Photo Credit: Rochester Red Wings

Our Team

The Rochester NY Sports Commission is the sports development arm of Visit Rochester. The team’s expert knowledge and relationships with local facilities makes Rochester a top destination for sports planners when selecting a host city for championships, invitations, and competitions.  

Rochester NY Sports Commission Team

Don Jeffries 2019 Headshot

Don Jeffries President & CEO

Wendy Ford 2019 Headshot

Wendy O'Duffy Director of Sales

Libby Craig 2019 Headshot

Libby Craig Sports Sales Manager

Rich Mackey 2019 Headshot

Rich Mackey Sports Sales Manager

Dave Samentello 2019 Headshot

Dave Samentello Convention & Sports Sales Manager

Erin Kivel 2019 Headshot

Erin Kivel Administrative Assistant/Sales & Sports Coordinator

Amanda Pfeil-Fox 2019 Headshot

Amanda Fox, CMP Director of Event Services

Amber Brewer 2019 Headshot

Amber Brewer Event Services Specialist

Holly Avino Headshot

Holly Avino Marketing & Events Coordinator

Rochester NY Sports Commission Advisory Council

Chairman – Steve Hausmann – Visit Rochester Board of Directors, Retired Media

Bob Scott – Bob Scott Productions

Brian McGahan – Director of Campus Operations, Nazareth College

Camaron Johnson – Executive Director RCSDC Health, Physical Education and Athletics

Chris Woodworth – General Manager, Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex

Dan Mason – General Manager, Rochester Red Wings

Deirdre Dieter – Regional Director of Sales, Visions Hotels

Gary Mervis – Founder, Camp Good Days

Jackie Nicholson – Executive Director of Athletics, RIT

Jamie Hammond – General Manager, Total Sports Experience

Jim Mort – Board Member, Rochester NY FC Youth

Kara Osipovitch – Special Events, City of Rochester

Kathy Hoyt – Executive Director, Section V Athletics

Katie Nicholas – Club Director, VolleyFX

Katie Patnode – Corporate Director of Sales, Indus Hospitality Group

Kristy Swanson – Marketing Director, Jeremiahs Tavern

Luke Mekker – Executive Director, University Arenas

Marci Callan – CEO, Fairport Swimming, USA Swimming Coaches Advisory Council

Patrick Irving – Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics, Gates-Chili

Rob Minter – VP of Business Operations, Blue Cross Arena

Robin Finnerty – Deputy Director, County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency

Sarah Jane Clifford – Owner, Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester

Tim Elie – General Manager, Doubletree Hotel Rochester