Board of Directors
Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
RICHARD J. 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.
REP. 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.
KRISTOFER J. FAIR, CCM
Kristopher Fair is General Manager of Brookside Country. His past experience includes serving as General Manager at Bluestone Country Club, Blue Bell Country Club; General Manager and COO of Waynesborough Country Club, Paoli; General Manager of the ACE Club, Lafayette Hill; and General Manager at LuLu Country Club, North Hills. His educational background includes multiple sessions across the nation with the Club Managers Association, for which is president of the Philadelphia and Vicinity Chapter. He has been a featured speaker and guest lecturer for organizations that include the Widener University Club. Fair holds a Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation from the Club Managers Association of America, a trade organization that has been recognizing excellence in the golf industry since 1965. Fair lives in Blue Bell, Pa.
Beth Moy is Chief of Staff at Salus University. In her new role at Salus, she will work closely with Dr. Mittelman to carry out policy initiatives and oversee all administrative matters of the University. Moy will also work with the President’s Council and University administration. In addition to serving the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention and Industrial Development Boards in Montgomery County, Moy is the former executive director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), a consortium of nine independent higher education institutions in the Greater Philadelphia region. She has more than 20 years of experience in both higher education and the nonprofit sector. Moy has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the School of Social Administration at Temple University.
ERIC C. DAVIES
Eric Davies is the Chief Operating Officer for the Wurzak Hotel Group, a Philadelphia based Hospitality Company with properties in King of Prussia, Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A 24-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Eric is responsible for the company’s operational functions at both the corporate and property levels and the oversight of its 600 employees. Prior to joining the Wurzak Hotel Group in 2003, Eric served as a General Manager for the former Hilton Valley Forge in King of Prussia for Field Hotel Associates. Eric is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the King of Prussia Business Improvement District, and also an executive board member of the Home2 Suites by Hilton Owners Advisory Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association. Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from LaSalle University and is a Certified Hotel Administrator from the American Hotel & Motel Association. Eric is a long-term resident in Montgomery County and is currently in Plymouth Meeting with his wife, Carol and daughter Bridgette who is currently enrolled at the University of Alabama.
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.
As Superintendent of Valley Forge National Historical Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, Rosalyn “Rose” Fennell brings extensive leadership experience and community engagement expertise from bookselling and the nonprofit sector to overseeing park and program operations. Formerly the deputy regional director for Interior Region 1, North Atlantic – Appalachian, Rose oversaw operations for parks and programs location in the northern section of the region including upstate New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. Prior to her regional senior leadership position, she served as the deputy superintendent for Boston National Historical Park and Boston African American National Historical Site. She was the NPS Bevinetto Congressional Fellow for 2011-2012, and has served as a special assistant to former NPS Director Jon Jarvis and as legislative specialist in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. Prior to her selection as Congressional Fellow, she was the NPS cooperating association coordinator in Washington, D.C. for nine years and worked for nonprofit organizations whose work intersects with the National Park Service, including the Wilderness Society and the Parks & History Association. Her early career was in the field of bookselling where she was a bookstore clerk, book buyer, book reviewer, and eventually a bookstore owner with locations in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, from 1991 until 1998. Her free time is devoted to family, including her wife Terri, and their companion animals.
Al is skilled in multiple areas of business administration, ranging from human resources to merchandising and marketing, He has established himself as a proven leader with enthusiasm for working with and mentoring talented and passionate individuals that share a desire to create rewarding experiences. As Executive Director and CEO of Elmwood Park Zoo, he is able to employ these traits and experiences daily to the overall operation and success of the zoo. Prior to his career at the Elmwood Park Zoo, he founded a successful catering and entertainment company that continues to service the Greater Philadelphia Area. The success with his company led him to the zoo by way of operating the zoo’s food services and into his current position today.
General Manager of KOP Mall for the past 17 years, Robert is a seasoned shopping center professional with more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate management and development. The second largest mall in the United States, KOP Mall has more than 450 stores and restaurants showcasing the world-class shopping, and luxury, in Montgomery County, PA. Prior to King of Prussia, Robert worked as District Property Manager for Kravco Company, and is a Certified Shopping Center Manager with the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also serves as a board member of the following organizations: King of Prussia Rotary, Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, and King of Prussia Business Improvement District.
Dedren Bailey is a seasoned marketing leader who has more than 18 years of experience in the entertainment, hospitality & gaming industries and has successfully led marketing teams in multiple gaming markets throughout the US. He was most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Rivers Casino Philadelphia and oversaw all aspects of marketing and sponsorships, including advertising, entertainment, loyalty programs, customer acquisition, entertainment, special events, and relationship marketing. Prior to joining Rivers Casino, Dedren worked at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland as Vice President of Marketing and at Harlow's Casino Resort & Hotel in Mississippi as the Director of Marketing. He began his casino career in his native state of Louisiana working for Pinnacle Entertainment properties as the Advertising & Entertainment Supervisor for Boomtown Casino & Hotel, and in Entertainment & Promotions for L'Auberge du Lac Casino & Hotel.
Howard Brown is the Senior Program Officer at Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, where he manages a team to harvest knowledge, systems and relationships for stewardship of inboard and outbound grants and other funding. He directs community collaborations and special projects to address health disparities in the Tri-County area. Howard is a volunteer with many organizations, including Your Way Home, TriCounty Community Network and the Schuylkill River Greenways Association. He is also the founder and CEO of International Ballplayers United, INC and the creator of the Howard Brown Athletic Scholarship Fund. Howard is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a Masters of International Business from the University of London. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son, mentoring student-athletes, and sports.
Karima Ropel is the Director of the Hospitality Institute at Montgomery County Community College, where she develops and leads all culinary and hospitality management programs and classes. She also provides visionary leadership for all aspects of the College’s new hospitality institute. Karima has worked in the educational field for more than 20 years and serves her community in various volunteer roles. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and Temple University.
Tom Shires is the President of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.