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Committees help shape the association’s future and are an excellent way to network and gain a leadership role within the industry. Our committees work efficiently, recognizing that your time is valuable.

For information on how to become a committee member, please contact Tricia Alvernaz at

2019-2020 Committees

Airport Members Caucus Chair
 Jon Ballesteros, Chief External Affairs Officer, San Francisco International Airport

Ambassadors Committee Chair
 Kelly Powers, Associate Director, Hotel Council of San Francisco

Awards Committee Chair
 Ashley Johnson, President & CEO, Visit Laguna Beach

CalTravel Summit Content Committee Chair
 Jeff Miraglia, Chief Creative Officer, Greater Palm Springs CVB

DMO Leader Roundtable Co-Chairs
 Patti MacJennett, SVP Business Affairs, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Melyssa Laughlin, President & CEO, Visit Vacaville

Executive Committee Chair
 Kathy Janega-Dykes, President & CEO, Visit Santa Barbara

Government Relations Committee Chair
 Kelly Miller, President & CEO, Visit Huntington Beach

Homelessness Task Force Chair
Cassandra Costello, SVP Public Policy & Executive Programs

Leadership Development Committee Chair
 Alan Suchodolski, President & CEO, aRes Travel 

Marketing Committee Chair
 Jeff Miraglia, Chief Creative Officer, Greater Palm Springs CVB

Membership Committee Chair
 Reena Evenson, VP Business Development, CalTravel

PAC Strategic Planning Committee Chair
Gary Sherwin, President & CEO, Visit Newport Beach

PAC Trustee Board Co-Chairs
 John Lambeth, President, Civitas
 Joe Terzi, President & CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority

Auction Committee Chair
 Jessica Johns, Senior Regional Manager, Business Development, Expedia Group Media Solutions

TID Protection Committee Chair
Javier Cano, VP and General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE

Knowing we have an organization whose voice is a united advocate for the tourism industry across California is not only inspiring, but it provides value we could never achieve on our own. CalTravel is that voice, and that is why we are proud to partner with them to better educate our industry on the difference advocacy can make.
— Chuck Davidson - President & CEO, Visit SLO CAL