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Staff Directory

Want to know more about the people behind the ACCVB? You've come to the right place!

Our team is comprised of a number of extremely hard workers, but we also have a few interesting secrets. Keep reading below to find out which staff member was a child star on the Freddie Freihofer Show and which is trained to handle rattlesnakes and alligators! No matter our special talents, we are all ready to serve you the best way possible so give us a call. We'd love to hear from you!

ACCVB Phone: 800-258-3582 | (518) 434-1217; Fax: (518) 434-0887 
Mailing Address: 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany NY 12207

Executive Team


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Michele Vennard 
President & CEO 
(518) 434-1217 x300 
mvennard@albany.org       

AKA: Captain of the Ship

Describe what you do in your job.
Keep the ship afloat. Try to keep us pointed in a positive and successful direction.

If you could trade places with anyone (living or from history) for a week, who would you choose and why?
George Washington - can you imagine what it must have been like to shape a country!

What's your favorite Albany event and why?
Tulip Festival - It's as old as I am, and my daughter Stacey was Tulip Queen in 1995.


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Lisa Flatley 
Assistant to the
President 
& Membership
Coordinator
 
(518) 434-1217 x207 
lflatley@albany.org

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy cooking and baking. I like to look online for new recipes and experiment on my family!

What is your favorite Albany restaurant/meal and why?
Jack's Oyster House has a delicious Filet Mignon, not to mention great atmosphere, food, and service.

What's your favorite Albany event and why?
St. Patrick's Day. It's a fun day with a lot of energy!


 

Sales & Services Team


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Jay Cloutier
Director of Sales
(518) 434-1217 x301
jcloutier@albany.org

Do you have a spouse, siblings, children, or pets you would like to acknowledge or admit to?
I have a wife, two sons and I am the youngest of six kids. Every day I have a deep appreciation for growing up in a large family, much of who I am came out of those years with my sisters and brothers.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I love coaching youth baseball. I enjoy helping young boys find confidence and turn that confidence into personal success.

Besides the ACCVB, what connects you to Albany?
My friends, they are constantly revealing their passions. The events they go to, the sites that they see and, hiking those trails. Their passion for the wonderful life we all have here in the Capital District is a constant reminder of what there is to Discover in Albany.

 

     

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Michele Endries
Sales Manager
(518) 434-1217 x205 
mendries@albany.org

What's one thing people don't know about you?
I was the Cookie Girl on the Freddie Freihofer Show.

If you could trade places with anyone (living or from history) for a week, who would you choose and why?
Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive Ins and Dives - I want to drive that Camaro, visit all the cool places he goes and try all that great food!!!

What's your favorite location in Albany and why?
5:00pm anywhere!!!

 

 







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Danielle Walsh
Convention Sales & Event Coorinator
(518) 434-1217 x102
dwalsh@albany.org

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I love to rock climb and go hiking. Being outdoors is the best place to be especially in summer time.  I also like to play guitar and sing.

What's playing on your iPod?
My favorite band of the moment is Lake Street Dive! They are an awesome four piece band based out of Boston.  Everyone should see a concert at Brewery Ommegang it is a great venue!

What is your favorite Albany restaurant/meal and why?
I grew up in Clifton Park and Ballston Lake so I have lived in this area for most of my life but never frequented Downtown Albany. Since I started working here I am falling in love with downtown, especially all the amazing food it has to offer! My favorite spots right now are Ama Cocina and Stueben St. Market. Ama Cocina's has awesome street/Mexican food and their guacamole is so good. Stueben St. Market is amazing place to stop for a quick lunch. They have a salad bar, fresh deli sandwiches, a wide range of premade salads. You can even get freshly squeezed juice! I love eating healthy, fresh food and these two spots are so fresh and healthy!

 

 

 

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Deborah Goedeke
Convention Services
Manager & Albany
Film Commission
 
(518) 434-1217 x100 
dgoedeke@albany.org  

Describe what you do in your job.
I like to say I am the Albany Help Button. Whether it comes to providing or recommending a unique Albany Service or Albany film location, we can definitely accommodate our clients and filmmakers.

What's your favorite location in Albany and why?
Walking up and down Pearl Street in downtown Albany on my lunch hour, I love the 400 year old architecture and all the hustle and bustle of everyone out and about.

If Film Albany were to bring any movie star here, who would you want it to be and why?
I would want it to be Kirk Douglas. He is from Amsterdam, NY and is extremely gifted as an actor, writer, producer, director and author.

 



 

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Sara Reed
Sales/Services
Administrator

(518) 434-1217 x104
sreed@albany.org

FUN FACTS COMING SOON!


