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The Visit Tucson staff is passionate about working with our business partners and tourism supporters to promote Tucson & Southern Arizona, and we encourage your participation in our programs. To help you make the most of your partnership, here is an overview of department responsibilities with contact information for staff.

Administration Office:

115 N. Church Avenue, Suite 200, Tucson, AZ 85701 (as of January 15, 2019)

Front Desk Phone: 520-624-1817

Toll-Free Phone: 1-800-638-8350

Fax: 520-884-7804

Tucson Visitor Center: 

811 N. Euclid Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719

Located on the northwest corner of Euclid Ave. and University Blvd.

Toll-free phone: 1-800-638-8350

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat - Sun 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (October through May)

Closed on these holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

If you need further assistance, please contact the appropriate member of our staff below or fill out and submit the Contact Form.

Brent DeRaad, President & CEO

Visit Tucson Departments:


Brent DeRaad, President & CEO

Roni Thomas, Chief Financial Officer


Mexico Marketing department conducts marketing programs, including Vamos a Tucson, to position Tucson and Southern Arizona as the destination of choice for Mexican visitors. 

J. Felipe Garcia, Executive Vice President

Marisol Vindiola, Mexico Initiatives Director

Liz Silva, Medical Tourism Coordinator


Marketing department develops and executes promotional and advertising campaigns designed to increase awareness of and travel to Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Lee McLaughlin, Vice President of Marketing 

Judith Romo, Graphic Designer

Rusty Boulet-Stephenson, Graphic Designer

Julie P., Production Coordinator

Hope Smyth, IT Manager

Ed Farias, Network Administrator


Communications department manages media relations and social media and creates awareness of Tucson and Southern Arizona among travel media, working with travel journalists. Communications oversee Travel Trade efforts and the production of Tucson Official Travel Guide and other materials. 

Mary Rittmann, Vice President of Communications & Tourism

Dan Gibson, Senior Director of Communications

Debbie Melcher, Content & Calendar Editor

Liz Felix, Content Marketing Manager

Cindy Aguilar, PR & Communications Manager

James Jefferies, Social Media Manager

Jalyssa Gasmen, Tourism Sales Manager

Isela Cano, Administrative Assistant


Convention Sales and Services promote the Tucson area as a premier destination for group meetings, conventions, and events. Sales staff generate leads from customers within North America. After a meeting site has been chosen, Convention Services staff connects convention and meeting planners with local providers of services. Tucson Sports promotes Tucson, Oro Valley and Southern Arizona for amateur sports events and sports-related meetings.

Graeme Hughes, Senior Vice President of Sales

Sales & Services

Jane Roxbury, Convention Services Director

Mary Meade, Sales Associate Director

RoxAnne Erickson, National Sales Manager

Joy Johnson, National Sales Manager

Brooke Sauer, National Sales Manager

Pamela Traficanti, National Sales Manager

Julie Braunstein, CRM Administrator

Bernice Villa, CRM Assistant 

Maria Ramirez, CRM Assistant


Luchie Javelosa, Sports Sales Manager

Nick Pazzi, Sports Sales Manager 


Partnership department staff create customized partnerships for local businesses based on unique marketing opportunities and partner-only benefits. Staff provides tourism-related monthly lunches, educational sessions, networking events, and quarterly orientations.

Vanessa Bechtol, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives 


Natalie Bedolla, Partner Marketing Manager

Mary Lou Robinson, Partner Relations & Services Manager

Visitor Services

The Tucson Visitor Center is staffed by one full-time, five part-time employees and nearly 30 volunteers. Promoting Visit Tucson Partners is the top priority when assisting visitors with suggestions for accommodations, attractions, dining, shopping, and tours.

Socorro Carrizosa, Visitor Center Supervisor

Ruth Allard, Visitor Information Specialist

Elva Carbajal, Visitor Information Specialist

Kim Lauber, Visitor Information Specialist


Visit Tucson's Tucson Film Office markets the area to motion picture/television and commercial advertising production companies as a location for filming and photo projects.

Shelli Hall, Director

Peter Catalanotte, Project Manager

Mathew Bogaert, Administrative Assistant

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