Our Team

The Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association office is located in downtown Corning, New York. The organization reports monthly to a seventeen member board of directors and is managed by a highly-skilled team of three full-time employees. If you need to update your partner contact information or simply have questions about our organization please call or email us anytime.

 

Poland_headshotLaury Ellen Ward, President
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Direct: (607) 936-0703

"My love affair with the Finger Lakes started several years ago as a frequent visitor to the region and now I can't help but marvel at what a gift I have been given to promote such a unique area.  I know how much the destination has to offer—it’s my job to help spread the word!  I grew up in Rockville, MD; lived many places—including Virginia, DC, Texas and Connecticut—and I raised my two children in Hershey, PA, but I am thrilled to now call the Finger Lakes my home.  In my role as president, I direct our team with the creation and implementation of all Finger Lakes Wine Country programs and initiatives to promote economic development in the region.  When I’m not wearing my tourism hat, I’m likely outside, donning my hiking boots or gardening gloves.”

Team member since 2013 and holds a B.S. degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

 

Roberts_headshotChristina Roberts, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
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Direct:  (607) 936-0704

"I always took growing up in Finger Lakes Wine Country for granted. It wasn’t until I moved away that I realized what I’d left behind. A classic case of “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone." I grew up in Elmira, but have called both Western New York and New York City home. Years later, I'm proud to be a Finger Lakes Wine Country resident. As the Director of Marketing & Public Relations, I manage the overall brand strategy and oversee the marketing programs for the organization. Watching this region grow over the last decade has been incredible. I'm proud to have been a part of it! I look forward to seeing what the future holds! While I love developing creative marketing campaigns, my greatest work is raising my amazing son."  

Team member since January 2008 and holds a B.S. in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations, and a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY.