Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Visit Loudoun is responsible for the programmatic and fiscal integrity of the organization. They elect, evaluate, and counsel the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer; provide planning and guidance for the work of the organization; approve its policies; assist in securing the financial resources required to sustain and increase tourism programs; and share responsibility for effective recruiting and retention programs.

Visit Loudoun Board Members are recruited through a deliberate process to develop strong leadership for policy guidance for Visit Loudoun. The board members represent large and small tourism related businesses from all sectors of the tourism industry as well as marketing and other professional fields. Tourism is a county-wide program and the board members are also selected with consideration of the different geographies within Loudoun and its towns. Visit Loudoun partners elect board members during their annual meeting each year after a thorough nomination process has been completed. The board members are elected to a three year term.

Board meetings are held at 3:30 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month (3rd Wednesday of November & December) at Visit Loudoun's offices. All board meetings are open to the public.

Committees

The Visit Loudoun Board of Directors is a working organization and has standing in special committees made up of Visit Loudoun board members, Visit Loudoun partners, and other qualified individuals that do the board's work between meetings. Committee activities include, but are not limited to, conducting research and investigations, and evaluating board issues. Each committee reports their findings and recommendations at board meetings for refinement and decision-making by the board in its entirety. Visit Loudoun committees include:

  • Executive
  • Annual Meeting & Tourism Awards
  • Tourism Marketing Leverage Fund Review
  • Weddings Advisory
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory 
  • Music 
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Executive Committee meetings are held at 8:00 am on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Visit Loudoun's offices. All committee meeting are open to the public.

2023-2024 Board

Officers

Tom Gates

Tom Gates Board Chair

Vice President Regional Director of Operations, B.F. Saul Hospitality Group

Esther Turner

Esther Turner Board Vice Chair

Director of Impact & Engagement, Henry Crown Fellowship/The Aspen Institute

Rusty Foster

Rusty Foster Board Treasurer

President, Bow Tie Strategies

Amy Bobcheck

Amy Bobchek Board Secretary

Sr. Vice President, EVERFI

Tracy Hamlin

Tracy Hamlin Immediate Past Chair

Owner, Sweet Jazz Fest/DMH Records, LLC

Directors

Valerie Beaudoin

Valerie Beaudoin

Executive Director, George C Marshall International Center

Benjamin Blakley crop

Benjamin Blakley

Realtor, Opportunity Realty

Anne Marie Chirieleison

Anne Marie Chirieleison

Executive Director, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum

Hillary Coley

Hillary Coley

Owner, Dominion Tea

Kent Duffie

Kent Duffie

Sr. Vice President Corporate Finance, Marriott International

Carmen Felder

Carmen Felder

CEO, Authentic Connections

Lacey Huber

Lacey Huber

Vice President, Stone Tower Winery

Melanie Matthewes

Melanie Mathewes

Director of Development, Shenandoah University

Michelle McNaughton

Michelle McNaughton

Owner, PLAYroom Retail LLC

Stacey Metcalfe

Stacey Metcalfe

Executive Director / CEO, Morven Park

Ronda Powell

Ronda Powell

Owner, Old 690 Brewing Co.

Manisha Shah

Manisha Shah

Owner, Stone Manor Bed Breakfast

Jennie Simpson

Jennie Simpson

Strategic Partner Executive, Federal Partners, Amazon Web Services

Stephanie Slocum

Stephanie Slocum

Retired

April Taylor

April Taylor

CEO, The SVE Firm

Santosh Tiptur

Santosh Tiptur

Owner & Chef, The Conche

Renee Ventrice crop

Renee Ventrice

Relationship Marketing Coach

Donnie Walker

Owner, Waterford Reservations

Ex Officio Members

Ali MacIntyre

Ali MacIntyre

Dir. of Business Development & Community Partnerships, Town of Middleburg

Erin McLellan

Erin McLellan

Deputy County Administrator, Loudoun County

Russell Seymour

Russell Seymour

Director of Economic Development, Town of Leesburg

Yasmeen Shields

Yasmeen Shields

Membership Dierector, Loudoun Chamber

Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh

Loudoun Wineries and Wine Growers Assoc. Board of Directors/Owner, Walsh Family Wine

Chryssa Westerlund

Chryssa Westerlund

VP of Marketing & Consumer Strategy, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority