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Erin Ruyle, Director of Tourism & Development

Erin Ruyle joined the City of Washington staff in August of 2018, and currently serves as the Director of Tourism & Development for the Washington Tourism Development Authority, as well as the Public Information Officer for the City of Washington.

Erin came to Washington from Duke University where she spent three years as the Director of Marketing & Special Events for the Campus Recreation Department.

Prior to her position at Duke, she spent six years as the Marketing & Special Events Coordinator for the City of Georgetown’s (Texas) Parks & Recreation Department. She has also worked in Campus Recreation at Texas Tech University and in the Athletic Departments at both the University of Texas, and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

A native of Fairfax, Va., she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. She received her Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of Louisville.

Erin currently resides in Greenville, NC.

Paula Stephenson, Marketing Assistant

 A Beaufort County native, Paula Stephenson joined the Washington Tourism Development Authority in January 2009. Holding a B.A. in English, she has over 24 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and business development. 

Paula is passionate about the Washington area and enjoys participating in community theatre productions. She is a member of the Beaufort County Committee of 100 and First Baptist Church of Washington. 

Paula resides with her brilliant autistic teenage son, Rocky, and her fourteen year old dachshund, Gracie.

ReAnne Mayo, Events Coordinator – Washington Civic Center

ReAnne Mayo joined the City of Washington staff in June 2017, and was promoted to the Events Coordinator position in August 2018. She was appointed to the City of Washington Safety Committee in 2019.

Prior to her position with the City of Washington, ReAnne served eleven years in the construction industry specializing in job safety, coordination, and critical reasoning.

ReAnne is a lifelong native of Washington and graduated from Washington High School.

Currently residing in Washington, ReAnne lives with her two children Lily & William.

 When ReAnne is not working, she spends time gardening, taking beach trips, learning Spanish, and not getting gray hair from her teenage children.