Officers and Directors

New York State Tourism Industry Association 2017 Officers and Directors

  • Directors are elected for three year terms.
  • Officers are elected from the Board of Directors to serve one year terms.


Valerie Knoblauch
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Vice Chair
Patrick Kaler
Visit Buffalo Niagara

Josiah Brown
New York Welcomes You

Andrew Nixon
Chautauqua County CVB

Immediate Past Chair
Herb Clark
Sullivan County Tourism


Ron Ofner
Adirondack Regional Tourism Council

Natasha Caputo
Westchester County Tourism

Meg Vanek
Cayuga County Office of Tourism

Matt Mitchell
Corporate Communications, Inc.

Jamie Claudio
Discover Long Island

Janet Clerkin
Oswego County Tourism

Nick Calderazzo
Twin Travel Concepts

Fred Dixon
NYC & Co.

Deirdre McCarthy-Polak
AAA Northeast

Ken Meifert
National Baseball Hall of Fame

Kelly Rapone
Genesee County Chamber of Commerce


President and CEO
Jill Delaney

Program Director
Dawn L. Borchert

Marketing & Communications
Suzanne Bixby