has a degree in Fashion, Merchandising, and Design which has helped her think outside-the-box, and create unique events. She realized, going through school, that her passion lies within the event industry, specializing in weddings. Her goal is to meet each and every client’s needs and help create a pleasing esthetic atmosphere. With a great eye for detail, she wants to make your next special event one to remember.


Morgan Tjarks is the Logistics Director for Weddings by ASPIRE. Morgan graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management and a Minor in Advertising. The versatility and the never ending changes of the Event Industry is what drew her into this career path. Morgan’s extensive knowledge of destination weddings as well as indoor and outdoor events brings a unique perspective to the planning process. With her attention to detail, organizational skills and positive attitude, she is able to meet the needs of each and every client. Her goal is to create memorable lifelong experiences.