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The West Virginia Tourism Office is an agency of the West Virginia Department of Commerce led by an appointed Tourism Commissioner and advised by 15-member Tourism Commission.

Mission Statement

The West Virginia Tourism Office works with industry partners to build and promote a world-class tourism destination that provides jobs, stimulates investment, grows existing businesses, and promotes a positive image of the state as a place to visit, go to college, live, work, and retire.

Contact Information & Organizational Structure

West Virginia Tourism Office
Building 3, Suite 100
State Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305

Agency Phone: (304) 558-2200
Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Executive Team

Chelsea A. Ruby
Tourism Commissioner
[email protected]

Emily N. Hatfield
Deputy Tourism Commissioner
[email protected]

Kara M. Gillenwater
Executive Assistant
[email protected]

Administrative Team

Georgie Davis
Director of Administration
[email protected]

Lauren Haynes
Accounts Payable Coordinator
[email protected]

Partner Program Team

Anna Plantz
Director of Partner Programs
[email protected]

Alex Dudich
Cooperative Advertising Coordinator
[email protected]

Christina Fowler
Administrative Secretary
[email protected]

Visitors Services Team

Hillary Balding
Director of Visitor Services
[email protected]

Sandy Smith
Call Center Specialist
[email protected]

Corey Van Bibber
Event Production Manager
[email protected]

Marketing & Public Relations Team

Samantha Nygaard
External Communications Coordinator
[email protected]

Jaden Hardesty
Content Marketing Coordinator
[email protected]

Torre Massie
Design & Production Coordinator
[email protected]

Lauren Hough
Marketing Assistant
[email protected]

Quentin Murphy
Multimedia & Web Coordinator
[email protected]

Sarah Harmon
Social Media Coordinator
[email protected]

Katie Light
Industry Partnerships Coordinator
[email protected]

Jacob Fowler
Outdoor Recreation Coordinator
[email protected]


Welcome Centers

I-64 Westbound — White Sulphur Springs
Robin Clower, Supervisor
Brenda Quick
Mitzi Ellis

I-64 Eastbound — Huntington
Gwen Noll, Supervisor
Greg McDowell
Jacob Paxton

I-77 Northbound & Southbound — Williamstown
Michael Miller, Supervisor
Suzanne Milewski

I-70 Westbound — Wheeling
Lesley Campbell, Supervisor
Patti Hargleroad
Suanne Graham

I-79 Southbound — Morgantown
Jennifer Folio, Supervisor
Eric Ridenour
Hunter Mugnano

I-68 Westbound — Hazleton
Michelle Swineheart, Supervisor
Mitch Parlett
Tyler York

I-81 Southbound — Falling Waters
Vanessa Williamson, Supervisor
Tara Reckner
Elisabeth Duncan

I-81 Northbound — Inwood
Della Shepherd, Supervisor
Curtis Catlett
Dave Thomas