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Meet: Cassandra Vanhooser, CBMM Friends Board

cassandra-photo(ST. MICHAELS, MD – October 15, 2016) Cassandra Vanhooser first visited CBMM while working as a travel writer for Southern Living magazine. She vividly remembers climbing the steps of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse for the first time, and taking in the breathtaking view of the Miles River from the top. Cassandra says the experience of visiting CBMM and St. Michaels strengthened her love for the Eastern Shore.

Originally from Tennessee, Cassandra received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She spent more than 14 years as a travel and features writer at Southern Living where she first covered Georgia, then Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. She has crisscrossed the region’s highways and byways, writing about everything from the Big Bend of Texas to the South’s best fried chicken. Cassandra also served as the magazine’s football editor and in 2012 wrote the schools and travel sections of Southern Living’s Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook.

In February 2013, Cassandra was named the Director of Tourism for the Office of Tourism for Talbot County. CBMM is one of Talbot County’s top tourist attractions according to Cassandra, playing a significant role in drawing first-time and returning visitors to Talbot County.

When asked to be a member of CBMM’s Friends Board in 2015, Cassandra was honored to accept. CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, while helping CBMM be a real resource to diverse audiences. Cassandra admires the way CBMM celebrates the region’s history and helps create the next generation of stewards.

To the Friends Board, Cassandra contributes her skills as a professional communicator. She also serves as a representative of the guest experience. This past September, Cassandra led the effort in Talbot County hosting this year’s annual Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Conference. The Conference included an Eastern Shore-style Crab Feast at CBMM, with tours of the campus.

We thank Cassandra for her time and dedication to CBMM!