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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Discover Albany is a group of outstanding community leaders and industry representatives. Each member donates time, effort, and expertise to help project a positive image to visitors and convention delegates who come to Albany.

Executive Committee

Leola Edelin (Chair)
Renaissance Albany, General Manager

Sonya del Peral​ (Vice Chair)
Nine Pin Cider Works, LLC, Owner/Manager

Melissa Carrier (Treasurer)
Total Events, Director of Sales

Mark Bardack
Ed Lewi Associates, President

Holly Nichols
Albany Marriott Hotel, General Manager

Jill Delaney
Discover Albany, President/CEO


Lori Anctil
The College of Saint Rose, Director of Athletics

Carm Basile
Capital District Transportation Authority, Executive Director

Mark Benson
University at Albany, Director of Athletics 

Nick Boulas
Hilton Garden Inn-Albany Med, General Manager

Trent Griffin-Braaf
Tech Valley Shuttle, Founder & CEO

Matthew Cannon
Albany County Airport Authority, Director of Development and Government Relations

Kyle Dzembo
Tru by Hilton, Albany/Airport, Director of Sales

Peter Gannon
United Way of the Greater Capital Region, President & CEO

Tammis Groft
Albany Institute of History & Art, Executive Director

Mohamed Hemmid
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, General Manager

Kevin Johnson
Palace Theater, Executive Director

Shannon Licygiewicz
Albany Capital Center/ASM Global, General Manager

Jeff Mirel 
Rosenblum Companies, Executive Vice President

Linda Neil
Holiday Inn Express Wolf Road, General Manager

Lucas Rogers 
Albany County, Senior Policy Analyst 

Sherrene Zachow 
Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area, General Manager


Daniel McCoy
Albany County Executive

Anthony Capece 
Central BID, Executive Director

Mark Eagan 
Capital Region Chamber, CEO

Peter Crummey 
Colonie Town Supervisor

Sean M. Maguire, AICP CEcD
Town of Colonie, Director, Planning & Economic Devlopment

Hon. Kathy Sheehan 
Mayor-City of Albany

Georgette Steffens 
Downtown Albany BID, Executive Director

Sarah Reginelli 
Capitalize Albany Corp., President