Marketing Team


MollyMolly Belmont
Director of Marketing
(518) 434-1217 x203 
mbelmont@albany.org

What's your favorite location in Albany and why?
I am a real fan of the New York State Museum. Great exhibits, wonderful kids programming-and a carousel! I always take out-of-town visitors there in the summer, and my family practically lives there in the winter. It's our go-to spot.


Who inspires you?
My children. They are continually curious, and love to tell us stories-about their day, about a place they saw, about people they met, about what they learned. They are always on the look-out for fun, and I try to follow that example.


What is your favorite Albany restaurant/meal and why?
I love New World Bistro. The menu is always new and exciting, with a good dose of spicy. And they have great cocktails. Put me on the patio with a plate of blackened stringbeans or purple haze shrimp, and I'm a happy girl.

 


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Sabrina Nastasi
Graphic Designer & Creative Services Coordinator
(518) 434-1217 x204 
snastasi@albany.org

Do you have a spouse, siblings, children, or pets you would like to acknowledge or admit to?
In my family, I am the oldest of 3 girls. Besides all of the "get out of my closet!" arguments we've had over the years, I truly adore and admire my younger sisters. They inspire me and always keep me laughing.

What's your hidden talent?
I'm really good at impersonations. I'm also a wealth of useless celebrity & pop culture knowledge. I should probably audition for SNL one day.

What's your favorite location in Albany and why?
I think Washington Park is absolutely beautiful. There is so much to enjoy there year round. In the Summer it is the perfect place to go and have a picnic; in the Fall it is a great place to view the foliage as the park is painted in vibrant colors; Spring brings over 100,000 beautiful tulips (and tons of great Instagram opportunities); and in the Winter you can enjoy Holiday Lights in the Park or a quiet snowy stroll. I am constantly discovering new and exciting things to do and see within Washington Park, and you should too!

 




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Maureen Keggins
Public Relations Coordinator
(518) 434-1217 x110
mkeggins@albany.org

What's one thing people don't know about you?
I played DI Women's Lacrosse for the University at Albany. Go Danes!

What's your favorite location in Albany and why?
My favorite location in Albany is Washington Park. There is something to do there year round and it makes for a great area to go for a long run! I love to go and relax in the park on a warm summer Sunday. On those days a lot of people bring their dogs to one spot to play, its very fun to sit back and watch.

If you could trade places with anyone (living or from history) for a week, who would you choose and why?
I would 100% trade places with Cher. She is by far one of my most favorite music artists and can produce better music than most stars today (in my opinion). But not only is she a musical genius, she is also an Oscar Winning Actress. Honestly, who wouldn't want to trade places with Cher?

 

 

Visitors Center/Planetarium/Gift Shop


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Kathy Quandt
Director of Operations 
(518) 434-1217 x213 
kquandt@albany.org   

What's one thing people don't know about you? 
The one thing I won't tell!

Do you have a spouse, siblings, children, or pets you would like to acknowledge or admit to?
I wait hand and foot on my two girls, Clara, 8, and Maggie, 11 - feedings, cleaning litter boxes and vacuuming, vacuuming, vacuuming.

What's your favorite location in Albany and why?
ONE of my favorites is taking in a concert at The Egg - excellent venue for concerts!

 

 

 



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Maeve McEneny 
Education Coordinator 
(518) 434-1217 x202 
mmceneny@albany.org

Who inspires you?
My father. As a child, he would often take me on local adventures to historic homes and abandoned cemeteries and everything had a story. He knows more about history than anyone I know, and he still wanders Albany with the awe of a kid. He continues to find something new to love in the city he grew up in. Who couldn't be inspired by that?

If you could trade places with anyone (living or from history) for a week, who would you choose and why?
NYS Governor Alfred E. Smith. Why? Not only did he live in the Governor's Mansion but he kept a petting zoo on the grounds. A petting zoo! Not only could I live in the Governor's Mansion but I'd also have lots of cool animals to play with while I'm there! How fun would that be?

What's your favorite location in Albany and why?
The Million Dollar Staircase at the NYS Capitol Building. 100s of hidden faces of the stone carvers friends and family members. It's the type of history you can't find in books.



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Barbara Mitchell 
Operations Assistant
(518) 434-1217 x209 
bmitchell@albany.org

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Kayaking when I can manage to get the kayak on top of my car to go to some beautiful spot.

Who inspires you?
The diverse people I meet and work with daily (triathaletes included) with their various idiosyncrasies and talents... they're all inspiring.

What do you think is one of Albany's hidden treasures?
In my biased view, the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center and all that it encompasses, is Albany's hidden gem. Our visitors continually attest to that! The assistance we provide to our guests, our exhibit space so rich in history, our planetarium, our educational programs, along with our Albany-themed gift shop, all combine in a beautiful historic space to surprise and delight our visitors.

 

 

     

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