Laurie Gibbs

Laurie Gibbs, Ashland, Oregon, graduated from Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington with a degree in history with a special area of concentration in Italian Renaissance; she also studied in Italy. Laurie has extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industry as manager of Steinbeck Country Tours in Monterey, California and as the co-owner and founder of The Winchester Inn, established in Ashland in 1983. Laurie’s community service includes past President of Soroptimist of Ashland, past Chairman of Ashland Visitor and Convention Bureau, past Chair of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, past President of Ashland YMCA, Treasurer of Unique Inns Association. Laurie and her husband Michael have been attending the Festival for more than 25 years.