Our Board

Jennifer Ilminen
President

Jennifer Ilminen, born and raised in the Portland Metro area, currently resides as the Director of Sales for the University Place Hotel and Conference Center. Her love of all things hospitality has brought her along a 10+ year journey with positions in operations, sales, and management.

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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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Aaron Yoshino
VP of Finance & VP of Communications

Melissa’s buoyant spirit and zest for achieving goals has followed her throughout a distinguished, 20+ year hospitality industry career where she has risen through the ranks as a recognized subject matter expert in sales, marketing and revenue management.

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Kimberly Panchavinin
Vice President of Hospitality

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kimberly's hospitality career started two decades ago at the Venetian Resort while majoring in Biology at UNLV. Her love of the travel industry has enabled her to explore roles in Revenue Management, Group Reservations, and Leisure Sales. She currently holds the role of Senior Account manager with Booking.com, managing the Portland office.

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Melissa Del Balzo
VP of Programming & Logistics

Melissa's buoyant spirit and zest for achieving goals has followed her throughout a distinguished 20+ year hospitality industry career where she has risen through the ranks as a recognized subject matter expert in sales, marketing and revenue management. Having spent much of her career with Embassy Suites Hotels/Hilton Hotels Corp, Melissa has worked at properties in Los Angeles and Portland. Taking the next step in her career, Melissa moved to Memphis to join the corporate team as Director of Revenue Management and Director of Hotel Performance Support.

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Sulie Herrin
VP of Public Relations

I was born and raised in the glittering lights of Las Vegas, but always knew my heart belonged in Oregon! I've been in hospitality and marketing since my high school years and have spent the past 4 as an Account Manager with Booking.com. What I truly love about this industry is getting to meet and connect with people from all over the world from diverse backgrounds and with unique stories to share.

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Savanna Kearney
Secretary

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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Monica Pea
Committee Volunteer of Sponsorship

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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