Board of Directors

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Inc. (VAAAC) is a non-profit, membership-based Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, all of whom bring expertise from all forms of business, hospitality, tourism and government segments.

The Board supports the experienced staff of tourism professionals and volunteers to increase tourism and travel, and its related economic impact and destination development, that benefits the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County economy.


2023/2024 Elected Positions

Executive Committee:

  • Jill Porter, Chair

Business Development Director; Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

  • Donnie Sutton, Vice Chair

General Manager; BWI Airport Marriott 

  • Cynthia Jones, Secretary

Vice President - Sales & Marketing - Hospitality Division; Live! Casino and Hotel Maryland

Board of Directors:

  • Donna Anderson

Executive Director, Chesapeake Arts Center

  • Bill Givens

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Operations & Championships; U.S. Naval Academy Athletic Association

  • Adrienne Trout

Director, Office of Corporate & Community Relations, Division of Marketing and Air Service Development - MDOT MAA Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport


2023/2024 Designated Positions

  • Mark Kleinschmidt, Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Representative

President/CEO; Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce

  • Stephen Rice, City of Annapolis Representative

Economic Development Manager, Community & Economic Development Division

  • Gina Stewart, BWI Business Partnership Representative

Executive Director, BWI Business Partnership

  • Hope Stewart​, City of Annapolis Representative

SMBE Coordinator, Community and Economic Development Division


2023/2024 Ex officio Positions

  • Mayor Gavin Buckley

Mayor, City of Annapolis

  • Kristen Pironis

Executive Director, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

  • Honorable Steuart Pittman

County Executive, Anne Arundel County

  • Miriam Stanicic

Community Relations Director; U.S. Naval Academy

Download a Copy of the VAAAC Amended and Restated Bylaws here.

For inquiries related to the Board of Directors, please contact Joanne Rennie, Executive Administrator.