Silver Garden Events Center Staff

Ann Marie Mathews

General Manager

Ann Marie was born and raised in Southfield, Michigan. She studied hospitality and marketing at Central Michigan University and proceeded to work in a fast, upscale environment, assuring client delight in private member golf & country clubs and the sports and entertainment field. Passionate about the hospitality industry and helping people, the move to Shriners Silver Garden Events Center in 2009 was a natural fit. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors; hiking, biking, swimming, camping and gardening with her family. Having left for a brief period in 2014, she is grateful to have been asked to return in 2016. With a heart-warming welcome, Ann Marie ensures that all guests feel like they are guests in her home.

Kassie Kenyon

Event Sales Manager

Kassie Kenyon studied hospitality management at Madonna University. Her first job after college was working backstage catering at some of the area Music and Sports Venues. From day one at Shriners Silver Garden Events Center in 2014, Kassie knew that it was going to be an exciting career path for her to learn and grow as an Events Specialist. Kassie has successfully managed the Operations side of the business, overseeing events from corporate to weddings, ensuring all guests have a wonderful experience.

In her promotion to our Event Sales Manager, she looks forward to working more directly with each client in creating an extraordinary affair! Kassie is currently planning her own wedding and has to admit that she is completely addicted to Pinterest.

Susan Rudnick

Executive Chef

Chef Susan discovered her love for cooking early on in life. Around the age of 12, she and her childhood best friend would prepare breakfast for Susan’s family and serve them for free (although tips were highly encouraged). She spent her adolescent years studying cook books and watching the Food Network until she finally decided at the age of 17 to step into the culinary field. Susan spent the next 8 years gaining knowledge and experience in a variety of restaurants and cuisines. While perfecting her skills and expertise, she has earned such titles as Kitchen Manager, Sous Chef, and Executive Chef.

In September 2018, Chef Susan won the Edibles Creation Competition hosted by the Southfield Chamber of Commerce. In this Chopped-style competition, the secret ingredient was “beets” and her Savory Beet Ravioli stole the show. She enjoyed the challenge of creating a beet dish and looks forward to dreaming up your unique meal.  For Susan, the greatest satisfaction in creating a delicious dish is seeing someone truly enjoy it while having a dining experience they will never forget. She strives to perfect her craft and fine tune her skills on a constant basis, always looking to impress each guest — every time.