Officers, Directors, and Staff

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

2021-22 Executive Committee

Chair: Dana KruegerVice Chair: Stephanie Johnson
Director of Fun, DanaEvents
Divisional Director, LEGOLAND NY Resort
Treasurer: Corey FramVice Chair: Ken Meifert
Director, 1000 Islands Int'l Tourism Council
VP, Sponsorship & Development
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Secretary: Heather Bagshaw
Vice Chair: Kelly Ann Curtin
Tourism Director, Greene County
EVP Membership & Destination Services,
NYC & Company
Immediate Past Chair: Josiah Brown
President/CEO, New York's Best Experiences

2019-20 Board of Directors

Jennifer Ackerson, President
ALON Marketing Group
Greg LaDuca, Vice President
Visit Rochester
Annamaria Bellantoni, VP Tourism
Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
Hillarie Logan-Dechene, Deputy Director
The Wild Center
Nick Calderazzo, President
Twin Travel Concepts
Nicole Mahoney, President & CEO
Break The Ice Media
Joanne Conley, Tourism Director
Warren County Tourism / President - ARTC
John Percy, President/CEO
Destination Niagara USA
Beth Duane, Chief Marketing Officer
Corning Museum of Glass
Penny Peters, Tourism Development Mgr
Akwesasne Tourism
Sarah Foster, Director of Media Relations
Oneida County Tourism
Sara Poe, VP Mktg & Communications
Strong National Museum of Play

Lisa Berger, Director of Tourism
Ulster County
Eric Szucs, Director of Tourism
Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism

Valerie Knoblauch, President & CEO
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

2019-20 Ex Officio Board Members

Ross Levi, Executive Director / Vice President
NYS Div of Tourism / Empire State Development

Brian Stratton, Director
New York State Canal Corporation

Mark Dorr, President
NYS Hospitality & Tourism Assoc.

Wendy Gibson, Dir Marketing & Promotions
NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Cristyne Nicholas, Chair
NYS Tourism Advisory Council
CEO / Nicholas & Lence


Robert Provost

Robert Provost
President & CEO

Rachele Markle

Rachele Markle
Communications Strategist

Nathaniel Gresock
Programs Coordinator

Brooke Wilson