Public Relations & Communications Committee

The Public Relations and Communications Task Force is comprised of public relations communications leaders from across the industry and focuses on advocating for and advancing issues as they relate to the profession across the travel and tourism sector. The task force is responsible for spearheading important public relations and communications initiatives for the industry including continuing to establish best practices for measuring media value and curating content for Destinations International events and industry education.

2023 Committee Members

  • Alan Carr, Executive Director, Visit Kansas City, Kansas
  • Alethia Calbeck, Chief Communications Officer, Visit Philadelphia
  • Alexea Veneracion, Director of Communications, Visit Colorado Springs
  • Andi Jaspersen, Public Relations Director, Relic Agency
  • Angie Pappas, Director of Public Relations, Visit California
  • Brianna Barnebee Green, Senior Public Relations Account Executive, Visit Florida
  • Chris Moyer, Senior Director of Communications, Visit Detroit
  • Claire Koenig, Communications Director, Visit Milwaukee (Co-Chair)
  • Craig Trost, Director of Communications, Travel Wisconsin
  • Cris Duschek, Chief Communications Officer, Paradise Advertising and Marketing
  • Cynthia Miller, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Public Relations, Maryland Office of Tourism 
  • Davelyn Tardi, Communications Coordinator, Discover Puerto Rico
  • David Gonzalez, VP of Media Relations & Communications, Visit San Antonio
  • Dayna Cantelmi, Communications Manager, Experience Columbia SC 
  • Denise Spiegel, Vice President of Communications, Visit Orlando
  • Emily Gonzalez, VP of Marketing & Communications, Visit Mobile
  • Gary Sanchez, Sr. Director of Community Impact, Equity, and Public Affairs, Visit Dallas
  • Jana Hayhurst, Director of Marketing, Simpleview
  • Jennifer Diaz, Director of Communications, Greater Miami CVB
  • Jessica Holt, Director of Public Relations and International Tourism, Visit Raleigh
  • Jon Jarosh, Communications Director, Destination Door County
  • Joyce Kiehl, Director of Communications, Greater Palm Springs
  • Julie Freeman, EVP & Managing Director, MMGY Global (MMGY NJF)
  • Karyl Leigh Barnes, President, Tourism Practice, Development Counsellors International (Co-Chair)
  • Katharyn DeVille, VP Marketing Communications, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
  • Kathryn Cotter, Director of Marketing, Discover Albany
  • Kathryn Shea Duncan, Director of Social Media, Visit Lake Charles
  • Kay Maghan, Public Relations Manager, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
  • Kelly Nagle, Sr. Director, Communications & Partnerships, Visit Baltimore
  • Leah DiPietro, Deputy Chief of Communications, Arkansas Tourism
  • Lindsay Swanson, Communications Director, Visit Anaheim
  • Margaret Pentrack, Senior Director of Marketing, Durham CVB
  • Matthew Maxey, Director of Public Relations, Visit Franklin | Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Matthew Holme, Manager, Corporate Communications and Destination Management, Destination Greater Victoria
  • Meghan Risch, Chief of Staff & Vice President, Corporate Communications, PCMA
  • Michelle Streeter, Chief Communications and Content Officer, Visit Mesa
  • Nate Swick, Senior Communications Manager, Visit Indy
  • Nicole Stacey, Director of Communications and Marketing, Visit Pensacola
  • Patrick Harrison, Chief Marketing Officer, Tampa
  • Sarah Hughes, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Visit Norfolk
  • Wesley Lucas, Director of Communications, Visit Austin
  • Xiomara Rodríguez, Communications Director, Discover Puerto Rico

Destinations International Staff Liasion

  • Gretchen Hall, CDME, Chief Operating Officer


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