Our Board

Vicki Gideon, CRME, CHIA

Vicki seeks opportunities to broaden her knowledge to grow personally and to mentor others. She never turns down the chance to learn something new. As a creative and critical thinker, she enjoys new challenges and opportunities.

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Eileen White
Managing Director

Eileen Anne White, CHME has worked in the Hospitality Industry for more than three decades and has been a member of HSMAI since 1997. From her home office, in The Dalles, Eileen administers HSMAI Oregon Chapter. She is also the Market Manager for The Dalles Farmers' Market, as well as supporting the wider Tourism community of of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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Jenny Baird
Vice President of Membership

Jenny loves a challenge and finds hotel sales just that. The ever changing platform and new technologies being introduced on a regular basis make it never a dull day.

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Savanna Kearney

Savanna Kearney is local to Vancouver, WA with over 16 years of experience in hotel operations; ranging in scope from housekeeping and front desk to working behind the scenes to provide reservation distribution technology to hundreds of properties across North America. She currently is the Director of Customer Success for CoHo Res and CoHo Services, a company based proudly in the Pacific Northwest. By joining the HSMAI Board of Directors, she is excited to become more involved in the local hospitality community.

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Niklas Enquist
Board Member at Large

Niklas Enquist is the Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Oxford Hotel Collection. He has over 10 years of revenue management experience, and cut his teeth in operations with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. A graduate of The School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University, Nik brings a wide range of experience across the major markets of the Pacific Northwest.

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Justin Taillon
Co-Vice President of Programming

Justin Taillon is Professor and Department Head for Hospitality & Tourism Management at Highline College in Seattle, WA, and Faculty at Central Washington University. He serves industry as an Executive Board member of HFTP, Chaired of HITEC (2018-2021), is Vice President of Destination Des Moines, is a Board Member for the Waskowitz and Environmental Leadership School, and leads numerous industry projects and grants such as those for Starbucks, Seatac Airport’s Airport University, RESTART, Fireside Bistro Café, PLI (Papua Learning Institute), and more. Justin previously or is currently serving as a Board Member with HSMAI, PCMA, MPI, HFTP, and CHRIE.

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Brian McClary, CHRM, CHIA
Past President

Brian McClary is the Regional Director of Revenue Strategy and Special Projects for CoHo Services. He has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including guest services, housekeeping, front office, revenue management, room operations, and Hotel Manager.

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Monica Pea
Member at Large, Logistics

Monica Pea, CMP has a 20 year background in hotel sales and operations she has held positions ranging from room attendant to director of sales and marketing.

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Liz Lantz, CRME
Co-Vice President of Programming

Liz started in hospitality as a Front Desk Agent, quickly being promoted to Assistant Front Office Manager. During her four years at the front desk, she greatly appreciated line-level agents and how revenue management tactics can significantly impact day-to-day operations. Liz spent a year as an Accounts Receivable Clerk, learning how revenue strategies affect the bottom line. In her two years as a Revenue Manager, Liz has created procedures and best practices that have taken properties to the next level in optimized revenue. She is one of those people that is very excited about math and a new spreadsheet that shows need and opportunity! Liz’s most outstanding qualities lie in her constant craving for competition, analytics, and troubleshooting.

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