Scott Youngblood - Chair
Term of Office 7/1/16 - 6/30/20*
Scott Youngblood grew up near Willamette Falls in Oregon City and began his hospitality career bussing tables in the restaurant at Multnomah Falls Lodge at age fifteen. Working his way up in the hospitality industry, Scott has performed almost every responsibility from cleaning and cooking through sales management and operation of large hotels with conference centers. His career has been split between the Hilton and Marriott brand families, requiring occasional relocation.
*Awaiting executive reappointment confirmation.
Nigel Francisco - Vice Chair
Term of Office: 7/01/13 – 6/30/21
Nigel Francisco is currently the CEO for Ninkasi Brewing Company which is one of the top 50 largest breweries in the country. Born and raised in Eugene Oregon, Nigel has worked in the beverage industry for more than 10 years and is active in the community volunteering with many organizations. He is past Chair of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Past Board member of Great Eugene Inc, and has volunteered for many other local organizations. He enjoys visiting many of the fine hotels, restaurants, wineries, and Breweries Oregon has to offer.
Term of Office: 7/1/14 – 6/30/22
Don Anway is the Chief Operating Officer of the Neuman Hotel Group, which owns Ashland Springs Hotel, Lithia Springs Resort, Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites and Inn at the Commons. He began his career in the tourism industry as a hotel front desk clerk while pursuing his B.S. degree in Accounting at the University of Phoenix in Tucson, Ariz. Anway and his family moved to the Rogue Valley after falling in love with the region in 1999. He has served as Chair of the Ashland Visitors and Convention Bureau (AVCB) and Board of Directors for the Ashland Chambers of Commerce and is a current member of Travel Ashland and Travel Medford’s advisory boards.
Term of Office: 9/22/16 – 6/30/23
Richard Boyles has served as President of Sycan B. Corporation, a real estate development firm located in Springfield, Oregon since 1991. In 1994 he co-founded Merete’ Hotel Management, Inc. and established Iris Vineyards and Winery in 1995. Richard has served on the Board of Travel Lane County since 2003, the Board of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association since 2016 and currently serves as Chair of the Clark Honors College Advisory Council at the University of Oregon. Boyles was honored as the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Inn Keeper of the Year in 2012.
Term of Office 7/1/19 - 6/30/23
Lucinda DiNovo began her career in the gaming and hospitality industry 22 years ago. She is the Director of Sales and Marketing for The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park owned and operated by The Coquille Indian Tribe in North Bend, Oregon. Lucinda has a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Oregon State University. She is a Coos Bay City Councilor, Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau Board Member, Past President of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, and has served on numerous boards including the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, Board of Trustees for Coos History Museum, Steering Committee Member for the foundation of Travel Southern Oregon Coast, and Advisory Committee Member for the International Port of Coos Bay.
Term of Office: 7/1/18 – 6/30/22
Maria Ponzi is a second-generation vintner at Ponzi Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 2012, she and her sister Luisa Ponzi acquired ownership of the winery from their parents, making Ponzi Vineyards one of the country’s few sister-run wineries and one of only a handful of second-generation wineries in Oregon. In 2013, Maria opened an elegantly modern tasting room, establishing Ponzi Vineyards as an exceptional wine country destination. In 2014, Maria assumed the role of President of Ponzi Vineyards and began overseeing all business operations. Under her steadfast leadership, natural business savvy and tireless work ethic, Ponzi Vineyards is experiencing continued growth and success as one of the nation’s most respected producers of award-winning Oregon wine, with sales both nationally and internationally.
Term of Office 7/1/19 - 6/30/23
Mia Sheppard is an accomplished fly-fishing guide, mother, and business owner. Mia and her husband, Marty own Little Creek Outfitters, a fly-fishing guide service they’ve been running since 2003. They continue the tradition of guiding anglers to the region’s steelhead, trout, and smallmouth bass on the John Day, Deschutes, Grande Ronde, and Sandy Rivers. She also started a new business in 2017, Juniper River Adventures with a vision to connect women and youth to the outdoors. In 2015 Mia started an outdoor camp to connect youth to nature through hands on activities, science, fly fishing, and rafting. She has also been a member of the South East Oregon Resource Advisory Council and served in a leadership role with the Travel Oregon Recreation Means Business Initiative, collaborating with stakeholders to improve and expand recreation opportunities for residents and visitors.
Term of Office: 9/19/14 – 6/30/21
Kenji Sugahara, a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon School of Law, is active in the Oregon Film and Television industry as one of the co-founders of A-Cam Aerials. As one of the pilots, he has been in the industry over 6 years flying both single and dual operations for many major brand names. He has gained a reputation for excellence that include a number of firsts. His operations included the first operation ever inside a state capitol building, and the first commercially permitted UAS operations at Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows on Mt. Hood. An attorney, he is one of the most knowledgeable drone policy experts in the world. Previously, Kenji was the Executive Director of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.
Term of Office 7/1/19 - 6/30/23
Greg Willitts is President and partner at FivePine Lodge and Spa in Sisters. FivePine was a family effort, planned, designed and constructed by Greg and his parents. Greg has served as a board member and President for the Sisters Area Chamber and an advisor, sponsor and volunteer for some of Central Oregon's most renowned events: the state's largest MTB race, Sisters Stampede, the Fresh Hop Festival and host of the Happy Girls Run in FivePine's backyard, the Deschutes National Forest.