Meet Our Staff

Operations and Administrative

Carolyn McCormick: President and CEO
Carolyn joined the WCVA in March 2012. She previously served as CEO of the Outer Banks Convention and Visitors Bureau, a position she held for 12 years. Under her leadership, the Outer Banks grew its annual visitation to more than 5 million visitors from 50 countries. Carolyn also led efforts to protect the Eastern Seaboard, as well as created sustainable tourism initiatives to preserve land and create multi-use, pedestrian-friendly pathways. Most recently, she served as advising consultant for the non-profit Eastern Seaboard Trust, founded by award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long. Previously in her career, Carolyn served as executive director of the Lake County, Indiana Convention and Visitor Bureau; deputy director of tourism, film and sports for the State of Indiana; and managing director of culture, leisure and recreation services for the city of Lubbock, Texas.

Jason McGill: Chief Financial/Operations Officer
Jason is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Walla Walla College in Washington State, and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, San Bernardino. Before joining the WCVA, McGill worked at Gary McGee and Company as a senior associate.

Marketing and Communications

Sylke Neal-Finnegan, APR: Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Sylke joined the WCVA June 2007, and oversees the WCVA’s marketing department, serves as editor-in-chief and is responsible for all marketing initiatives, including media relations, advertising and online content. An accredited public relations practitioner with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Sylke has more than 20 years of tourism public relations and marketing experience. Before joining the WCVA, she worked for a number of tourism-related businesses, including high-profile casino resorts and the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.

Christopher Glawe: Graphic Designer
Chris joined the WCVA in January 2011 as the graphic designer. He designs all of the WCVA’s print and online ads, as well as marketing collateral. Chris is a native Oregonian, but spent the last 20 years living and working as a graphic designer in New York City. During his time in the Big Apple, he earned his Associate in occupational studies in graphic design from Pratt Institute, and later earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts. When Chris isn’t designing he can be found reading comic books, visiting art galleries and creating art projects.

Kailee Pence: Administrative and Marketing Coordinator
A University of Oregon graduate, Kailee holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in electronic media, and a second degree in marketing. After graduation, she worked for a boutique PR firm, A.wordsmith in Portland supporting ongoing strategic communication campaigns. She also worked at Nike in both the events center and innovation department. Her most recent role was at the Portland Expo Center supporting the team and the development of contracts. As a Washington County resident, she enjoys shopping at the Beaverton Farmers Market, running on the Fanno Creek Trail and sampling local craft ciders. Kailee joined the WCVA in September 2018.