Two dozen professionals have thrown their name in the hat for the public relations & tourism director position with the Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Two dozen professionals have thrown their name in the hat for the public relations & tourism director position with the Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The CVB posted the job listing last month, after former director Christy Clark left to take a job as executive director of Destination Hilliard. The deadline to receive applications for the Union County position was July 23.

ThisWeek Marysville obtained the 24 applications from the Union County Chamber of Commerce following a Freedom of Information Act public records request. Chamber of Commerce CEO Eric Phillips said on Wednesday, July 28, that after that request one applicant withdrew her name.

Applications for the position obtained on July 28 are as follows:
Candace K. Watson, current director of the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Tourist Bureau. Watson has held that position since 2006, and prior to that has worked as property manager for Miller Valentine Property Management Group (Dayton), marketing director for Heartland of Indian Lake and other positions. Watson holds a bachelor's degree in marketing/business administration from Franklin University. Lori Warner, current director of marketing and communications for the In Step Dance Center, Marysville. Warner has held that position since 2006, and prior to that worked as public relations representative for Buckeye Sports and Chiropractic Center, Marysville and other positions. Warner holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University. Lauralynn Stephen, proprietor of The Pet Lady, Marysville. Stephen has held that position since 2001, and prior to that has worked as the shelter manager of the Union County Humane Society, a bailiff at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and other positions. Stephens is a certified paralegal from Ohio Dominican College and is a state-certified humane agent. Amy L. Rogan, assistant news director/executive producer/producer for Ohio News Network, a position she has held since 1999. Prior to that, Rogan was a faculty member at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and worked for several other media entities. She holds a master's degree in communication and marketing from Franklin University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Findlay. Theresa Ravencraft, media specialist at Creekview Intermediate School, Marysville, a position she has held since 2005. Prior to that Ravencraft worked as director of programming at WOSU-TV, producer/director of WNED-TV (Buffalo) and several other media positions. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication from Bowling Green State University. Blaire A. Ramey, a 2010 graduate of Capital University with bachelor's degrees in radio/television/film and public relations. Ramey has been the entertainment editor for The Chimes and served as a director for Skyline Columbus. Maria Lorli Patterson, executive director of the International Family Center of Union County, Marysville, which she has held since 2004. Patterson has also worked as a part-time representative for Scotts Company, and has completed partial study toward a degree in English from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines. Alisa M. Nass, special sections and special sections feature editor for The Columbus Dispatch from 2004-2010. Prior to that Ness worked as lifestyles editor for the News Journal (Mansfield), and other media entities. Nass holds a master of science in marketing and communications from Franklin University, and a bachelor's in journalism from Oakland University. Amanda Morris, a travel consultant for Traveline Travel Services (Marysville), which she has held since 2007. Prior to that she has worked as a sales administrative representative for Nissin Travel Service and several other administrative positions. Morris holds an associate degree in hospitality and travel from the Bradford School. Bret Adams, copywriter for AmeriMark Direct LLC from 2008-2009. Prior to that, he was artist relations manager and publicist for Chipster Entertainment, Inc., and has worked in several other media occupations. Adams holds a bachelor's degree in English from Mount Union College. Bill Behrens, director of convention services for Experience Columbus (Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau), which he has held since 1998. Behrens has also worked as reservation manager for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in Columbus, San Antonio and Houston, and holds a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Houston. Joshua Chaney, public relations & promotions assistant for TrueSports, Inc., which he has held since May 2010. Chaney has also worked as a staff writer for the Coshocton Tribune, along with other media-related occupations. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Muskingum University. Brian Dale, executive director of the Cave City (Kentucky) Convention Center & Tourism Bureau, which he has held since 2003. Prior to that Dale was the president and owner of Sahara Steakhouse in Cave City, and has owned several other businesses. Dale holds an MBA from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor's in communications and business administration from Transylvania University. Gretchen S. Friend, current Uptown Marysville Renewal Team manager for the Union County Chamber of Commerce, which she has held since 2009. Prior to that, Friend worked as the executive director of the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with working as a teacher and owning a business. Friend holds a bachelor's degree in education from Ohio State University. Jason R. Gardner, trainer at MAC Tools, which he has held since 2007. Prior to that Gardner worked as executive director of the Downtown Bellefontaine Partnership, Inc., and positions with several banks. He holds a bachelor's of business administration from Ohio Dominican University. Ashley S. Garrett is currently an independent consultant, and former director of planning and evaluation of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County. Garrett holds a bachelor's of psychology and a master's in social work from Ohio University. Matthew D. Hammer, an applicant with a background in restaurant management and retail management, although his application does not state specific current/former employers. Hammer holds a bachelor's of communications from the University of Rio Grande. Eric P. Herzog, tourism information manager for the State of Ohio's division of tourism, which he has held since 2001. Herzog holds a bachelor's degree in communications, although his application does not state the institution that awarded it. Alyssa M. Mehling, a 2010 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Mehling has worked as a public relations intern for Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations, as well as public relations internships with several other agencies. Pamela S. Miller is executive director of the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, which she has held since 2005. Prior to that, Miller has worked as a real estate agent for Choice Properties Real Estate, as well as in other positions. Miller's education is listed as Edison State Community College. Julie M. Whipple is customer care representative for Wellpoint, which she has held since 2009. Prior to that, she worked as marketing coordinator for HR Concepts. Whipple holds an associate of science degree from Columbus State Community College. David C. Wiedenheft, assistant news and sports director for Clear Channel Radio/BAS Broadcasting, which he has held since 1998. He has also worked as projects consultant for the Erie County Health Department, and other positions. Wiedenheft holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast communication from the University of Toledo. Peggy Windhorst is a customer service representative for Medco Health Solutions, which she has held since 2008. She has also worked in several other customer service and administrative positions, and holds a bachelor's degree in education/public relations/grief counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.
Phillips said that the resumes will be reviewed this week, and that the goal is still to have someone hired by mid to late September.