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Meet the Team

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Jonny Westom, Executive Director

As the leader of the team, Westom manages strategy, brand development, and vision for the destination. With more than 14 years of destination marketing and management experience, Westom previously held such positions as the Executive Director for Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau and spent 10 years at Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau in various leadership positions. Additionally, Jonny serves on many travel industry related national, state, and regional boards and committees. Westom received his MBA in Global Marketing from University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Fun Fact: Growing up in Palm Springs, Jonny frequently visited Dana Point, enjoying the beaches, whale watching, and Mission San Juan Capistrano.


Rachel O’Neill-Cusey, Director of Sales

As the Director of Sales, O’Neill-Cusey develops the destination marketing organization’s sales strategy. She creates unique programs and promotional opportunities, while serving as a liaison between stakeholders and the organization, to highlight Dana Point’s many offerings to travelers on a national level. O’Neill-Cusey has over a decade of hospitality sales experience, all of which has been in the Dana Point market. Most recently, she served as the senior sales manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Prior, O’Neill-Cusey held several sales roles at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. O’Neill-Cusey holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University at Fullerton.

Fun Fact: Rachel organizes a 5K race every year for her birthday in Dana Point Harbor using the Turkey Trot route and calls it the “Rachella 5K”. Immediately following the race, Rachel continues the celebration at one of the wonderful restaurants in Dana Point Harbor.


Carrie Di Guido, Marketing & Communications Manager

As the Marketing & Communications Manager, Di Guido oversees marketing, promotional, and public relations efforts for the destination. With over a decade of experience within the hospitality industry, Di Guido has held such positions as Travel Industry Sales Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Reservations Manager at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, and Front Office Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Di Guido received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from California State University, Long Beach.

Fun Fact: As a Dana Point local, Carrie enjoys watching surfers ride the waves at Salt Creek Beach and loves seeing the colors change in the sky as the sun sets over the ocean.


Board of Directors

Jim Samuels, Chairman
Managing Director
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Jeremy Wilson, Vice-Chairman
General Manager DoubleTree Suites
by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach – Dana Point

Bruce Brainerd, Treasurer
General Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Ian Pullan, Secretary
Vice President of Asset Performance
KSL Resorts
Monarch Beach Resort