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Meet the Team

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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 local, Carrie never misses the chance to enjoy a Dana Point sunset. She also loves spotting whales and dolphins off the coast of Dana Point all year long!


Board of Directors

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

Shannon Gilbert, Vice-Chairman
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Jeremy Wilson, Treasurer
General Manager, DoubleTree Suites
by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach – Dana Point

George Munz, Secretary
General Manager
Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club

Dana Unzueta
General Manager
Blue Lantern Inn, A Four Sisters Inn