ASTA Announces Election Results

miamiASTA is reporting the results of its recent elections. The two-year terms of the newly elected directors will begin at the close of ASTA’s Global Convention in Miami this coming September.

Newly elected national directors-at-large, in alphabetical order:

Jay Ellenby - Safe Harbors Business Travel Group

Caitlin Gomez - Hickory Global Partners, LLC

John I. Lovell, - Breton Village Travel Services, Inc.

Laura Rodriguez-Verbera - Marina Tours And Travel Arizona LLC

Leo Zabinski, - Classic Travel

National Directors serving the second year of their two-year terms include:

Roger Block, - Travel Leaders Franchise Group

Jason Coleman, - Jason Coleman, Inc.

Jackie Friedman - Nexion

John Lovell, -

The incumbent Board of Directors convenes in September to elect the new Executive Committee from the above nine directors-at-large, ASTA reports. The Executive Committee is composed of the Chairman, Vice President and Secretary, Treasurer, and ASTA’s CEO & President as an ex-officio and non-voting member. The new Board will come together for the first time in September at the ASTA Global Convention. 

ASTA notes it’s governance structure calls for a Board of Directors that consists of nine national directors elected at-large for two-year, staggered terms, three chapter presidents, the chair of the International Chapter Presidents Council (ICPC), two Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) members and one NACTA member director. 

At its recent meeting, the Chapter Presidents Council elected the following chapter presidents to sit on the Board: Ryan McGredy (YPS Chapter and CPC Chair), Marilyn Bell Zelaya (Northern California Chapter and Vice-Chair), and Jorge Sanchez (Midwest Chapter and ASTAPAC Chair). 

For those chapters that held officer elections this year, the results are as follows:



President - James Buckley

Vice President – Joan Papst,

Secretary – Russell Pickett, 

Treasurer – Juliet Deseo


Central Atlantic

President – Richard Schwartz, 

Vice President – Heather Dolstra,

Secretary – Mary Peters,

Treasurer – Jay Ellenby


Central & North Florida

President – Jesse Mackey

Vice President – Gail Miller, 

Treasurer – Allyn Ryan

Secretary – Cecilia Meacham


Delaware Valley

President – Jason Holland

Secretary - Kari Thomas


Great Lakes

President – JoAnne Verboom

Michigan Vice President – Chris Wommer

Wisconsin Vice President – Dianne Moore

Treasurer – Caroline Kowalik

Secretary – Donna Cooper



President – Patricia Tervola

Vice President/Secretary – Rachel Shimamoto

Treasurer – Charmaine Chan


Long Island

President – Carol McParland

Vice President – Gerald Mack

Treasurer – Debra Kalsmith-Sternberg

Secretary – Gretchen Stalb



President – Claudia Darling

1st Vice President – Dan Lanser

2nd Vice President – Barbara Mazzola

Treasurer – Robert Elking

Secretary – Pamela Faust


Northern California

President – Marilyn Bell Zelaya

1st Vice President – Ryan McGredy

2nd Vice President – Paul Demers

Treasurer – Annette Weber


New England

President – Gabriel Garavanian

Secretary/Membership Chair – Theresa Strauss

Treasurer – Michael Taylor

Immediate Past President/ASTAPAC Chair – Mike Spinelli, Jr.


New York City

President – Ralph Vasami

Immediate Past President – Alice Tillem

Vice President – Barbara Colombo

Secretary – Jack Tillem

Treasurer – Lucy Penna

Boro VP Queens/Brooklyn/Staten Island – Joann Costagliola

Boro VP Manhattan – Bill McCue

Boro VP Bronx/Westchester – Barbara Jathas


Orange County

President – Betsy Geiser

1st Vice President – Betty Cox

2nd Vice President – Karl Rosen

Secretary – Paula Singleton

Treasurer – Dick De Rose



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