Meet the Team

The Albany County Tourism Board employs five full-time employees. Our primary focuses are to obtain national and international recognition for Albany County, to showcase the area as a multi-seasonal destination having endless possibilities, and to realize full visitor potential. We work in close partnership with other local entities to work collectively towards destination development and improving the Laramie area for visitors, locals, and businesses alike.

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Scott Larson Executive Director

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Scott moved to Wyoming in 2019 to lead the Visit Laramie team. He is a data-driven marketer with a passion for creating innovative strategies and solutions. At Visit Laramie, Scott leads a group of young, talented, and dynamic individuals with a team-first mentality who strive to use tourism as an economic driver to support small, local businesses in the community while balancing growth with sustainability. In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and their cattle dog, Ollie, pursuing outdoor adventures in the mountains. Scott also enjoys ultrarunning, skiing, camping, and traveling, making Laramie the perfect basecamp.

Sara Haugen Visit Laramie bio

Sara Haugen Marketing Manager

Sara is a Wyoming Black Hills native, University of Wyoming graduate, and lover of all things Laradise. On a given weekend, you will find her shopping in downtown Laramie, fly fishing in Jelm on the Big Laramie River, or hiking in the Snowy Range snapping photos with her family of four. She once spent an unintentional overnight on the mountain in November and does not recommend this idea to visitors.

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Lyndee Gurnham Design & Operations Manager

Lyndee grew up in a small town in northeastern Colorado and made her way to Laramie almost a decade ago. Her family and their two dogs love Wyoming's open spaces, so if you don't see her at the visitor center she'll be on a backcountry trail, road-trippin' in her van, or taking pictures of her dogs somewhere outside.

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Emma Dixon Events Manager

Emma is a proud flatlander originally from Lawrence, KS (rock chalk!) who graduated from the University of Wyoming. Besides always being in search of a good book, she can be found exploring Laradise, kayaking, and trying to decide which shop in town has the best mocha. She once caused an accidental false cryptid sighting - it's a long story.

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Kera Malmborg Strategic Partnerships Manager

Kera is from a small town nestled in the Northern California hills but Wyoming is forever her home. She loves spending time with her animals, watching motocross, snowmobiling with her husband and son, fishing, and riding horses. If she isn't roaming amongst the trees in Medicine Bow National Forest, you could find her curled up in a chair with a good book or spending time in one of the awesome, local antique shops. You may want to bring Kera to the mountains with you - she has a tendency to be lucky when it comes to moose sightings!

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Matt Blakeman Information Specialist

Matt Blakeman joined our team in July 2023. He is a Wyoming native who grew up in Dubois and met his wife, Tracy, while attending the University of Wyoming. Both he and Tracy are UW alums and returned to Laramie in 2021 after having lived many years on the rural Oregon Coast. It was in Lincoln City, OR that the couple raised their son, Harry, who now lives in Vancouver, WA with his wife, Nicole. The Blakemans are delighted to be back in Laramie where spending time with family and friends (old and new) is a high priority. Matt enjoys sharing his love of Albany County and Wyoming with all the visitors he encounters in our office. As a 5th generation Wyomingite he has great regard for the state and its citizens. He finds working with the Visit Laramie team to be a varied & rewarding experience. He loves both telling our story and assisting folks in having an authentic Laramie Adventure.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Name Title Term Expires Term Limit Appointed By
David Wright Chair June 2024 2 Year Term County
Sara Ghezzi Vice Chair June 2025 2 Year Term City
Becky Maddox Treasurer June 2025 2 Year Term County
Kaley Holyfield Secretary June 2025 2 Year Term City
Derek Jones Board Member June 2025 2 Year Term County
Sarah Brown Mathews Board Member June 2024 2 Year Term City
David Lewis Board Member June 2024 2 Year Term City
Pat Gabriel City Council Liaison N/A N/A City
Terri Jones County Commissioner Liaison N/A N/A County

The Albany County Tourism Board meets on the third Monday of every month at 4 pm. at the Visitor Center Office. Please note that dates may change to accommodate having a quorum present. If you are interested in attending our next board meeting, please contact the Laramie Area Visitor Center to confirm our next meeting by calling 307-745-4195.