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.

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 & 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

Officers

Chair: Geoff Lawson - Vice President & General Manager, National Conference Center

Vice Chair: Laura George - Regional Director of Sales & Revenue Management, Hampton Inn / Homewood Suites Leesburg

Treasurer: Melanie Mathewes - Director of Development, Shenandoah University

Secretary: Tracy Hamlin - Owner, Sweet Jazz Fest  / DMH Records, LLC

Immediate Past Chair: Tony Stafford - Owner, Ford's Fish Shack

Directors

Dan Amato - Retired, Hyatt Hotels

Chris Burns - President, Old Ox Brewery

Anne Marie Chirieleison - Director of Education, Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area

Hillary Coley - Owner, Dominion Tea

Reggie Cooper - General Manager, Salamander Resort & Spa

Rusty Foster - President, Bow Tie Strategies

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

Bruce Gemmill - Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Main Street Bank

Kristin Gibson - Sr. Vice President Venue Sourcing & Industry Relations, SPARGO, Inc.

Christina Hall - Director of Business Development & Experiences, J Shea Events

Lori Kimball - Executive Director, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum

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

Joesph Rizzo - Executive Director, Loudoun Museum

Lacey Huber Sautter - Vice President, Stone Tower Winery

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

Jamie Gaucher - Business & Economic Development Director, Town of Middleburg

Russell C. Seymour - Director of Economic Development, Town of Leesburg

Caleb Weitz - Chief of Staff, Loudoun County

Grafton deButts - Director of Membership & Brand Strategy, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

Emily Miller - Board Chair, Visit Loudoun Foundation 

Aimee Hinkle - Loudoun Wineries Assoc. Board of Directors / Owner, The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek

Robert Pollard - Chair, Loudoun County Heritage Commission

Chryssa Westerlund, VP of Marketing & Consumer Strategy, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority