Staff & Executive Committee


Executive Director

Stephanie has been in the marketing industry for almost 20 years.  Her role has varied… Innkeeper for the Grapevine bed and breakfast at Chalet Debonne Vineyards, Marketing Manager for Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Marketing Director for the Cuyahoga County Public Library System and Community Relations Director for Emeritus Senior Living.  She is an active volunteer for Camp Sue Osborn, the Malone Scholarship Program, and is a puppy foster for a local rescue group. Stephanie and her husband PJ have two boys: Patrick and Joey, and two black labs: Darla and Raxie. On her list of favorites: hunting for Lake Erie beach glass, the puttanesca at Piero’s Pasta House, and the September smell of grapes in the Grand River Valley

Business Office Manager

Brandi has been in the Customer Service field for over 25 years, with dedication on retaining long-standing business relationships.  Simultaneously, she has earned 10 years of Business Office experience managing her family business.  A life-long Ashtabula County resident, Brandi and her husband have enjoyed raising their daughter and two sons here and have a passion for the community.  With a focus on local business promotion, she is the go-to person for membership, financial information, and supporting business development.  


Marketing Coordinator

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Sara has been an Ashtabula county resident for several years now, and cannot imagine calling anywhere else home.  Sara serves on countless community committees and strives to further the progress of the area.  If you are looking for events and activities, Sara is your girl.  Her infectious enthusiasm and love for all-things-local provides the perfect backdrop for her to be the Social Media Guru of Ashtabula County.   Some of Sara’s favorite local activities include walking her dogs on the Greenway Trail, canoeing down the Grand River or Conneaut Creek, fishing for walleye and perch in Lake Erie, and relaxing with friends at one of the county’s many wineries. Sara is not only knowledgeable about the area’s viticulture, but has become an avid enthusiast and brings her love and knowledge of local wines wherever she goes. She lives in Jefferson with her husband, Steve, daughters: Sofia and Selena, and her three dogs: Loki, Tinkerbell and Drax.   


Public Relations Coordinator

Melissa has been involved in Ashtabula County tourism since 2011. She lives in Madison with her husband, Cliff and 2 daughters. Melissa has been enjoying summer days in GOTL since she was a kid and now spends days with her family there. Some of Melissa's favorites around Ashtabula County include: beach days at Geneva State Park Beach, picnics at Harpersfield Covered Bridge, dinner at Rennick Meat Market, running the Geneva State Park trail along Lake Erie, & sipping a glass of wine at any of the area wineries. Plan on seeing her throughout the county interacting with our ACCVB members and finding more favorites!


Executive Committee



Eric Frantz

The Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake

My wife Diane and I moved to Ashtabula County in 2002 where we’ve found a terrific place to live and raise our kids with the quality of life we appreciate—beautiful natural surroundings, great communities, and friendly people.  Much of my career time in the county has been devoted to The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, where I am the current General Manager.  I’ve also enjoyed time spent on other boards, including the GOTL CVB, and as an adjunct Hospitality Management professor for Kent State University. I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the ACCVB Board for four years.  I believe it is an exciting time for tourism in Ashtabula County and I’m proud to play a role in growing it.



Penny Armeni

Vice President
Conneaut Arts Center, Retired

As Executive Director of the Conneaut Arts Center her focus is on promo􀆟ng the arts and cultural identity of the area. It is her passion to instill in all ages the intrinsic value the arts play in our quality of life. Past President and current member of the Conneaut Rotary Club, she understands the importance of involvement with other organizations, with an emphasis on the needs of our youth and mentoring leadership skills for tomorrow. Volunteering as treasurer of the Conneaut Salvation Army Unit allows insight into the needs and problems of our local communities. As an independent consultant for Lia Sophia jewelry, it allows her to meet people throughout the Tri-State area. She is also an Ashtabula County Leadership graduate and a past dance instructor. She was involved in the revitalization of the Three Cousins Memorial Park, as well as many other projects and events.



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Pat Bradek


I have been a resident of Ashtabula County since 1974. I started volunteering as my children became involved in different activities through the years. When I became a business owner in Jefferson for 20 years, I also became a member of the Chamber of Commerce serving as the President for 10 years and being chosen as their Citizen of the Year in 2005. During that time, we successfully increased tourism into Jefferson and the surrounding area. Some of the other groups I have served are the Henderson Library Board of Directors, Jefferson Farmer’s Market Board, Jefferson Village Design Review Board as Chairman, co-founder of TEAM Taskforce for Economic Development and currently Pairings Ohio’s Wine & Culinary Experience. I have been a part of the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Board for 4 years. I am looking forward to continuing to promote Ashtabula County as part of the ACCVB Board.




Andrea Bushweiler

The Lakehouse Inn & Winery

Andrea was born and raised in Geneva. Upon graduating from college in 2000 she moved home, and along with her family, purchased The Lakehouse Inn & Winery in Geneva-on-the-Lake. Andrea is the general manager of the business and oversees the day to day operations. She has served on the ACCVB executive committee for over 10 years. Andrea is a past president of the ACCVB executive committee and currently serves as treasurer. She also serves on the board of directors for the Geneva-on-the-Lake Visitors Bureau.




