Allegany County Tourism strengthens destination awareness through promotion, development, and services that attract visitors to stay longer and spend more in our community.
Meet the Team!
Ashli Workman Director of Tourism
Ashli Workman has over 17 years of marketing and tourism experience. In 2017, Ashli was appointed as Director of Tourism for Allegany County, where she combined her love for Mountain Maryland and her tourism and destination marketing expertise to lead the promotion of Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland. Under her leadership, the destination reemerged into the marketplace through a rebranding initiative, relaunched a new website – www.mdmountainside.com, garnered national media coverage in placements such as Southern Living, Travel Channel, Men’s Journal, and MSN Travel, and has been the recipient of multiple statewide awards including ‘Best New Website’ (2019), ‘Best Cooperative Partnership’ (2020), and ‘Leveraging Partnership Award’ (2021) awards. Ashli is a 2008 graduate of Frostburg State University, and lives in Allegany County with her husband and two young children.
Jessica Palumbo Sainz Marketing and Sales Manager
Jessica brings over seven years of experience in nonprofit organizations and the public sector to her role as the Tourism Marketing and Sales Manager. Her specialties include content creation, grant writing, public relations, program and project management and partnerships. Graduating from Frostburg State University in 2009 with a degree in English Language and Literature, Jessica began her career at the Frostburg Center for the Literary Arts, where she organized and publicized successful events such as the Nightsun Writers Conference, Indie Lit Festival, and One Act Festival. In 2015, Jessica became the Director of FrostburgFirst, the City of Frostburg's Maryland-designated Main Street program. As a Main Street Maryland Community, Jessica helped support local businesses and was an integral part of developing and promoting Frostburg's Main Street district. Today, she is responsible for planning and implementing sales and communications strategies and projects as well as publishing Allegany County's yearly destination guide. Jessica lives in Frostburg with her husband and son.
Mark Bowling Visitor Services Manager
Mark grew up in Frostburg and was quick to develop a passion for the outdoors, exploring Allegany County and the region in his youth. He graduated from Frostburg State University and started his career in the outdoor industry, guiding rock climbing and hiking in southeast Alaska, Joshua Tree National Park. Mark also led canyoneering trips around various national parks near Moab, Utah and has also climbed internationally in Thailand and New Zealand, where was a guide. Mark has helped to establish operational procedures and developed, marketed, sold and guided multi-day excursions. Mark is a former EMT, Wilderness First Responder, and American Mountain Guide certified instructor, and maintains CPR and First Aid certifications. He has also received swift water training from the American Canoe Association. He is a member of the American Alpine Club, Access Fund, and local organizations including the Western Maryland Grotto and Western Maryland Climbing Coalition.