Jeri Knowlton

Executive Director

In June of 2011, Jeri completed a Professional Master’s in Business Administration from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Graduating magna cum laude in 2002, her undergraduate degree from Concord University, Athens, W. Va., was in communication arts, with a minor in public relations and advertising.

Jeri began her professional career in journalism and has two West Virginia Press Association awards – third place best lifestyle columnist and third place best news feature. As a media and marketing specialist for WorkForce West Virginia, she covered the 11 southeastern counties of the state. Her work with the YES! Program’s “Tipping Point” project earned her another state award from the Workforce West Virginia program.

Jeri moved to the Mid-Ohio Valley in 2005 where she worked for the advertising agency, Lockney and Associates, and for Washington State Community College. She received a gold place award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for a print ad campaign done during her tenure as director of marketing for Washington State Community College. The accomplishment she is most proud of is building a cohesive brand for the college with the Step In. Step Up. Stand Out campaign.

Jeri strives to provide positive solutions for everyday opportunities. According to Jeri, “Serving Marietta-Washington County is a tremendous opportunity to inspire others to experience for themselves what we all know and love about the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

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Shannon Folts

Visitor Experience Director

Shannon joined the visitor’s bureau in September of 2012 as an information specialist then later promoted to Member Relations and Group Tour Coordinator. Shannon’s duties include maintaining a great relationship with the CVB 170 plus members, scheduling group tours of Marietta-Washington Country area, and promoting Marietta-Washington Country as a distinctive destination.

Shannon graduated from Washington State Community College in June 2012 with an associate’s degree in Applied Business along with several certificates. Shannon remained a member of the Dean’s List every quarter during her time as WSCC.

A Marietta native, Shannon says she loves showing people what is so special about Marietta and Washington County. “There is so much more to Marietta and Washington County than meets the eye. I love being able to open up people to new and exciting things in the area that people don’t realize is in their own back yard.”

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