Albany Visitors Association staff and volunteers are here to help you discover all that Albany has to offer. We are located on the corner of 3rd and Lyon in historic downtown Albany, Oregon.
Our regular office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Address 110 3rd Ave SE, Albany, OR, 97321
Contact Tel: 541-928-0911; General Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Staff
Executive Director, Rebecca Bond
Rebecca has worked at AVA for 22 years and has been our most visible liaison to Albany’s historical organizations. She has transitioned into her directorship over the last several months from her prior position as Historical Resources Coordinator, and is actively involved in leading AVA’s marketing and operational planning. Rebecca also helps cross- market our many partners, including the Albany Historic Carousel, Monteith House Museum, Albany Farmers’ Market, and other Albany non-profit businesses serving our city. 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. We are proud of her accomplishments and are excited about the future under her leadership.
Executive Assistant, Cathy Bradford
Cathy has been AVA’s executive assistant for 23 years. She is an expert on anything and everything Albany. She helps prepare our reports, records board meeting minutes, fields our busy office phones, organizes our monthly events calendar and brochure, and is first point of contact for submitting local events. Cathy is also the coordinator for AVA’s Annual Photography Contest. She manages the AVA image library and is the friendly staff member you’ll meet when you visit the office on a summer Saturday or during AVA ticketed sales such as the Christmas Parlour Tour.
Katie Knower, Historic Resources Coordinator
Katie is AVA’s liaison with various organizations, including the Albany Regional Museum, the Monteith House and the Historic Carousel & Museum. She grew up in Albany, graduating from West Albany High School. Katie studied art and art administration at the University of Oregon, which provided her with a strong background in event planning, museum curating and community arts. She and her husband, and boxer dog Mozzie live in a historic house in Albany’s Monteith District—a 1911 Craftsman bungalow. Katie will help coordinate Albany’s historic home tours.
Public Relations Coordinator, Maddie MacGregor
Maddie oversees content development for AVA’s website and social media, and creates AVA’s digital and print advertising. Maddie’s 20-year career in managing communications and art direction is the perfect fit for marketing her favorite Oregon city—Albany. She’s been with AVA since 2016. You might catch a glimpse of her at a Willamette Valley nursery stalking plants or buying eggs from a local farm, but she’s most often found at her design and writing station dreaming up new things for visitors to read about.
Group Marketing, Sherri Pagliari
Sherri has been with AVA for 3-plus years and is one of our busiest external ambassadors. She can frequently be found dispensing visitor information at an AVA booth during citywide events or special events at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, and stocking racks with visitor guides and brochures at local hotels. Sherri also helps plan and coordinate special culinary or travel writer tours of the area. She is the first point of contact for setting up tourism familiarization and group travel tours. If you’re lucky, you can catch her gorgeous smile at the front desk.
Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Don Vance
Don has been with AVA for 24 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 helps coordinate 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