About Us

Founded in 1988, Visit Westerville (previously the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau) is a nonprofit Destination Marketing & Tourism Organization. Its mission is to drive tourism to the city of Westerville through promotion of in-market events and attractions, sports tourism, group tours/motorcoach travel, and driving group and meeting business into local hotels and venues.

Visit Westerville Services:

Visiting Westerville for the first time? Looking for the perfect venue for your next meeting or event?  Visit Westerville offers a wide array of services to help you enjoy a successful and memorable time in our beautiful city!

  • Meeting & Event Venue Recommendations
  • RFP Sourcing and Bid Collection with Hotels and Meeting & Event Venues
  • Group Tour & Itinerary Planning
  • Welcome Packets
  • Assistance with Entertainment, Catering and Transportation needs
  • Publicity and Promotion of Local Events
  • Promote Westerville Activities and Attractions to the Traveling Public
  • Provide Visitor Information for Out-of-Town Guests and Travelers

Visit Westerville Staff:

Robin Collins, CTA
Executive Director

A Granville, Ohio native, Robin joined the Visit Westerville team in March of 2019. Robin has worked in travel, tourism and hospitality for 17 years in various cities including Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles and Columbus. In 2018, Robin permanently relocated back to Ohio where she currently resides in Westerville with her husband, Nathan and their son. Robin is dedicated to driving tourism and travel into the city of Westerville through community engagement, new business development and collaboration with key organizational leaders across the city, as well as all tourism-related businesses to maximize and facilitate travel and tourism opportunities.

Jennifer Kerns
Social Media Strategist

Jennifer is the owner of JK Communications, a strategic marketing firm offering personalized and relevant services for small to mid-sized businesses. After ten years in the agency world and more than 14 years running her own business, she has worked with a variety of clients with a focus in the construction, real estate and horticulture industries. Business First has recognized Jennifer with their 40 Under 40 Award and the Central Ohio BIA awarded her with their Marketing Director of the Year honor. Jennifer received her Marketing degree from The Ohio State University and currently resides in Westerville with her three children.

Michelle Downar
Website Management and Graphic Design

Born and raised in Worthington, Ohio, Michelle attended The Ohio State University and has lived in Westerville for the past nine years. Michelle loves exploring the city, trying new restaurants, hiking at local parks and checking out all the events happening throughout the year. Most recently she worked at Experience Columbus, greater Columbus' convention and visitors bureau and currently works in marketing at JPMorgan Chase in home lending. She is contracted with Visit Westerville to manage the website and create content and advertisements to showcase the best Westerville has to offer! Michelle currently resides in Westerville with her husband, Joe, two cats and dog.

Isabel Wening
Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

2-parts coffee, 1-part oboist and 1-part 80s Hair Metal enthusiast, Isabel Wening is Visit Westerville's Social Media and Marketing Coordinator, helping with all things social media and more!

When she’s not with Visit Westerville, you can find her at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, where she serves as the Communications Coordinator, or out finding new and improved ways to procrastinate her adult duties. Whether it’s running, reading, going for a summer drive or breaking out the oboe, she does it all. 

Board of Trustees:

Board President
Matthew D’Oyly, Director of Conferences & Events
Otterbein University

Board Treasurer
Lisa Crill, Director of Finance
Westerville Christian Church

Board Vice President
Tony Bonina, Adjunct Instructor
Columbus State Community College

Board Secretary
Krista Whorton, Senior Vice President, Member Experience
AAA Ohio Auto Club

Board Members:

Debbie Bennati, President of the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, Owner of Uptown shop,  A Gal Named Cinda Lou
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Todd Bradley, Policy Director
Ohio Mayors Alliance

Coutanya Coombs
Westerville City Council

Nick Gurich, Director of Education Policy, Research, and Member Advocacy
Ohio Education Association



Ralph Mordocco, General Manager
Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris

James Prysock, DEI Consultant,
American Electric Power

Stacy Rusterholz, Communications & Community Outreach Manager
Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce

Lexi Sweet, Communications Strategist,
Geben Communication