New Executive Director for the Marion County CVB

The Board of Directors of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Marion County (CVB) named Leah Smith as the new Executive Director of the CVB. 

Photo of man and woman standing with sign outsideLeah previously worked as the Interim Director of Marketing and Communications at the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. She replaces Leisha Elliott, who dedicated 11 years to the CVB and is now the Executive Director for the Marion County Senior Citizens Center.

Leah has been part of the CVB in various capacities since 2013, when she joined the team as an intern. Prior to working for the WVU Davis College, Leah was the Engagement Specialist for the Marion County CVB, developing content for the CVB’s blog posts, visitors guides and other marketing materials. 

“I would like to congratulate Leah Smith as the new director of the Marion County CVB,” Greg Bray, President of the CVB Board of Directors, said. “The search committee and I found who we believe to be a great fit for the CVB. Leah will be a high energy director bringing fresh ideas to encourage tourism to the area, making Marion County and its attractions a true vacation destination.”

After her CVB internship, she embarked on an 11-month mission trip in Central and South Americas throughout 2015. Afterward, she worked as a reporter for the Times West Virginian and the Exponent Telegram, covering health and higher education. 

Leah is a native of Marion County and a graduate of Fairmont State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She and her husband, Tim, reside in Fairmont with their cats, Tommy and Miles. 

Stop by the Visitor Center and meet Leah! You can also email her at