Our Team

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Fatma Umut Spanton

Director of Conference & Event Planning

Fatma Spanton joined Cal Poly Corporation in 2012 as its Director of Conference and Event Planning. She oversees conference and event operations for more than 125 conferences and events held at Cal Poly each year. In addition, she manages summer housing accommodations for the university. Fatma has more than 15 years of experience in hotel, event and convention center management. This includes positions in five-star hotel management, and coordinating events and conventions for Europe’s largest convention center in Istanbul, Turkey.

She is foundation chair for the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and has spent several years volunteering with a military Family Readiness Group (FRG). She is also a 2016 recipient of the San Luis Obispo Tribune’s “Top 20 Under 40” award, for recognition of innovative and dedicated community involvement.

Fatma has a Bachelor of Science degree with dual focus in business administration/tourism and hotel management. She is also a certified mediator and is currently pursuing a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree.

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Tammy Farrell

Senior Accounting Analyst

Tammy Farrell supervises the daily operations of all accounting functions for Conference and Event Planning. She has been with the Cal Poly Corporation since 1988, holding various accounting roles with the University Store. She started as a cash accountability clerk and advanced to senior accounting analyst, overseeing all accounting and financial reporting duties for the bookstore and satellite operations. In this role Tammy also worked with the store director and department managers to develop and coordinate the store’s annual operating budgets.

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Kristi Hogue

Conference and Event Coordinator

Kristi Hogue has worked in the event planning industry for more than 16 years. She has held a variety of positions overseeing events across the Central Coast. Prior to her role with Cal Poly Conference & Event Planning, she was a logistics coordinator and Maitre‘d with Haute Catering and Events, where she was responsible for coordinating and overseeing all aspects of wedding day catering services. Previously, she oversaw weddings and events for CordeValle Golf Resort in San Martin and the Highlands Inn Park Hyatt in Carmel. Locally, Kristi served as the banquet manager at Steamers of Pismo Beach and the director of catering for the Inn at Morro Bay.

Kristi is a volunteer member of the Earth Day Alliance, a non-profit organization responsible for coordinating the annual SLO Earth Day Fair and Music Festival. She was an active coordinator and organizer from 2012 to 2015, and currently assists and consults as needed.

Kristi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Sonoma State University, and an Associate of Arts degree from Cuesta College.

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Scott Homolka

Conference and Event Coordinator

Scott has worked in the hospitality, entertainment and event planning industries across California for more than 20 years. Prior to his role with Cal Poly Conference & Event Planning, he was Assistant General Manager at a local 130 room hotel in Pismo Beach. Previously, he managed a variety of special events at Santa Clara University, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin and Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe.
Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree in Marketing with a minor in Communication from Santa Clara University.

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Liz Holman

Conference and Event Coordinator

Liz began her career in events over ten years ago, managing corporate conferences, social events and large golf tournaments for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Prior to her role with Cal Poly Conference and Event Planning, Liz was the Director of Events and Community Development at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and worked in the local wedding industry as a Wedding Coordinator for Kramer Events.
Liz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from San Diego State University.

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Donna Abbote

Administrative Coordinator

Donna has been providing administrative support for more than 15 years to a variety of businesses including the hospitality industry, engineering, accounting and law offices. At Cal Poly Conference & Event Planning, Donna oversees the office management and can assist you with event inquiries or general questions. Donna comes to the central coast from the Los Angeles area, and is also active in the coastal arts community.