Department Contacts


Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is the state's official destination marketing organization. Through its home office in Atlanta, nine visitor information centers, and a network of representatives across the globe, Explore Georgia inspires travel to and within the state. Learn more at




Chief Marketing Officer
Mark Jaronski - Read bio

Statewide Tourism Director
Jay Markwalter - Read bio


Tourism Marketing

Account Manager
Allyson Baer


Partner Marketing

Regional Manager (1 - Northwest, 2 - Northeast, 5 - East Central)
Mandy Barnhart

Regional Manager (3 - Metro Atlanta, 4 - West Central, 6 - Middle)
Nija Torrence

Regional Manager (7 - East, 9 - South, 12 - Coastal)
Sarah Anne Rhodes

Regional Manager (8 - West, 10 - Southwest, 11 - Southeast)
Lori Hennesy

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Augusta VIC Manager
Keri Ogletree

Columbus VIC Manager
LaTivia Rivers

Lavonia VIC Manager
Jeanne Boteler

Port Wentworth VIC Manager
Kellie Lord-Zieba

Ringgold VIC Manager
Ontaria Finch

St. Marys VIC Manager
Susanne McNeal

Tallapoosa VIC Manager
Melinda Marlow

Valdosta VIC Manager
Terry Black

West Point VIC Manager
Rebecca Clopp

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