Emerson Hemperley

Coordinator, Public Affairs

Emerson Hemperley serves as the U.S. Travel Association's coordinator, public affairs. 

Tori Barnes

Senior Vice President of Government Relations

Tori Barnes leads the U.S. Travel Association’s government relations team, overseeing the group’s critical policy efforts. These include upgrading America’s air travel infrastructure and improving connectivity nationwide, promoting common-sense policies that effectively balance security and travel facilitation, and protecting Open Skies agreements.

Sherena Elharmell

Account Director, IPW Media Sales

Sherena Elharmell joined U.S. Travel Association in August 2017, bringing with her 12 years of advertising agency experience, seven of which were focused in the destination marketing organizations (DMO) space.

Sarah Shields

Director, Industry Communications

Sarah Shields serves as the U.S. Travel Association’s director of industry communications. She leads a team responsible for developing communication strategies and messaging that informs and engages the travel industry. 

DeLisa Selwitz

Director, Board and Executive Operations

DeLisa Selwitz is director of board and executive operations for the U.S. Travel Association.  She manages the association’s tri-annual board of directors meetings, and serves as the liaison to the association’s 160-member governing body.

Nikki Carpenter

Communications Coordinator

Katie Haladay

Former Manager, Grassroots and PAC

Katie Haladay was the manager of grassroots and PAC for the U.S. Travel Association until 2018. In this position, Haladay was responsible for maintaining and improving U.S. Travel’s grassroots program, in order to increase political education and involvement opportunities for both U.S. Travel members and the broader travel industry as a whole.

Olivia Hilton

Director, Research Data Management

Olivia Hilton is the director of Research Data Management for the U.S. Travel Association, where she oversees the organization and execution of the association’s research data processes and planning strategies. Her role includes the overall management of ITA (Interactive Travel Analytics), the association’s web based interactive statistical visualization tool designed to assist travel professionals to make better-informed decisions.

Tien X. Tian

Vice President, Research and Chief Economist

Tien Tian heads the production of statistics and research for the U.S. Travel Association. She oversees all programs involving measurement of the economic impact of travel on the U.S., nationwide and by region, state, county and congressional district.

Daystar Van Wagner

Director, Exhibit and Meeting Services

Daystar Van Wagner is the director of exhibit and meeting services for the U.S. Travel Association. She is a meeting and event planner with more than 15 years of experience in association and nonprofit meeting planning.