Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board

Rick Odorisio 

Odorisio is currently chief operating officer of the Valley Forge Hotel Management Association. His experience includes extensive senior management responsibilities for properties that include those under the Marriott, Wyndham, Omni and Hilton brands. He also served as Director of Sales for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Odoriso's other professional distinctions include: Chapter President Representative - Hospitality and Marketing Association International; President of Greater Philadelphia Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association; Associate Professor, Business Department/Tourism and Travel Curriculum Harcum Junior College. He is a West Chester University graduate.

Tim Briggs

Representative Briggs is currently serving his fourth term as State Representative for the 149th Pennsylvania Legislative District, comprising Upper Merion Township, Bridgeport and West Conshohocken Boroughs and parts of Lower Merion Township. Briggs has consistently advocated for public education, early childhood education and has introduced legislation focused on improving the lives of children. He is a proud member of the Green Dog Caucus, a strong coalition of environmentally-conscience legislators in the House, earning a 2010 accolade as the top environmental legislator in Pennsylvania by the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania Chapter. For several years, Briggs served as a volunteer firefighter and sat on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Montgomery County. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from West Chester University. At 30 he returned to school and, while still working full time, earned his law degree from Temple University's Beasley School of Law. Briggs lives in Upper Merion Township with his wife, Robyn, and their four children.

Nancy Dunleavy

As the founder and CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, Dunleavy leads a team of ten professionals who provide project management, contract-leadership and consulting services to charitable organizations and the companies that support them. The Dunleavy team model helps organizations build their bottom lines through improved business processes, strategic planning, development, fundraising campaigns, signature events, public relations, marketing, communications, financial management and information technology. Dunleavy was named by Leadership Philadelphia as one of Philly's "Top 101 Connectors"; she was also recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's Women of Distinction. 

Robert Hart

Hart is a seasoned shopping center professional with more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate management and development. Hart has been the General Manager of King of Prussia Mall - the largest retail space in the U.S. - with Simon Property Group for the past 11 years. Prior to King of Prussia, Hart worked for Kravco Company as a District Property Manager responsible for management oversight of approximately one third of the company's portfolio, including regional shopping centers, office buildings and community centers. Hart is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, as well as being a board member of the King of Prussia Rotary, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association and chairman of the King of Prussia Business Improvement District. 

Dulcie Flaharty

Flaharty works to build and foster partnerships through connecting municipalities, organizations and landowners to Natural Lands Trust programs, preserves and services. Prior to the blending of Natural Lands Trust with Montgomery County Lands Trust (MCLT) in 2012, she was Executive Director of MCLT for two decades. She directed that organization in its mission to preserve open space and provide education for the citizens of Montgomery County, which resulted in conservation easements on 47 properties, permanent protection of close to 3,000 acres and educational outreach to over 1,800 municipal leaders. She has been a board member of the Montgomery County Planning Commission since 1994 and is currently Vice-Chair. She participated in the Steering Committee for Montco 2040, which developed a new comprehensive plan for the County. In 2003, Flaharty focused a successful citizen outreach effort, pivotal in passing the $150 million ballot question that funded the Open Space Program for Montgomery County for ten years. In addition to her ongoing participation on the VFTCB Board, she is also chair of the VFTCB Marketing and Communications Committee.  

Jennifer Galle

Galle is currently Chief Marketing Officer for the Valley Forge Casino Resort, which caps more than a decade in the gaming industry, with prior experience gained at Caesar's Entertainment (Indiana and Atlanti City), Rush Street Gaming (Pittsburgh) and Harrah's (Missouri). Her educational background includes a BA from Truman State University and post-graduate work at Bond University, Queensland, Australia.  

James Gratton

Gratton's hotelier career began when he was 15 years old. Over 35 years of hospitality experience later (28 with Marriott International) Gratton has worked in a variety of markets throughout the East Coast, with expertise that ranges from resorts to downtown to suburban to conference centers. He currently oversees 18 hotels located throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. Active within various groups related to hospitality, Gratton is a past president of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and on the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism & Marketing Corporation. Currently he is an Officer for the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, as Treasurer. He is on the James Madison University Hospitality & Tourism Advisory Board as well as yearly hosts multiple internships and assists Marriott's college recruitment program. Gratton graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Business and Hospitality Management. He resides in Chester Springs PA with his wife Karen and their three daughters.  

Kate Hammond

Hammond currently serves as Superintendent of Valley Forge National Historical Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site, a position she has held since March 2012. Before that, Hammond served as Superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. In her 20 year career with the National Park Service, Hammond has served as a project manager overseeing design and construction projects at national parks throughout the country, as an interpretive planner, and in ranger positions at national parks in Alaska, New Mexico and Texas. She completed a two-year fellowship with the House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee and the National Park Service Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington DC. Prior to joining the National Park Service, Hammond served as a Peace Corps volunteer at El Palmar National Park in Argentina. A native of Massachusetts, Hammond has a bachelor's degree in history and environmental studies from Yale University and a master's in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry. 

Wendy Klinghoffer

Klinghoffer is Executive Director of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, where she works to promote members while inspiring economic health. Prior positions include roles as legislative assistant to Ellen M. Baird of the PA House of Representatives, 153rd District; teacher within the Abington and Lower Moreland School Districts; and group coordinator at Childventure Museum in Fort Washington. Her work with the Temple University School of Medicine helped establish a four-year undergraduate curriculum in geriatrics. Further community involvement includes work with the Abington Township Economic Development Committee, the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, the Rotary Club of Jenkintown Board of Directors, and the PA Association of Chamber Professionals. 

Chris Molineaux

Christopher Molineaux is president and CEO of Pennsylvania Bio, Wayne, Pa., He oversees the strategic direction for the association, ensuring that Pennsylvania Bio continues to be the catalyst that makes Pennsylvania the top location for life sciences companies. His experience includes service as worldwide vice president of pharmaceutical communications and public affairs for Johnson & Johnson, as well as experience with the federal Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture. He also served a member of the White House staff of President George H. W. Bush.

Mark Nicoletti

Nicoletti is Vice President and Principal of Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation (PSDC), one of the largest family-owned and operated commercial real estate development companies in the region. Developed by Nicoletti's father over 50 years ago, PSDC owns over 100 buildings and two million square feet in the Philadelphia region, with a diverse portfolio that spans commercial businesses to charter schools. Nicoletti is also President of Liberty Management Services, Inc. (LMS), a private prison management and development company that currently operates five facilities. Accredited by the American Corrections Association, LMS is the largest private corrections agency operating in Philadelphia under contract by the Philadelphia Prison System, Pennsylvania Department of corrections and Federal Bureau of Prisons. Nicoletti is chair of the Archdiocesan Professional Society, a volunteer group of business professionals devoted to counseling the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on making effective business decisions. He is also chair of Mission Kids, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team that is devoted to achieving healing and justice for victims of child abuse. Nicoletti earned a BS from Villanova University.



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