Staff Directory


232 East Main Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Main Phone Number: 757-664-6620
Toll-Free Number (US): 800-368-3097


Executive Office

Kurt J. Krause

President & CEO

Taryn Buckley-Thiel

Executive Assistant

Sales and Convention Services Department

Maria Herring, CGMP

Vice President of Sales & Services

Catherine Williamson, CMP

Director of Convention Services

Amy Maxwell

Sales & Services Administrator

Jennifer Lopez

Convention Services Manager

Ophélie Le Livec

Services Coordinator

Dawn Whittaker

Director of Sales

Melissa Hopper

Associate Director of Tour & Travel

Market: Domestic & International Tour Groups (including students), Military Reunions - Geographic Territory: Domestic & International.

Dana Howe

Consumer Sales Manager

Market: Travel Agents (including AAA, AARP), Consumer (leisure/transient), Cruise and Travel Packages - Geographic Territory: All U.S.

Katie Castano, CGMP

Sales Manager

Market: All Sports - Geographic Territory: All U.S. Market: Associations, Corporations, Faith Based Territory: Midwest/-Southwest (AK, HI, NV, CA, UT, AZ, CO, NM, TX, OK, KS, MO, NE)

Rita P. Matthews

Sales Manager

Market: Associations, Corporations, Faith Based - Geographic Territory: South East States (VA-Fredericksburg and below, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, AL, MS)

Wayne Callis, CGMP

Sales Manager

Market: All Government Associations, All Federal and State Government Agencies - Geographic Territory: All U.S.

Vianetta Johnson, CMP

Sales Manager

Market: Associations, Corporations, Faith Based - Geographic Territory: North East (MI,OH, RI, DE, PA, NY, CT, NJ, NH, MA, WV, ME, VT) Market: MutliCultural - Geographic Territory: Northeast & Southeast States (MI, OH, RI, DE, MD, NY, CT, NJ, NH, MA, WV, ME, VT, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, AL, MS, LA) Market: Family Reunions - Geographic Territory: All U.S.

Sherri Thadeus

National Account Manager

Geographic Market: All Accounts (excluding Government Associations, Federal, State and Government Agencies, and Multicultural) Geographic Territory: Washington, DC, MD, PA and Northern VA (North of Fredericksburg) Vertical Market: Financial, Real Estate & Construction

Aileen Laracuente

National Sales Manager

Geographic Market: Associations, Corporations, & Faithbased Geographic Territory: Midwest/Northwest (IA, KY, AR, LA, IN, IL, WI, MN, ND, SD, MT, WY, ID, WA, OR) Vertical Market: All Fraternal Accounts, Medical & Pharmaceutical

Marketing & Communications Department

Sarah Hughes

Director of Marketing and Communications

Nicole Nussbaum

Communications Manager

Alexandra McGary

Content Creator

Paige Mitchell

Marking & Communications Assistant

Administration & Finance Department

Frank Reynolds

Chief Financial Officer

Ivette Mikita

Accounting Manager

Sarah Carroll, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

Visitor Services Department

Barbara Gullickson

Director of Visitor Experience

Lisa MacKenzie

Front Desk Advisor

Taylor Jones

Visitor Services Coordinator

Sales Assistants

Elisabeth Andrew

Assistant to Melissa Hopper & Dana Howe

Kayla Francis

Assistant to Vianetta Johnson

Aaron Kowalewski

Assistant to Wayne Callis, Rita Matthews and Katie Castano

Visitor Information Specialists

Trish Doherty

Sally Slaughter

Elizabeth Nobles


Latesa Chavis

Alexis Beaver

Dionte Miller