Board of Directors
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all Visit Loudoun committee & board meetings are currently being held virtually.
If you wish to attend the virtual meetings, please contact Greg Harp, Director of Finance & Administration for meeting information.
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 every 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 & 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.
2020-2021 Board of Directors
Chair: Geoff Lawson - Vice President & General Manager, National Conference Center
Vice Chair: Melanie Mathewes - Director of Development, Shenandoah University
Treasurer: Tracy Hamlin - Owner, Sweet Jazz Fest / DMH Records, LLC
Secretary: Tom Gates - Vice President Regional Director of Operations, B.F. Saul Hospitality Group
Immediate Past Chair: Tony Stafford - Owner, Ford's Fish Shack
Dan Amato - Retired, Hyatt Hotels
Chris Burns - President, Old Ox Brewery
Anne Marie Chirieleison - Executive Director, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
Hillary Coley - Owner, Dominion Tea
Reggie Cooper - General Manager, Salamander Resort & Spa
Carmen Felder - CEO, Authentic Connections
Rusty Foster - President, Bow Tie Strategies
Bruce Gemmill - Editor, gam | mag
Kristin Gibson - Sr. Vice President Venue Sourcing & Industry Relations, SPARGO, Inc.
Christina Hall - Tourism Consultant
Amy Marasco - Owner, Fieldstone Farm Bed & Breakfast
Maggie Parker - VP Communications & Community Outreach, Comstock Partners, LLC
Ronda Powell, Owner, Old 690 Brewing Co. / Harpers Ferry Brewing
Joseph Rizzo - Executive Director, Loudoun Museum
Lacey Huber Sautter - Vice President, Stone Tower Winery
Manisha Shah - Owner, Stone Manor Bed Breakfast
Santosh Tiptur - Owner & Chef, The Conche
Esther Turner, Assistant Director of Impact & Engagement, Henry Crown Fellowship / The Aspen Institute
Donnie Walker - Owner, Waterford Reservations
Ex Officio Members
Danny Davis - Town manager, Town of Middleburg
Russell C. Seymour - Director of Economic Development, Town of Leesburg
Dorri O'Brien - Chief of Staff, Loudoun County
Grafton deButts - Director of Membership & Brand Strategy, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
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