About Us

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.

Agency Information


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.

Media Sales Inquiries

Our advertising agency of record evaluates all media proposals, makes recommendations, and places buys on behalf of the Tourism Office. As such, all media proposals should be directed to [email protected] and not Tourism Office staff.


Executive Team

Chelsea A. Ruby
Tourism Commissioner
[email protected]

Kara N. Moore
Deputy Tourism Commissioner
[email protected]

Administrative Team

Georgie Davis
Director of Administration
[email protected]

Partner Programs Team

Anna Plantz
Director of Partner Programs
[email protected]

Alex Dudich
Cooperative Advertising Coordinator
[email protected]

Marketing & Public Relations Team

Emily N. Hatfield
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
[email protected]

Samantha Nygaard
External Communications Coordinator
[email protected] 

Candace Nelson
Digital Marketing Coordinator
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Jaden Hardesty
Marketing Assistant
[email protected]

Austin O’Connor
Content Specialist
[email protected]

Visitor Services Team

Sara Price
Director of Visitor Services
[email protected]

Alex Burdette
Call Center Specialist
[email protected]

Sandy Smith
Call Center Specialist
[email protected]

Christina Fowler
Administrative Secretary
[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

I-77 Northbound & Southbound – Williamstown

  • Terri Goodnow – Supervisor
  • Sara Blevins
  • Ed Stoneking

I-70 Westbound –  Wheeling

  • Lesley Campbell – Supervisor
  • Patti Hargleroad
  • Suanne Graham

I-79 Southbound – Morgantown

  • Susan Teeple – Supervisor
  • Howard Fowler
  • Janice Lester
  • Eric Ridenour

I-68 Westbound – Hazleton

  • Michelle Swineheart – Supervisor
  • Mitch Parlett

I-81 Southbound – Falling Waters

  • Vanessa Williamson – Supervisor
  • Kayla “Bess” Burns
  • Matthew Clopper

I-81 Northbound – Inwood

  • Curtis Catlett
  • Dave Thomas