Our Board

Vicki Gideon

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. From her home office, in The Dalles, Eileen remotely administers two HSMAI Chapters, Northern California & Greater Philadelphia.

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Linda Zakrzewski

Linda has been in the hospitality industry for 15 years and currently holds the position of Revenue Manager for The Benson, a Coast hotel.

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Liz Lantz

Liz Lantz is a Revenue Manager at Bridgetown Revenue Management Solutions. When she's not helping with HSMAI, Liz loves collecting antiques, spending time with family, traveling, and of course, the San Francisco Giants.

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Melissa Del Balzo
VP of Membership

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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Monica Pea
VP 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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Jennifer Ilminen
VP of Programming

Jennifer Ilminen, born and raised in the Portland Metro area, currently resides as the Director of Sales for the Best Western Inn at the Meadows. 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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Catherine Freeland
Member at Large

Catherine Freeland is an Account Manager with Booking.com working in their Portland Office.She was born and raised in the Bay Area of California, and has lived in Oregon and Washington.

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Duane McDowell
VP of Fundraising

Duane is a highly enthusiastic hotel sales professional focused on building strong and loyal relationships with industry partners.

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