Two dozen candidates have applied for the role of public relations and tourism director for the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Two dozen candidates have applied for the role of public relations and tourism director for the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The CVB posted the job listing last month, after former director Christy Clark left the position 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 27 applications from the Union County Chamber of Commerce following a Freedom of Information Act public records request. Chamber CEO Eric Phillips initially refused to release any of the information. Two days after the initial request was filed the names were released Wednesday morning.

Phillips said he had to contact all of the applicants and his attorney before releasing the information, which is public record under Ohio law. One applicant withdrew her name after being notified that the list would be published, he said Wednesday, and others have indicated they may also withdraw. He did not specify how many. Phillips expressed concern that publicizing the names of the candidates would make filling the position more difficult.

Resumes will be reviewed this week, Phillips said, and that the goal is still to have someone hired by mid to late September.

Applicants for the position included some familiar names as well as candidates from outside the area. The list included:

Gretchen S. Friend, current Uptown Marysville Renewal Team manager for the Union County Chamber of Commerce, a position 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. Bill Behrens, director of convention services for Experience Columbus (Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau) 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. Candace K. Watson, current director of the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Tourist Bureau. Prior to that she worked as property manager for Miller Valentine Property Management Group (Dayton), marketing director for Heartland of Indian Lake and in other positions. Watson holds a bachelor's degree in marketing/business administration from Franklin University. Lori Warner, director of marketing and communications for the In Step Dance Center, Marys-ville. Warner has held that position since 2006, and prior to that worked as public relations representative for Buckeye Sports and Chiropractic Center, Marysville, and held other positions. Warner holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University. Lauralynn Stephen, proprietor of The Pet Lady, Marysville, since 2001. She previously worked as the shelter manager of the Union County Humane Society, a bailiff at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, and in other positions. Stephens is a certified paralegal from Ohio Dominican University 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 groups. 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 held 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, 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 groups. Nass holds a master of science degree in marketing and communications from Franklin University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University. Amanda Morris, a travel consultant for Traveline Travel Services (Marysville), since 2007. Prior to that she worked as a sales administrative representative for Nissin Travel Service and held 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. Joshua Chaney, public relations and promotions assistant for TrueSports, Inc., 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 and Tourism Bureau 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 degree in communications and business administration from Transylvania University. Jason R. Gardner, trainer at MAC Tools since 2007. Prior to that Gardner worked as executive director of the Downtown Bellefontaine Partnership, Inc., and held positions with several banks. He holds a bachelor's of business administration from Ohio Dominican University. Ashley S. Garrett, 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 of psychology degree and a master's degree 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 or former employers. Hammer holds a bachelor' degree in communications from the University of Rio Grande. Eric P. Herzog, tourism information manager for the State of Ohio's division of tourism 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, executive director of the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 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, customer care representative for Wellpoint 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 since 1998. He has also worked as projects consultant for the Erie County Health Department, and in other positions. Wiedenheft holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast communication from the University of Toledo. Peggy Windhorst, customer service representative for Medco Health Solutions, 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.

Three additional candidates were provided to ThisWeek by the Union County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 30. They included:

William Glenn Johnson, whose employment history includes managing director of public affairs for AAA, Cleveland; vice president and general manager of Ohio Newswire, Inc., Cleveland; senior manager of broadcast media relations for The Standard Oil Company; and director of public relations for Cleveland State University, among other positions in the public relations/media sector. His education is listed as evening college, psychology and sociology from John Carroll University, and graduate courses in writing and broadcast journalism from New York University. Barbara G. Miller, telephone account executive for the LM Berry Company. Miller has also worked as a managed care technician for Medco Health Solutions, Inc., along with other positions. Miller holds a bachelor's of nursing from Otterbein University and her real estate license from Columbus State Community College, as well as studying music and occupational therapy at the University of Wisconsin. Amanda Sharp, branch marketing assistant for Edward Jones Investments, Marysville. Sharp is a 2010 graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.