Courtney Ballard Murtaugh

Director of Membership & Administration, The Sierra Institute

Courtney founded CBM MEETINGS PLUS in 2006, building on her extensive experience in organizing and planning activities for nonprofit organizations. As the principal and owner, she has served as a consultant, executive director, and meeting manager for numerous nonprofit organizations. 

Courtney’s venture into CBM Meetings Plus followed her experience as Director of Guest Services for Loyola University Chicago, where she was heavily involved in organizing and planning numerous events for the university, including a town hall for Senator Barak Obama. In addition, Courtney served for nearly two decades as Worship Director in the Archdiocese of Chicago, where she served in various parishes and agencies. While working at the Office for Divine Worship, Courtney was a member of the event team that planned and executed all episcopal and diocesan wide events held at Holy Name Cathedral. These events included working with the cardinal, archbishops and bishops as well as clergy from numerous denominations and planning an event at Soldier Field for 60,000 people.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from Mississippi University for Women; Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Barat College; and a Master of Pastoral Studies in Liturgy and Worship from Loyola University Chicago. Courtney has been a member of St. Anne Parish since 1985, and is a Choir Member and Cantor. She served on the Parish’s Liturgy Commission and as Environment and Art Coordinator for nearly twenty years.

Courtney volunteers for numerous philanthropic organizations, including serving five years as a Gala Committee Member for a local hospice fundraiser, which she co-chaired in 2014. She is also on the Board of Advisors for the Zimu Foundation, which is striving to break cycles of illiteracy and poverty in Uganda. Courtney has been involved as an active member of Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association Board where she currently serves as the President Elect.