Address 110 3rd Ave SE, Albany, OR, 97321
Telephone 541-928-0911; General Email email@example.com
Meet the Staff
Executive Director, Rebecca Bond
Rebecca Bond is the Executive Director and official spokesperson for the Albany Visitors Association (AVA). Since joining the AVA in 1996, she has advanced through the ranks holding every position at some point during her tenure. She’s most widely known for her work with Albany’s historic resources, assisting with organization, project management, marketing, event planning and volunteer coordination. She is now actively involved in leading AVA’s marketing and operational planning. She also serves as a liaison to many partners including the Historic Carousel & Museum, Albany Downtown Association, Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) shareholder committee, Linn County Cultural Coalition and the WIllamette Valley Visitors Association. Rebecca’s experience in tourism marketing is well-known, and she has boundless enthusiasm and love for the community in which she lives and works.
Amy Felmley, Visitor Services Manager
Amy’s famous smile is usually the first thing to welcome visitors at our office—she’ll help you with a map or finding your way to the best spot to hike, bike or bird watch. With a wealth of customer service and teaching experience, she is enthusiastic about helping visitors find an assortment of information, including the right meal and the perfect fun activity. Amy has lived in Albany for six years and looks forward to calling it home for a long time. When not encouraging other people to enjoy the area’s history and events, she might be seen whizzing by on a motorcycle enjoying our endless farms and hills.
Kim Jackson, Marketing Manager
Kim Jackson is the former city editor of the Albany Democrat-Herald. Jackson oversees AVA’s historical resources and group marketing. His duties include promoting sports tourism, outdoor recreation, and serving on the public relations committee for the Willamette Valley Visitors Association. Jackson graduated Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Journalism. He spent three years as sports editor at the Gresham Outlook before moving to the Albany Democrat-Herald in 1986, where he held positions as sports writer, sports editor, news editor and city editor. He resides in Albany with his wife, Julie. They have two children.
Volunteer Coordinator, Don Vance
Don has been with AVA for 25 years. He’s one of the friendly smiling faces you’ll see when you walk through our front doors and gladly dispenses maps or directions to anywhere you’d like to go in Linn County. Don also coordinates the volunteer staff and training at our “Little Blue House” visitor information center at the southbound I-5 Santiam Rest Area. These volunteers serve free coffee and hot chocolate, and help guide travelers towards the best sights in Albany.
To grow the economic impact of tourism through enriching local experiences.
The Albany Visitors Association carries out our mission by –
- Encouraging over night stays and visitor expenditures
- Seeking new tourism opportunities
- Promoting the surrounding area
- Assisting visitors in discovering enriching experiences
- Supporting events, attractions, and facilities
- Honoring our history
- Celebrating culture
- Building community identity and involvement
- Maintaining a positive quality of life
- Developing and strengthening partnerships