Helen Osinga, Catering Director
Helen joined the Local's catering department in the summer of 2013 working both in the restaurant and serving as an invaluable team captain on off-site events. Starting as a full-time event coordinator and Day of Coordinator in the fall of 2014, Helen's upbeat personality has been a great addition to our catering team. Helen received her BA in Business and Communication from Lynchburg College where she gained experience working events. Her vast understanding of the food and beverage industry and overall enthusiasm makes Helen an asset to our clients. In her free time, Helen enjoys crafting and working on her garden.
Emily Holter, Sales Manager
Emily joined the catering team in early 2017 after serving as General Manager of Sweethaus bakery for 3 years, where she was able to gain high-volume exposure to the booming wedding industry here in central Virginia. As a UVA graduate, she is well-versed in all things Charlottesville! Notorious for her solutions-oriented approach to running events, she is also known for her consistently positive attitude, meticulous attention to detail, and insistence on executing each event at the highest level of success. In her down time you can find her hiking with her dog Cooper, dancing to live music, gardening, or finding any reason to be outdoors.
Ashley Trone, Event & Staffing Coordinator
Ashley joined our team in April 2018. After receiving her degree in Music Business from New York University, she spent a decade working in the concert ticketing business. She managed staff and helped customers at major venues in NYC, Los Angeles, Austin, and across the country at many large scale music festivals. Ready for a break from the hectic lifestyle, she relocated to Charlottesville and became an International Event Planner for WorldStrides, planning study abroad experiences for university students. Her project management and customer service experience combine to make her a great asset to the team as well as her clients. In her free time you'll find her exploring with her husband, two kids and two dogs.
Sarah Weltman, Event Coordinator
Sarah joined the Local catering team in September 2018. After receiving her Bachelor of Music in Music Industry from James Madison University, she moved to Charlottesville to work in artist hospitality. Continuing to pursue her passion for music, Sarah also frequently performs in chamber music ensembles and teaches private cello lessons in the area. Known for her welcoming personality and high standard of excellence, Sarah brings a unique perspective to weddings and special events at the Local with her years of experience as both a musician and event coordinator. In her free time you’ll find her exploring the local wine scene, horseback riding, or outdoors with her dog Xena.