Press Room

Who We Are

The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of Galveston Island, Texas... Read more.


Media Contacts

Leah Cast
Director of Communications
Office: (409)797-5152
lcast@galvestoncvb.com

Ivette Wilhelm
Public Relations Manager
Office: (409)797-5124
iwilhelm@galvestoncvb.com

Mary Beth Bassett
Public Affairs Manager
Office: (409)797-5121
mbassett@galvestoncvb.com

Clayton Kolavo
Engagement Strategist
Office: (409)797-5120
ckolavo@galvestoncvb.com


Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room

Media Contacts

The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau public relations team is here to make your life easier! Meet the team and feel free to give us a call.

Leah Cast
Director of Communications
Office: (409)797-5152
lcast@galvestoncvb.com

Leah oversees and directs all public relations efforts for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Galveston Park Board. She began a career in the tourism industry after working as a print journalist, and in 2013, was named Houston's "Young PR Professional of the Year" by the Public Relations Society of America. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Wayne State University and a M.S. in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University. Contact Leah for media inquiries related to press trips, interviews and destination stories on general travel, family travel, and meetings and conventions in Galveston.

Ivette Wilhelm
Public Relations Manager
Office: (409)797-5124
iwilhelm@galvestoncvb.com

Ivette is a public relations manager for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. She began working in the tourism industry after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in advertising and communications in 2010. Contact Ivette for media inquiries related to interviews and destination stories on general and regional travel, family travel, and cruising in Galveston.

Mary Beth Bassett
Public Affairs Manager
Office: (409)797-5121
mbassett@galvestoncvb.com

Mary Beth is the Public Affairs Manager for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Galveston Park Board. She serves as the local public information liaison for Park Board operations and handles CVB public relations efforts for Galveston's beaches. An Islander by Choice, she and her family moved to Galveston from Colorado in 2005.

Clayton Kolavo
Engagement Strategist
Office: (409)797-5120
ckolavo@galvestoncvb.com

Clayton is the engagement strategist for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. He began working in the tourism industry with Galveston.com & Company following his graduation from Texas State University with a BS in Public Relations and Mass Communication. He works directly with the marketing team to guide online behavior of the public and develops and executes comprehensive digital campaigns that drive awareness, engagement and growth across multiple platforms. Contact Clayton for media inquiries related to social media and influencer blogging.



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