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Board of Directors

NTA is governed by a member-elected volunteer board of directors, which is advised by member volunteer networks and committees. NTA is based in North America, but its industry and its membership spans the globe. If you would like to contact a member of the NTA Board, please log in to the NTA Online member directory, or contact NTA at headquarters@ntastaff.com. Interested in becoming a leader? Contact NTA’s Jennifer Royse, CTP.

The 2021 NTA Board election is open. To learn more and view bios on each nominee, please visit this page.

The board governs. NTA president & staff manages. 

Executive Committee

  • Jim Warren, CTP

    Chair | Anderson Vacations

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  • Chase Poffenberger

    Vice Chair | Academic Travel Abroad

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  • Debra Asberry

    Secretary | Women Traveling Together

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  • Paul Larsen

    Immediate Past Chair | Ed-Ventures Inc.

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  • Kelly Dean

    DMO Director | Ottawa Tourism

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  • Cory Mace

    Tour Supplier Director | North Central Group – Hilton & Marriott Hotels

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Directors

  • Fraser Neave, CTP

    Wells Gray Tours, Ltd.

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  • Monique van Dijk-Seppola

    Scandinavia Tours

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  • Jerry Varner, CTP

    Making Memories Tours

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  • Christina Werner, CTP

    Custom Holidays

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  • Jorge Cazenave, CTP

    Cazenave Argentina

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  • Nish Patel

    Mayflower Cruises and Tours

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DMO Directors

Director at-large

  • Michelle Pino

    Northeast Unlimited Tours

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  • Past Presidents

    • 2019: Paul Larsen
    • 2018: J. Chris Babb
    • 2017: Jay Smith
    • 2016: Justin Osbon
    • 2015: Jorge Cazenave
    • 2014: Paul Nakamoto
    • 2013: Mark Hoffmann, CTP
    • 2012: Jim Reddekopp, Jr.
    • 2010-11: Catherine Greteman
    • 2009: Michele Michalewicz, CTP
    • 2008: Bob Hoelscher, CTP
    • 2007: Randy Julian
    • 2006: Judith Thomas, CTP
    • 2005: Ann Thomas, CTP
    • 2004: Mitchell Sussman, CTP
    • 2003: Charlie McIlvain, CTP
    • 2002: Kathy LeTarte, CTP
    • 2001: Ed Dresel
    • 2000: Mark Hoffmann, CTP
    • 1999: Robert Brennan, CTP
    • 1998: Keith Griffall, CTP
    • 1997: Janice McIlwain
    • 1996: Robert Everidge
    • 1995: Gerald B. “Jerry” DiPietro
    • 1994: S. Burkett “Doc” Milner, CTP
    • 1993: Dottie Maitland, CTP
    • 1992: John P. Stachnik Sr., CTP, CTC
    • 1991: Thomas R. Frenkel, CTP
    • 1990: George Guenther, CTP
    • 1989: Dan Dipert
    • 1988: Pete Anderson, CTP
    • 1987: David V. Lippincott, CTP
    • 1986: Francis “MIkie” Wall, CTP
    • 1985: Lois Anderson
    • 1984: Harold E. Mishnick, Sr.
    • 1983: R. Bruce Beckham, CTP
    • 1981-82: William Grossman
    • 1979-80: Earl L. Harmon
    • 1977-78: Lynn B. “Spike” Herzig
    • 1975-76: Edwin Bortner
    • 1973-74: Joseph A. Casser
    • 1971-72: Mary H. Lee
    • 1969-70: Maurice P. Hughes
    • 1967-68: Aurthur C. Tauck Jr.
    • 1965-66: Robert L. McMullen
    • 1963-64: Stanley A. Parker
    • 1961-62: Arnold C. Rigby
    • 1958-60: George S. Talmage
    • 1951-57: Robert H. Shattuck
  • Leadership Requirements

    Members are chosen for committees based on several criteria. Here is a sampling of guidelines used in the selection process:

    • Representation of different basic types of members is essential. A variety of tour operator, tour supplier and DMO components, geographic diversity, and mix from the large, medium and small companies provide a good balance. Different viewpoints are important in achieving a well-balanced group.
    • A member’s role within his/her company or organization is considered.
    • Retention of selected past volunteer leaders is valuable to ensure continuity.
    • Appointment of new members ensures fresh ideas and perspectives. It is NTA’s goal to avoid over-taxing those who have made a contribution over a period of time.
  • President Bio

    Catherine Prather, CTP, President, National Tour Association

    Catherine joined the National Tour Association team in 1994 and currently serves as president, the chief staff role. She focuses on strategic continuity, member engagement and professional development to ensure NTA’s long-term growth and viability.

    On a daily basis, Catherine draws connections and seeks collaboration among the association’s staff experts, NTA members and industry counterparts, and she guides the NTA team in developing programming designed to enhance member value and engagement.

    Catherine has earned NTA’s Certified Tour Professional designation. She actively supports Tourism Cares, NTA’s official philanthropy, and sits on the Tourism Cares Board of Directors. She also serves on the Retailing and Tourism Management Advisory Board for the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

    A native of Georgetown, Kentucky, Catherine is a graduate of Transylvania University with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Become an NTA Leader

NTA relies heavily on member volunteers to assist in guiding the association and enhancing its programs. The Leadership Team comprises members who serve on networks and advisory groups, which are a vital link between the strategic direction set by the NTA Board of Directors and the NTA staff which implements the strategies. The bottom line: it all benefits the membership. If you are interested in serving as a leadership volunteer, please email Jennifer Royse, CTP.

Interested in volunteering? Contact:Jennifer Royse, CTP jennifer.royse@ntastaff.com+1.859.264.6576

  • NTA has provided us the research and atmosphere to brainstorm new ways of doing things and fresh additions to trips, which has led to successful business development. Rachel Ranck, WorldStrides, NTA member since 1985
  • What NTA does is provide the right buyers. They provide the right people who make decisions. This is what makes this organization one I can’t afford to take off my list. John Stachnik CTP, Mayflower Tours, NTA member since 1979
  • I came to NTA to build a business, and that’s exactly what it did for us, as sales came in. For me, it’s the only outlet for new ideas. Matthew Squire, Select Travel Service (UK), NTA member since 2002
  • NTA membership and our attendance at the convention have provided us with more clients, more business relationships and more ideas. We are proud to belong to NTA. Daniele Panzarin, Target Travel (Italy), NTA member since 2007
  • The No. 1 member benefit of NTA has to be all the great professional and personal connections we’ve made over the past decade. Taunya Wolfe Finn, CTP, Wolfe Adventures & Tours, NTA member since 2005
  • We have not found a more reliable, more profitable or more consistent tourism venue in which to acquire new business than NTA. Diane Hohnstein, Hospitality Management Services, NTA member since 1999
  • I believe attending the NTA conferences allow me to create valuable relationships and work together with U.S. operators in creating great Scotland product. Maggie Anderson, VisitScotland, NTA member since 2003
  • NTA events provide us with beneficial networking with many top tour operators. It’s national and international in scope providing a global perspective. Tim and Elaine Moulder, Brilliant Edventures, NTA member since 2015