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

2019-20 Executive Committee

Chair: Josiah BrownVice Chair: Heather Bagshaw
President/CEO, New York's Best Experiences
Tourism Director, Greene County
Treasurer: Nick CalderazzoVice Chair: Ken Meifert
President, Twin Travel Concepts
VP, Sponsorship & Development
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Secretary: Dana Krueger
Officer At-Large: Kelly Ann Curtin
Director of Fun, DanaEvents
EVP Membership & Destination Services,
NYC & Company
Immediate Past Chair: Natasha Caputo
Director, Westchester County Tourism & Film

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
Joanne Conley, Tourism Director
Warren County Tourism / President - ARTC
Nicole Mahoney, President & CEO
Break The Ice Media
Beth Duane, Chief Marketing Officer
Corning Museum of Glass
Andrew Nixon, Director
Chautauqua County CVB
Sarah Foster, Director of Media Relations
Oneida County Tourism

John Percy, President/CEO
Destination Niagara USA
Corey Fram, Director
1000 Islands International Tourism Council
Sara Poe, VP Mktg & Communications
Strong National Museum of Play

Stephanie Johnson, Divisional Director
LEGOLAND New York Resort
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

Suzanne Bixby, VP Marketing & Public Relations
Campground Owners of New York

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
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Ryan Maercklein
Database Coordinator
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