For Immediate Release: September 9, 2019


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Amanda Koone, Director of Communications

Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau

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Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau Announces New Board Members


FREDERICKSBURG, Texas –  The board of directors of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (FCVB) is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members and the reappointment of one board member.

On Tuesday evening, September 3, the Fredericksburg City Council approved the appointment of Jessica Mittel, Katelyn Duecker, Claudyne Clark and Mary Ann H. Turbeville to the FCVB board for three year terms.

Kelly Criddle has been fulfilling an unexpired term on the FCVB board since earlier this year and was reappointed for a full three year term.

“We are excited to welcome these new members to the board of the FCVB.  We look forward to their guidance and expertise as we move forward marketing and managing one of the premier travel destinations in the State of Texas,” noted Ernie Loeffler, President/CEO, of the bureau.

Jessica Mittel is the owner of Gästehaus Schmidt Reservation Service.  She was raised in Fredericksburg and attended The University of Texas at Austin.  She moved back to Fredericksburg four years ago and purchased the reservation service from her parents.

A native of Stonewall, Katelyn Duecker attended Fredericksburg High School and then graduated from Texas A&M University.  She manages Burg’s Corner and Allied Ag Services in Stonewall, her father’s agriculture-related businesses.

As owners of Class A Event Rentals and Featherstone Ranch, Claudyne Clark and her husband have lived in Fredericksburg since 1999.  Class A provides rentals to festivals and wedding venues in the area.  Featherstone Ranch is the couple’s new wedding venue located near the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, just east of Stonewall.

Mary Ann H. Turbeville’s hometown is Pearsall, south of San Antonio.  She attended Trinity University and then graduated from Texas A&M University. She and her husband moved to Fredericksburg in 1997 and own Hill Country Outfitters, The Grasshopper and Narrow Path Winery.

With a degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Kelly Criddle moved to Fredericksburg in 2010.  After marrying her husband Zach in 2014, they spent a couple of years in Amarillo, but then made their way back to Fredericksburg.  She has been senior marketing manager for The Hangar Hotel, Fredericksburg Herb Farm and the Fredericksburg Brewing Company for a total of six years.

“Each of these new board members were nominated to bring expertise in one or more areas of the hospitality business to the FCVB board,” Loeffler concluded.

The staff and board of directors would also like to thank the following board members who have completed their terms:  Jamey Vogel, owner of Vogel Orchard; Doug Cochran, superintendent of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area; and Elizabeth Rodriguez, general manager of Cabernet Grill.

Members of the board who will continue to serve in FY19/20 include Krista Gratigni, director of visitor services, The Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Mary Easterling, owner of Easterling Custom Boot Company; Miguel Lecuona, owner of Hill Country Light Photography and marketing director for Wine Road 290; Stephen Harris, owner of InSight Gallery; Linda Goldsmith, general manager of Luckenbach Texas; and Larry Jackson, owner of Larry Jackson Fine Art & Antiques.

Ex-officio members of the board are City Councilman Tom Musselman, representing the City of Fredericksburg, and Commissioner Donnie Schuch, representing the Gillespie County Commissioners Court.



The mission of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau is to market Fredericksburg and Gillespie County as a premier travel destination on the regional, national and international stage thereby creating a positive impact on the local economy and the quality of life here.