Missy Francisco Carlson

Special Event Planner, SMDC Health System
Missy Francisco Carlson

SMDC Health System | 407 East Third Street| Duluth, Minnesota 55805 | Phone: 218-786-4479 | Fax:218-786-4273 | mcarlson1@smdc.org


Missy Francisco Carlson is the special event planner for SMDC Health System, a health care provider that serves Duluth, northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Francisco Carlson coordinated SMDC’s New Year’s Eve party in Duluth—an event with more than 3,000 guests—from 2001 to 2007. She has won ISES Minnesota Star Awards for events in each of the past two years. Born and raised in Duluth, Francisco Carlson discovered a knack and passion for coordinating events while planning her own wedding.


Born: January 1, 1977

Spouse: Jason Carlson, married in 1998

Children: Halle,7; Wyatt, 5

• BA, Communications, University of Minnesota Duluth

Career History:
• Special Event Planner, SMDC Health System, 2001-present
• Director of Sales and Catering, The Edgewater Hotel & Resort, 1999-2001
• Catering Coordinator, The Edgewater Hotel & Resort, 1999-2000
• Manager and Training Coordinator, Black Woods on the Lake Restaurant

Outside Activities:
• Member, ISES Minneapolis/St.Paul Chapter
• Committee Member & Event Coordinator, Church Compassion
• Contracted Event & Wedding Planner
• Soccer Coach
• Classroom Volunteer

• ISES Minnesota Star Award: Best Social Event (2008), Best Non-Profit Event (2009), Best Corporate Event (2009)

Key Achievements:
• Coordinator of the SMDC New Year’s Eve party in Duluth
• Side contracting of social event planning
• Juggling a demanding career, family, children, and social activities