Meet The Team


Megan Gillette ~ CEO; Creative Director
Creating and cultivating experiences has become crucial to marketing in the 21st Century and Megan Gillette is ably equipped to help clients formulate unforgettable events.

Ms. Gillette has a multi-disciplinary background in event management, graphic and environmental design, marketing, retail sales, and strategic re-branding of real estate properties. She is the creative force behind re-branding the Glass House. Most recently, Megan is contributing her expertise and skills towards the opening of Lumen, A Café. Ms. Gillette’s experience also parlays on a personal level with weddings, corporate events, trade shows, and private parties. Prior to establishing Lumen, Megan worked for Wolfram Research, an international software company, creating environments for corporate, trade shows, and educational events. After acquiring her real estate license in 2008 and founding two property holding companies, she expanded her interest to commercial spaces and real estate development.

Maya Gouliard ~ Event Manager
Maya has over 22 years experience in planning corporate, fundraising, educational, musical,  private events & weddings. Most recently, Maya obtained her Masters in Recreation, Sports and Tourism at UIUC and is a fastidious facilitator and communicator for all events. Maya looks forward to working with you and making your special event all about you.

Kurt Bielema ~ Brand Manager & Marketing Director
Kurt is the creative mind behind most of the ubiquitous brands in the community. He has extensive experience in exhibit & interpretive design. Let him help you think through the brand and messaging surrounding your company’s event.

Shamiira Brown ~ Event Designer and Decor Specialist
Also the branch manager for I Do Events & Linens, Shamiira lends her designers eye to creating magical environments. Using centerpieces, lighting, draping and tableware–she can align every detail to create an exquisite experience.

The Ever-Expanding Team, Bartenders & Chefs
Lumen is so lucky to have an amazing and talented staff who are BASSETT-certified, excel at client relations, and experienced in the hospitality and service industries. Our Mixologists and certified Sommelier can find creative and perfect pairings for any theme and cuisine! Our wonderful chefs and caterers can raise the feast to the occasion!