CALL FOR CANDIDATES
Visit Loudoun (the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association - LCVA) is looking for individuals to serve three-year terms on its Board of Directors, from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026, with a transition period beginning in May 2023. Resumes must be received by COB on February 3, 2023.
Three business references should accompany the resume along with a response to the statement: “My service on the Visit Loudoun Board of Directors will help Visit Loudoun and tourism in Loudoun County because….” This response should be no longer than one double-spaced, typed page.
Submissions are due to the Visit Loudoun office by COB February 3, 2023. The office is located at 112 South Street, SE, Suite 200, Leesburg, VA 20175. Electronic copies may be submitted to Greg Harp at harp@VisitLoudoun.org. Following review of resumes, considered candidates will be scheduled for an interview with the Executive Committee of the Board in March 2023.
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 member 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.
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:
- Annual Meeting & Tourism Awards
- Tourism Marketing Leverage Fund Review
- Weddings Advisory
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory
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.
2022-2023 Board of Directors
Chair: Tracy Hamlin - Owner, Sweet Jazz Fest / DMH Records, LLC
Vice Chair: Tom Gates - Vice President Regional Director of Operations, B.F. Saul Hospitality Group
Treasurer: Esther Turner, Director of Impact & Engagement, Henry Crown Fellowship / The Aspen Institute
Secretary: Rusty Foster - President, Bow Tie Strategies
Immediate Past Chair: Melanie Mathewes - Director of Development, Shenandoah University
Amy Bobchek - Sr. Vice President, EVERFI
Anne Marie Chirieleison - Executive Director, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
Hillary Coley - Owner, Dominion Tea
Kent Duffie - Sr. Vice President Corporate Finance, Marriott International
Carmen Felder - CEO, Authentic Connections
Kristin Gibson - Director of Client Experience, SPARGO Inc.
Rodrigo Gomes - President & CEO, Northern VA Volleyball
Michelle McNaughton - Owner, PLAYroom Retail LLC
Suzanne Musgrave, Director of Philanthropy, Morven Park
Ronda Powell, Owner, Old 690 Brewing Co.
Lacey Huber Sautter - Vice President, Stone Tower Winery
Manisha Shah - Owner, Stone Manor Bed Breakfast
Jennie Simpson - Manager of Cloud Operations & Innovations, Microsoft
Stephanie Slocum, Retired
Santosh Tiptur - Owner & Chef, The Conche
Donnie Walker - Owner, Waterford Reservations
Ex Officio Members
Tony Howard - President & CEO, Loudoun Chamber
Ali MacIntyre - Dir. of Business Development & Community Partnerships, Town of Middleburg
Russell C. Seymour - Director of Economic Development, Town of Leesburg
Valmarie Turner - Asst. County Administrator, Loudoun County
Sarah Walsh - Loudoun Wineries Assoc. Board of Directors / Owner, Walsh Family Wine
Robert Pollard - Chair, Loudoun County Heritage Commission
Chryssa Westerlund, VP of Marketing & Consumer Strategy, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority