New Executive Director

During a recent meeting, the Board of Directors of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Marion County named Leisha Elliott as Executive Director of the CVB.  Leisha has been serving as Interim Executive Director since January 1.  She replaces Marianne Moran, who retired from the CVB in December 2012 after almost 20 years of service.  Leisha has been part of the CVB since April 2011, when she joined the team to serve as Group Sales Director.

“The Board of Directors members feel that Leisha is uniquely qualified to serve as Executive Director because of her background and training, as well as her service to the CVB and strong connections to Marion County,” according to Amy Pellegrin, President of the CVB Board of Directors. “We look forward to working with Leisha to continue to promote the many tourism attractions in our own backyard.”

While she was Group Sales Director, Leisha organized several Familiarization Tours of Marion County for tour operators and front-line tourism staff. She also developed the content for the CVB’s social media channels and new Marion County Bridal Brochure. Leisha is also working towards her Tourism Marketing Professional (TMP) certification through the Southeast Tourism Society. She has been selected as a member of Leadership West Virginia’s Class of 2013.

Leisha is a native of Marion County and a graduate of Fairmont State College (now Fairmont State University) where she received a B.S. degree in Business Science. While in college, she became the owner of Fairview Floral, which she successfully ran for 15 years. She has worked as a consultant for Main Street West Virginia, specializing in work plan design training, and was Program Manager for Mannington Main Street from 2000 to 2006. She serves on the Community Resource Committee of the United Way of Marion County. Leisha and her husband, Nelson, reside in Mannington with their children Samuel, Grant, Mary and Adam.

Stop by the Visitors Center and meet Leisha when you have a chance!