People on the Go

March 2018

Elizabeth Fogarty has been named as the new executive director of Visit Grand Junction. Most recently, Fogarty led Visit Estes Park. While at Visit Estes Park, the organization received the 2016 Governor’s Award for the best marketing campaign in Colorado. Fogarty replaces Debbie Kovalik, who led Visit Grand Junction since its inception in 1990 and retired in February 2018.


Melanie Griffin brings a rich and diverse educational and work background to her new role as tourism coordinator for Travel Lane County. As owner of a photography and video production business, Griffin brings unique expertise to her role as tourism coordinator. As part of the tourism marketing team, Griffin will be responsible for developing and distributing the organization's consumer e-newsletter, assisting with story pitches for regional media, assisting with social media strategies, supporting visitor services and more. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Her coursework included work in the cinema studies department and she studied three languages. Griffin’s work history includes working as a legal assistant, working in the UO Brain Development Lab and interning with an advertising and marketing firm. 


Spencer Hurbis brings a wealth of journalistic experience to Travel Lane County’s Sports & Conventions team. Beginning as a reporter and editor at the Marshfield times (Marshfield High School), Hurbis took her journalism passion to the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and honed her skills as a writer and multimedia journalist. Following an internship in Los Angeles, she worked for a short time with KEZI 9 News in Eugene. Her responsibilities included working in front of the camera, as well as writing and editing story content. Over the past three years she has also been the marketing director for a medical facility on the Oregon Coast. As marketing coordinator for Travel Lane County, Hurbis will be responsible for supporting media efforts, assisting with social media strategies, coordinating email marketing efforts, providing content for industry publications, assisting with trade shows and more. 


Julie Mino has been appointed president & CEO of the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mino previously served as operations manager for the Ojai Foundation, a 40-acre land sanctuary and educational center. Prior to her work with the Ojai Foundation, Mino served as conference services manager for the Bacara Resort & Spa (now The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara). Her experience also includes working with the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and The Fess Parker, A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort.



Visit Oakland has promoted Rhanee Palma to vice president of sales & services. Palma was formerly the director of sales for the organization and her new title reflects her added responsibilities of overseeing booked meetings and convention needs, beginning to end. She and her sales team will follow through until the conclusion of the event to ensure a personalized and catered experience for meeting planners and attendees. Palma is an industry veteran with 10 years of hospitality experience. Before accepting her role with Visit Oakland two years ago, she was the director of sales at Hilton San Francisco Financial District. Before that, she spent nine years in various local and regional sales roles with Marriott International, including the Oakland Marriott City Center and Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown.


Visit Santa Rosa has named Chris Vomvolakis as director of marketing. Vomvolakis has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, public and community relations, brand building and promotional strategies. He has orchestrated marketing, global communications, and value proposition development, for nationally and globally recognized brands such as the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola, Calif.; New England Institute of Technology at Palm Beach, Fla.; the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, Calif.; and JDS Uniphase (now Viavi Solutions) in Santa Rosa and Milpitas, Calif.