TourismOhio Staff

TourismOhio staff

TourismOhio Staff (from left): Chris Mowder (Website Administrator), Tamara Brown (Public Relations Manager), Lauren Seckel (Marketing Manager), Meg Schultz (Public Relations Coordinator), Matthew MacLaren (Director of TourismOhio), Juliana Khusid (Communications Manager), David King (Marketing Intern), and Amy Summers (Office Manager), Paola Santiago del Castillo (Social Media Coordinator).

Matthew MacLaren, Esq.

As the Director of TourismOhio, Matt is focused on growing Ohio’s $43 billion tourism industry by increasing it’s 212 million annual visits.  He is responsible for implementation of the TourismOhio strategic plan, the leadership of the TourismOhio staff, increasing industry partnerships, and building visibility of the Ohio. Find It Here. brand.

Prior to TourismOhio, MacLaren was Senior Vice President of Membership for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).  While at the AHLA, he helped grow membership to an all-time high of over 25,000 lodging properties representing over 3 million hotel rooms in the United States.  Prior to AHLA, he served as President and CEO of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association which reached record membership levels and won several awards under his leadership. 

MacLaren is a graduate of Capital University Law School as well as The Ohio State University where he studied political science and business.

He can be reached via email at matt.maclaren@development.ohio.gov.


Lauren Seckel

Lauren is the Marketing Manager for TourismOhio and is working to help develop the branding for Ohio. Before coming to TourismOhio, Lauren worked at Bob Evans Farms, Inc. for 14 years as the Senior Marketing Manager. She loves to visit her family’s cabin south of Columbus which is more than 100 years old and making trips to Lakeside, Ohio.

You can connect with Lauren at Lauren.Seckel@development.ohio.gov.


Juliana Khusid 

Juliana is the Communications Manager for TourismOhio and is working to support the business of tourism in Ohio. A Columbus native, Juliana is a graduate of Ohio University and loves photography, being outdoors, making crafts, visiting antique shops, and going on road trips.

You can reach Juliana at Juliana.Khusid@development.ohio.gov.


Tamara Brown

Tammy is the Public Relations Manager for TourismOhio and has been sharing Ohio tourism experiences with media and travel writers for 15 years. The best part of her job is seeing the look on a writer’s face as they experience Ohio’s many hidden treasures and their preconceived notions about Ohio melt away. Tammy is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism/public relations. She spends her free time hiking and biking Ohio, bird-watching, and gardening.

You can reach Tammy via email at Tamara.Brown@development.ohio.gov.


Meg Schultz

Meg is the Public Relations Coordinator for TourismOhio and works on editorial content for all print and digital publications. Meg is a Miami University graduate and currently serves as Public Relations Advisor for her collegiate sorority chapter. In her free time, Meg enjoys photography, writing and exploring all that her hometown of Columbus has to offer. 

You can connect with Meg at Meg.Schultz@development.ohio.gov


Amy Summers

Amy is the Office Manager for TourismOhio. In addition to processing and tracking invoicing and maintaining schedules, she handles the logistics for many of the meetings that take place throughout the year. Amy and her husband have a passion for motorcycle riding (Harleys in particular) and have traveled all over the State enjoying and exploring all Ohio has to offer.

She can be reached via email at Amy.Summers@development.ohio.gov.


Chris Mowder

Chris is the Web Content Administrator for TourismOhio and oversees all aspects of the Ohio.org website including design, content, analytics, maintenance, and digital marketing. Chris was raised in Westerville, is a graduate of Ohio University and spent more than a decade as a graphic artist, journalist, and web developer in Myrtle Beach, S.C., before bringing his wife and two children back to the Buckeye State in 2017. He's an avid runner, hockey player and concertgoer, a Columbus Bluejackets season ticket holder and a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the Greater Columbus area.

Chris can be reached via email at Christopher.Mowder@development.ohio.gov.


Paola Santiago Del Castillo

Paola is the Social Media Coordinator for TourismOhio and manages the content dispersed through various Ohio. Find It Here. social media handles. She also collaborates with the TourismOhio team to create new and exciting content for our visitors. Paola is an Ohio University Scripps graduate and revels in telling a story that matters. You can usually find Paola at the newest restaurant in town or hiking through a nearby park.

Contact Paola at Paola.Santiago@development.ohio.gov.