Bill Creed

Gazette Newspapers

Bill has worked for Gazette Newspapers/Great Lakes Printing since 1984 and currently serves as the president/publisher of the newspaper and printing divisions. I have lived in the Andover area since 1982 with both of my children having graduated from the Pymatuning Valley School district. "I am very proud to call Andover my home". Having lived and worked in the county for over 30 years I am very familiar with Andover and the Pymatuning Lake region, Ashtabula County, and the unique challenges our business owners and community leaders face every day. I have been a board member for the last 10 years and a current board member of the Jefferson Chamber, Andover Chamber, Ashtabula County Chambers and belong to every chamber in Ashtabula County and eastern Lake County. I hold very strong beliefs in the importance of privately owned and operated business, strong local chambers of commerce and the importance of tourism to our county and local economy.




Brandy Conaway

Hampton Inn

I became a resident of Ashtabula County in 1997 and I have been the General Manager of The Hampton Inn Ashtabula since 2004, where my responsibilities include sales, marketing, and operations.  I have served in the hospitality background all of my life from my parent's owning a restaurant in Grantsburg, WI to transitioning into the hotel industry while attending college.  I currently reside in Jefferson, Ohio with my husband John, our two daughters Olivia and Lorenza, and our dog Hywel.  I have had the privilege of being a member of the executive committee for the ACCVB since 2004.  



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Eddy Eckart

Red e Vodka

My wife Misty and I moved to Harpersfield in 2014 because we saw what amounted to a near perfect quality of life opportunity - proximity to family, outdoor activities, excellent wineries, local produce, quaint towns with engaged community members, and the chance to create our own entrepreneurial activity using local products.  Since moving here, I've engaged on both business and community levels.  I partnered with Red Eagle Distillery to create red e vodka, made from locally-grown concord grapes.  Our family has also invested in a vineyard, planting grapes in 2016, and we look forward to additional investment in the near future.  From a community perspective, I initiated the Grand River Valley Regional Branding Initiative, an effort to identify and build a regional brand for the area's wine region and surrounding communities and activities.  This effort highlighted opportunities to more effectively and collaboratively market the region.  




Tony Kosicek

Kosicek Vineyards Winery

Along with my wife Mauri, daughter Emma, and  son Anthony,  I have lived in Ashtabula County my entire life. I earned a BBA during my 3 1/2 years at Tiffin University. My family has deep roots in Ashtabula County.  My grandparents moved to Harpersfield in the 1920's, and began growing grapes.  Some of those grapes still exist on the family farm which is now the site of Kosicek Vineyards Winery.  My father built and owned Sonny Lanes Bowling Alley in 1962.  I currently sit on the Board for the Convention Facilities Authority, for the City of Ashtabula.  I believe that I have the experience and knowledge of the tourism industry in Ashtabula County to be able to work with the CVB to promote our county and its resources, to benefit everyone.




Holly Mayernick

Infinity Resources

A resident of Roaming Shores, Holly has served on the ACCVB board for over 20 years, when tour buses were very popular and the winery industry was an infant. She is the chair of the Ashtabula County Convention and Facilities Authority (the recipient of the State Park Lodge’s bed tax). In her capacity as Regional Director (overseeing five Infinity Resources, Inc. Opportunity Centers) in Ohio, she counsels with and supplies workforce to many of the ACCVB members. Holly is a board member of the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce. She and Infinity Resources is active in all the northern-county chambers. Her career has been spent on the economic and workforce development in northeast Ohio.




Jim Pearson

The Winery at Spring Hill

For those of you who do not know me I am recently retired as City Manager of Geneva, Ohio, I have been very involved in promoting travel and tourism as part of my duties as city manager. We have seen direct impacts to our community through our efforts. We realized here in Geneva that we need to support all the efforts of the many people and organizations that work very hard each day promoting Ashtabula County as a place to visit and enjoy all of what we have to offer. I am also a part owner of The Winery at Spring Hill and my wife Judy are lodgers owning both short term rentals in Saybrook-on-the-Lake and in Geneva. Both of those businesses give me a direct contact with those visitors coming to Ashtabula County. I work hard for all segments of the travel and tourism industry in Ashtabula County.



Alyssa Sekerak-Ollis

Ferrante Winery & Ristorante

Alyssa Sekerak- Ollis has been the Director of Marketing at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante since 2007. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration & Marketing in 2009.  “I believe my experiences in the wine industry will allow me to bring a fresh perspective to the established committee. The opportunity to be a part of an expanding tourism region is both exciting and invigorating. I feel as though I can bring a different perspective to a continually changing market.    I believe my experience at Ferrante Winery will have a positive impact on the knowledge I can bring to the committee regarding tourism, specifically in the wine region.  


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Scott Runyan

Vineyard Woods

Scott is the owner of Vineyard Woods, an upscale lodging business that opened in May of 2017 in Harpersfield.  Growing up in Ashtabula County, he has returned to develop Vineyard Woods and continue to look for opportunities to help grow tourism.  Scott has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Baldwin Wallace University.  He has over 14 years of business experience in the financial industry.  He was one of the original partners and served in an institutional sales capacity at Cleveland Research Company (2006-2015), during which time the firm became one of the top independent research resources for the country's top Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds.  Scott also has non-profit experience and was co-director of the Michael L. Runyan Foundation for 5 years.  In that time the foundation raised and donated $95,000 in support of men and women who have served in the military both past and present.  




Don "Woody" Woodward

Old Firehouse Winery

Woody is a charter and founding member of the Ashtabula County CVB, and was instrumental in implementing the county bed tax and hiring the first full time County CVB director in the mid 1980's. In addition to Old Firehouse Winery, Woody also is a co-owner of Adventure Zone Family Fun Center and Pera's Summer Resort. He currently serves on the Geneva-on-the-Lake Village Council and also was reappointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board.

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