TourismOhio Advisory Board

The TourismOhio Advisory Board is charged with advising the Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and the Director of TourismOhio on strategies for promoting Ohio’s numerous travel destinations and experiences.

John Minor (JobsOhio) – John is the President and Chief Financial Officer of JobsOhio and leads the effort to grow jobs for Ohio. His team works with expanding companies and those interesting in coming to Ohio, bringing jobs opportunities and revenue to the state.


Appointed Members


Jodi Burroughs (Hocking Hills Canopy Tours and Wild Zipline Safari at the Wilds) - Jodi is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher College of Business and has been providing exciting tree-top adventures since 2007.



Ellen Grinsfelder (Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls) - Ellen is a graduate of Kent State University and moved to the Hocking Hills in 1987 where she began helping her mother operate the Inn, which is known for its peaceful, natural setting, helping travelers reconnect with nature. Ellen now runs the Inn with her husband.



Dan Sullivan (HNS Sports Group, executive director of The Memorial Tournament in Dublin) – Under Dan’s leadership, the Memorial continues its strong reputation as one of the most prestigious and well-regarded tournaments on the PGA Tour. Sullivan, a graduate of Miami University, also serves on the Morton Foundation board, a group dedicated to helping children learn and play golf.



Brian Ross (Experience Columbus) – Brian is the president and CEO of the Columbus Convention and Visitor Bureau. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality business, working for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts before joining Experience Columbus in 2007.



Dan Young (Young’s Jersey Dairy) – Dan is the CEO of Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs. The family farm recently celebrated 144 years and has grown to include two restaurants, miniature golf courses, batting cages, corn mazes, educational tours, large events and more.


Lee Alexakos (Cedar Fair Entertainment Company) has more than 30 years experience in marketing at Cedar Point and is currently the Vice President of Community Relations. Her responsibilities include coordination of all cause marketing programs, government relations and communications, and economic development initiatives relating to public/private partnerships and tourism infrastructure.


William Kilimnik (The Golden Lamb) William studied culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. As Operating Partner/General Manager of The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio, he handles all aspects of managing this Historic restaurant. William resides in Warren County with his wife and two children.

Lash Brown

Tami Lash Brown (Greater Cleveland Aquarium) - As General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Tami provides proven non-profit expertise in strategic planning and implementation, management of board and staff, project management and the development and execution of effective integrated marketing and fund raising communications.


Joseph Mazur (Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad) - For the past six years, Mazur has served as president & CEO of the International Soap Box Derby. Under his leadership, Mazur strengthened the organization’s programs and offerings, improved community and education outreach and significantly expanded the Derby’s STEM-Based Education program.